Art & Photography

The Crispin School Art Department prides itself on educating individuals to open their eyes to the wide range of artistic opportunities available to them; as well as allowing students to focus on their particular areas of interest if required at GCSE. We are a popular GCSE option choice and students are allowed to choose either Fine Art or Photography. GCSE results are amongst the highest nationally and have been over 90% A*-C for the last four years. Recently the department was named the 'Area of Excellence' for the school Challenge Partners review.  Extra-curricular opportunities include prefect run art and photography clubs at lunchtimes and an open door policy on other lunchtimes so that students can do their Art homework or catch up with classwork. Up to three after school sessions are available for GCSE students to continue their work.  We have close links with Strode College; recently we were invited to take part in a workshop run by Aardman animations and each year we take our GCSE students to visit their end of year art show. The department is well equipped and resourced; we have two art rooms, one photography/art room, a photography studio, and a dedicated outdoor photography space.

Key Stage 3

We run a structured programme at Key Stage 3 which allows for significant progress as the students develop from year 7 up to year 9. Each project is structured to allow for formal elements to be taught alongside development of their creativity. Homework is set via a “Connect 4” style homework sheet. From this sheet students can choose four or five homeworks to complete based on their interests, skills, and experience. These may include: a piece of artist research/analysis, a painting, photography, digital editing skills, and 3D homework.  In Year 9, students are given more freedom; they try out photography and are given projects which help them to become GCSE ready if they choose to take GCSE Art or Photography. All projects are informed by a wide range of cultural sources including: fine artists, cultures, designers, and photographers.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students can opt to study either GCSE Photography or Fine Art. The beginning of the course is based on identity and students follow a structured programme until March in Year 10. This is to give all the students the skills and experience to be successful in their GCSEs. After March, students start a 'natural forms' project which is kicked off by a visit to the zoo. This project continues to teach skills but also allows for students to identify and work toward their strengths. The idea being that by year 11, many students are working independently with tutorial help from their teacher. There is also an opportunity to visit the Eden project in September. They finish their coursework unit by the end of December in Year 11 and then start their externally set task in January before the practical ten hour exam in April.

Topics Covered this Academic Year

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Term 3

Year 7

Colour, painting and mixed media work based on Hundertwasser.

Observational drawing of natural forms, illustration and printmaking.

Observational drawing of Insects. Drawing using a wide range of media.

Year 8

Self-portraiture collage, including structural portrait drawing.

Fauvism landscape painting. Developing use of oil pastels and acrylic paint.

Imaginative shoe sculptures using card construction, papier-mâché and mixed media.

Year 9

GCSE style sketchbook project based on either portraiture, urban life, food or natural forms.

Surrealism – students are introduced to Photography and may choose to produce work in drawing, painting, sculpture or photography.

9 page concertina project. Students pick an artist or theme to base their concertina on.

Year 10

Identity project

Fine Art – sketchbook techniques, observational drawing, printmaking and A1 size acrylic painting

Photography – Use of their camera and Photoshop skills. Sub-topics include - Viewpoints, Text & image, light and experimental portraits. All students produce their first final piece.

Natural forms project

Fine Art – Zoo book, details and textures and drawing.

Photography – Zoo book, animals and fruit.

Year 11

Natural forms project

Students in both subjects work independently towards a final piece based on natural forms. Fine Art students have the option to go back and develop their Identity project.

Externally set task

Students get an exam paper which is set by the exam board in January. They may choose one of the titles to develop and explore in a new sketchbook. This concludes with a 10 hour controlled test where students produce a final piece and complete their GCSE.

Artwork of the Week

Each week, we select an outstanding piece of art or photography by one of our students to display. This gallery will display the current Artwork of the Week as well as all previous pieces.

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Last Updated: July 2017