Learners in Year 7 and 8 follow a curriculum in Art & Design which covers a range of processes and skills, including painting, drawing, and sculpture. The learners follow workshop style sessions which build and develop their skills and competencies in Art and Design. Learners develop knowledge of a variety of disciplines including sculpture, printmaking, drawing and painting. Learners are encouraged to evaluate their own work and that of others through written and verbal tasks throughout the academic year.
The curriculum is specifically designed to develop learners’ creativity and develop their ability to take creative risks.
It is expected that learners provide basic equipment and material for example a pencil, pen, eraser, ruler and coloured pencils, although specialist equipment and materials are provided by the department (for example, mod-roc, wire etc).
Where possible, learners are invited to participate in workshops with practicing artists – for example Quentin Blake and ‘The Urbanist’ or budding practitioners from local art colleges.
Learners studying GCSE Art create a portfolio in Year 9 on the theme of ‘Natural Forms’ which includes a trip to Kew Gardens. Outcomes take a variety of forms – painting, mixed media, sculpture, and even installation Art. Learners are encouraged to work in a variety of different ways, and with a range of materials.
In Year 10 there is an opportunity to prepare for the examination through mock exams, and finally the controlled assessment takes place in spring, before the annual Art Exhibition.
Visits and trips are encouraged (e.g. Kew Gardens) and include regular visits to the Tate Modern gallery and British Museum. G&T learners are invited to specialist workshops at the V&A and other galleries to develop understanding of the working practices of current artists and designers.
In line with the current school policy, homework is set and marked fortnightly. It is an expectation that learners make use of the variety of extra curricular clubs, including homework clubs to ensure that they consolidate the learning which takes place in the lesson.
Learners are often working on project based homework tasks which may extend over 6 weeks or longer.
Revision, intervention and enrichment
All members of staff run extra-curricular clubs which are open to all key stages; and regular intervention sessions are held during holidays and Saturdays to maximise the children’s potential.
Targeted interventions are held with examination groups to ensure that gaps in attainment are addressed and that those who may have fallen behind due to absence are given the opportunity to catch up.
Regular visits from artists take place, and trips to galleries and museums are available to all.