The Art department consists of two members of teaching
staff who are committed to offering the best for the students. They
utilise their own individual talents and specialisms, devising
engaging projects which promote the following:
Creativity: the use of invention, to
play with ideas and to experiment with different approaches,
learning from taking creative risks, exploring the imagination
whilst being inspired by the world of art. Creating personal
responses whilst using a wide range of materials and processes.
Expressing ideas and feelings developing an understanding of their
own identity and the world around them.
Cultural and critical
learning about and using this knowledge to inform and
influence own creations, exploring art and design work through
analysis and evaluation. Developing visual literacy, art vocabulary
and a knowledge of the qualities of materials. Learning about the
visual possibilities and how art has different purposes, ideas and
Competence: using art skills
effectively by using materials and techniques with thought and
control. Knowledge of different approaches and by problem
solving. Reflecting and refining work as it progresses,
being able to create work in different styles for different
Engagement: in a
range of different experiences and practical activities, fostering
motivation and building self-esteem. To develop own views
through making reasoned judgements and to be responsible for own
behaviour, materials and equipment by promoting positive attitudes
and values. Making sometime of personal
Nottingham Contemporary Gallery. We have close
links with Nottingham Contemporary Gallery and a number of our
students have had an opportunity to visit the gallery undertaking
workshops based on different artists and themes. We have also had
different artists visit the school to deliver exciting workshops
including activities such as making a sea life art installation and
creating 3D cane sculptures based on words. The students have also
had their work exhibited at the gallery.
The following topics are covered in each year
African art style - folder cover
Cultural portraits based on the work of Chris
Ofilli - group work.
Sea life themed pop up card using the work by
artist Matisse as inspiration.
Animal picture book illustrations.
Design your own tessellation - based on the
work of Escher.
Different styles of portraits - cartoon
/realistic/ abstract/ distorted.
New mastery curriculum which is
focused on developing the key concepts, knowledge and skills needed
for success in KS4 and is based on high expectations and challenge
Adopts a mastery approach to teaching and
learning, and uses effective teaching methods. Regular
assessment and feedback gives all students the chance to develop a
secure understanding of the key ideas. This Incorporates high
quality end of topic assessments which help students develop the
skills needed to tackle GCSE requirements. Data from
assessments reliably identifies what students have/have not
understood and informs future teaching and learning, including
Graffiti style folder cover.
Manga art style book cover design.
Landscape which includes a
Fantasy art - dragons / fairies /
3D animation characters.
Pop Art style work.
Natural forms - focus blending - inspiration
artist Georgia O'Keeffe.
Creative creature design - art installation -
Exploring painting and visual
Still life piece - different drawing techniques
Masks designs - 3D clay designs.
Year 10/11 GCSE Art and
The journey from the starting point - to the final
Themes covered: Of the Sea / The world through my
Develop: Developing ideas
through artists' research, by researching relevant artists, and
Producing visual responses and writing about an artist's
ideas and inspiration.
Experiment: Practical development
by experimenting with different materials, techniques and
processes, showing how ideas have developed and changed.
Recording ideas: Recording observations
relating to the theme through visual studies including drawings,
photographs, colour studies and written observations.
Present: A final outcome which
is a personal, informed, and a meaningful response to the theme
informed by the initial research, artist analysis, experimentation
and recording, demonstrating an analytical and critical
All students are encouraged to work independently,
researching and organising information from a range of sources.
They are required to record information using a range of materials,
recording from both primary and secondary sources. All students are
expected to develop their skills in a range of media including
drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, digital
photography and mixed media.
Students are required to analyse and evaluate their
findings both visually and in written form using a specialist art
and design vocabulary, gleaning meaningful personal insights.
Students experiment with images and techniques, making connections
to the work of others.