Art Department: Statement of Intent
Art, Craft & Design provides the student with the opportunity to experience some of the highest forms of human creativity. Art and Design education should engage, inspire and challenge the students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create works of art, craft and design. As they progress they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and Design. They should also know how Art and Design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and the wealth of our nation.
Art and Design allows the students to develop creativity, imagination and confidence: skills that are transferable to every other subject on the school curriculum, and critically, are indispensable in a wide array of jobs. Art and Design has a central role in the pursuit of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, encouraging innovation, analysis and evaluation – skills that are undoubtedly valuable both in school and well beyond into the workplace.
When the student arrives with us in Year 7 we would expect them to have had artistic experiences from an early age. However to ensure basic skills are embedded we practise all the basic skills such as line, form, shape, colour and scale structured through short activities such as pencil skills, colour mixing and blending and also through looking at the rules of composition within the still-life paintings of the Cubist artists. This allows the more advanced students an opportunity to refine their skills whilst ensuring those who have not had the same opportunities get the chance to experience these initial art experiences and allows all to have a strong understanding of the key skills, terms and media. Within their first year, students will also experience the very tactile process of ceramics from the basic skill of slab rolling and decoration, this work is developed through their research of religious artist Fernando Llort.
In Year 8 the slab rolling skill is taken further by students’ learning to join the clay in the form of slab pottery, with each student making their own tea-light holder in the form of a house based on their studies of local environment, and an understanding of depth and perspective in art. Within this year students also develop skills in new technologies such as digital photography, editing and digital manipulation techniques. An emphasis is then placed upon presentation, improving drawing skills with a range of media and annotation of work. The final activity in Year 8 is to study an artist and develop an original piece of work in the style of the given artist.
Each of the tasks within Year 7 and 8 are developing confidence, skills and techniques that lead towards an extended task in Year 9. This allows students to employ the skills developed over the first two years and serves as an introduction to the Assessment Objectives that they will follow if they progress to GCSE Art, Craft & Design at Key Stage 4. Ceramics in Year 9 is taught within the Technology rotation and at this stage students will be expected to research and develop a coil pot having looked at examples from Ancient Greece and also the narrative work of contemporary Artist Grayson Perry.
Students who opt to study Art, Craft & Design at GCSE level in Key Stage 4 will then complete two extended tasks which becomes their Portfolio (60% of the total grade), which cover the 4 Assessment Objectives alongside satellite projects which are aimed at strengthening their individuals skills. Students will cover a range of disciplines including fine art, printmaking, digital art and ceramics, which will be assessed by an Externally Set Assignment (40% of the total grade), assigned in Spring term of Year 11. Homework is an opportunity for the students to extend knowledge of their selected artists, improve their skills and finish work to a higher standard.
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The Art Department run a weekly Key Stage 3 Art Club after-school which enables the students to: further develop skills studied in class, work on independent projects or complete homework and classwork in a well-equipped Art studio. It is expected that students who wish to attend respect each student’s ability level and interest.
Key Stage 4 students are invited to attend Study Support sessions throughout the year to allow them the opportunity to continue their studies with the support and materials available to encourage success. We also welcome outside visitors into the department to widen the students knowledge and show them how Art can lead them on to a broad range of career paths. In recent years we have welcomed visiting ceramic artists and puppet makers into the departments, and created links with UCLan and their student ambassadors to allow our students to work with post-graduate photography students and also to visit their studios.
In a student’s time studying Art it is hoped they will have taken every opportunity to learn, experience and fully involve themselves within Art and Design. This may be a subject that directly allows them to access higher education within the arts or perhaps indirectly equips the student with the skills required to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, encouraging innovation, analysis and evaluation – skills that are undoubtedly valuable in school, college and well beyond into the workplace. With an estimated 2 million jobs – 75 per cent of them outside London – the UK’s creative industries are developing new jobs faster than other sectors despite record employment in the UK economy as a whole. It‘s our job here at Christ the King Catholic High School to ensure all of our students receive the skills required if this is the field they wish to pursue as a career.