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Mrs A Windridge
Art is a very popular subject at Lathom High School, throughout their time here students are encouraged to develop skills and experiment with a wide range of media, ideas and techniques. Students develop a love of the subject through engaging and exciting lessons and themes. Helping students to become independent learners, with the skills that they will need to move on to higher education.
From year 7 onwards students will study a range of skills and techniques, looking at everything from the basics of drawing and painting, to 3D work, printmaking and digital art. As a department we recognise the importance of Literacy across all subjects, this plays an integral part in our lessons and allow students to develop a range of analytical art skills. They will learn how to analyse, talk about and write about the work of artists and other students, as well as their own.
Students work in sketchbooks in both KS3 and KS4, this allows students to develop presentation skills and helps to prepare them for GCSE.
In KS3 students are expected to complete one piece of homework every two weeks, the homework’s follow a variety of different themes and will directly link to what students are learning in lesson. In KS4 this changes to one piece of homework each week, the homework set is to enable students to independently research artists and craftspeople, as well as helping to strengthen their portfolio of work.
In KS3 students start by studying the basic fundamentals of art, looking at line, shape, pattern and media application. Students learn to apply these skills and technique to the projects and art work that they will then go on to study. In KS3 students will look at a large variety of Artists and Art Movements, including Pop Art, Hundertwasser, Expressive Art, Tim Burton, Kurt Schwitters and many more. We cover a wide range of skills and techniques in the lessons, helping to prepare students and give them the necessary skills to successfully complete a GCSE in Art.
In KS4 we follow the AQA specification for Art, Craft and Design. This gives students the freedom to explore and develop their work using a range of disciplines and techniques.
The course is broken down into two units: unit 1 (2 projects – 60%) and unit 2 (exam project – 40%)
Students will start the course by following a guided project, once completed they are encouraged to work independently and develop their own ideas and themes. Exploring a range of artists and craftspeople, media exploration and experimentation, photography and developing a range of ideas and pieces of work. Leading to one final piece of work.
Like in KS4 students are expected to analyse their own work and the work of other artists and craftspeople. They are expected to include this in their sketchbooks and annotate their pages as they go.
Within the department we have a high uptake of students choosing to take Art at GCSE, this is because students enjoy our lessons and the artists and themes that we look at. As a department we work hard to develop a stimulating and positive working environment for our students. Students are encouraged to develop their talents further through extra-curricular activities both during lunchtime and after school and through external and internal competitions.
We currently follow the AQA Art and Design GCSE specification.