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 understanding:  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 meanings

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 purposes.

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 value. 

Enrichment:   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 group:

Year 7

·         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 for all. 

·         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 intervention needs.

Year 8

·         Graffiti style folder cover.

·         Manga art style book cover design.

·         Landscape which includes a fore/middle/background.

·         Fantasy art - dragons / fairies / witches.

·         3D animation characters.

Year 9

·         Pop Art style work.

·         Natural forms - focus blending - inspiration artist Georgia O'Keeffe.

·         Creative creature design - art installation - photography.

·         Exploring painting and visual effects.

·         Still life piece - different drawing techniques and styles.

·         Masks designs - 3D clay designs.

Year 10/11 GCSE Art and Design.

The journey from the starting point - to the final outcome.

Themes covered: Of the Sea / The world through my eyes.

Develop:   Developing ideas through artists' research, by researching relevant artists, and producing mood-boards.

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 understanding.

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.