In Key Stage 3, students develop their basic artistic skills during two main projects which are run in a carousel rotation with music and drama. They focus on drawing, painting, planning and 3D sculpture.
In Year 7 students complete a project based on the theme of pop art, using food as the subject of their pieces. They learn basic drawing and painting skills and how to create a 3D piece.
In Year 8 students expand on the drawing techniques developed during Year 7 by completing a drawing project based on the theme of architecture. They use biro, ink, pencil and paint to complete a number of drawn studies based on the work of Marc Allante, Paul Kenton and Ian Murphy.
Students begin their GCSE course in Year 9 where they further develop their drawing skills. They complete a four-week introduction project, learning how to observe objects correctly and the principles of shading. The project they complete in Year 9 is based on natural form, focusing on natural objects, 3D realistic drawing and the use of artists to influence work.
During Year 10 students study abstract art and the world of ‘Light & Glass’. They study the work of John Piper and his installation at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool. They complete pieces using collage, paint effects and printing techniques.
Year 11 begins with a mixed media project using the theme ‘Urban Decay and Abandonment’ as inspiration. Students focus on developing mixed-media skills using a variety of techniques such as printing, collage, drawing and painting. Students begin the practical exam in January which contributes 40% towards the final GCSE grade.
In Key Stage 3, students develop the basic skills required in textiles during two main projects which are run in a carousel rotation with product design and food technology. They focus on hand sewing, construction techniques and using the sewing machine to create a pencil case based on a treasure map.
In Year 8, students further develop their design and sewing skills by designing and making a ‘junkyard critter’ based on the work of Tim Burton and Junker Jane.
Students begin their GCSE textiles course in Year 9, where they further develop their sewing skills. They complete a four-week introduction project where they are introduced to more advanced techniques such as free machine embroidery, batik dyeing and fashion illustration. They then further develop these skills by creating a neck-piece based on natural form.