The Art department is an outstanding faculty at Buile Hill achieving outstanding results. It is the reason we are a “Visual Arts College”. It is a lead department in the local area and shares good practice with other local schools. Pupils are treated as individuals and we nourish their creative minds and ambitions. Throughout years 7 and 8 pupils have one art lesson per week, after which they can opt from our range of art GCSE's. Pupils experience a range of practical art disciplines including observational drawing, collage, painting, 3d, sprays, mixed media, photography and stitch. Pupils will also link to artists through discussions and analysis of their work.
In the department we have:
- 3 fully equipped art rooms
- 3 full time art teachers
- An experienced full time technician
- A dark room with access to digital and traditional cameras
- Good use of ICT including a set of laptops
- A chance for all pupils to study art until the end of year 8, after which it becomes an optional subject
- Popular after school sessions every day
- Links to local Primary and Secondary schools
- A range of GCSE options (art and design, 3D, photography, textiles, fine art)
- Artists visiting the school, and trips
- Artist in residence from university
- Trainee teachers
- A focus on creativity and transitional skills for all future careers
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 students study art for one hour per week.
They will be introduced to a wide range of new techniques, materials, artists, and themes. Students will work through one topic per term, they will develop their practical skills, discussion and group work. Each theme has been carefully designed to develop a balance of skills, knowledge and understanding. Students will experiment in both 2D and 3D and explore techniques including painting, collage and sculpture. They also analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 pupils can opt into the following specialisms of art, fine art, textiles, art & design (3D) and photography. All the specialisms allow pupils to explore a range of techniques and experiment with a range of materials. We are a busy, thriving and creative department with exceptional results.
Will I enjoy the course?
You will enjoy the course if you want to study a subject that:
- involves using art materials
- is practical
- is fun and rewarding
- supports most career choices
- involves problem solving
- takes inspiration from the worldaround us
- is expressive
- gives you transferable skills for the future.
Pupils at Key Stage 3 receive homework every other week (6 pieces per term). The homework directly links to the classwork.
At Key Stage 4 pupils are expected to stay after school to continue with coursework, half an hour per week at year 9 icreasing to one hour a week at years 10 and 11.
How will I be monitored and assessed?
Our pupils are given a target at the start of year 7 based on their English grade, they are given opportunities to improve based on teacher, self and peer assessment. Projects are marked 3 times a term with comments from both teacher and pupil with responses to marking. Coursework is closely monitored throughout.