These are the exploratory and experimental years, building the corner stones of confidence using materials and media influenced by artists and cultures. We ensure that pupils study ways of recording and exploring through drawing using a range of media in the first stages of their projects Often we will then map out a sequence from 2-D to 3-D or print. We ensure all classes are aware of contemporary and traditional concepts in the Visual Arts.

Key stage 5  A-Level

Art department

Edexcel GCE A Level English Literature builds on the experiences of our students at iGCSE level and challenges them to extend their Pupils select ONE of 5 separate Art GCSE specialisms

Fine Art

Art & Design

Digital Photography

Textiles

Ceramics

The AS and A2 are highly focused courses and it requires a very proactive attitude from those pupils who choose the courses in Art. Pupils have 4 hours of scheduled lessons per week. It is expected that pupils are in the department working independently for at least 1 of their study periods available.

Project work and attainment is focused on the 4 assessment objectives within each specification.

It is possible depending upon the pupil’s ability and work ethic to complete the A2 qualification in one academic year.

Examination board for each specialism is Edexcel.

Key stage 4 Courses

Mr N Atkinson       nigelatkinson@bisak.org

Miss M Carlin             mariacarlin@bisak.org


Pupils select ONE of 5 separate Art GCSE specialisms

Fine Art

Art & Design

Digital Photography

Textiles

Ceramics

They have 3 hours per week in class and are expected to do one independent coursework project at home each term. In class they explore the work of other artists and develop their skills and limitations of their chosen area of study. The number of projects completed by pupils in years 10 and 11 is dependent on their specialism.

Examination board for each specialism is Edexcel.



Pupils are given the opportunity to work with a variety of materials using different tools   and techniques. These may include paint, collage, printmaking, ICT, clay or sculpture. They are introduced to the use of sketchbooks and are encouraged to use them to record observations and gather resources to help stimulate and develop imaginative ideas.

Themes such as Portraits and Different Cultures are introduced whereby pupils are encouraged to look for meanings in their work and in other artists' work, enabling pupils to inform their critical judgement.

Integral to the subject of Art is the idea of putting the child at the centre of learning. This has always been part of our philosophy at BISAK

As a department, we place creativity firmly at the heart of the subject.  Creativity cannot be passive. Pupils must be active, they must engage.

We strive to create an atmosphere which is relaxed and stress free, where concentration, self-discipline and autonomy can be fostered.  We aim to equip pupils with the skills and knowledge to enable them to make informed decisions and thus express their ideas.  

Key Stage 3

Art