Studying Art and Design develops a wide range of creative skills. Pupils are encouraged to discover and explore topics and develop independence, while they also develop skills in creative thinking and problem solving in honing their practical art skills. Through Art and Design we aim expose pupils to a wide variety of media and processes while making links to industry where possible. The Creative industry is vast and varied and pupils should have the opportunity to see Art and Design from a range of influences. Regardless of which pathway your education takes in Year 10, Art and Design will give you the necessary skills and confidence to become a rounded and effective individual.
Prep and lower senior school
For art in the Upper Prep School and Lower Senior School, our aim is to encourage our young artists to discover, explore and experiment with a wide range of media and a variety of styles and approaches. Risk taking is actively encouraged, outcomes become pupil led and independence is encouraged.
IGCSE Course Structure
We follow the Edexcel Art and Design IGCSE programme – Fine Art endorsement. We believe this affords our pupils a well-rounded and flexible learning journey that builds on the skills and principles developed in the Prep and Senior School. Edexcel Art and Design IGCSE is 100% exam based and affords us the time to prepare pupils over 18 months.
In Year 10, pupils begin the course with a guided introduction to a range of 2D and 3D media. This unit of work introduces pupils to skills and techniques across a range of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and digital media.
Pupils have the opportunity to respond to ‘theme based’ projects over the rest of Year 10 and the first half of Year 11. These projects are designed to ensure pupils are given ample opportunity to explore a variety of specialist art disciplines and will give pupils an insight into the structure and time pressure of the IGCSE exam. Finally, after the December holiday pupils begin their final exam unit concluding with a ten-hour exam.
IB Visual Arts
In Years 12 and 13 pupils have the opportunity to undertake the Visual arts as part of the IB course. The course is broken into 3 parts.
• Visual Arts in Context
• The Comparative Study 20%
• Visual Art Methods
• Process Portfolio 40%
• Communicating Visual Arts
• The Exhibition 40%
“visual arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers.”
Approach to Prep work
Effective prep work is key to making the most of lesson time. This could include asking a pupil to reflect upon their practice, or researching a possible technique which they would like to bring into their work. Pupils are encouraged to immerse themselves in the creative World outside of the classroom. Wider reading can be suggested and gallery and exhibition visits are encouraged.
Resources to Support Learning
The department has 4 well-equipped teaching rooms. We currently have facilities for clay work, painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. There are plans to introduce Textiles into the art curriculum as well as improved facilities for print and lenses based media.
Within the Department we make effective use of iPads and the ICT suites to encourage and support learning.
The Art Department offers CCA’s and enrichment studio sessions every evening after school to enable pupils to access support and guidance from the Art team, or simply use the space to extend their learning independently.