At QEHS we want to encourage our students to develop their abilities and skills in all aspects of art, as well as experiment with new materials which may lead to them discovering previously hidden talents!
We are fortunate to have two large well equipped art rooms, a small suite of computers and a small darkroom which enable us to deliver a broad range of techniques and experiences.
Our aims are:
- To help each student irrespective of ability to reach their full potential.
- To develop students’ capacity to learn about and observe the world in which they live.
- To enable students to communicate ideas using written, visual or verbal language and to use a range of materials with confidence.
- To develop students’ ability to value the contribution made by artists, craft workers and designers and to respond thoughtfully, critically and imaginatively to ideas, images and objects of many kinds and from many cultures.
- To provide a stimulating visual environment for students to work in.
What we teach in Art
- We offer a range of approaches and disciplines within the department over the key stages, these include:-
- Painting and Drawing using a variety of different media
- Printmaking – including silk screen printing, lino printing and etching/colographs
- 3D using wire, papier mache, and clay and plaster of paris
- Digital media and Photography.
Key Stage 3
The art and design curriculum offered at KS3 addresses the formal elements of art and design and is intended to develop pupils’ confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. The KS3 curriculum enables pupils to develop skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, surface pattern and image manipulation using ICT. Pupils are given the opportunity to work with a range of materials to produce both two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces of work.
These are the essential skills and processes in art, craft and design that pupils need to learn to make progress.
Pupils complete a course designed to cover the basic skills in art and design. They look at observational drawing skills such as the use of line, tone, texture, shape and form. They also look at the use of colour and colour theory. These skills are used to introduce a range of media
The majority of the work in Year 8 focuses on view points. Students begin with looking at perspective theory and how artists have used this to create an illusion of depth in art. We then go on to look at how perspective can be twisted and changed through art looking in particular at the art of Patrick Hughes and Pablo Picasso
Work in this year looks at furthering pupil experiences in art and developing their use of media. Pupils revisit observational drawing skills through looking at natural form using a wide range of media. This work is further developed through a lino printing project. Students also look at more contemporary/pop art influences and use this research as a starting point for developing independent art work.
Key Stage 4
At KS4 pupils have the option to study Art and Design either through the Art, Craft and Design or the Photography option with EDEXCEL (Pearson) Examination board.
Through this course pupils are encouraged to develop their personal, creative and imaginative approaches to art and design focusing on practical skills as well as integrating critical knowledge. The course allows progression from Key Stage 3 and prepares students for AS/Advanced GCE, BTEC Nationals and other art and design qualifications.
Pupils are required to produce 1 piece of coursework (controlled assessment worth 60%) and complete a practical terminal examination in Year 11 (40%). The work produced for their coursework and their terminal examination is assessed against four assessment objectives. At KS4, pupils adopt a much more personal approach to their work and are required to work much more independently.
Extra Curricular Opportunities in Art
There is an Art club after school one day a week and the Art room is open to pupils from all years on Thursday lunchtimes so that they can develop their skills with class work or try something new. Extra sessions either at lunchtimes or after school are available to KS4 students.
The Department also promotes links with Hereford College of Arts and students have the opportunity to attend their Spring or Summer schools.
Work from QE students has also been exhibited alongside the work of other Herefordshire students as part of Hereford Arts College’s EXPO exhibitions.