Art is an enjoyable subject and is a popular choice at GCSE where results have been consistently good.
Our aim is to develop creative and independent learners who seek to design original outcomes in fine art, graphic design, illustration, three dimensional work, textiles and photography. The use of photography contributes positively to our pupils understanding so that our pupils are able to develop their strengths in areas, in which they feel more confident and successful. Pupils are able to choose a specific choice of source material which enables them to develop their own ideas as well as providing clear evidence of cultural awareness. Pupils in Art and Design demonstrate their ability through; drawing, photography, and insightful annotations that they are able to record in a range of media which impacts on their creative direction showing high levels of technical skills in pencil and painting studies. As well as inspiring pupils to succeed and focus, it allows them the freedom of self-expression and creativity.
Within the art area, we provide teaching and learning across a wide range of visual and inspiring stimuli to create pieces of art work linking to their own culture.
The department is led by Ms Young who is supported by two teachers; Ms Townsend and Ms Archer and an Art & Design Technician Mrs Gillies. We work collaboratively and believe that the communication amongst our staff and pupils creates an atmosphere of confidence and directive self-improvement
The Art and Design Department is well supported by a strong extra-curricular programme. The art rooms and resources are available after school for 1:1 tuition and for KS4 pupils to be able to develop their own skills. There are various trips organised to local colleges and art galleries, both locally and in London. As well as that, the art teachers are accessible at most times and are always willing to contribute time and advice to their pupils in order to encourage success.
One of the highlights of the School Calendar is our Annual Art Exhibition, an evening that displays the talent and dedication of our GCSE pupils as we exhibit a wide range of mediums. The exhibition is well attended by pupils, parents, staff and the local community. We appreciate that rewarding hard work and success is a key component in encouraging both the student and their peers to continue to strive towards their goals. Furthermore, we have another three exhibitions throughout the year to showcase the abilities of our students consistently and where it is deserved.
At Key stage 3, through a balanced programme of art, craft and design activities, pupils are encouraged to develop their critical thinking skills, resilience, creativity and independence in a creative and imaginative way.
We encourage all learners to adapt, modify and refine their work as it progresses. Pupils are provided with an A4 sketchbook and are able to use specialist equipment and resources.
Pupils have the opportunity to explore drawing, painting, printing, mixed media techniques in a similar way to GCSE style. Pupils will use IT for research purposes and to stimulate initial starting points as a creative tool. Artists and their work will be examined within the content of project work.
Example topics include a range of drawing techniques in different media explored through pattern, shape and colour within still life projects in Year 7. In Year 8, colour and tone is explored in depth through a variety of media. The work of Cubist Artists and Pop Culture inspires Abstract projects in two dimensions. We believe in a strong sense of exploration throughout Key Stage 3, so that our pupils can thoroughly experience art in all types of media.
There is a specialist Art Studio, where each Year 11 pupil has their own personal workspace situated in an adult environment, very similar to how Artists work at College and University. We are proud of how hard our pupils work at Lawn Manor Academy.
Pupils follow the OCR GCSE Course. This broad based course offers the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding using practical skills, whilst developing an understanding of the wide ranging areas of art, craft and design. Pupils have the opportunity to study from a range of options to suit your interests. Fine Art, for example, drawing, painting, prints making, stencilling and mix media. Photography, for example, studio photography, experimental imagery and digital media. Critical and contextual Studies for example Arts, craftspeople and designers, popular culture, still life, designed objects, the human form, themes, concepts and ideas in art, craft and design.
Pupils’ final pieces are professionally displayed in the Art Department’s Gallery Room and along our corridor which is open all year round for pupils, parents, staff and our local community to visit.