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The Art department at SCC is housed in a purpose built, well resourced class-rooms, including a kiln, sewing machines, computer suite, digital cameras, printing presses and a dark-room. Students at SCC are taught a diverse and varied curriculum, introducing them to a wide variety of processes and techniques. They are also encouraged to work independently so that they can stretch their imagination and work creatively.

Years 7 & 8

In year 7, students begin by learning about colour theory, producing responses that are both figurative and abstract, using; paint, collage and mixed media. They then develop their drawing skills through the concept of food and everyday objects, exploring a range of dry and wet media, as well as working in 3-dimensions. Finally, they learn how to accurately draw the proportions of the face, before developing their ideas into more distorted outcomes.

In year 8, students learn about atmospheric perspective and produce works based on a landscape theme, using a variety of processes, including printing and textiles. Students are then taught linear perspective and develop this into an architecture project, producing work in both 2 and 3 dimensions. Finally, students produce surreal animals, using Photoshop and collage, whilst refining their drawing and painting skills.

Years 10-11

If students wish to continue with Art as a GCSE option, they will need to opt to continue with Fine Art in year 9. This encompasses elements of painting, drawing, print-making, sculpture, textiles and photography. The year is spent refining and honing their skills through a range of work-shop style activities. Students will work in 2 and 3 dimensions to see where their strengths lie and will be encouraged to work with more independence.

In years 10 and 11, students will begin to create their coursework component based on the theme of 'Fantastic and Strange.' This unit makes up 60% of the final GCSE mark. In January of year 11, the exam board sets a question paper with a range of starting points. Students select just one theme to develop into a varied project. The final outcome (s) for this component are produced during a controlled practical examination of 10 hours and the component is weighted at 40% of the final GCSE mark.

Students will be given guidance on this course but will be required to explore their ideas independently, whilst selecting appropriate media/ techniques and recording in forms appropriate to intentions. They will also be expected to critically analyse the work of other relevant artist's, as well as their own.

Sixth Form

Students have the option to study Fine Art A' level in the sixth form. For the first 4 terms in year 12, students will have lessons in work-shop style activities, aimed at strengthening their skills in painting, drawing and sculpture, based on the theme of 'Identity.' They will then produce a 'personal study' as a coursework component from Easter until the end of January the following year. This is worth 60% of the final grade. For this component, students will produce a portfolio of their work, based on a chosen theme. They will also need to write an essay of between 1 and 3000 words to accompany their work, outlining their project theme, explaining their intentions and critically analysing the work of other relevant artists.There is an externally set exam component that is issued by the exam board in February of year 13. Students will select a starting point to develop into a project. They will complete their final outcome (s) in a 15 hour controlled practical examination.

It is important that students can work independently for A' level Fine Art as they need to use their imagination to develop their ideas and take creative risks, in order to fully realise their potential.

Website Links

Saatchi Gallery
Lens Culture
Student Art Guide
BBC Bitesize Art and Design