Art & Design
Our vision in the Art department is to equip students with innovative and imaginative ways of seeing the world around them, allowing them to express their ideas practically in an environment that promotes creative learning.
Our aim is for all students to leave their lessons with more than simply technical skills. We hope that they will be confident to use of their imagination whilst also improving their knowledge and analysis by means of contextual study. We encourage them to learn to question beyond the pure aesthetics of Art.
Through the communication of ideas and feelings, Art is a language which also complements the scientific, mathematical or factually based subjects. Art promotes of independent learners and we continually focus on developing a wide range of resources and experiences to offer to our pupils, enabling them to grow as independent artists. Enjoyment, together with increased self-esteem and confidence lie at the core of our initiative. The nature of our subject also supports students’ intellectual, emotional and social development. Art enriches the curriculum by promoting creativity and cultural awareness for all pupils, nurturing spiritual, aesthetic, intellectual and moral values in the lives of our young people.
Key Stage 3
In Years 7 & 8, students’ work is characterised by the need to understand the reality surrounding them. These are fundamental years, when students receive a strong grounding in the basic skills of drawing, painting, printing, 3D work, mixed media and design. Year 8 and 9 students are encouraged to discover that Art can convey personal and significant meaning. They are lead more thoroughly through the creative process in order to finally realise their intentions via an exciting and varied skills based programme. The study of artists’ work is incorporated into all projects and students are taught to articulate fluently in their responses and analyses.
Key Stage 4
The standard of GCSE and A Level work regularly results in exceptionally sensitive and individual artwork, and the work of our students is celebrated through the vibrant displays, both within the department and around the school. GCSE students’ work is exhibited in a South Area Network showcase at BCU in Birmingham City Centre every June. This is a prestigious event which fellow students, family members, staff, governors and visitors are invited to attend.
We are delighted to be offering Graphic Communication as an alternative Art and Design endorsement at GCSE. The assessment objectives and course structure are the same as those for Fine Art.
In Graphic Communication, students will use the latest Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator software to develop their ideas in response to a brief. High quality drawing and the experience of a breadth of media are also essential to successful outcomes in Graphic Communication.
Key Stage 5
Each summer we hold an annual exhibition in The Studio to celebrate the achievements of our A Level students. This is a prestigious event which fellow students, family members, staff, governors and visitors are invited to attend.
Students who are intending to study Art and Design at Higher Education are usually required to demonstrate their skills by means of an extensive portfolio of their own, and as departmental staff we have accumulated a great deal of experience Post-16 and Post-18 in order to support such pupils in their endeavours.
Art students who have studied with us have pursued careers in (including but not limited to) Architecture, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Product Design and Fashion.
Transition work for Year 11 moving into Year 12
Visits to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, National Portrait Gallery (BP Portrait Award) and The Royal Academy of Arts are organised every year. We also arrange additional workshops, gallery visits and practical sessions around the needs of our students.
Lunchtime and after school sessions are offered throughout the school week, providing further opportunity for students to take advantage of the facilities and expertise offered by the department.
We take pride in maintaining links with the wider community through entering students’ work into local and national competitions and exhibitions.
Gallery of Student Work
Please feel welcome to browse through our virtual Art Galleries covering a selection of student work from Year 7 to Year 13.