Art

St. Michael’s Art Departments Aims

Artistic ability is an essential part of every individual.  The Art and Design Curriculum at St Michael’s offers the opportunity to explore and develop ideas and philosophies in relation to practical activities as well as allowing for individual expression.
We nurture the student’s creativity allowing them to grow in confidence to be innovative with a strong foundation of in depth research and diversity of skills.

We offer the girls the opportunity to work in a wide range of media: drawing and painting, collage, mixed media work, textiles, clay and other 3D construction techniques.  We also support projects with ICT including use of digital imagery using Photoshop.  All projects are closely linked to the work of artists, designers and craftspeople, looking also at many different cultures.

Museum and gallery visits plus the work of practicing artists are integral to the art work we do at St Michael’s.  We organise visits or workshops with artists in every key stage allowing girls to see exciting and stimulating artworks first hand.  At GCSE and A level we expect students to go in their own time to see art thus ensuring art references are relevant to their own individual ideas. In addition we offer overseas visits to see Art in relation to the local culture and history; we have visited NYC, Beijing, and more recently Berlin.

We have cultivated links with the Royal Academy of Art, Royal College of Art and the Tate Gallery where students have had opportunities to undertake workshops and meet established artists.

 

KS3 Art

Yr7
Over the year all girls have worked individually and as part of a group developing painting, drawing, textiles, sculptures and using ICT as a research tool, linked to the themes of ‘Self Identity’, ‘Mother and Child’ and the ‘Moving Figure’.
Yr8
The girls have developed 3D construction techniques linked to the theme of ‘Shelters’, allowing them also to explore their drawing skills further and printmaking.
Yr9
The girls have completed the ‘End of Key Stage’ project for which they have been given a National Curriculum level.  This was inspired by ‘Urban Landscape’ and a workshop led by a professional artist, extending skills in painting, mono printing and supporting studies.  They have all undertaken clay and textiles.  The teacher assessment end of key stage level addresses all projects undertaken in Year 9.

 

KS4 - GCSE Art with OCR

The GCSE Art is split 60% coursework/portfolio, 40% Externally Set Assignment.

Yr10
During Year 10 the girls have studied African Art and developed clay, textiles and Still Life painting to allow them to build on their skills, all linked to relevant artists.  They have all completed a ten hour mock exam in their chosen media.
Yr 11
Pupils have produced painting further inspired by the theme of Identity. This develops into their yr11 mock exam allowing the students to develop their own project to ultimately conclude their coursework portfolios. 
All undertaken a 10hour GCSE exam exploring individual ideas from themes set by the exam board resulting in the girls creating a finished final piece with supporting studies.

 

KS5 A level Art with Edexcel

AS
Component 1 (Personal Investigation)
This incorporates a portfolio of development work and outcomes.
We deliver this through a series of workshops run by your teachers, under a common theme, to allow students to acquire a range of techniques including a variety of approaches to drawing, printmaking, textiles, 3D work plus much more. At least 4 hours of homework is set each week, this involves observation drawing, experimentation with media, research into relevant artists and cultures. They are expected to spend ¼ of their study time in the art rooms develop work further and completing work started in the workshops. It is imperative that deadlines are met. They will begin to develop their own independent ideas to create your own art work under the guidance of the teachers. They are expected to develop ideas more independently and thoroughly than at GCSE.
 
Component 2 (Externally Set Task)
A theme is set by the exam board for candidates to develop independent work. The students will explore techniques further and make links to key artists, building on the skills developed in component 1. Ultimately they will undertake a final piece under exam conditions within 10 hours, over two days.

A Level
Component 1 (Personal Investigation)
This incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work and a personal study.
The supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes developed from a common theme that allows the students to create your own individual work. Workshops will be run to allow you to acquire new skills and experiences of art, introducing them to new artists and cultures. They are expected to do at least 4 hours of homework and spend 1/3 of you study periods in the art room completing work started in lessons.
The personal study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum of 1000 words of continuous prose alongside integrated images. This comprises 12% of the total qualification.

Component 2 (Externally Set Task)
A theme is set by the exam board for candidates to develop independent work. The students will explore techniques further and make links to key artists, building on the skills developed in component 1. Ultimately they will undertake a final piece under exam conditions within 15 hours, over three days.

 

Throughout both AS and A level students are expected to visit museums and galleries to build on your knowledge of the art world. They will take part in class discussions and presentations about your art work and the work of your peers.

They will display your work at times of assessment and ultimately hang your own AS/A level exhibition for final assessment, the moderators visit and the Art Departments Art Exhibition when your parents, staff and other VIPs are invited to see your work and celebrate achievements.

 

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