Art is about making decisions, thinking critically, expressing opinions confidently, tackling and solving problems creatively and learning to interpret the world around us. Art lessons At St Edwards help to nurture these vital qualities and prepare our students for the future in an ever-developing visual world which has an increasing demand for creativity.
We believe in providing students with a wide Art curriculum offered together with an extensive range of enrichment activities and opportunities.
We have designed our programmes of study at all key stages to allow students to express ideas through thematic leering using a wide range of different Art approaches and materials, both 2D and 3D.
At all key stages, students of Art are encouraged to think about and address ethical, moral, cultural and social issues in their work. Art is a fundamental part of the cultural heritage of every student and, as such, enhances quality of life for the individual. Art brings joy, enrichment and fulfillment to students here.
Teaching and Learning has always been paramount in the department and our projects are constantly being created, reviewed and improved. At KS4 and KS5 projects are written to link to the gallery visits that we organise regular educational visits to.
Our department is a welcoming environment which prides itself in encouraging and supporting all students regardless of ability to enjoy, experience and develop their imagination and creativity in Art, Craft and Design.
We have 3 well equipped art rooms with far reaching views over to London and surrounding landscape with facilities for printing, including 2 large screen printing tables, ceramics and sculpture as well as drawing and painting. We have DSLR cameras, extensive textile facilities and a specialist library of Art Books.
In 2018, we opened a multipurpose fourth Art room that will be used predominantly for sixth form study and as a photography studio. It will also be the venue for our annual exhibitions for GCSE and A level.
Key Stage 3
KS3 students study projects that allow them to explore practically the Visual Elements of Art in different disciplines which include drawing, painting, printing, ceramics and mixed media. Students are exposed to a broad range of exciting artists and crafts people both contemporary and traditional to allow them to make connections between their own work and that of others.
Key Stage 4
KS4 art is a very popular choice for students at St Edwards and students achieve very highly. We currently offer two option choices for students, Art and Design and Art Textiles. We are strongly committed to offering students courses that encourage personal, creative and imaginative approaches to art. The challenge set by the Art GCSE course requires the students to develop key skills such as creativity, imagination, problem solving, cultural awareness, communication and knowledge – all skills that are useful in both employment and continued study at A Level. Students will visit galleries and exhibitions during the course, enabling students to learn from the work of others and making connection with their own work and past/contemporary practices. Students will work in sketchbooks and will study projects that will enable them to explore a wide range of materials and processes both 2D and 3D. All students have their work exhibited in year 11.
Key Stage 5
Many students continue their art studies into KS5 and we offer 3 post 16 courses: GCE A level Course in Fine Art, Art Textiles and Photography.
The programme at sixth form is designed to encourage candidates to develop their interest and enjoyment in Art. Students will be encouraged to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures, drawing on their own strengths and pursuing their personal interests.
Students are able to explore their artistic practice in far greater depth than at GCSE, and are introduced to a wide variety of Art experiences, using a range of media, processes and techniques.
These courses enable students to have the flexibility to work using the media and techniques of their choice and students develop their own project ideas with the support of their teachers over the 2-year course culminating in a final exhibition.
- All key stages have a dedicated lunchtime session.
- Year 8 students have the opportunity to work towards the Arts Award certificate accredited by Trinity College.
- A selected group of Year 8 students are currently working on a stretch and challenge project in response to a gallery visit to the Tate Modern.
- The department also run 3 90 minute KS4 and KS5 after school independent studio sessions for students to complete work and receive extra support.
- KS4 and KS5 students attend various trips in both year 12 and 13 to research and develop ideas to support their project work. These opportunities include visiting local and London galleries and places of interest.
- We enter both national and local competitions.
- We enjoy hosting visits from practising artists and offer workshops and Art days throughout the academic year. We have links with the artists Jeanette Barnes and Sarah Kogan who run workshops and art days at our school.
- We have links with the Royal Academy, Brentwood Road Gallery.
- We have an annual exhibition of GCSE and A level work for parents, friends and teachers to enjoy.
- We host the annual Creative Arts Award evening celebrating and rewarding students that have made excellent progress or shown commitment to the subject
- We run an Art prefect system.
• Mrs S Maullin (HoD) – KS3, KS4 and KS5
• Mrs K Popat – KS3, KS4 and KS5
• Ms D Norton – KS3, KS4 and KS5
• Ms S Tomic – KS3
• Ms Guencheva – KS4 Art Textiles and KS5
• Ms M De-Gutis – Art Technician