Staffing: Mr R Kneale (Head of Department), Mrs L Manning and Miss G Roberts (Art Technician)
The Art and Design Department at Bury Church of England High school aims to provide students with a broad and balanced programme of Art, Craft and Design activities which enables them to extend their knowledge skills and understanding. We provide visual tactile and sensory experiences which aim to stimulate both creativity and imagination and contribute to a wider understanding of life and the world, which in turn helps to build a well rounded person. Art and Design is a popular subject at Bury Church of England High School, students enjoy the opportunity to be creative and expressive through their ideas, pieces of Art work and sketchpads, they are also able to experiment with a wide variety of Art media and work on a variety of scales. The department is proud of the quality and variety of Art and Design work produced by students in all the year groups.
The Art and Design Department has worked successfully with a number of Artists in Residence on both short and long term projects and with a range of different year groups, including working on individual and group projects. Examples of some of the larger group projects can be seen around the school.
Visits to various Art Galleries have helped to enrich students Art and Design education and enhance various Art projects.
The department is equipped with a wide range of Art and Design materials and resources including drawing and painting, pottery and sculpture, printing and textiles. The two Art rooms are equipped with nine computers each and there are also two printers. The computers are used to develop pieces of Art work and to support some of the practical projects.
Our annual Year 11 GCSE Art exhibition is an important event on the school calendar. It is an opportunity for students' parents and friends of the school to view the wide range of Art work produced by our GCSE students.
Key Stage 3
In Art, Craft and Design at Key Stage 3, the students explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In Art, Craft and Design, pupils reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of Art, Craft and Design and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.
Programmes of study at Key stage 3
To show creativity and respond to tasks in a purposeful, imaginative way. Personal ways to produce original Artwork. Exploring and experimenting with ideas, materials and techniques. Investigating, analysing, designing and evaluating. Expressing their own and listening to the views and opinions of others.
Observational and imaginative work. Ideas and designs. Creating images. Using a wide range of tools, materials and techniques. Evaluating their own and the work of others.
Range and content
Working with and exploring a range of media, and understanding Art, Craft and Design processes.
Working independently and collaboratively, cross-curricular opportunities. Visits to Art Galleries.
Key Stage 4
Art and Design GCSE 4201
Examination board AQA
This is a broad course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and new media and technologies. It is an unendorsed course where candidates can work in appropriate art, craft and design materials and processes.
The course consists of :
Unit 1 : Portfolio of work. Controlled Assessment-set and marked by the school and moderated by AQA. 60%
Unit 2 : Externally set task. Question papers issued by the AQA. Marked by the centre and moderated by AQA. 40%
The externally set task consists of a preparation period followed by 10 hours of sustained focused study. Candidates respond to their chosen starting point.
Candidates must evidence coverage of all of the following assessment objectives in the Portfolio of work and their response to the Externally Set Task.
Candidates must demonstrate their ability to:
AO1: Develop their ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.
AO2: Refine their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms
AO4: Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.
Extra Curricular Activities
The Art and Design Department provides opportunities for pupils to attend lunch time Art Clubs. Key Stage 3 pupils can participate in the Arts Award Scheme which leads to Arts Award Bronze, which is a formally recognised Level 1 qualification supported by the Arts Council for England. There are also after school opportunities for Year 10 and 11 GCSE Art students.
Further develop our work with Artists in Residence in order to continue to enhance our students Art education and further widen their Art experiences. Continue to develop cross curricular opportunities with other subjects in school and further build on the good work already achieved.
To continue to develop our links with the Art Departments of other schools and colleges.