Our aim is to provide a sense of security and an atmosphere of respect out of which student’s creativity can flourish. We encourage our students to engage with all aspects of art, craft and design and work together to develop the quality and range of courses, facilities and experiences available to our students. We recognise our responsibility for raising students awareness and understanding of the potential future opportunities available through a good education in a creative subject. We look to share our passion for the subject, subsequently engaging, enthusing and building the confidence of every student.

Standards for lessons in Art

Lessons in the Art department would be expected to have:

  • A positive and supportive climate
  • Clearly established routines
  • Pupils will be encouraged and challenged
  • Health and Safety issues being addressed where appropriate
  • Learning objectives will be stated at the beginning
  • Opportunities will be created for pupils to participate in their own and each other’s assessment.
  • Make links to previous and future learning.
  • Use of exemplar work and / or demonstrations of techniques and processes
  • Use of ICT where appropriate

As a department we are currently developing our:

  • Use of learning objectives during and at the end of lessons
  • Use of student talk-time allocated during questioning
  • Timing and use of peer assessment
  • Allocation of time given to improvement of work after assessment.

Ian Murphy Drawing Workshop

Talented students from each year group recently participated in a two day drawing workshop with artist Ian Murphy. Using local architecture as subject matter, the students explored a range of techniques using graphite and collage to create multi-layered and atmospheric drawings.

Artist of the Week

Gabrys Wojniusz - Year 9
selected by Mrs Corbett
Molly Jones Coffey - Year 11
selected by Mr Priest
Leo Johnson - Year 7
selected by Miss Birkett
Levi Carter - Year 11
selected by Mr Vickers