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Art

Art

In our art lessons we aim to build up the confidence of our young artists by combining many different themes and art disciplines such as drawing and painting, collage, print, mixed media and Adobe Photoshop, Serif Draw software packages. We aim to break the barrier of ‘I can’t draw’ by providing alternative ways to access the curriculum. We have a fresh, energetic approach to our teaching always keeping up-to-date with current trends in the art world to maintain outstanding learning and teaching. To complement this, we also inspire pupils to develop high end fine art skills through a sense of drawing assessments aimed at nurturing exceptional talent at GCSE.

We are very proud that all the art’s staff’s teaching is graded Good to Outstanding by Ofsted Jan 2011 and internally in 2013/14
‘Excellent environment…. very good elements of outstanding practise’ (LA Audit October 2010)

In years 7, 8, 9, Art lessons we provide exciting and challenging schemes of learning to engage all types of learners and abilities. Pupils study many artists work such as Gustav Klimt, Fritz Hundertwasser and Teesha Moore and use them to inspire their work. We offer Lunchtime Clubs in Textiles and Art for Lower school pupils. We provide a yearly trip to Manchester University to view their annual degree shows as well as inviting practicing artists into school to work with the pupils. We also run a trip to Unit 12 in Staffordshire to an artist studio to see a true artist in residence.

In these formative years Art lessons provide exciting and challenging schemes of learning to engage all levels of learners and abilities. Henri Matisse, Fritz Hundertwasser, Teesha Moore, Cultural Art, David Carson , Gustav Klimt and Andy J Miller are some of the wide variety of artists and styles covered. Pupils study in the areas of still life, drawing, colour theory, in graphic design. Illustration, Abstract Art, portraiture and pattern. Pupils are regularly assessed at the end of each year and each project covers the four main assessment objectives (AO’s) which are required and marked at GCSE. Year 7 reflects the needs for all pupils to establish a sound knowledge of basic elements of Art and Design, year 8 cultivates imagination and creativity and year 9 focuses on challenging all pupils to work towards a GCSE standard looking at advanced techniques and adding meaning and symbols into their work.

In Years 10 and 11, we offer an extensive range of AQA GCSE courses to provide all pupils with the opportunities to access the GCSE course relevant to their ability.
We aim to build on prior knowledge learnt at key stage 3 at a more mature level offering courses in Art, Design, Textiles, Graphic Communications, Fine Art, Photography and Applied art and Design. We feel this allows pupils freedom in their option choices as well as being gain the best possible results. We are part of yearly trips to London and New York providing exciting opportunities for pupils to experience art around the world, and a trip to the clothes show live in Birmingham where pupils can attend seminars on related topics and see fashion in practise.
Our pupils should be passionate hard working and creative if they are considering a course in Art at GCSE. We are very proud of our successful set of results over the past four years. Our staff are very passionate about the subject we teach and still aim to fulfil at our art work to develop projects for our classes.

‘Art is a subject that allows you to show your creative side and enhance your imagination. The equipment Little Lever School’s Art department provides allows your visions to be made into reality’ - Melisa Aldred

‘I really enjoy my art lessons. The art department provide equipment that’s really useful. Also without my teachers I wouldn’t be getting the grades I am, they’re really helpful’ - Leoni Bates

The lessons are really enjoyable and give a great experience through the day’ - Ben Davenport