Weobley High – Art
Providing a creative outlet for students to express themselves is vital to an inclusive education. The Art Department has a crucial role to play in encouraging creativity and the use of thinking skills, which can help students to develop confidence and the ability to communicate with others. The Art Department at Weobley High School provides students with a broad artistic education that endeavors to put thinking as well as making at the centre of students learning. We introduce students to contemporary and traditional/historical Art, Design and Craft from different times and places and for different purposes.
What we teach in Art…….
Our curriculum both at KS3 and KS4 encompasses two and three dimensional work in a wide variety of media, including wire, paper mache, clay, printmaking, collage, painting and drawing. Teachers endeavor to promote a creative atmosphere where pupils feel confident to explore their own ideas. Independent learning and use of initiative are vital to the work our students produce.
Key Stage 3
During KS3 students work to a theme every year, this is broken down to a series of small units or tasks. They explore a wide variety of media and skills to prepare them for the requirements of KS4. All projects include studying the work of other artists and developing analytical skills. Work includes both 2D and 3D elements and where appropriate uses digital cameras and ICT skills, such as the Adobe Photoshop design package.
Yr 7: The Natural World – “Ways of Looking”
This unit is all about exploring the basics, through observing the formal elements of colour, line, tone, texture, shape and form. Students examine natural forms and their immediate and local environment using drawing, collage and painting, and then develop their observational work into ideas using a variety of printmaking techniques as well as basic clay construction skills.
Yr 8: The Imaginative World – “Ways of Feeling”
This unit focuses on investigating meaning making in art, regarding atmosphere, feelings, emotions, narrative etc. Students explore Myths and Illustration, conceptual, expressionist and abstract Art. They work in 2D drawing and painting materials and a variety of 3D media, including clay and weaving, exploring various themes.
Yr 9: “Personal Response” Investigating Art and Artists
This unit is taught mainly in the format of GCSE coursework projects in order to prepare students for the option to further study this subject. Students explore a number of Artists and ways of developing ideas based on making a personal response to a variety of themes, in order to make meaningful art work both in 2D and 3D during this year, producing a number of final pieces of work.
Key Stage 4
Art is a popular course at GCSE. Our results are very successful, with 85% of students gaining A* – C in 2013. The examining body we use is OCR. The Art Department offers a broad based course that requires students to complete one unit of controlled course work followed by a terminal exam. Coursework is developed during the latter half of Yr 10, after students have completed initial work exploring and developing skills, both conceptual and practical. After coursework is completed, students prepare for their final Art exam.
Students investigate a wide variety of materials both 2D and 3D, extending the skills they acquired at KS3. Themes are explored which allow students to make a personal response and work to their own strengths and interests.
Clubs There are Art Clubs for both key stages at lunchtimes, where students have an opportunity to extend and develop their Art work. We run KS4 Art Clubs one or two evenings a week from 3.30 – 4.30 where GCSE students can complete coursework and exam prep and receive one on one tutorial time.
Trips In recent years these have been with Geography and/or Drama, and we have visited fantastic places such as Venice, Amsterdam, London and most recently Italy, where we combined visits to Galleries with walks up Vesuvius and the unforgettable experience of a visit to Pompeii, before experiencing the wonders of Rome.
At KS3 we offer day trips. Last year students in Yr 8 visited the Nature in Art gallery near Gloucester, where they took part in workshops, followed by a days’ drawing practice workshop in school led by local published Botanical Illustrator Lizzie Harper. In recent trips we have also visited the Monnow Valley Arts Centre, Ynyslas Nature Reserve and the Pitt Rivers Anthropological Museum in Oxford where we focused on African Artefacts.
Outside Links We have links with Hereford College of Arts and regularly enter the annual EXPO exhibition of Herefordshire schools Art work. We also send Yr 11 students to the annual summer school and Yr 9 students to the annual spring school. A number of our students also attend a Saturday Art club at the college, which is a brilliant opportunity for them as this includes a year – long program of events incorporating trips to London etc. We endeavor to bring outside Artists into our school where possible – last year as mentioned above, we had a visit from a local Artist who delivered a drawing workshop to Yr 8 students.