|Mrs Clare Bye
Head of Department BA Hons Surface Pattern Design
|Mrs Hilary Nicholls
Teacher of Art BA Hons Fine Art
|Ms Emily Titley
Education in the arts is essential to students’ intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth and well-being. The study of visual art plays a crucial role in helping students to achieve their potential as learners and also builds the foundations for free-thinking, creative, ambitious, hard-working, socially aware and caring individuals.
We aim to provide a curriculum that is diverse, inventive, contemporary, explorative and experimental. It is delivered by staff who are passionate about their teaching and the learning of others.
The Art Department is highly successful, consistently achieving 100% pass rates at GCSE and A Level. Many of our students go on to further art career choices and we regularly have students returning to gain work experience prior to art teacher training courses.
Key Stage 3
In art, craft and design, students explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to describe the visual elements of tone, line, form, composition, pattern and colour. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, technical skill and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures and to understand the contexts in which they were made.
Students will be taught to reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, discussing quality, and meaning fluently. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives. Students will begin by developing key skills in art and design practise, working from life to develop their drawing skills, their work with colour and colour theory. By the end of Key Stage 3 students should be able to use practical materials with skill and control and will be able to record ideas and intentions with confidence.
The GCSE course has two parts; the coursework produced over two years, and the Externally Set Assignment completed at the end of the two years.
The coursework material, in the form of sketchbooks or work books and finished pieces of work, are produced in school, supported by substantial homework. The coursework is arranged into themes and projects undertaken across the two years. Each project is a response to a specific theme in which students learn to develop their own ideas, practical skills and outcomes during the course.
The main focus throughout the course is the core skill of observational drawing, which leads to a variety of developments in two and three dimensional work accompanied by references to artists, art movements and cultures. Students are given the opportunity to attend art trips, such as The Pitt Rivers Museum , Tring Zoological Museum, Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Students are also encouraged to visit local galleries as part of homework.
Students are encouraged to draw from observation as much as possible to develop their knowledge and understanding of, and practical ability with, the formal elements of composition, tone, form, line and colour. Landscapes, architecture, natural form, portraits, figures are typical subjects on which students apply the appropriate use of proportion, composition, perspective, tone, texture and colour.
The Externally Set Assignment takes place during the Spring Term in Year 11. After a preparatory time of approximately eight weeks students take a 10 hour exam in which a finished piece of work, either 2D or 3D, is produced. The exam is a response to an externally set theme and is marked internally, together with the coursework. Work is then moderated by an examiner from AQA.
Sixth Form Art study follows a traditional path. Emphasis is placed on the ability to draw well from observation, in order to realise complex and extraordinary ideas. Any student who is considering taking Art at A level must have studied Art to GCSE level.
In Year 12 students follow a broad introductory course where they are introduced to a wide range of media, experimental techniques and different ways of working. The emphasis is on experimenting with ideas and materials.
In Year 13 students produce an extended Personal Investigation where they work in greater depth and greater independence on a topic of their choice.
We frequently use the local landscape for first hand art studies. The main focus throughout the course is the core skill of observational drawing, which leads to a variety of experimental developments in two and three dimensional work accompanied by references to artists, art movements and cultures. Students are given the opportunity to attend art trips, such as The Pitt Rivers Museum, Tring Zoological Museum, The Ashmolean Oxford, Tate Britain and Tate Modern, The Victoria and Albert Museum and The Royal Academy. Students are also expected to make regular visits to local galleries as part of their learning.
We use the AQA Exam Board – GCSE Art and Design and GCE A Level Art and Design
The Art Department at Cottesloe is furnished with two large studios with projectors and large whiteboards. We also have a small darkroom, used for traditional photography and experimental work. There are 8 computers in each room , with scanners and a department photocopier. We have two printing presses and the department has a specialism in printmaking. We encourage students to make their own sketchbooks and provide younger students with A4 sketchbooks .The department has a very well equipped library which is accessible to students.