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Middlewich High School

Achievement for all

Art

INTRODUCTION

Art is the most creative department at Middlewich High School; pupils are encouraged to explore their own creativity through a variety of media and taught techniques. The Art Department is always involved in community festivals and the work produced contributes to displays around the school.

DEPARTMENT AIMS

  • To provide a safe and happy environment for pupils to express themselves creatively.
  • To produce successful learners who enjoy learning who make progress and achieve.
  • To introduce a wide variety of media and techniques.
  • To deliver an interesting and diverse curriculum.
  • To inspire, encourage exploration and create.

KEY STAGE 3

At Key Stage 3 pupils have two lessons of Art and Design per fortnight and study 3-4 projects per year. Each project has an artist connection where pupils study the work and life of given artist and use this research to enhance and support their own practical work.

All aspects of Art and Design are taught to pupils throughout KS3. Pupils are introduced to 3-Dimensional, Graphics, Textiles, Painting and Clay techniques with a major emphasis on observational drawing.

In Year 7 pupils are firstly introduced to proportions of the face to aid the development of their observational skills when producing a portrait.

Other themes studied throughout the 3 years may include; The Romans, Indian Art, Aboriginal Art, Egyptian Art, Buildings, Landscapes, Perspective, Still Life, Venetian Masks, Pop Art, Art Deco, Art Nouveau etc. Different media and techniques are taught with each theme to expand and develop pupils art and design skills and knowledge.

KEY STAGE 3

Throughout the Art GCSE course, Pupils experiment with a variety of media and techniques in 2 & 3 dimensions. Pupils use a range of starting points including mechanisms, landscapes, buildings, patterns, lettering, cultures and the world; from these they develop project work which is encouraged to be original and personal.

Pupils are taught to record observations and experiences in various forms in order to realise their ideas and intentions. They analyse and evaluate the work of artists & designers, artefacts & cultures, making connections with their own work.

Pupils are taught to develop and explore ideas, modifying and refining their work as it progresses.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

The department is open to all pupils every lunchtime to complete art project work and homework.

KS3 Art Club is every Tuesday after school in Art 1 where pupils can choose to either continue with project work or join in with the activity on offer.

KS4 Art Club is every Tuesday after school in Art 2, where pupils can complete coursework or homework, or trial new media and techniques.

The Art Department is always involved in the Middlewich Annual Roman/Norman Festival, and The Folk & Boat Festival, pupils are welcome to help produce artwork for these events. 

OTHER DEPARTMENTAL INFORMATION

Annually in May, the department exhibits all of our pupils GCSE work; parents will be invited for a private viewing and then the exhibition is open to all. Click here to view the previous GCSE Gallery