Art and Design
Subject Leader – Mrs B Ferguson-Harris
Art and Design at the Manor Academy is a thriving subject area; which many students opt for and go on to study at further education. Students have the opportunity to explore a wide range of Fine Art skills through both dry and wet media. Students investigate both historical and contemporary art practice and explore a wide range of cultures.
Students develop a basic skill set exploring drawing and colour theory; this is further developed through the theme of “Music in Art” which allows students to explore both contemporary and historical artists giving them a broad base of understanding of Art and Design. Students develop their own projects and are encouraged to develop their work in a personal and rewarding direction using dry media.
Students build a portfolio of work based on the theme of “India and Embellishment” this allows the students to explore cultural aspects of Art and Design and build upon skills learnt in year 7. Students work with both dry and wet media and explore pattern and architecture; they are encouraged to explore a personal direction to build a portfolio, developing skills on portfolio building in preparation for year 9.
GCSE-Students develop a portfolio of work exploring the theme of “Natural Forms” allowing students to refine their drawing skills and experiment with materials and techniques using both dry and wet media. To support this students use photography as a means of recording ideas and observations. Students are encouraged to develop a portfolio of work and are actively encouraged to take the work in a personal direction in response to the theme.
GCSE Students develop a portfolio of work on the theme of “Identity” this allows the students to investigate historical and contemporary artists. Furthermore, this gives students an opportunity to explore a range of cultures including; African Masks, Maori (Ta Moko) and Japanese (Irezumi) tattoo design. Students are encouraged to develop a portfolio of work which explores both personal and cultural elements; developing skills to refine skills and develop outcomes through the use of both dry and wet media.
GCSE Students develop a portfolio of work based on the theme “Journeys” this allows students to explore a range of historical and contemporary artists, with the addition of Aborigine cultural and the use of symbols to tell stories and convey a meaning.
Students select their best work from across all of their portfolio work to build a refined portfolio to present to the exam board and this concludes their coursework element.
Students receive their exam title in January, which is a choice of given themes by the AQA exam board; students engage in tutorials to ensure they select a relevant theme for their skill set and develop an exam project. Students develop a body of work in a similar manner to a portfolio based on the exam theme.
The final 10 hours (exam) is used to develop a final outcome in response to the theme.
Facilities and resources
Art and Design has its own classroom which is equipped to deliver both drawing and painting. Students have the opportunity to work on tables or easels.
Art and Design offers a range of after school sessions throughout the year; tailored to both year 7, 8 and GCSE; these continue to be very well attended. Many GCSE students also opt to work in the department at lunchtimes.
There is an end of year exhibition of artwork which covers all year groups. The department continues to have a well-attended and enthusiastic number of students that support showcasing work through an “Open Studio” event. Many GCSE students peer mentor younger students at after school sessions encouraging an atmosphere of enthusiasm and creativity.