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Creative Arts

"I like kids' work more than work by real artists any day." - Jean-Michel Basquiat

Student View

"Art helps you to express your emotions.  It is the only subject where you can do whatever you want." - Sophie, year 12

"Art is a fun subject where you can relax and take a break from the other subjects; you can let your creative side show." - Dan, year 12​

"Textiles helps you widen your perspective on what you can do in life. It gives you more opportunities in creative employment such as becoming a fashion or interior designer." - Kaitlyn, year 10​

 

Overview

The creative arts department is a diverse area with a range of visual and creative specialisms on offer. We have expertise in fine art (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and digital media), photography and textiles.  Our aim is to develop students’ visual literacy and enable them to interpret the world around them.  Through making and doing students are able to express their ideas, emotions, thoughts and opinions. 

In art lessons, students are engaged and motivated by practical activities. We place a strong emphasis on developing observational skills, using materials, techniques, analysis and evaluation.  We encourage risk taking through experimentation, enabling students to learn about materials, to be resilient and develop their ideas independently. Through the study of artists and other cultures, students are introduced to challenging social and emotional issues which they are able to explore visually and through speaking and writing. 

We think it is important to give students the opportunity to be proud of their work and share it with others. We often look at work as a class and display students’ work across the school, sharing our enjoyment of beautiful things and celebrating success.

Contact – Cruse.C@north.kent.sch.uk

Examination

GCSE Fine Art/Photography/Textiles:

60 % course work: portfolio of practical and written work.

40% exam project: practical work and written work produced in lessons and a 10-hour practical exam.

All work is marked within the school and externally moderated.

‘A’ level Fine Art/Photography/Textiles:

60% course work: portfolio of practical and written work.

40% exam project: practical work and written work produced in lessons and a 15-hour practical exam.

All work is marked within the school and externally moderated.

Extra-curricular/OSL opportunities

Wednesday and Friday Year 10 and 11 Fine Art.