The department includes the well-established areas of Art, Textiles and Photography. The Arts department currently has five members of teaching staff and the support of a technician. We work as a team to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that aims to cover the needs of all of our students.
We aim to be a supportive, vibrant and enthusiastic department, where all staff support each other and collaborate in providing a quality arts education for all students at all levels and abilities. Our goal is to provide a learning environment that supports students and enables them to make at least good progress and develop the skills and knowledge required for success.
The Arts department is well equipped with the following facilities;
What's it all about?
Welcome to Whitley Arts! The project idea of Whitley Arts was commissioned by the Principal, Mrs Allen, after initial discussion with the Art Department and the Business manager. The aim was to develop an ecommerce website to sell unique student artwork, whilst at the same time showcasing the excellence of Whitley Academy students to a local and national audience.
The Principal perceives there to be a significant gap in this area, not just for Whitley Academy, but for all schools. If successful, this project could be rolled out through the Family of RSA Academies and beyond.
We hope you enjoy our ‘student showcase’ of talent, please view our website to view and purchase our students work. Monies raised from the ecommerce site and purchase of student Art will help support the Arts, the students, and their learning.
Please visit our website to purchase artwork at:www.whitleyarts.co.uk
There are a broad range of specialist skills within the departments’ staff.
Mrs J Bradshaw - Curriculum Leader
Miss R Bibby
Mrs C Maclean
Miss D Noble
Mrs J Perry – Art/Science Technician
Year 7,8 & 9
At Key Stage 3, pupils experience Art, Textiles and Photography as part of the creative carousels. Homework for our KS3 carousels is set as a project that compliments and extends the carousels project theme.
Carousels Project Theme
Lessons per week
The national curriculum for art can be viewed by following the links bellow:
Some pupils begin their KS4 journey with us in Year 9 by selecting to study a Visual Arts subject, and studying their chosen option for three years until the end of Year 11. Pupils can also opt to take some of the Arts subject at the start of Year 10 and they study their chosen option for two years, again until the end of Year 11.
For pupils choosing to study Visual Arts we offer;
Pupils produce practical and critical/contextual work in some of the following areas including; drawing and painting, mixed media, sculpture, installation, printmaking, lens-based and/or light-based media: photography.
Pupils produce practical and critical/contextual work in some of the following areas including; including printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, constructed and/or stitched and/or embellished textiles.
AQA GCSE in Art and Design – Fine Art or Textile Design
Both Fine Art and Textiles Design are structured and assessed in the same way and share the same four assessment objectives. Pupils are introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of media, techniques and processes. SPupils are guided to explore drawing for different purposes and needs. They are encouraged to explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of Fine Art or Textile Design. Personal responses to these are then shown through practical and critical activities. Pupils are assessed using the four assessment objectives.
The four assessment objectives are:
Develop their ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.
Refine their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms.
Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.
The courses are structured and assessed as below:
Unit 1: Controlled Assessment (Coursework)
60% of the total GCSE marks
Set and marked by the Art department and moderated by AQA.
Student will undertake a number of projects across the course dependant on specialist staff skills and interests and skills of the group.
All students begin with a skill build project to ensure they have the essential skills and knowledge to be successful.
They then work on thematic projects to develop and demonstrate their use of the four assessment objects. At October half term in year 11 students are then given a Mock examination Theme and either side of the Christmas break (dependent on term length) sit a 10 hour exam spread over the course of two days in the art rooms. This work is then improved to form the students’ final coursework project.
Student portfolio selected from work undertaken during course of study and must include more than one project.
Students submit supporting studies and practical outcome(s) based on themes and starting matter developed from various starting points.
Unit 2: Externally Set Task
40% of the total GSCE marks
This examination unit starts in February , with approximately 8 centre weeks working towards a theme followed by an 10 hour exam spread over the course of two days
This unit represents the culmination of the GCSE course. The paper consists of various broad-based thematic starting points. During the preparatory period students are again guided and encouraged to show independence in the development of their ideas, intentions and response.
Students submit supporting studies and practical outcome(s) in response to the given theme.
The full specification can be viewed on AQA’s website or by following the link below: