Head of Department: Jeanette A Henry BA (Hons), PGCE, MEd
Art Teacher: Sharon A Mitchell BA (Hons), PGCE
Art plays an important part in the life of Palmers Green High School and is taught by highly experienced specialist art teachers. Art and design teaching and learning develops pupils’ awareness of their visual world and the cultures that have shaped it. We promote tolerance through different people’s ideas, creative responses and understanding of different cultures and styles within art.
Art is a wonderful subject that allows students to express themselves, to gain a rich variety of skills and techniques, to form aesthetic opinions and to appreciate the world around them. Art enriches all aspects of school life and is an essential component of the curriculum for all our pupils.
All teaching groups are small allowing for close monitoring and individual attention and tuition. Groups are taught in a fully equipped Art room where pupils experience a wide range of materials and techniques including, sculpture, screen printmaking, mono-printing, relief printing, batik, observational painting, drawing and collage. Specialist teaching of the subject culminates in a GCSE exhibition which gives status and high profile to the work of the department.
The Art Department aims to:
- To foster and promote personal, spiritual, moral and cultural awareness through the development of visual language.
- To expect high standards of behaviour and respect for others.
- To enable all pupils, irrespective of their academic ability, to reach their full potential.
- To teach all pupils how to investigate, record and make by using a wide variety of art, craft and design materials.
- To promote each pupils’ skills, knowledge and understanding through evaluation of their own and others work and research of the work of artists and designers.
- To encourage breadth of study by exploring a range of starting points and media, working independently and collaboratively.
- Develop an awareness of art and design throughout history and in other cultures.
"Heartening to see the marked level of maturity and independence with which candidates tackled independent lines of inquiry and a high quality of artwork." Edexcel Moderator’s Report 2016.
Years 7, 8, 9
Girls are taught to develop their creativity and ideas. They develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that inform their own work.
Pupils are taught:
- to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas
- to use a range of techniques and media, including painting and drawing
- to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
- to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work
- the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.
Year 7 Theme: ‘The Formal Elements’
Year 7 art studies include the links between art and the world around us, and focus upon developing skills using various two dimensional media and processes, for example, watercolour painting, using mixed media and collage. Pupils learn how to organise and present visual information, to draw from observation and imagination focusing on representational mark-making, extend their knowledge of colour mixing and use of tone, experiment with mixed media and collage, and explore and evaluate others' art, craft and design work.
Year 8 Theme: ‘Culture and Identity’
Year 8 art studies include art, craft and design from different times and cultures, focusing on research and analysis of art movements. Pupils develop skills using various techniques such as mixed media collage, three dimensional work and drawing. Pupils learn how to develop evaluative personal responses and visual literacy, experimentation methods, using two dimensional and three dimensional media; for example, watercolour painting and construction methods, and, presentation of visual information beyond the use of the sketchbook with International Day celebrations.
Year 9 Theme: ‘Personal Response’
Year 9 studies focus upon art, craft and design from different times and cultures. This includes works of historical art and social statements within contemporary art and Issue-based Art. Projects are structured to develop an understanding of the Edexcel GCSE Art Specification studies and familiarise pupils with the GCSE Art course assessment objectives. Pupils develop skills to produce a personal response to current affairs by creating critical and evaluative creative artwork, apply different art techniques to interpret opinions visually, an awareness of contemporary art; for example, interpretation of symbols from popular culture and use of text in composition
"Students explore media and process to full potential." Edexcel Moderator's Report 2016
Edexcel GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art) is studied by pupils. Several major coursework projects are set and continual assessment takes place over the two-year course. Sketch books are compulsory and play a vital role in the progression and development of ideas and skills. The Royal Academy Outreach Programme visit the school every year and Year 10 pupils have the opportunity to draw from a life model and are taught by a Royal Academy tutor.
As a foundation to GCSE studies, Year 10 students are introduced to a variety of techniques including drawing, painting and three dimensional processes. Students complete three investigative coursework projects in Year 10. During the Autumn Term, the theme is 'Natural Forms’ in which studies encompass drawing, mixed media and sculptural wire work. In the Spring Term the project ‘The Figure’ focuses upon anatomy and students extend their understanding following the Royal Academy Figurative life drawing studies. They experiment with various two dimensional processes including printmaking and create observational work. During the Summer Term students develop ideas and refine painting, mixed media and three dimensional skills. Students experiment with ideas leading to a personal visual response during the end of year examination. Assessment is continuous and based on sketchbook studies, all investigative work and the final artwork outcomes.
Throughout Year 11 students continue to work on coursework based on the theme, 'Personal Studies'. Students analyse various artists' work, refine painting skills and create various self-portrait studies using a range of different media. This work culminates in the mock examination when students create a final personal response as a painting. Following the mock examination, pupils submit completed coursework for final assessment. The external examination paper is set and pupils plan and prepare artwork ideas for a minimum period of twenty hours. Ideas lead towards a personal response art outcome, which is completed in the ten-hour timed test that takes place during the Summer Term. A final annual exhibition of artwork takes place for Year 11 to showcase the complete submission of their studies.
The Art department organises visits to art galleries and museums such as Tate Britain, Tate Modern and The National Gallery. The GCSE Art Group takes part in an annual field trip city visit as part of their studies. A weekly Art Club is run after school for KS3 and GCSE pupils.