The Art department constructs and delivers a curriculum that is challenging but accessible for all Middlewich high school pupils, including disadvantaged group, pupils with SEND and students who display other needs. The content delivered aims to provide students with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to progress and achieve in the subject.
The Art curriculum is critical and contextual at its core. Artist, craftspeople and designers are used to underpin practical tasks to support, develop and allow students to question. We encourage pupils to investigate ideas through visual language and provide opportunities for pupils to gain an understanding of the unique qualities of different materials and processes.
The techniques and skills taught during the foundation years underpin the GCSE objectives. Techniques are explored at KS3 but mastered throughout the progression of the GCSE course. From the start of year 7 and throughout, pupils have the opportunities to explore with media application. Media application during the GCSE course becomes more sophisticated and often results in mixed media works.
The process of producing explorative, supporting work in sketchbook form and resulting in a refined final piece, runs throughout both foundation and GCSE teaching. Sketchbooks are compiled in a similar fashion, across both key stages, with a heavy emphasis upon the presentation of work and being ‘book smart in Art’ from the beginning of year 7 and throughout.
We explore a variety of starting points; each scheme of work is planned to include all art fundamental skills, we recognise these as:
- Observational drawings
- Media application
- Scale & proportions
- Composition & presentation
- Exploration and Refinement
- Research and evaluation.
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.
- 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.
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