Subject Leader

Mrs T Jones.


Members of the department

Mrs K Ash

Mrs C Arif

Mrs J Heron


Mrs A Wright

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 9

Visual arts subjects are optional in Year 9. Students are able to choose between studying art, craft and design, photography or special effects make up.

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