Our aim is to provide our pupils with a broad base of theoretical, practical and applied skills to increase spatial awareness, problem solving skills, imagination development and, most importantly, self-confidence.
We live in a world surrounded by visual imagery. It is our role to empower our students to understand and decode the wide range of visual stimuli covering different cultures, times (past and present) and situations. This, along with studying the roles that artists, designers and craftsperson have played within them. By gaining an understanding of the visual language used, and applying it appropriately as a response to source material, the pupils’ appreciation of the work of others will increase and they will learn how to build upon these influences.
Students will explore a wide range of materials and processes, both in two and three dimensions, which, over the period of their learning, will build an extensive practical skills base. This in turn will allow individual development and exploration of themes and ideas through practical application.
Our themes of work ensure that students gain an aesthetic awareness of the world around them. This enables them to have a greater understanding of the world and allows them the confidence to make informed judgments about all the visual imagery used in a variety of media.
We provide a visually and intellectually stimulating environment for our students. We give them the power to develop ownership of their own work. Personal investigation and development of ideas and techniques, supported by our staff and themes of work, empower the students to realise their goals, build confidence and grow to appreciate the wider world around them.
Head of Department:
Mr D Pollard
2B pencil, ruler, colour pencils, rubber, pencil sharpener, scissors and a glue stick. These materials are always available in the classroom at lunchtimes for the completion of homework tasks but cannot be taken away.
At least one-two hours of home study is expected EVERY week for this subject for a successful candidate. It is essential that you talk to your teacher before you choose it as an option.
A serious student will be expected to do at least 5 hours independent study every week, this is the same amount of time as taught lessons - Think how much work you did on your GCSE, it is practically 3 times more per week in class and AT HOME. This should take the form of idea generation, project development and completion, as well as critical studies research. Students must have this level of motivation or they will find the course increasingly difficult. Development in a practical subject only comes through doing the work.
Please contact the Head of Department for this information.
Students will follow a broad course, which encourages candidates to develop skills over the following assessed areas:
We will be exploring a range of subject matter covering the possibilities of fine art, graphic design, photography, textile design, 3D design.