In Art and Design at Key Stage 3, students follow the National Curriculum course. They are given the opportunity to develop their creativity using a range of skills in a variety of contexts. We employ a wide variety of Teaching and Learning styles and encourage our students to look critically at the work of others as well as their own. Themes include portraiture, political art and caricatures, graffiti art, and Holocaust art.
At Key Stage 4, Art and Design is a very popular and successful subject and students who choose to continue their studies follow the OCR Art and Design course. This qualification builds on the knowledge, skills and understanding established by the National Curriculum Art and Design course at KS3. Students produce a portfolio of work developed from given starting points. Ideas are developed through investigations informed by contextual studies, the experimentation of media, materials techniques and processes and recording from observation. Students are then required to present a final piece which is a realisation of their own personal response and which produces a fantastic exhibition of work every year.
Similar success and achievement are also experienced by students at AS and A2 level, as they continue to develop their knowledge, skills and expertise within the field of Art and Design.
The Art department also provides a number of extra-curricular activities for students. These include: a cross-curricular visit with the History Department to Beth Shalom; GCSE after- school club; the Year 10 annual Arts visit to a gallery in London or Liverpool; Life Drawing workshops and printmaking workshops for Years 11, 12 and 13, and this year will include a residential visit to Paris. Students who have left school and who are studying Foundation or Degree level Art often come in to school to show their work and to talk about their studies.