The curriculum area has four specialist teaching areas each equipped with its own ICT area. As from September 2005, the provision of ICT facilities to extend teaching and learning will be greatly enhanced for both students and staff. All the teaching areas maintain a high standard of display of students' work. This is a stimulus to learning and creativity and a constant source of compliments from visitors to the school. A visit to the Art department is always included on the regular 'school tours'!
There are four full time and 2 part time specialist teachers. The team is well organised and sets extremely high standards in developing the creative potential of all students.
The Art team work closely to provide a wide range of creative experiences which encourage individual development and build the foundation for life long learning and enjoyment of Art and Design in its many diverse forms.
Art in Years 7, 8 and 9 (Key Stage 3)
Students are taught in their tutor groups for two single fifty minute periods per week. Each year group completes two or three projects over the course of the year. Typical projects for Year 7 would be 'Natural Form', 'Portraiture' and 'Gardens'. During each project, a relevant artist or group of artists would be studied to extend and inspire students own work. In years 8 and 9 the department has developed ICT projects as another dimension to students' study.
Art in Years 10 and 11
The department offers GCSE courses in Art and Design and Graphic Design which are examined by A.Q.A. From September 2005, the Applied Double Award Art and Design course will be introduced and the team plan to offer more options e.g. 'Fine Art' in the future.
Students study their chosen option for 3 x 50 minute periods per week. The Applied Art and Design students study for 6 x 50 minute periods per week.
All G.C.S.E. 'Art' options have generated extremely good examination results and students' work is regularly displayed, professionally framed, throughout the school buildings. The quality of the work speaks for itself.
Art in Years 12 and 13
Students currently study Art and Design or Art Graphic Design – again, the examination board is A.Q.A. Both options are studied for 6 x 50 min periods per week. Examination success is similar to G.C.S.E.
Visits to local galleries such as Manchester City Gallery, The Whitworth Gallery, The Walker Art Gallery, Tate Liverpool are arranged for G.C.S.E. and AS/A2 students on a regular basis throughout the year.
Visits to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park enable students to view the work of artists such as Henry Moore, Anthony Caro and Barbara Hepworth in beautiful natural surroundings.
Year 10 Art and Design, Graphic Design students have attended residential weekend courses at the Conway Centre. These visits have enabled students to experience working as a group with other Cheshire students.
Italian Art Course
The department has successfully supported Sixth Form students to attend the Cheshire Italian Art Courses for a number of years.
As well as contributing to the school environment, students' work is regularly exhibited at County exhibitions at Woodford Lodge Visual Arts Centre. Exhibitions have also been held at Astra Zeneca, Wilmslow Library and Macclesfield Town Hall.
Artists in Residence
Workshops with practising artists are arranged for students and have ranged from driftwood 'Sculptures' with Kevan and Joy Hopson to 'Figures' with Faith Bebbington.