Research shows that the arts help students to do better in all subjects and improves the likelihood that they will stay in school longer.
They help to develop social, emotional and cognitive developments, while supporting effective learning.
We use art to encourage our students to develop and express their ideas through a variety of media.
Key Stage 3
Art offers a broad-based course with a wide range of activities. We start by developing drawing skills and then move onto painting, sculpture and printing. The course also enables students to develop their practical, presentation and research skills.
Students carry out substantial development and research as part of their project work, which is issued on a termly basis. Information Technology plays a key role within this, including researching art and artists on the Internet.
Students have the opportunity to work on skills based projects, which develop their knowledge and understanding to prepare them for their GCSE.
We currently run a 12-week ‘Design and Make’ project based on a theme personal to each individual. Students produce a small textiles panel showcasing the techniques and processes they have learnt over the rotation.
Students can experiment with a wide range of decorative techniques including stenciling and weaving plus hand and machine embroidery. Through the use of sewing machines, pupils are able to develop confidence and develop an awareness of what Textiles as a GCSE subject is before options are selected.
Key Stage 4
The GCSE Fine Art course allows students to develop their own interests and skills, using a multi-media approach. Students in Year 11 have to submit two coursework units and a final controlled test for assessment.
Examination results over the past decade have shown consistent improvement with approximately 80% of candidates achieving A* - C grades. We hope to involve pupils in trips and visits to various galleries when possible in order to enrich their concepts and develop fresh ideas for their coursework.
GCSE and A Level students use IT more intensively within their coursework. Scanners, digital cameras and specialist software, including Photoshop, are used to create and record work. They could also be used to develop film and animation in the creative process when needed.
Alumna Daisy Jacobs recently won at the BAFTAs, Edinburgh Film Festival and received an Academy Award nomination for her work on the animated short film, ‘The Bigger Picture’. You can see more of Daisy's work on The Bigger Picture on her Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/thebiggerpicturefilm (link opens in new window).
Alice Mew, one of our 2013 A level art students has exhibited her work at the Mall Galleries in London. Members of the local NADFAS (The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies) visited our summer show and selected the piece.
For more information on the Art department please visit our Twitter feed: @BayHouseArt