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 Redruth Art and Photography department where creativity and lifelong learning are central to our ethos.

The department consists of three fully equipped, multipurpose art rooms, dark room, kiln space and photography studio with access to Photoshop 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 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, students in years seven and eight are able to join Art club where they have opportunities to extend their studies as well as taking part in local competitions and events. 

Year nine students have the fantastic opportunity to to achieve a Bronze Arts Award through extra curricular lessons afterschool.  Students will collect evidence in an individual arts log or portfolio of their experiences of:

  1. developing their interests, knowledge and skills through actively participating in any art form
  2. experience of at least one arts event/experience as an audience member and their review of that event/experience
  3. researching the career and work of an artist or craftsperson that inspires them
  4. experience of passing on an arts skill

Key Stage three 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 Overview 

Express Yourself – collage portraits 

Sweat Treats – Pop art confectionary paintings 

Natural Forms – clay sea creatures 

Year 8 Overview 

Cultural masks – relief & pattern 

Illustration – Character creations 

Juice Bar – Advertising & merchandise 

Year 9 Overview 

The Formal elements 

Posters with meaning – stencil technique

Mini GCSE project – Preparation for Y10  

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.

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

How can I help my son/daughter?

 1. Make sure there are always drawing materials for your child to access and use when they want to

 2. Talk to your child about their artwork

3. Give children the chance to experiment

4. Visit galleries

5. Find the value of art in everyday things

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