The Visual Arts Department aims to stimulate creativity and imagination and encourage individuality within an interesting and inspiring environment. Through the exploration of the formal elements and a range of different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think students learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions. They learn about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design in contemporary life as well as different times and cultures. With an emphasis placed on process, problem solving and practical skills, which stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment, students achieve understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts.
As with lower years all students will have general ‘Art’ on their timetable and cover all disciplines within the subject area. These include; Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography, Ceramics & 3D and Textiles. Projects will be set over longer periods of time and have a stronger emphasis on the importance of research and idea development. Students will continue to develop their technical skills using a variety of processes and materials. Small classes allow for the regular teacher and peer led celebration of work alongside individually tailored support, advice and encouragement. This year will provide the foundation for a GCSE course in any of the subjects within Art & Design should they wish to continue to year 11.
Carmel Park is responsible for leading the Year 10 Art programme taking 2 lessons per week. For the third lesson students are introduced to more specialist Art & Design processes and techniques through a range of projects, workshops and trips led by the subject teachers in the department on a rotational basis.
Various day trips are organised relating to specific projects throughout the year.