Welcome to the Art Department
Because we are "we all come together to learn", there is a strong universal element to our curriculum: we give all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
We believe that Art is essential to every child's development. Regardless of talent or ability, Art facilitates the development of creativity. It offers opportunities for students to express ideas, thoughts and feelings in an innovative manner, to forge links with the world in which we live, and to ask (and begin to answer) thought-provoking questions about the world too. Our curriculum's aim, therefore, is to be as creatively inspiring, innovative and diverse as possible, whilst making broader links across other subject areas. We will do this by supporting, engaging and challenging all students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
This driving ambition also applies to our Photography courses, introduced in response to local industry needs to maximise students' access to visual creativity (as, eg, some students less able to express themselves through drawing can still demonstrate great creativity photographically).
We believe passionately in the power of Art to enfranchise disadvantaged students (such as those with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities, or those with mental health issues) and are proud to be at the forefront of innovative bespoke provision for such students especially post-16.
At Key Stage 3, students will develop their skills and techniques through their research and analysis of the work of artists, designers and craftspeople. Through their sketchbooks, they will work from direct observation to learn new techniques and processes. They will develop their ability to analyse the work of artists and designers, using their analysis to inspire their own ideas. Studying units of work covering formal elements, conflict, illustration, anatomy, surrealism, architecture and portraiture, they will use a variety of media to develop their skills.
In Key Stages 4 and 5, students follow a thematic approach to their studies in both Art and Photography, closely linked to GCSE assessment objectives. Projects are designed by individual staff to be interpreted by the whole ability range within each (mixed-ability) group. In Art, the exploration of drawing in its many forms is investigated thoroughly. Each unit of study includes the opportunity to study an aspect of critical and contextual studies, enhancing students' abilities to develop ideas and explore different types of art forms from western and non-western sources.
We expect all students to achieve their maximum potential. We monitor their progress against their starting points, exposing them to continuous assessment throughout the year. This assessment covers observational drawing, the development of ideas, critical studies and final outcomes.
Our students produce extremely creative and individual artwork that can be seen displayed throughout the school and beyond: some of our students' Photography work, for example, has been selected to be displayed in the office of Liverpool's Chief Education Officer.