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Shenley Brook End School

Shenley Brook End School



The Art department curriculum intent is to give our students at Shenley Brook End school every opportunity to explore a wide range of media and express themselves through visual language. We fully believe at SBE Art is a subject that can help all students to understand and give meaning to the world in which we live. Art effects everyone’s lives and as such is an extremely valuable subject. Our students are encouraged to aspire for success through their learning experiences to achieve standards of excellence, intellectually, practically, and aesthetically. The curriculum we provide is rich in a wide range of practical skills and analytical knowledge. Through our curriculum, we provide students with an experience that is an exciting combination of practical skills with creative thinking, whilst developing highly valuable and transferrable skills for future careers and life.  

Through our art curriculum, we focus our student's attention on how to use the formal elements within their artwork. Students explore line, tone, colour, shape, pattern, texture, composition etc., but also analyse how the formal elements are used as powerful communicative tools to inform their own work. Students experience a variety of media, techniques and processes over their studies throughout the different art specialisms such as; drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, mix media, and digital photography and image manipulation. In KS3 students enhance their skills and understanding with progressive complexity with a focus on pride in presentation and refined control of materials. These key components are developed to inform own creative choices and artwork with increasing independence into Key Stages 4 and 5.  

Our curriculum supports all students in learning to co-operate, negotiate, and to share good practice and learn from each other. We actively promote looking at the work of artists, photographers, designers, craftspeople, while celebrating other cultures and encouraging inclusivity and diversity. We aim to enhance students’ awareness of the impact of art within society. We expect our students to achieve high standards of work by applying a variety of skills from the wider curriculum together with those specific to Art to produce effective and considered artworks. If you would like to know more information, please contact Mr C Hall. 

Further Information

The Team and Facilities

The Art department consists of 4 purpose-built rooms, three teaching rooms and one sixth form room, that are well equipped with a wide variety of equipment and materials; a printing press, textile equipment and computers in each room to aid the development of computer manipulated imagery and research. Each room has a wide selection of art reference books, and this is further supported by the school library.   

The art team of 5 have a broad range of expertise in painting, drawing, printmaking, textiles, ceramics and photography. All art teachers teach across the broad range of skills and develop contextual understanding in our students and can give educational guidance for those students wishing to study art at a higher level.  

We run a range of trips and visits to local galleries and further afield to Oxford and London, as well as to other venues to enable our students to draw from direct observation. Life drawing is often organised for those studying Fine Art at A level. We also successfully run Arts Award, as well as extra-curricular clubs, and work with external companies to enhance the skills and knowledge of employability, and often have visiting artists support our students within practical workshops. KS3, KS4 and KS5 work is exhibited across Shenley Brook End school, and we hold our annual exhibition of the students work to celebrate their success within the summer term. If you would like to know more information, please contact Mr C Hall.  

Key Stage 3

Students in Years 7 and 8 study art within their tutor groups. Year 7 receive 4 x 1-hour sessions over the two-week timetable, while Year 8 receive 3 x 1-hour sessions over the two weeks. The two-year course is designed to give students the opportunity to experiment with a wide range of materials and to develop a range of outcomes including painting, drawing, print and sculpture. Each year is split into three main projects for each term. Each project has a set theme where students are introduced to techniques and processes that will enable them to design and produce an outcome. Students may feel they prefer one area over another, but this gives them a good understanding of the broadness of Art and Design and equips them to study Art at a higher level.  

If you would like to know more information, please contact Mr C Hall.  

Bridging Year

In Year 9 students study Art and Design if taken as an option subject. Students study in mixed ability groups and are taught for 5 x 1-hour sessions over the two-week cycle. The bridging year is designed for students to access a range of different topics and skill sets term. We currently look at mark-making, print (etching, monotype printing and lino), painting and experimentation, textile processes in relation to a John Lewis cushion cover project, photography and sculpture. Each student is encouraged to keep their test pieces and outcomes in the form of a sketchbook ready to refer to in Years 10 and 11.  

If you would like to know more information, please contact Mr C Hall.  

Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11 students will undertake one mini project focusing on the theme of ‘Food’ with reference to specific assessment objectives before moving onto one major project that will need to cover the four assessment objectives set out by the exam board (AQA).  The major project theme changes each year to enable every cohort to establish unique and individual artwork year after year. Both projects will form component 1 which is a portfolio of work that equivalates to 60% of their final grade. Students have access to any equipment and processes already explored but the art team are happy to look at other options if interest and dedication is shown. Deadline for component 1 will be the end of Autumn term before we break for the Christmas holiday. On return in the January of Year 11 students receive their ESA paper. This is component 2 and is the externally set assignment set by AQA. Students are required to select a starting point theme form the paper and produce a body of work, in each time frame, and all assessment objects must be covered. The externally set assignment culminates in a 10-hour controlled assessment exam at the end of April/beginning of May. Once the 10-hour session is fully completed, the course is finished, and all work must be submitted for final assessment.   

For coursework and exam preparation students receive regular feedback through marking, tutorials and peer feedback. There is a mock exam in November/December where a final portfolio piece is produced, which gives the students an initial taste of what the 10-hour session feels like. Art Clubs are offered for those wishing to have extra support during the week on either of the following days Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays after school 15.15pm - 16.15pm.  

If you would like to know more information, please contact Mr C Hall.  

Sixth Form

The A level course for Fine Art & Photography is divided into 2 components; Component 1 consists of a portfolio investigation and a related study. The portfolio investigation follows a broad theme set by the art department, where students can share their input via a survey to vote for the best theme. Students can interpret this theme in any way they choose, following guidance from teaching staff, while ensuring the four assessment objectives are being covered.  Students are free to choose their creative journey in the area they want to develop their skills in. The related study is a research and reflective written aspect that relates to their portfolio investigation which needs to be a minimum of 1000 words. Deadline for component 1 is end of January.   

Component 2 ‘Externally set assignment’ is a set paper by the exam board which is given on 1st February and culminates in a 15-hour exam. We are currently using OCR exam body.  

In Years 12 and 13 students receive 9 x 1-hour session over the two-week cycle but are expected to build on this in the form of independent study as well as using one session from their DSL session. Students have access to a wide range a materials, media and approaches to develop their work and themselves as aspiring artists.  

If you would like to know more information, please contact Mr C Hall.