Art and Photography 

Head of Subject: Mrs Tracey MacKellar

‘Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up’. 

Pablo Picasso

Welcome to our vibrant and exciting department were we have three fully equipped, multipurpose art rooms, dark room, kiln space and photography studio with access to Photoshop 17 and Digital SLR cameras.  Our expectation is that all students do their very best as they discover, progress and perfect new skills, concepts and experiences. As a department we strive to showcase the achievements by the students through; artwork of the week, selfie photos with work emailed to parents/carers, school newsletter, local exhibitions at Krowji and Redruth town, CreatEd at Falmouth University and local/national competitions.

At Key Stage 3 we focus on developing skills in drawing, painting, ceramics, 3D work and critical analysis. 

Skills taught:

  • Use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas.
  • Use a range of techniques and media.
  • Increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials.
  • Analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen their knowledge and understanding.
  • The history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.

Year 7

About Me - is based on portraiture and basic drawing skills are covered in proportion and tone.  Students are also introduced to a range of artists and will produce a final piece of 2D work inspired by one or more of these artists. 

Natural forms - students develop skills in printmaking and collage to capture the surface qualities and striking shapes found in nature.

Year 8

Illustration - exploring how artists create work using different methods: pen & wash and collage.  The project will focus on Tim Burton and Hannah Hoch. 

Day of the Dead - explores the Mexican culture and symbolism.  Students produce a final outcome that shows a personal representation to the theme.

Key Stage 4

Students who choose Art or Photography at this key stage follow the AQA GCSE course.  This is divided into two units:

  • Unit 1: Portfolio of work which accounts for 60% of the final grade.
  • Unit 2: Externally set task, which accounts for 40% of the final grade.

The student’s portfolio must include more than one extended collection of work or project selected from artwork undertaken during the course of study and meet all four assessment objectives:

AO1 Develop their ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding (Look at the work of other artists and think about how they work, show that you have really thought about this and use this to give you ideas about ways to develop your own work)

AO2 Refine ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes (When you collect images, show that you can select the best and experiment with different ways to develop your ideas to find the one that works best! We should be able to see evidence of this in your sketchbook)

AO3 Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions in visual and/or other forms (Think carefully about the images you collect for projects, if you start off with lots of good material then you give yourself a chance to do your very best!)

AO4 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. (This brings everything together – if you have worked hard on Assessment Objectives 1-3 then you will be able to develop some exciting final work)

Our students produce work that covers a diverse range of disciplines within the arts.  Unit two students produce work in response to start points set by the exam board for their practical exam.

The Department has excellent links with UCF (University College, Falmouth) Krowji and Tate St Ives.

We participate in many local community events:

  • Murdoch Day
  • St Piran’s Day
  • Fun Palaces, Krowji
  • CreatEd, Falmouth University
  • Young Persons Art Prize, Exchange Gallery Penzance
  • Christmas Lantern Parade
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