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The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life from our souls

Pablo Picasso

Art encourages self-expression whilst developing not only visual communication skills but a range of disciplines that will serve them throughout their school careers; such as research skills, persistence, self-evaluation, imagination and working with others.

We teach students to appreciate the diversity of the world around us and encourage them to understand the variety of opportunities art can offer when taken in further education. 

An Art lesson at The Hayesbrook School

Year 7

In Year 7, students are taught the key art skills while exploring a variety of artists and art movements. They will enjoy exploring the possibilities of various 2D and 3D materials and be encouraged to take creative risks to develop their ideas and skills.

Students study ten important artists, past and present, to give them a background knowledge of their work and influences. Some of the artists studied are Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Seurat, Norman Rockwell, Pollock, and Mantegna. Students learn to build a sketchbook throughout the year responding to each of these artists using a different media discipline, such as painting, photography, collage, printing, drawing skills, pastels, 3D and clay work.

Year 8

In this year we study arts and crafts from different countries and their influence on Western Art and culture. We encourage them to explore more technical processes, printing in more depth and mixed media.

They study African Art and its influence on Picasso, this project incorporates both drawing skills, design skills and finally reduction lino prints. They then move onto Aboriginal Art, focusing strongly on understanding visual language, symbolism and story-telling. They then work collaboratively to create a large scale mixed media piece of work.

Year 9

This year is a GCSE foundation year, where students are given a taster of what is involved if they wish to continue with their art education into Years 10 and 11. Students are encouraged to explore a range of media through more open project work. They study aspects of landscape through print, mixed media, textiles and graphic drawing. They then move on to Pop Art where they can explore stencil cutting, colour and print.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Students work towards a Level 2 qualification in  Creative Studies: Art and Design.  This is a complementary technical awards and the vocational equivalent of a GCSE qualification. At the core of this course, students will learn:

  • To develop skills and express feelings and meanings by working with materials, tools and techniques, and the visual language of art, craft and design
  • To observe and record, to develop ideas by working from direct experience, memory and imagination
  • To understand and change ideas to achieve set aims
  • To visualise ideas, by collecting and using a wide range of reference materials
  • To respond practically and imaginatively to the work of artists, craft workers and designers
  • To explore art, craft and design in a wide range of historical and cultural contexts

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

This A Level course will allow you to develop your practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of fine art. It combines both theory and practical skills. The aim of the course is to develop your creative, conceptual and practical skills in fine art.

This Fine Art course will demonstrate the use of formal elements and creative skills and give visual form to individual thoughts, feelings, observations and ideas. Students will try to extend their own and others’ ways of seeing the world, using the language of the subject sensitively and thoughtfully to support their intentions. They will work in one or more of the following disciplines: painting and drawing; printmaking; sculpture; alternative media.

In addition to lesson time you will be expected to invest a considerable amount of your free time in independent study. This will usually involve research or practical work following key lessons. Visits to museums and galleries will be fundamental to your success in this course. These visits and those to or from local artists will help to reinforce your understanding of the issues and current practices in art and design as well as giving you an insight into further study or related career choices.