Diary Date : Monday 13th February – Between 6pm and 7pm we will be hosting Rochdale MIND and Healthy Young Minds (CAMHS) to give a brief presentation about emotional well-being and mental health in youngsters. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Parents and carers from all year groups are most welcome.
Diary Date : Monday 13th February – Deeper Learning Day 7
Diary Date : Thursday 16th February – Year 10 Consultation Evening – 4.30pm to 7.30pm.
Diary Date : Friday 17th February – School closes for the half-term break, opening again on Monday 27th February.
Diary Date : Saturday 18th February – Trip leaves for Iceland.
Diary Date : Tuesday 28th February – Year 9 Individual photos taken.

Art

Staffing: Mr R Kneale (Head of Department), Mrs L Manning (Teacher of Art) and Mrs Jill Chappell (Art Classroom Learning Assistant)

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The Art and Design Department at Bury Church of England High school aims to provide pupils 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, pupils 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 pupils in all the year groups.

Bury Church of England High School was awarded Artsmark in 2013 for the work that is carried out across the school in relation to the Arts.

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 pupils 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. One of the Art rooms is equipped with nine computers and a colour printer. 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 pupils’ parents and friends of the school to view the wide range of Art work produced by our GCSE pupils.

Key Stage 3

In Art, Craft and Design at Key Stage 3, the pupils 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

Key Concepts

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.

Key Processes

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.

Curriculum Opportunities

Working independently and collaboratively, cross-curricular opportunities. Visits to Art Galleries.

Key Stage 3 Art and Design themes of work

sub_art_6Year 7

In year 7 the pupils have 2 hours of Art per fortnight. They study a theme called ‘identity,’ during this theme they spend time producing work based on portraits and faces. The pupils have a sketchpad which they use to produce ideas and designs in. They use a range of media including pencil drawing, watercolour painting, pastel and charcoal work, collage and clay work. They also research the work of artists including Picasso, Escher and Warhol. The pupils are set both practical and research Art home works during the year.

Year 8

In Year 8 the pupils have 2 hours of Art per fortnight. They study two themes ‘Multi- cultural Art’ and ‘Being British.’ The pupils have a sketchpad which they use to collect ideas and produce drawings and designs in. They use a range of media including pencil drawing, painting, collage and three dimensional work using cardboard and clay. They study the Art work of different countries and cultures. The pupils are set a range of home works during the year including drawing, colour and research work which link to the themes.

Year 9

In Year 9 the pupils have 4 hours of Art per fortnight. They study a theme called ‘Clothing.’ During the theme the pupils work with a range of media and techniques including observational pencil drawing, chalk and oil pastel, paint, batik, clay work and papier mache. They also produce a range of designs, drawings and ideas in their sketchpads. During the theme they make connections to the work of other famous artists and designers. The pupils are set a number of homework projects during the year which link into the clothing theme. These homework projects help to extend their art skills and knowledge and include drawing, designing and researching.

Year 9 – Textiles

During the Year 9 Textiles course the pupils work on a theme called ‘The Garden.’ The theme starts by giving the pupils the opportunity to use a variety of drawing techniques including continuous line, drawing with wire and the technique of wet and dry. They also learn about fabric dying, tie dye, batik, silk painting and sewing and stitching. Using literacy as a starting point the pupils produce a fabric book based on the story of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ included in this is image transfer work, embellishment and fabric collage.

Key Stage 4

sub_art_8Current GCSE Art and Design Specification (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.

Key Stage 4 Art and Design themes of work

During the Art and Design GCSE course in Years 10 & 11 the pupils follow three themes. The first theme is ‘Natural Forms.’ During the Natural Forms theme the pupils work from fruit and vegetables. They produce observational drawings in line and tone, they use chalk and oil pastels to produce large pieces of work. The pupils then further develop their observational studies into abstract painting pieces which are further developed into batik work. The pupils also produce three dimensional pieces out of clay and also clay tiles based on the theme. During the theme the pupils produce a range of ideas and designs in their sketchpads and they also research the work of other artists and designers.

The second theme is called ‘Distortion’- Francis Bacon. During this theme the pupils research the work of Francis Bacon and use this as a starting point to develop a range of ideas, designs and images based on face’s and figures. They experiment with a wide range of media and techniques including different drawing materials, they use the techniques of mono printing and block printing. They build up a collection of designs which are used to produce an acrylic painting on canvas.

The third theme is called the ‘Trial Art Examination.’ During this theme the pupils are given a selection of starting points/questions. They choose one of the starting points and then make a personal response by producing ideas, designs and images. They also research the work of other artists to support their chosen starting point. They then produce a final piece based on their ideas and designs.

GCSE Art and Design – Textile Design 4204

Examination board AQA

The GCSE Textiles course enables pupils to produce practical and critical/contextual work in fashion and costume, printed and dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, constructed stitched and embellished textiles. Key Stage 4 Textiles themes of work During the Textiles GCSE course in Years 10 and 11 the pupils follow two main themes. During the first theme they are inspired by the ‘Natural World’ and the work of textile designers including Ami Goodheart, Iris Van Herpen and John Galliano. They use this inspiration to produce a range of fabric work including work on sewing machines.

In Year 11 the pupils continue to develop and practise their textiles skills by following a theme based on ‘Landscapes.’ They research Impressionist Artists such as Claude Monet and build on their previous skills of batik and silk painting and also the techniques of weaving and embroidery. They respond by working in a tactile way to the colours of the impressionists.

Both the GCSE Art and Design course and the Textiles course consist 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.

GCSE Art & Design results 2015: A*/A  =  26%       A*- C  = 81.5%

New GCSE Art & Design Specification for first teaching September 2016

For examinations in June 2018 onwards

GCSE Art & Design (Art, craft and design)   8201

Examination board AQA

GCSE Art & Design (Textiles Design)     8204

Examination board AQA

Both the GCSE Art, craft and design and the Textiles course consist of:

Component 1: Controlled Assessment-set and marked by the school and moderated by AQA. 60%

Component 2: Question papers issued by the AQA. Marked by the centre and moderated by AQA. 40%

Examination board   AQA

Candidates must evidence coverage of all of the following assessment objectives in the portfolio of work and their response to the externally set assignment

Candidates must demonstrate their ability to:

AO 1 : Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources

AO 2 : Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.

AO 3 : Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.

AO 4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

Extra Curricular Activities

sub_art_7The Art and Design Department provides opportunities for pupils in Key Stage 3 to attend lunch time Art Clubs. Key Stage 3 pupils can participate in the Arts Award Scheme which leads to Arts Award Bronze and Silver which is a formally recognised qualifications supported by the Arts Council for England. There are also lunch time and after school extension and intervention opportunities for Year 10 and 11 GCSE Art pupils.

Flexible Fridays

The Art department contributes to Flexible Fridays by offering an artistic and creative approach to a range of themes it also enables pupils to become engaged in the deeper learning of Art through their coursework themes.  There are also opportunities for learning outside the classroom by visiting Art Galleries.

Future Developments

Further develop our work with Artists in Residence in order to continue to enhance our pupils 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.