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Art & Design

The Art Department at Oldbury Wells School provides a rich and stimulating environment for our students to work in with 2 large class rooms, an ICT suite and a sixth form studio space. Creativity and experimentation are strong elements of our work which run alongside key skills such as developing effective observation techniques, gaining an understanding the design process and using inspiration from art practitioners to develop work. We offer a range of activities as part of our enrichment curriculum such as all day life drawing classes and Art clubs at lunchtimes. Students can also take part in competitions such as the National Photography Competition and Young Artist of the Year. We run a Sixth form Art trip to London and hold a yearly GCSE and A level Art exhibition.  We have also worked in the community on projects to produce design work for Arley Arboretum and an illustrated map and flyers for Daniels mill.

KS3: Through the KS3 curriculum students experience a wide range of projects including architecture, still life and poster design. This allows them to develop an understanding of the influences of different artists and designers and allow them to experiment with range of media. During key stage 3 students build on their observational, practical and critical skills and extend their knowledge and experience of materials, processes and techniques. They become more independent in using visual language to communicate their own ideas, feelings and meanings to develop the ability to be creative thinkers and independent learners.

KS4: At GCSE students build on the skills learnt at KS 3 to produce more enhanced observation, media, contextual study and design work. They are encouraged to develop more intuitive and imaginative work and are introduced to new techniques and processes such as Photoshop using ICT to develop design ideas. Students are able to decide on personal themes to develop their portfolio so that they can create personalised projects. They are able to work to their own strengths within Art and Design such as developing their work in Fine Art (painting and drawing), Mixed Media, Graphics or Illustration.

KS5: Students have their own dedicated sixth form Art studio so that they are able to use independent study time to work on Art and Design project work. Sixth formers develop personal projects working on different scales to push the limits of their work. They are encouraged to work experimentally in both 2D and 3D and this is balanced with high level observation work including life drawing. Students develop their contextual understanding by studying both historical and contemporary Art and they are able to study this first hand during the Art trip to London.

KS3 Art 
KS4 Art