Art offers students a balanced curriculum, (physical, personal and visual) to connect their head, heart and hands so students become creatively intelligent analyst, conveying their thoughts through skilled hands.
We aim to develop students' creativity, imagination and awareness of their visual environment in contemporary life and different times and cultures. We promote students' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Through visual, tactile and sensory experiences they develop a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. The understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts have the power to enrich our personal and public lives.
The skills gained in Art are useful in any number of careers in: Art, Craft or Design. From Fine Art, Ceramics to Architecture. At Raines GCSE Art students move onto study AS/A2 Art and Photography. With their excellent portfoloios they have opportuntities to apply for Art foundation and degree courses at universities and colleges.
Imrana Khanum (Head of Department) MA, BA
Warren Beddow, BA (Key Stage 5 Art Coordinator)
Year 7: Key Stage 3 students have one 50 minutes lessons once a week. Year 7 students are given a baseline assessment at the start of the year and assessed summatively at the end of every project. Year 7 students are intoduced to 'The Formal Elements of Art: 'colour, line, tone, texture, pattern, shape and composition. With reference to artists work: expressionism, portraiture, masks, Munch, mark making, Van Gogh, Picasso and cubism. In the summer term students take part in artworkhops linked to the Nature Reserve next to the Lower school site.
Year 8: Year 8 students explore: still-life and Pop art, figure drawing, the moving Image, photography, manga animation, Japanese Art and Hokusai.
Year 9 students explore: the link between Art and Music and artist Kandinsky, Self portraits and Identity and artist Sonia Boyce, The Human body, life drawing and artist Leonardo da Vinci.
Year 7 and 8 students are taught Art in a ten week carousel cycle with the technology department. Year 7 have three, Year 8 have two, and Year 9 have one lesson per week for the whole year. Year 9 are taught in half form groups with the other half doing Music at that time.
Year 10: Key Stage 3 students have 3 lessons a week. We offer GCSE Art (unendorsed) with the Edexcel exam board. The Year 10 coursework topics are 'The Natural Environment', analysing the work of artists Georgia O’Keeffe, William Morris and Frida Kahlo for 'Myself'. They are woth 60% of the overall grade. Students learn a variety of drawing and painting techniques, printmaking and 3D work. Students are required to sit a mock exam on ‘Still-life’ and visit museums and galleries for contextual studies. KS4 Year 10/11 students are given detailed analysis of where they need to improve and what they need to do in order to raise their standards according to the Edexcel criteria.
Year 11: The Year 11 coursework topic is 'Illusion' investigating surrealism, which leads into a mock exam using a past paper. Both contribute to the 60% coursework grade. The final exam topic is set by the board and is worth 40% of the overall grade. Students are encouraged to attend Saturday and after school classess to achieve their target grades.
Year 12: Key Stage 5 students have six lessons a week. We offer GCE Edexcel AS/A2 Art (unendorsed) and Photography with the Edexcel exam board.
It is a two year course and in Year 12 the coursework topic is ‘Viewpoints’. Students learn a variety of drawing and painting techniques, printmaking and 3D work. Students are required to sit a mock exam using a past exam and visit museums and galleries for contextual studies. KS5 Year 12/13 students are given detailed analysis of where they need to improve and what they need to do in order to raise their standards according to the Edexcel criteria.
Year 13: In Year 13 the students carry out a personal study of their own choice. The final exam topic is set by the board and is worth 40% of the overall grade.