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Welcome to the Art Department


Mrs T Jones

Subject Leader
Teacher of Photography/ Art and Design/ Fine Art

Mrs C Arif

Second in Department for Digital Media Teacher of Art and Design/ Art Make-up/ Photography

Mrs K Ash

Second in Department for Fine Art Teacher of Art and Design/ Fine Art/ Textile Design

Miss J Bayliss

Teacher of Art and Design/ Photography
Art Make-up

Mr A Duffett

Teacher of art and design /
photography and fine art

Mrs A Wright

Specialist Learning Support Assistant for Art and Design/ Photography/ Art Make-up
About Our Subject

Art education at CWLC aims to bring out the creative and visual thinker. Students explore, build on and record their own creative and imaginative ideas. Art provides students with a means of self- expression and helps them to communicate with others about feelings, ideas and concerns as well as creating artwork for conceptual purposes. Visual thinking helps students to learn other subjects, to foster critical higher levels of thinking and is used in a wide variety of professions including the sciences. Developing observational skills enables students to become more sensitive to the world around them. Students experience problem solving and analytical skills as they explore, review and modify ideas. Through art and design, students learn how to work together and understand differences and diversity. Art contributes to making CWLC a safer and more peaceful learning environment. The creative industries are a major success story in the UK. They employ nearly two million people, and for every £10 of income raised from UK exports, £1 comes from the creative professions. At CWLC the art department is committed to making sure that students’ creativity is developed and nurtured to ensure they have the opportunity to be part of this sector.

Year 7

Art of the environment

Students work mainly in sketchbooks which are viewed as a portfolio of their work. This includes a bank of vocabulary and knowledge on environmental issues. Students will learn to use the formal elements of visual art, and how to manipulate these using a wide range of media to create different effects. They will develop their knowledge of formal elements, refine and combine these techniques to create skilful and meaningful visual outcomes. They will be introduced to the working practises of others to understand how these methods can be applied to achieve a range of successful outcomes. Students are encouraged to use subject specific vocabulary throughout the curriculum. Students begin with exploring wildlife as starting points for their artwork. They then use their local area to photograph, draw and paint, looking at spaces and architecture.

Year 8

The world of Harry Potter

Students continue to work mainly in sketchbooks. They will build and refine on skills used last year as well as learn new skills. They will learn about creating both 2D and 3D artwork for film and TV, understanding how art, craft and design can be used in the real world and that there are many career options open to them.  Students are encouraged to use subject specific vocabulary throughout the curriculum. Students will have the opportunity to take part in the creative arts visit to London next year which includes a workshop and visit to Harry Potter Studio Tour.

Year 9 art and design 

The projects have been designed to allow students to develop knowledge and understanding during the course through a variety of learning experiences and approaches, including engagement with artists work. This will allow them to develop the skills to explore, create and communicate their own ideas. Students will demonstrate these skills through the development, refinement, recording, realisation and presentation of their ideas through a sketchbook based portfolio and by responding  to both primary and secondary resources. Students will start the year looking at the project of ‘You are what you eat’ and then progress onto more complex ideas and personal ‘Identity’.


Year 9 art make-up

Students will explore the processes and application of a variety of 2D and 3D media such as body paint, latex and scar wax in order to transfer their traditional painting and drawing skills on to a 3D canvas – themselves. Students will learn about good hygiene when using make-up and the prevention of cross contamination. 

They will develop their presentational skills by taking step by step photographs, annotating and displaying  their work into a portfolio.  Literacy skills will also be developed through research, understanding and applying key art terminology. Students will be introduced to editing tools via Photoshop to digitally manipulate their images. Students will research a combination contemporary and historical artwork and sources to inspire their final project based on ‘The Wild’. 


Year 9 photography

 Students learn how to use their OneDrive365 area and are shown how to set this up on their phones as well as use this on the desktops. They are introduced to Photoshop and shown how to navigate the working area and use the tools to do complete a range of different editing processes as well as save in different formats such as jpg and Photoshop docs and transfer images to online PowerPoints. They are then introduced to  photography composition techniques to make more dynamic photographs and combine these with their editing techniques. They learn how to use aperture priority and shutter priority modes on DSLR cameras to create a range of effects. Students are introduced to creative photographers and taught how to write about these using literacy frames. Finally they use all these combined skills to put together a GCSE photography project exploring food.
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At Key stage 4 students have the option to study a range of GCSE courses. These include art and design, photography and art specialising in special effects make up. Students produce a practical portfolio of work which includes between 2 to 3 units of work as part of their 60% coursework over the two years of the course. They also produce a practical portfolio of work set by the exam board followed by a 10 hour practical timed test as the remaining 40% of the GCSE.
In art and design, students will be expected to produce a sketchbook and a final outcome for each unit. Students will use a range of materials and techniques which may include drawing, painting, printing, 3D, photography and where appropriate ICT. Students are expected to collect images about artists, craftspeople and designers to use as starting points for their own ideas. They gather their own primary source images to work from as well as pictures from the internet and other sources. Students will be expected to experiment with materials and develop their ideas into their chosen outcomes.
In art make up, students use client led themed briefs as starting points to produce make up art and simple costumes. They learn how to use special effects make up for TV, theatre and film. Students explore with latex, face paints and grease paints using themselves as a canvass. They develop skills in Photoshop to edit and develop images of their work.

In photography students will learn how to use their camera in A/S and M settings and understand the basic principles of good photographic compositions. They develop Photoshop editing techniques and look at alternative creative ways of displaying photographic compositions. Students develop skills further though themed units of work looking at landscape, architecture, portrait, still life and street photography.

In all GCSE courses, students are marked on their ability to demonstrate skills in developing ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources. Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with media, materials, techniques and processes. Recording ideas, observation and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses. Presenting a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

Exam board: AQA 8201/ 8206

This course will help students to become extremely versatile developing wide ranging employment.

At Key Stage 5 students can study Fine art and/ or photography A level. Students are expected to produce a practical portfolio of work showing their personal response to either a starting point, brief, scenario or stimulus together with a related study of a minimum of 1000 words which might be an essay, digital presentation, blog, illustrated study sheet or written report.
Within photography students are expected to show evidence of having researched and demonstrated knowledge of at least one technique within the area of moving image or time lapse photography. This might be through traditional media such as photo-montage which is then sequenced using digital media. It might be narrative film and the directing and editing of footage. They will also explore chemical/ light sensitive photography using emulsions in an experimental way. Students will use digital image manipulation techniques to modify and enhance photographic images. Gaining and applying contextual and/ or historical knowledge and approaches to presentation will support the development of work and become a driver in the completion of skills based and contextual or theoretical work.
In fine art students will explore, research and acquire techniques and develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of Fine Art media. They will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to Fine Art. Students are able to use traditional methods and/or digital techniques to produce Fine Art work. They will demonstrate specialisation in particular materials, media or processes to allow for an appropriate depth of study. This will be achieved by working toward the extension and development of particular themes, ideas or issues. Drawing skills will be understood and developed as appropriate to the ways of recording and communicating intentions, ideas and emotions in the context of Fine Art.
Students will build and evidence an understanding of relevant technologies, materials, processes and resources and continuity and change in different genres, styles and traditions relevant to Fine Art and their chosen areas of study. They are expected to show how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts. They will show how images and artefacts relate to the time and place in which they were made as well as to their social and cultural context. Students will use a working vocabulary and specialist terminology which are relevant to their chosen area(s) of study within Fine Art.

OCR: H601 H603


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