Introduction to Art
The aim of the Art department at Plashet School is to foster an ethos of excellence and achievement through creative thought and enquiry. We encourage all students to take risks and to creatively and imaginatively develop their ideas through recording and experimentation with materials.
The study of the work of both classical and contemporary artists and cultures from around the world is integral to all units of work.
Throughout KS3, students are taught to use a wide range of different materials and techniques, in order to develop an in-depth understanding of the subject area. This also serves as a foundation for GCSE Art at KS4.
Students work to develop their knowledge of the formal elements of Art, through the use of drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, 3D sculpture, photography, film and ICT. They are encouraged to explore their own personal ideas and interests, to create personal responses to set themes.
In Year 9 students take part in two gallery/location visits over the year. These are an important part of the course and enable students to develop an understanding of art and design in the world around them and to record from direct experience.
Exam board and Syllabus: Edexcel Art and Design (Fine Art) (1AD0)
All KS4 students will have the opportunity to go on a trip to a gallery or artist workshop to support their studies. These visits form an important part of our curriculum. We have regular Art clubs and Intervention each week, where students are supported to complete class work and home study to a high standard and are encouraged to try out and experiment with new materials and ways of working. They are encouraged to explore their own personal ideas and interests, to create personal responses to set themes.
There are opportunities, for those students interested in pursuing Art and Design further, with both the University of the Arts London and the University of East London. We have excellent partnerships with both establishments and send many of our students to participate in their Saturday programmes.
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