Art & Photography
Art and Design is a practical subject which encourages students to learn about themselves and the world around them in a creative way. Students learn about the visual qualities of different materials and how to manipulate these to suit their own purpose. There is an emphasis on the vocational nature of the subject, with links to architecture, graphic design and illustration. Students develop their practical abilities whilst also developing their thinking skills and ability to respond analytically to aesthetics.
Mrs Stromdale - Head of Department (maternity leave)
Mr Fayers - Acting Head of Department
Mrs Roylance - Teacher of Art
Miss Owen - Teacher of Art
Miss Giles - Teacher of Art & Photography
Mrs Jackson - Photography HLTA/technician
Art and Design are taught in four specialist Art rooms with access to a range of two-dimensional and three-dimensional materials. One of these rooms is a dedicated ceramics room. Another is a studio specifically for sixth form students. Students have the opportunity to work independently, in groups and on a range of scales. There is also access to a suite of computers so students can explore digital photo manipulation and graphic design and a photography studio with a selection of backdrops and lights.
Key Stage 3
Students in Year 7 and 8 are introduced to basic skills such as drawing from observation and using tone. They work through six projects that have varying themes contained within them; ‘Colour’, ‘Tone’, ‘Ceramics’, ‘Printmaking’, ‘Graphics’, ‘3-Dimensional’.
Projects in Year 9 become more self-directed with students being encouraged to respond to a theme in individual ways. Students might look as an example of a project title; 'Urban and Rural Landscapes', 'Architecture', 'Figure Drawing and Fashion Illustration', and 'Surrealism'.
Students will follow national guidelines throughout Key Stage 3 to support and prepare them for their Key Stage 4 courses. The school operates a banding system of 1-9 (9 being the highest band). Students will be given a target based upon their Key Stage 2 scores and baseline assessments on arrival at Edgbarrow. The band they are awarded at the end of the Key Stage is intended to be indicative of the grade they may achieve at GCSE.
Key Stage 4
We offer GCSE Fine Art & GCSE Photography.
At GCSE level, students develop a more sophisticated approach to their artwork. The focus is on building a successful portfolio of work which demonstrates their strongest abilities. Students are encouraged to develop a much more independent and experimental approach to their work.
In Year 10 and 11 students develop their skills in drawing as well as a wide range of different techniques. Students work on two controlled assessment projects to build a portfolio of work that forms 60% of their final GCSE grade. They are given a selection of starting points to create a very personal, self-directed project. Through this, they demonstrate recording skills as well as an ability to develop their own ideas and experiment with a range of materials.
Key Stage 5
We offer A Level Fine Art & A Level Photography.
At A Level, students are able to work in painting and drawing, sculpture and ceramics, printmaking, digital and video art and mixed media. Students are required to submit a coursework portfolio containing a personal investigation and complete an examination project.
For further information regarding our Art & Photography Curriculum please contact:
Mrs Stromdale [email protected]
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