The intent of the Art department is to give students the opportunity to explore their creativity and to provide them with the skills they need to do any or all of the following:
- Express themselves effectively
- Appreciate the world of culture
- Master creative skills
- Gain an Arts qualification
- Go on to study an Arts discipline
- Gain an apprenticeship in one of the creative industries
- Gain employment in one of the creative industries
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8)
Art at Key Stage 3 follows a theme based holistic learning plan encompassing cross-curricular themes. Incorporated within this plan are learning activities designed to also enable students to achieve Art Award Levels. Opportunities are given for individual students to access a wide range of creative pursuits such as singing, recording, dance and drama with outside practitioners. Students also benefit from outside trips to galleries, cinema and theatres. A diverse range of workshops are provided such in sculpture, puppetry and puppet making, African art, drumming, special effects make-up to name but a few.
Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)
At Key Stage 4 students can choose GCSE Art as an option as well as being given the opportunity to gain Arts Award Levels. As well as a strong focus on the foundation skills of drawing and painting students learn a wide range of skills including mosaic art, print-making, clay-work, textiles art and sculpture. All students are given opportunities within the Arts access their creativity, and we have a partnership with ReadiPop for those students who have musical ability, some students will complete an Arts Award with ReadiPop.
Art at Post 16 is focussed on qualifications and work experience for those students wishing to follow an Arts based career pathway. Students can study for GCSE, A Level and Arts Award qualifications in Art & Design at the college. Each will be a one-year course and students are expected to complete a good proportion of the work independently. Students can work in a broad range of media including photography, textiles, handicrafts and jewellery-making through lessons in Creative Enterprise. All students are given opportunities in accessing the world of Art through trips and outside workshops.
For further information, please contact: Audrey Hutt (email: A.Hutt@maidenerleghtrust.org)