We endeavour to create a safe and stimulating environment where we cater for students of all abilities and value all the work created. We want our students to be creative and not afraid to try new ideas out. We also want them to become increasingly aware of and inspired by the importance of art, its place in the world and how much influence it has over and on our lives. We have very dedicated, knowledgeable and talented members of staff who are committed to supporting and encouraging all our students to find their artistic voice and develop a life-long love of art in all its forms.
We begin with a project (in the first half term) designing shoes. This allows us to assess everyone’s needs and ability. Over the rest of the year the students will brush up on their colour theory, the 7 elements of Art and perspective drawing whilst looking at the work of a variety of Artists.’
Non western cultures, painting skills and a digital task.
The emphasis is placed firmly on encouraging students to become increasingly independent in the way they approach their work in order that they can find their artistic voice. They study a variety of Pop artists including Roy Lichtenstein, Peter Blake and Andy Warhol. They then work completely independently to design their own project with a free choice of subject, size, materials and colours.
There will be an assessment level given after the baseline project in all three years. In year 7 we use this to predict progress over the key stage and to set an appropriate target for the end of the year.
In years 8 and 9 we use the baseline level to check students are making appropriate progress and to refresh their target levels.
All students are given further indication of their progress throughout the year through a variety of assessment methods. Levels and feedback are given verbally, recorded in the student planner and in their sketchbooks.
Art Xtra is an activity that we offer where we open up the department for one lunchtime a week for students to finish off and extend project work.
Homework is usually drawing and research for a current project or completing sketchbook work started during lessons.
Clear guidelines are always given either on Show My Homework or on printed sheets but in reality, as students strive for higher levels they will need to spend longer on their homework tasks to achieve the quality necessary.
Our talented artists are identified early on and are challenged with a higher level of class work and homework. There are challenging extension tasks for all home works available.
Tasks in the department are always differentiated and we pride ourselves on identifying and catering for the needs and interests of every student. We try and cover as many subjects, techniques and materials as possible so that everyone will feel included.
Students with individual needs are well supported and individual schemes of work are developed in conjunction with the SENDCO and support staff.
In many lessons students are given the chance to coach each other and to peer-assess work. These opportunities are given to all students, not just the more able. Students are also encouraged to develop and change projects to suit their interests.
All students present their work individually to the class, developing their speaking and listening skills.
A buddy system is being led by students to further support class work and home work.