Art Teaching Staff

  • Mrs Sarah Mulhern – Curriculum Lead, Art & Photography
  • Miss L Burningham: Photography & Art
  • Mrs K Evans: Art and History
  • Ms M Jirat: Art & Phoenix teacher
Art and Photography

A high-quality art and design education engages, inspires and challenge students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As students progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art. They should also know how art both reflects and shapes our history, and contribute to the cultures, creativity and wealth of our nation.

We first explore why art is important and look at all the skills art teaches you.

In Year 7 we focus on a range of still life drawing skills exploring the 7 key visual elements. Line, shape, colour, tone, pattern, texture, form. Students become familiar with the structure of lessons and our expectations in a practical lesson. Topics include; Drawing skills, Journeys, Mark Making Landscapes with a 3D element, Portraits and Distortion.

In Year 8 we focus on topics including; Food with painting and printmaking skills, Pop Art, Narratives with in Art with paper cutting and photography skills, Anti Bullying Campaigns and 3D Workshops.

Year 9 is a skills-based year to give students a variety of disciplines that they might like to explore further at GCSE. Students will have 2 hours of art a week. During the year they will complete 6 projects: Drawing, painting, collage, photography, textiles and ceramics.

Year 10 art projects are themed like an AQA exam question. Students will create an individual project based on the starting points: Beginning and/or End, Natural Forms and Hands.

Year 10 Photography projects are themed like an AQA exam question also. Students will create an individual project based on the starting points: Beginning and/or End, Urban Abstraction and Hands. There is the opportunity for art and photography students to share ideas and work together.

Year 11 Art & Photography consists of 2 projects. Firstly, a teacher led project/Mock exam
and in January an Externally set Assignment/10 hour exam the students with also have time after their final exam to improve portfolio and get their work ready for exhibition

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