Introduction

In the Art department, our principle aim is to develop the students’ knowledge, skills and understanding of Art, Photography and Textiles. We ensure that the act of investigating and making something includes exploring and developing ideas, and evaluating and developing work. Our curriculum sets out to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.

The Art, Photography and Textiles departments are located on the third floor at the southern end of the school. They consist of 6 well equipped classrooms which are all inclusive of an interactive whiteboard, as well as a photographic darkroom, and a pottery kiln. The department also has unlimited access to a range of laptops for use in all classrooms. Being on the third floor means that the rooms are flooded with daylight, and have panoramic views across the rooftops towards the City of London and Docklands.

The rooms are located around a gallery display area where student work can be seen. Displays are rotated regularly displaying the work of Key Stage 5 Art and Photography students. At the end of each year, Art and Photography hold an exhibition in the main hall to celebrate student’s achievements and creative abilities. Students are proud to have the opportunity of inviting their teachers, friends and family to attend a private view of the work.

The department offers after school clubs on most weekdays as well as providing open rooms for students to develop their work independently most lunchtimes and during free periods.

Our expectations:

Within the Loxford Art dept. you will be immersed in a world of art with dedicated displays on the classroom walls and corridors.

We challenge the student to be to be inventive, creative and inspired to maintain our high standards. Homework of the month is proudly displayed in the School. We encourage the student to be proactive in completing coursework assignments inside and outside of the classroom.

 

Work of The Week 29/06/2020

Whilst students may have studied some aspects of this subject in their primary school, this will be their first experience of a regular timetabled slot for Art and Design. It is an exciting subject where students have the opportunity to develop their ideas in a wide range of media and to use high quality facilities. We have a well-equipped Art department with experienced specialist teachers who will bring their love of the subject into each lesson. They are specialists in Painting, Sculpture, Textiles, Art History, Printmaking, Photography and Illustration.

What work is involved in Key Stage 3?

Students will be given a sketchbook to record their work and ideas in school. Over the three year, students will have 1 hour of art lessons a week. They will explore a range of different media and will study different artists and movements to help influence and inspire their work.

Year 7

In year 7, students will work on a diverse range of projects that are linked to developing key skills. We work to extend understanding of painting, drawing, sculpture, printing and mixed media. Students will be encouraged to record and research using appropriate techniques and will be helped to plan, select and then develop their ideas. They will spend time looking at artwork varying in style and periods. Students will understand why and how the art was made and develop an informed knowledge of different periods and styles of Art and Design. They will also be inspired by the art carried out by students at Loxford School, which you can see displayed on the corridors and within the department. We are always busy and many students spend their lunchtimes in the department working on ideas or improving their homework.

Homework Projects – Key Skills3D LettersFantasy CreaturesHundertwasser

Year 8

In year 8, students will work on a range of projects that will enable them to create cross curricular and cultural links. They extend their understanding of painting, drawing, sculpture, printing and mixed media. Students continue to record and research using appropriate techniques and will be helped to plan, select and then develop their ideas. They will spend time looking at artwork from a variety of sources and use these to develop exciting and individual outcomes. Students will understand why and how the art was made, and develop an informed knowledge of different periods and styles of Art and Design. They will also be inspired by the art carried out by students at Loxford School, which you can see displayed on the corridors and within the department as well as at the end of year exhibition. We are always busy and many students spend their lunchtimes in the department working on ideas or improving their homework.

Homework Projects – Expressionist PortraitsCaricaturesComic ArtNatural Forms

Year 9

In year 9, students will work on a range of exciting topics linked to their identity. They extend and consolidate their understanding of painting, drawing, sculpture, printing and mixed media and are given every opportunity to hone their skills should they wish to take a GCSE in Art. Students in year 9 are encouraged to research and present information about artists with more creativity and detail as well as form their own opinions and judgments. Students will understand why and how the art was made, and develop an informed knowledge of different periods and styles of Art and Design. They will also be inspired by the art carried out by students at Loxford School, which you can see displayed on the corridors and within the department as well as at the end of year exhibition. We are always busy and many students spend their lunchtimes in the department working on ideas or improving their homework.

Homework Projects – Pop Art, Junk FoodPop Art, PortraitsGCSE Unit

 

Why you should consider this subject

Exam Board: AQA

Coursework – 60%

Exam – 40%

Specification link  https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse

Art and design is the main subject for students looking to develop their creativity and understanding through a visual language. Many companies, business and institutions value the skills developed on an Art and design course as students will be extremely self-motivated, industrious, creative and talented individuals. There are also a wide range of careers that involve the sort of visual awareness that an Art GCSE will develop. Art at it most fundamental level develops your understanding of the world through enquiry and observation. Responding creatively to your environment is a way of learning more about yourself and other people. It is therefore a subject which is worth studying for its own intrinsic value.

 

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on another successful year.

Students will complete and be assessed on coursework that has been documented in sketchpads and out of sketchpad. Course work is based on the four themes above. This is worth 60% of the final grade. You will then work on the externally set assignment. The preparation period consists of approx 20hrs before a 10 hour Controlled Test under exam conditions. This is worth 40% of the marks.

What Sixth Form options does this course lend itself to?

Art and Design is a valued qualification by Universities and will support applications for a wide range of courses. Some students wish to pursue careers which are directly related to a study of Art and Design – Fashion, Textiles, Interior Design, Theatre Design, Ceramics, Fine Art-painting and sculpture, Graphics and Illustration and Architecture .Other students, whether Arts or Science based, use Art & Design as an additional subject for University entry.

The Art Department conduct gallery visits and field trips for Year 10 and 11 art students.  The students get the opportunity to view artwork first-hand gaining inspiration to interpret the artist’s style and techniques. We encourage students to follow up their interests in Art and Design by visiting galleries. We also support some students with artist led workshops. Students are encouraged to work on their ideas in lunchtime or after school.

Work of The Week 15/06/2020