At Key Stage 3 the students use a range of 2D and 3D media and techniques, building on core skills and the formal elements. We have a painting and drawing classroom and a 3D area with two kilns for ceramic work. Each year they explore new themes and progress with skills learnt in the previous year.
In years 10 and 11 students have the option of studying Art and Design at IGCSE through the Cambridge exam board. The course comprises of a coursework and examined unit with equal mark weighting. In year 10 students are re-introduced to printing, ceramics, acrylic, water colour and introduced to oil paint techniques, whilst continuing to develop their basic drawing skills. By year 11 students revisit their projects from year 10 and then through discussion with their teacher decide on a theme that they would like to investigate for their coursework project. Independence and individuality are encouraged in the choices and decisions that the students make in the production of their work.
At A level the emphasis is on developing independence and creativity whilst continuing to develop an understanding of the formal elements. Students will visit exhibitions and collect exciting research from firsthand experience.
Year 11 and 6th Form Project
For the past 4 years Year 11 and 6th form students have been involved in a volunteer project helping to teach art to a local group of blind, deaf and disabled children on a Friday afternoon. The project has been set up a charity, CHETNA and the UN Spouses Association of Bonn and is part of the Disabled Services Association (DSA). Our students provide sporting, music and art activities with small groups of children. The aim of the project is to start to equip the children with skills that will be useful to them gaining employment when they leave education. At the end of the project an exhibition of the children’s work will be held. So far this has been an amazing experience for all those involved and we are looking forward to seeing the results of this collaborative project over the coming years.