Art and Design:

Art and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

Pupils at Birchensale are given opportunities within their weekly art lessons to experiment with a range of styles and media, to create 2D and 3D works of art and to develop knowledge of artists and their art. Lessons are fun but challenging and methods can be adapted to suit individual strengths and weaknesses.

There are two art teachers- Mrs. Bowles and Mr. Grant who each teach half a year of art. Swap over happens after February half term.

Key Stage 2

In year 5 pupils study Native American art.  They learn about symbolism and try a range of drawing and painting media including pen and ink, pastels, crayons and sandpaper!  Pupils work in teams to create totem poles and collaged creatures.  They study the work of Kenneth Noland who is inspired by Native American art.

They then follow a scheme of work entitled "Fish!" where they have opportunities to draw with cotton buds and chalk, to model in clay, to produce sketchbook pages of research and design work and to finally experiment with layers of metallic papers and net to create a textile fish.

Year 6 pupils' first project is architecture.  They study the work of John Piper and Friedensreich Hundertwasser and develop techniques including collage, resist, press print, pastel work and painting.

They later study movement and study the photographic work of Eadweard Muybridge to understand the process of movement.  They later look at futurism and the dynamic style of Umberto Boccioni as a means to create an expressive painting themselves.  The project culminates in a wire and mod roc sculpture.

 

Key Stage 2 Art Work

 

Key Stage 3 Art Work

Key Stage 3

Year 7’s first project is The Lion’s Peace poster competition, in which we have annual success! We explore the themes of peace, love and understanding around the world in creating a graphic piece of art work. Pupils then explore African art and artefacts with a focus on masks.  They learn about artist Romuald Hazoume and emulate his style when they create a sculpture from junk.

Pupils then study natural forms.  They sketch, print and paint from the natural world.  Inspiration comes from contemporary artist Angie Lewin.

In Year 8 pupils study insects 'up close' when they produce a bug zentangle with fine line pens.  They work more freely by drawing insects with charcoal onto collaged newspaper in the style of contemporary artist Guy Denning.  The project culminates with 3D bug sculptures constructed from aluminium cans, wire and tissue paper.

Students in Year 8 then learn about portraiture.  They draw their own facial feature and achieve 3D effect with pencil.  They then research gargoyles and explore ecclesiastical architecture.  This is used to design and draw or paint their own gargoyle face.  Finally they create their own grotesque sculpture in clay.