Art and Design
The John Henry Newman Catholic School Art & Design Department has an excellent reputation and continues to build on the high standards evident in the stunning artwork displayed around the school. In 2014, our artwork was installed at the Lister Hospital in the Accident and Emergency Department. This was created after a successful collaborative project.
We have four spacious, multi-purpose studios are complemented by a dedicated computer room for the Art Department with a full suite of MAC computers. In addition, all classrooms are equipped with projectors.
The department follows its own schemes of work, which are carefully designed to tap into the interests and aptitudes of students according to their age and abilities. Projects develop both skills and understanding in a logical and sequential fashion that enables students to produce meaningful and exciting artwork. Drawing is crucial to the development of ideas and is the basis of all the projects, as is looking at how other artists, designers and crafts people have worked on similar ideas. Pupils are encouraged to work independently outside the classroom in order to support learning which takes place in lesson time.
Steps of Progress
Art and Graphic Communication are popular subject choices at GCSE. We have also introduced Textile Design. We encourage students to develop their own interests based around a central core of observational drawing, an essential skill for success in the subject.
Students take the Edexcel GCSE in Art, Craft and Design (1AD01), Edexcel GCSE in Graphic Communication (1GC01) or Textile Design (1TE0). Project based work is used to develop pupil’s skills in working with ideas and developing observation skills, thus allowing them to record and visually communicate effectively. Pupils are encouraged to explore a wide range of media, artists and designers in order to develop their creativity. Coursework accounts for 60% of the overall grade at GCSE.
The A-Level Course enables students to explore their artistic interests in much greater depth, with many students opting to pursue their studies at University.
Students take the Edexcel A-Level in Art and Design, which gives them sufficient breadth and depth to their learning to progress to Higher Education. There are opportunities for students to specialise into a specific discipline as the course progresses. This can include Art, Craft and Design, Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Textile Design and Photography.
The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Art & Design is offered as a vocational Art course. This course develops skills in a variety of specialisms for example drawing and painting, graphic design, fashion, textiles, jewellery, architecture. Many of our students are successful in gaining places at university to extend their learning on a wide variety of specialised courses.