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THE TEAM AND FACILITIES:
The Art and Design team consists of one full time Art specialist and one Creative Art technician. The Art studio consists of 2 classrooms and a dedicated Mac suite which is used for the creation of digital artwork and research purposes. We also have a sixth form studio which has ceramic facilities including a kiln and potters wheel. We are situated in the Creative Arts block, which is located centrally in the school
KEY STAGE 3:
Students are taught in form groups and follow a scheme of work that introduces them to a variety of artistic styles. Students are encouraged to take creative risks through experimentation of different media. Students are given the opportunity to work 3 Dimensionally using clay and traditional glazing and firing methods. Art club for KS3 students is run once a week where students are able to further their understanding and application of artistic techniques.
KEY STAGE 4:
At KS4, Art and Design is an option subject which runs over 3 years. We follow the AQA Art, Craft and Design specification in which students will work in at least two different areas of Art and Design. The specialist areas covered are: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture and use digital media.
Students are taught in mixed ability groups and are encouraged to develop their creative thinking skills and express their thoughts and ideas practically in order to realise their artistic intentions.
Throughout the course students are given opportunities to participate in trips to museums and galleries and to be involved in extracurricular clubs and activities
KEY STAGE 5:
Those choosing to study A level Art, will develop, extend and specialise in some of the skills learned in GCSE, as well as study Art History, relating it to their own works. The pupils will be expected to specialise in at least three of the above mentioned areas art.
Studying at A Level could be the first step towards a highly rewarding career in graphic design, illustration, fashion design, animation, set or stage design, advertising, interior design, photography, film directing and even Art teaching! Many of our A Level students have progressed onto Art based degrees and been successful.
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