In Art and Design at Cranbourne we encourage individuality and self discovery, helping students to learn ways to express their thoughts and ideas through the development of skills, techniques, processes and styles.

Art and Design teaches transferable skills; such as creative thought and action, skills in planning, time management, risk taking and problem solving. Throughout the key stages students are given the opportunity to learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures.

At Cranbourne we feel Art is special because…

  • Art raises self-esteem – there should be no ethos of failure.
  • Art stimulates creativity and imagination.
  • Art develops visual literacy (the ability to understand shape, colour, form etc), tactile and other sensory experiences.
  • Art develops critical thinking skills, the ability to take calculated risks and aesthetic awareness.
  • Art allows students to reflect critically on their own and other people’s work; judging quality, value and meaning.

During Key Stage 3 Students will experience a broad and varied curriculum. They will explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to help communicate their ideas. Throughout KS3 students will be encouraged to develop their skills and will experience working with traditional and new media. Students will be consistently developing their imaginations and creativity. Students will become more aware of other artists, craftspeople and designers and will be encouraged to make critical and personal judgements.

In the Art department we want students to have a real sense of achievement and for them to feel they are consistently making progress. Our projects are structured in a way that allows individual skill development, from foundation skills, such as drawing, tone, texture, shape and colour, to working on large experimental mixed media pieces; printmaking, painting and 3D work. We enjoy including group and pair work throughout the projects and we plan so students are involved in critical discussions and AFL opportunities.

During Year 7 and 8 students will work on the development of foundation skills, experimenting with media and learning different techniques and processes. Throughout their projects they will look at the work of others and use this to help develop their own ideas and artwork.

In Year 9 students can choose to take Art and this means we can tailor the curriculum to their needs. We currently continue foundation skill development throughout the projects and encourage greater independence and individuality. We also give students a taste of what the GCSE course requires by using similar assessment criteria and project structure.

The GCSE Art and Design course is an exciting opportunity for students to explore a range of creative disciplines; such as drawing, painting, three dimensional artwork, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, graphics and textiles. Students studying art and design are encouraged to be open-minded, creative, self motivated and to form their own opinions and ideas.

The course in Years 10 and 11 aims to give each student the opportunity to develop his or her own natural abilities, however great or small, to the fullest possible advantage. The students will follow the OCR Specification, which requires 2 controlled portfolio’s of which one is submitted in January of Year 11 (60% of final mark) and one Set Task project, which is completed over the spring term of Year 11 and includes a ten hour period of time dedicated to a personal realisation (40% of the final mark). The course gives such immense scope for freedom of interpretation and we allow the individual to influence his or her own approach and ideas, offering as much guidance and instruction as is necessary to ensure a continuous flow of creative art work. The Portfolio’s in Years 10 and 11 are the culmination of those skills acquired at Key Stage 3, however the ideas evolved from sensory, imaginative and emotional contacts with materials and techniques are far more personalized.

Knowledge and understanding of the world of art is fundamental and units of coursework will need to show that students have researched the work of artists, designers or expert practitioners and clearly demonstrate how they have been influenced by their work. Throughout the course we offer enrichment opportunities; such as trips to Tate Modern, National Portrait gallery and more recently with have arranged visits with MFL department to Barcelona and Paris.

This demanding and fulfilling course can be highly rewarding to students who are prepared to work with full commitment and effort. Developing their own artwork and expressing themselves through the visual arts can give students a real sense of achievement.