Art & Design
Sexey’s Art Department is a thriving and highly creative environment where all students regardless of ability are encouraged and fully supported to achieve their potential. Our ethos is that every child can achieve regardless of prior attainment and that creativity and success should be celebrated at every opportunity. We strive within the department to provide students with a diverse experience to help them develop a broad understanding and appreciation of Art and Design.
The Art Department is well equipped and is housed in two specialist rooms offering expertise in a wide range of areas including drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, photography and textiles. Both rooms are equipped with PCs and there is a traditional darkroom. The department is also enhanced by fostering good relationships with other subject areas which has resulted in numerous successful cross curricular projects. There are weekly after-school Art clubs for students to engage in various practical activities and workshops to complement, enhance and extend the curriculum. Students are taught in mixed-ability groups and we use individual target setting to aid progress.
Key Stage Three
In line with the new National Curriculum, students are taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in a range of media. In addition they are taught to develop a critical understanding of artists, architects, and designers, and express reasoned judgments that can inform their own work. We approach this through a series of projects focusing on line, tone, shape, colour, texture and pattern. Each project aims to build upon the experience of the previous one by expanding the range of materials, processes and techniques used and introducing contextual investigations into different practitioners, cultures and Art movements. Students are involved in the summative evaluation of their work and receive individual targets for improvement.
Main areas of study: – line, shape, tone, colour. Media and techniques: – grades of pencil, biro and fine liners; mono printing; collage, painting and pastels; relevant artists and creative presentation.
Main areas of study: – pattern, texture and 3D. Media and techniques: – pencil, pen, paint, papier mache or card construction; tessellation, repetition, PhotoShop; related artists.
Longer project based on themes in preparation for the style of work expected at GCSE. Various media and techniques.
Key Stage Four
Art and Design at Sexey’s is a popular option. Students follow the revised Edexcel unendorsed two year course, (with the new grading scheme of 9-1) which is concerned with the exploration of ideas and materials. The course offers students the means to develop knowledge, skills and understanding learnt at Key Stage Three, whilst laying the foundations for post 16 students.
The first year will give a foundation in various skills and place emphasis on Investigation, Analysis, and Experimentation. The syllabus gives a weighting of 60% to coursework and 40% to the exam unit. The coursework is made up of a series of themed projects such as ‘Natural Forms, ‘Still Life’ and ‘Structure’. All students have to submit evidence of using drawing to support the development process in both coursework and exam and will have to use written annotation and appropriate specialist terminology to record their ideas, observations, insights and independent judgements. They are graded from 9–1 rather than A*–G, where 9 is the top grade. All coursework projects are structured to help students feel supported and extra sessions are available between 4-5pm.
The exam unit is undertaken at the end of Year 11 and is a project set by the examination board taking the form of a broad theme such as ‘Journeys ’or ‘Surfaces’. The externally set paper will also contain some suggestions for possible starting points, direction and areas of study. Students will have eight weeks in which to prepare for the timed test. During this period students should explore the theme by looking at a range of starting points, recording all research, development and experimentation in a sketch book which focuses on their chosen specialism. At the end of this preparatory period students will sit a ten hour timed examination to create a final piece.