Art Craft and Design at the school makes good use of the large light rooms in the main school house where areas are set aside for the GCSE pupils to enjoy their individual projects and display their finished work. There is a dedicated sculpture area outside, where pupils can enjoy construction using wood and plaster.
Art Craft and Design is a multidisciplinary approach to Art that includes, fine art, photography, graphics, product design and sculpture. This gives students a range of opportunities to develop skills, in drawing, painting and more practical projects designing and making products.
Year 7, 8 and 9 follow a programme of study that introduces more traditional skills for drawing, painting, sculpture and print making, alongside projects that make use of the ICT resources. They will develop an understanding of the use of colour, line, form and tone to produce finished pieces.
Within the Art Craft and Design course they will also complete DT type projects to build up their workshop skills making functional products in woods, metals and plastic. This will also develop their understanding of materials, manufacturing and the design process.
As they progress through KS3 they will be given more freedom to use their skills and creativity to produce more independent projects leading to a good understanding of the Assessment objectives in preparation for GCSE in years 10 and 11.
Year 10 and 11 GCSE pupils follow individually set projects alongside the set examination themes, to produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates individual thought processes and practical application. The work must include thorough use of the sketch book, application of ICT skills and personal reflective comments.
Contextual study of the History of Art and Design, compliments the set projects and all pupils are encouraged to engage their own research and ideas through the use of sketch books.