At St. Nicholas school art is aimed to extend pupils’ curiosity and interest in the world, through independent thinking and personalised work. A therapeutic approach to the lessons is an emphasis for younger and/or less able groups. Regular visits are made to leading venues for the arts, including recent visits to the Whitechapel gallery, The Sculpture Park in Fleet, Tate galleries and the Royal Opera house.
Art in KS3 is taught through a three year rolling scheme covering six themes and six main areas of study: painting, printing, sculpture, digital media, collage/relief and textiles, with each project lasting 1.5 terms. After presentation of the topic pupils will explore, experiment, evaluate and amend their ideas to produce a final piece from their sketchbook research.
mmmmmIn KS4, Gifted and talented pupils are offered the opportunity to study GCSE Art and Design with AQA examining board. Initially, a year 10 group are given a topic to explore but they are encouraged to make their work relevant to their own personal interests and experiences. They tackle a variety of media, particularly drawing, painting, printing and clay/3D work. Many year 11 pupils set their own topics with staff support. To see the fantastic GCSE Art work from last year, click here.