Fine Art

Head of Department:

Mr Sasha Mataya – Painting/Printmaking

Class teachers:

Miss Natalia Sitko – Teacher of Art, Art & DT Co-ordinator Junior School

Mrs Kristina Bonnington – Fine Art/Architecture

Key Stage 3

Our aims are:

  • To teach pupils the basic rules of Art
  • To develop their social skills to facilitate their work
  • To help them to refine their ideas into practical work
  • To encourage experimentation through the use of materials and media
  • To encourage observational skills, using observation from life and involvement
  • To teach pupils to recognise other people’s Art and other artists’ methods, and to use them in their own work
  • To teach pupils to develop their own ideas, from the design stage through to the end product
  • To give pupils confidence, enthusiasm and a sense of achievement

Following the Art and Design curriculum at KS3, pupils have the opportunity to experience various methods of building, still life painting and drawing, landscapes, portraits, mosaics, pattern making, masks, clay work, rubbings, collage, lino printing, wire construction, abstract art and papier mache.

GCSE Art

GCSE in Art is open to pupils who have an interest in Art and who want to work regularly on various tasks, be creative and complete research in their own time in preparation for their Art and Design lessons.

Art at GCSE level consists of three projects and an examination (with four weeks of preparation time). All the projects will give pupils the opportunity to build on their own strengths and to try out different materials. Themes this year have included ‘Still Life and Natural Forms’ and ‘Portraiture and the Figure’. All pupils gather information about the theme, completing sketches, initial ideas and designs in their sketch book. This research could then be developed through a variety of different media, including drawing, painting, print-making, photography and three dimensional work. Pupils are encouraged to develop their own ideas, producing many different outcomes.

Throughout the course, visits will be made to galleries, and pupils will be expected to make full use of the Art and Design section of the school and local library. In this way, ideas are stimulated and pupils are better able to cope with the critical studies aspect of the course.

A Level

Course entry requirement: a minimum of grade B in GCSE Art .

The course aims to:

  • Develop candidates’ understanding of the nature of visual thinking
  • Provide experience in a wide range of materials
  • Help to develop an understanding of cultural change and contextual studies
  • Develop an awareness of both analytical and intuitive value judgements

Examination/Assessment

There are two units of work in the A Level course:

  • Unit 3 – Coursework – Portfolio
  • Unit 4 – Externally set assessment

Exhibition – work will go on display in May of the A2 year.

Every year pupils move on to Foundation Courses at London Art colleges, various Art schools in the UK and overseas in preparation for a variety of careers in Art and Design. These careers could include media, interior design, fashion, jewellery, ceramics, product design, theatre and film, theatre/set design and Fine Art.