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Art & Design

The Art, Textiles and Photography department prides itself on inspiring and supporting our students to be: independent, skilful, imaginative, curious and thoughtful artists and designers.

Through experiencing a vast range of skills, techniques, artists and designers our students gain the confidence to, take inspiration, question and explore the huge array of visual imagery that surrounds them, increasing their understanding of their visual world and the role they can take in it.

Collectively, the creative industries contributed £100 billion to the UK economy in 2018 and employ more than 2 million people. We believe our curriculum creates opportunities for students to experience processes and techniques across art, textiles, photography and design and to specialise and develop their skills in their selected areas of interest preparing them to pursue further education and careers across the art, design and creative industries.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students explore and create work covering a wide range of media and techniques including: painting, drawing, felt making, embroidery, clay, print and photography. Each year group focusses on a theme enabling them to discover ways of communicating meaning through their work. In year 7 they explore ‘Our World’ looking at landscape, travel, cultures and environment. In year 8 they focus on self-reflection exploring ‘Who Am I?’ Through their work they explore their life, interests and what makes them unique individuals. In year 9 they look at ‘Our Future’ by exploring health and fitness, global warming and metal health.  Throughout Key Stage 3 they are increasingly encouraged to develop their work independently, preparing them for GCSE, BTEC and A Level.

Each year students build on their fundamental artistic and technical skills, including a practical application of scale, ratio and proportion supporting numeracy across the curriculum. Throughout KS3, students will build their cultural capital by evaluating the work of others and their own work, exploiting natural links with literacy through their analysis.

KS3 Curriculum Map

Key Stage 4

Our current year 10 and 11 students are completing the Pearson BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Art and Design Practice, AQA GCSE Textile design and AQA GCSE Photography.

The two year courses begin with a series of skills based projects to establish confidence across all areas of the course including: research, analysis and planning, making, designing, evaluating and refining. Students then develop independent and specialist skills through a unit of coursework which concludes in a practical exam. Through investigating other artists and designers, making observations, creating media trials and making refinements to their techniques and ideas, students explore their theme and develop and create an independent personal and meaningful response.

In their second year they receive their exam paper where they select a theme and independently develop and refine their idea in preparation for the 10 hour controlled assessment.

Art KS4 Curriculum Map

Textiles KS4 Curriculum Map

Photography KS4 Curriculum Map

Co-Curricular Activities

Art Club runs every week for KS3 students and explores a range of media and themes throughout the year in response to the news, exhibitions and competitions. Weekly workshops are provided for GCSE, BTEC and A Level students and they are encouraged to use the department in study periods, before school, after school and at break and lunch.

Staff

Mrs L. Regan – Department Leader
Mrs L. Wallis – Department Leader 
Miss E. Absolom
Mr K. Solomon-Ayeh
Miss A. Clark
Mrs L. Tinworth – Art Technician

Specifications

Further Reading

Art and Design Key Stage 3: Further Reading and Resources

Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered: Quintin Blake and John Cassidy

Anti Journal: David Sinden and Nikalas Catlow

Wreck This Journal: Keri Smith

The Pocket Scavenger: Keri Smith

https://theartyteacher.com/

 

Key stage 4 BTEC and GCSE Art, Textiles and Photography: Further reading and Resources

The Art Book

The Photo Book

The 20th Century Art Book

The Photographers Playbook, 307 Assignments and Ideas: Aperture

Complete Guide to Digital Photography: Ian Farrell

How to Read a Photograph: Ian Jeffery

https://theartyteacher.com/

 https://www.thisiscolossal.com/

https://www.youtube.com/ Drawing, painting, editing and photography tutorials can be very helpful and easy to follow and practice techniques.

https://www.featureshoot.com/

https://www.worldphoto.org/

 

AQA Website: https://www.aqa.org.uk

Pearson’s Website: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-tech-awards/art-and-design-practice.html

 

Places to Visit:

The Tate: https://www.tate.org.uk

The Photographers Gallery: https://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/

The National Portrait Gallery: https://www.npg.org.uk/

The Saatchi Gallery: https://www.saatchigallery.com/

V&A Museum: https://www.vam.ac.uk/

Parental Support - BTEC Art

Supporting Level 2 BTEC Tech Award in Art and Design Practice Students

Important Dates

  • Component 1 (30% of BTEC) 1st January to late May
  • Component 2 (30% of BTEC): Early July to Early December
  • Component 3 Exam (40% of BTEC Grade): Papers Released around 22nd February.
  • Component 3 Written and Practical Exam: Late April.

 

What you can do together

Talk to them about their work. Ask them to show you their latest drawings, artwork, trials and photoshoots, justify their work and explain what they plan to do next and why.

In February students receive their exam papers. The exam board will set an overall theme but give students up to eight choices for the type of outcome they produce in response to the theme. Discuss this with your child to support them in selecting an outcome that will motivate them and suit their artistic strengths.

Practice. Encourage them to have their sketchbook with them and taking every opportunity to practice their drawing by capturing anything and everything from being at home, shopping trips to family events and holidays.

Workshops. Art workshop runs every Monday and Thursday after school. Students are expected to attend the art department where they will supported by their teachers and have access to equipment in order to complete, refine and extend their coursework. We also welcome students before school and at lunchtime.

Be Equipped.  Students need their sketchbook every lesson. The latest homework should be presented inside. ‘Google drive’ is proving to be a reliable way for students to transport and upload their photos, they just need to remember to upload them prior to the lesson.

In school we provide a broad range of art materials we also can loan our Nikon entry level DSLR cameras for their photo-shoots and when required they can book these out to bring home overnight, weekends and holidays. For some shoots automatic cameras or mobile phone cameras are sufficient.

Access to a computer and printer at home is helpful for their artist and context research and analysis, accessing Satchel:One and uploading, storing and printing imagery and photoshoots. In school students that have decided to create digital art will use Photoshop to edit, manipulate or animate their photos and media trials. This is great but expensive. https://www.photopea.com/ is a free online scaled down version.

Homework. Homework is coursework and is set on Satchel:One https://www.satchelone.com/. You also have access to this site. Support your child by checking their understanding of the tasks, talking through their ideas with them, expecting them to attend workshop for further support and helping them to work at home as well as get out to do photoshoots when required.

Responding to Feedback: Students receive verbal feedback every lesson advising how to refine and develop their work. In addition they get marking postcards and, when approaching deadlines, individual action plans in their sketchbooks. Discuss these refinements and actions with your children and support them with completing the tasks. 

Please check your emails. We will email or call home when we are concerned about your child’s progress or understanding and with reminders of important dates, deadlines and trips. Please contact us with any concerns. 

Useful Research Websites:

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  • drawing/tonal/painting tutorials can be very helpful.

 

Places to Visit: Anywhere to do photoshoots and places to support their research, particularly:

The Tate: https://www.tate.org.uk

The National Portrait Gallery: https://www.npg.org.uk/

The Saatchi Gallery: https://www.saatchigallery.com/

 

Pearson’s Website: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-tech-awards/art-and-design-practice.html

 

Parental Support - GCSE Textiles

Supporting Textiles GCSE Students

 

Important Dates

  • MOCK Exam and Coursework Deadline (60% of GCSE): Timetabled December year 11.
  • Exam Papers Handed Out (40% of GCSE Grade): Released 1st January. Following this: 10 weeks of exam preparatory work which counts as 75% of their exam mark. 
  • Exam and Exam Preparation deadline: Timetabled Late March

 

What you can do together

Talk to them about their work. Ask them to show you their latest designs and samples, justify their work and explain what they plan to do next and why.

After Christmas students receive their exam papers. The exam board offers a range of 7 themes from which the students select which they want to research, explore and respond to. Discuss this with your child to support them in selecting a motivating theme.

Practice. Encourage them to practice observational drawings of images or photographs that relate to their work and consider how these can be developed into textile samples. Taking every opportunity to practice their photography to support with their chosen theme by capturing anything and everything that relates to the current project will help to strengthen the purpose and direction of their textiles work.

Workshops. Textiles workshop runs every Monday and Thursday after school. Students are expected to attend the art department where they will supported by their teachers and have access to equipment in order to complete, refine and extend their coursework. We also welcome students before school and at lunchtime.

Be Equipped.  Students need their sketchbook every lesson. The latest homework should be presented inside. Some of you buy sewing machines for your children, which we really appreciate but it is not essential. In school they use Bernina sewing machines and can book these out to bring home overnight, weekends and holidays. For most of the samples and outcome construction throughout the course, efficient use of lesson and workshop time are sufficient.

Fabric, equipment and embellishments are provided in the department but for specialist materials these may need to be independently sourced for samples or final outcome. Places to consider: markets (e.g. Pitsea), Amazon, haberdashery shops.

Access to a computer and printer at home is helpful for their artist and context research and analysis, accessing Satchel:One and uploading, storing and printing research and photographs.

Homework. Homework is coursework and is set on Satchel:One https://www.satchelone.com/. You also have access to this site. Support your child by checking their understanding, talking through their ideas, expecting them to attend workshop and helping them to produce samples when required. Homework and class work tasks can also be tracked on the checklist in the front of sketchbooks.

Responding to Feedback: Students receive verbal feedback every lesson advising how to refine and develop their work. In addition they get marking postcards and, when approaching deadlines, individual action plans in their sketchbooks. Discuss these refinements and actions with your children and support them with completing the tasks. 

Please check your emails. We will email or call home when we are concerned about your child’s progress or understanding and with reminders of important dates, deadlines and trips. Please contact us with any concerns.  

Useful Research Websites: https://www.thisiscolossal.com/, https://www.vogue.co.uk/

Places to Visit: The Tate: https://www.tate.org.uk, The Saatchi Gallery: https://www.saatchigallery.com/, The V&A Museum: https://www.vam.ac.uk/

AQA Website: https://www.aqa.org.uk

Parental Support - GCSE Photography

Supporting Photography GCSE Students

 

Important Dates

  • MOCK Exam and Coursework Deadline (60% of GCSE): Timetabled December year 11.
  • Exam Papers Handed Out (40% of GCSE Grade): Released 1st January. Following this: 10 weeks of exam preparatory work which counts as 75% of their exam mark. 
  • Exam and Exam Preparation deadline: Timetabled Late March

 

What you can do together

Talk to them about their work. Ask them to show you their latest trials and photoshoots, justify their work and explain what they plan to do next and why.

After Christmas students receive their exam papers. The exam board offers a range of 7 themes from which the students select which they want to research, explore and respond to. Discuss this with your child to support them in selecting a motivating theme.

Practice. Encourage them to practice by having their camera out with them and taking every opportunity to practice their photography by capturing anything and everything from shopping trips to family events and holidays.

Workshops. Photography workshop runs every Monday and Thursday after school. Students are expected to attend the art department where they will supported by their teachers and have access to equipment in order to complete, refine and extend their coursework. We also welcome students before school and at lunchtime.

Be Equipped.  Students need their sketchbook every lesson. The latest homework should be presented inside. They also need their SD cards, USB stick or cables in order to upload their photoshoots or ‘Google drive’ is proving to be a reliable way for students to transport and upload their photos, they just need to remember to upload them prior to the lesson.

Many of you buy cameras for your children, which we really appreciate but it is not essential. In school they use Nikon entry level DSLR cameras for their photo-shoots and can book these out to bring home overnight, weekends and holidays. For some shoots automatic cameras or mobile phone cameras are sufficient.

Access to a computer and printer at home is helpful for their artist and context research and analysis, accessing Satchel:One and uploading, storing and printing photoshoots. In school the students use Photoshop to edit, manipulate or animate their photos and media trials. This is great but expensive. https://www.photopea.com/ is a free online scaled down version students can use at home.

Homework. Homework is coursework and is set on Satchel:One https://www.satchelone.com/. You also have access to this site. Support your child by checking their understanding, talking through their ideas, expecting them to attend workshop and helping them to get out to do photoshoots when required.

Responding to Feedback: Students receive verbal feedback every lesson advising how to refine and develop their work. In addition they get marking postcards and, when approaching deadlines, individual action plans in their sketchbooks. Discuss these refinements and actions with your children and support them with completing the tasks. 

Please check your emails. We will email or call home when we are concerned about your child’s progress or understanding and with reminders of important dates, deadlines and trips. Please contact us with any concerns.  

Useful Research Websites: https://www.thisiscolossal.com/, https://www.featureshoot.com/, https://www.worldphoto.org/, https://theartyteacher.com/

Places to Visit: The Tate: https://www.tate.org.uk, The Photographers Gallery: https://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/, The National Portrait Gallery: https://www.npg.org.uk/, The Saatchi Gallery: https://www.saatchigallery.com/

AQA Website: https://www.aqa.org.uk

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