Art

The Art Department at Sandbach High School & Sixth Form College aims to give everyone a chance to achieve. We strive to be at the forefront of artistic development within education and create regular opportunities to celebrate the creativity of our students.

Our programme is designed to contribute, support and compliment the aims and aspirations of the school. We aim to develop in young people the sense of fulfilment, fun, pride and satisfaction in producing works of art.

Art is personally enriching as well as collectively stimulating and a range of teaching styles are used to develop both creativity and practical/technical skills. The curriculum is taught by specialist teachers of Art, Craft & Design. The programme is structured to allow for continuity, depth, differentiation and progression in learning. Pupils will be able to make progress and improve their personal performance in key skills and standards across the National Curriculum.

The range of courses offered are:

Year 7 – 9 National Curriculum Art

GCSE Fine Art

GCSE Photography

AS & A2 Fine Art

AS & A2 Photography

The curriculum is further enriched by a range of extra-curricular clubs:

EXTRA-CURRICULAR CLUBS: 12.15—12.50pm

MONDAY:

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB [YR 8-9] G17

GCSE/A LEVEL FINE ART (Catch up after school)


TUESDAY:

Y9 DRAWING CLUB – G13

A LEVEL & GCSE FINE ART


WEDNESDAY:

YEAR 7 & 8  ART CATCH UP – G13

A LEVEL & GCSE FINE ART


THURSDAY:

Y8-9 ART CLUB (ARTS AWARD) H9

A LEVEL & GCSE FINE ART


FRIDAY:

Y7 ART CLUB—G13

GCSE FINE ART – H9


Five ways to help your daughter
1. Think creatively – believe in the power of your imagination
2. Don’t be worried about trying out new skills
3. Learn to appreciate other pupils work – listen carefully to the story behind their ideas
4. Ask lots of questions
5. Look after your sketch book and take pride in your work
The programme has been designed and tailored to meet the growing needs of our pupils and individual learners, provide compelling learning experiences and contribute towards fostering a lifelong appreciation and passion for art.

YEAR 7
2 x Lessons per fortnight
Taught in mixed ability form groups

Autumn Term: Artists Tool Kit / (Drawing Techniques and Colour Theory)
Spring Term: Narrative Painting

Summer Term: Creative Creatures (Wire/Sculpture Work)

YEAR 8
3 X lessons per fortnight
Taught in mxed ability form groups

Autumn Term: Observational Drawing (Extending knowledge of key drawing techniques and processes)
Spring Term: Clay Pots (Derived from Natural Forms and other sources)
Summer Term: Printmaking (Extending ideas from Previous Projects)

YEAR 9
2 X lessons per fortnight
Taught in mixed ability form groups

Autumn Term: Mask Making, (Growth and evolution)
Spring Term: Digital Manipulation/Photography and Photoshop

Summer Term: Shrines, (Exploring cultural diversity)

Key Stage 3 Results are strong and remain above the national average

Pupils who opt for GCSE Fine Art follow the AQA syllabus which develops drawing, painting, printing, sculpture and mixed media forms building on the knowledge and skills introduced in Key Stage 3.

Pupils receive 5 lessons per fortnight and are taught in mixed ability option groups. The A*-C pass rate remains very high year after year and the number of pupils opting for GCSE Fine Art demonstrates the popularity of the course.

Pupils who opt for the AS/A2 courses in Photography or Fine Art follow the Edexcel Syllabus.
Results remain high in both areas.