Art is an enjoyable subject and is a popular choice at GCSE where results have been excellent with 83% of students in 2015 achieving A*-C. Our aim is to develop creative and independent learners who seek to design original outcomes in fine art, three dimensional work, textiles and photography. The department provides 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 Miss Young who is supported by two specialist Art Teachers; Miss Frost and Miss Ambreen and an Art & Design technician Mrs K Gillies
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 students to be able to develop their own skills. There are various trips organised to local colleges and art galleries, both locally and in London.
One of the highlights of the Academy’s Calendar is our Annual Art Exhibition; an evening that displays the talent and dedication of our GCSE students as we exhibit a wide range of mediums. The exhibition is well attended by students, parents, staff and the local community.
At Key stage 3, through a balanced programme of art, craft and design activities, our students are encouraged to develop their creativity and imagination and they are shown how to develop and improve their practical skills. They are provided with an A4 sketchbook and are able to use specialist equipment and resources.
Students have the opportunity to explore drawing, painting, printing, mixed media techniques in a similar way to GCSE style. They will use IT for research and also 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, colour and 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 Artists inspires an Abstract project in two dimensions.
There is a specialist Art Studio where each Yr11 student has their own personal workspace situated in an adult environment which is very similar to how Artists work at college and University. We are proud of how hard our students work at Churchfields Academy, in 2015
Students 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. Students 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.
Students’ final pieces are professionally displayed in the Art Department’s Gallery Room which is open all year round for students, parents, staff and our local community to visit.