Mrs M Dachtler (Subject Leader)
Mrs T Beaney
Mr M Redden (Technician)
GOOD SCHOOLS GUIDE 2006 BEST RESULTS AT ART & DESIGN. GOOD SCHOOLS GUIDE 2011 AND 2012 DOUBLE AWARD FOR PHOTOGRAPHY, ART & DESIGN AT AS AND ART A LEVEL.
GOOD SCHOOLS GUIDE 2013 BEST RESULTS AT ART AND DESIGN AS LEVEL.
2016 BEST PERFORMANCE AT GCSE FOR GIRLS TAKING GCSE IN AN ENGLISH GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Year 7 has two single lessons of Art each week and students are taught in their form groups. Year 8 has one lesson, and the students are taught in their form groups, year 9 has one lesson and they are taught in mixed form groups. All students have a sketchbook for weekly homework, making notes or drawings during the lesson and for collecting information and collating research work. Years 10 and 11 have three single lessons. Years 12 and 13 have three double lessons.
We encourage all students to work to the best of their ability in a relaxed but busy atmosphere in the studios. We like to discuss work in progress, and give individual and group tuition to introduce new ideas or techniques. We encourage class members to support each other, praising others’ achievements and helping one another. This makes for a very positive and friendly atmosphere in the studios.
At Key Stage 3, students are introduced to the formal elements of Art focusing on the use of line, colour, form, texture, perspective; drawing, painting, printing, textiles and 3D work. They research into the lives of many varied artists and are given an introduction to their styles of work. Students are also shown how to link their own Art with poetry, literature, music, drama and history.
From Year 7, students are encouraged to take photographs and create PowerPoint presentations of their work, including digital manipulation of their images, linking them with particular artists or photographers being studied in their Art lessons. They are also introduced to storyboarding and creating their own stop-go animation films. This leads to an interest in forms of animation and film making.
Students taking GCSE Art are taken on a visit to Quex Park in Birchington at the end of Year 9, to launch their Year 10 Culture Unit and introduce them to the animals and artefacts collected in Africa. They are then encouraged to provide visual and written responses in their sketchbooks.
At Key Stage 4, students follow the Eduqas course. They complete a major practical portfolio (Component 1, 60% of the marks) and then sit an Externally Set Assignment, interpreting themes and starting points set by the Board (Component 2, 40% of the marks). Please see link addresses below for GCSE information:
In Year 10 students focus their studies on the Arts and Culture of Africa, and will learn about textile techniques and complete several textile responses. The second half of the course in Year 10 concentrates on drawing and painting techniques, leading to each student completing a portrait using oil paints.
In Year 11 the focus is on Colour, with an introduction to artists from different eras and their use of colour, also painters of the 20th and 21st centuries who have developed their own colour theory and method of paint application and styles of composition. There is also a strong emphasis on photography during KS4 so that students can record and save their own choice of images from first hand experiences and use digital manipulation to create an artistic response.
Each year we aim to have a variety of educational visits. Over the last six months our current Year 11 students have visited the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Tate Britain and were involved in a Plein Air Painting experience at Dover Castle. Year 12 visited The Tate Modern, The National Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery and The Turner Contemporary. We also spent time at the Harbour Arm in Folkestone as part of the "Ruins" theme. Year 13 visited The Tate Modern followed by The Turner Contemporary, The National Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery. Visits to local sites and galleries have also been arranged on a frequent basis.
Each year we aim to have an educational holiday and in the past have visited Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Rome and New York.
At Key Stage 5, students take A2 Art and Design, and have the option of taking A2 Photography. The course runs over a two year period. Please view the documentation below for course structure and details including course breakdown and marking frames. You can also find this information if you search for Art and Design on the Eduqas webpage.
Students at KS3, KS4 and KS5 are also given the opportunity to work at different venues or with visiting artists and writers as they arise, and take part in different kinds of artistic competitions organised by the school or outside agencies.
Students at KS4 and 5 also have the opportunity to exhibit their work, either as part of schools’ competitions or in local galleries or the Canterbury Pilgrims Hospice. Students work with English Heritage, creating exhibitions of paintings and photographs featuring Dover Castle and currently Walmer Castle. Students have worked on a film about the 2nd World War Tables at Dover Castle, made by BBC cameramen and which included both live action and stop-go animation filming. This year many of our students entered ‘The Seeing Round Corners Competition’ and work was displayed in The Turner Contemporary. We have entered and won competitions that have granted much press and local publicity, including winning The 2015 People Of Dover Award for recognition of our outstanding contribution to “Beautiful Dover” and have recently been awarded a certificate by The Good Schools Guide Awards for ‘Best performance by Girls taking Art and Design at an English Grammar School’. We have worked closely with English Heritage, The Transport Museum and the Rotary Club of Southforeland. The National Student Exhibition at the Mall Gallery London has submitted our students work for over 11 years and have recently interviewed us for their publicity.
Each year many of our A level students go onto Foundation courses to continue their Art Education, or find courses at Universities which will involve using and developing their artistic knowledge. We have received very positive feedback from Art Colleges and Universities because of the strength of the contents in students’ portfolios.