We are an exceptionally well equipped department in which students have access to a vast array of specialisms, including painting, mixed media, ceramics and printing. Students work in spacious rooms which enable them to work on ambitious projects in a range of scales, from tiny precious objects to life size figurative work. We have the luxury of subject specialist teaching staff who are skilled painters, ceramicists, jewellers and designers.
Ms Kelly Davies – Head of Department – email: Art@jkhs.org.uk
Mrs Julie Turner – 3D Design
Miss Rhiannon Williams – Fine Art
Mrs Anna Taylor – Fine Art
Mrs Wendy Brann – Art and 3D Technician
Mrs Kelly Davies
Head of Art
My Department Vision
My vision, not only for a successful art department, but for a successful learning environment lies in the importance of building positive relationships and mind-sets between staff and students, we are a team. When I was at school one of the most inspirational teachers there, was an art teacher who was knowledgeable both in theory and application, was supportive and had boundless enthusiasm, not just for the subject but for people’s potential. Positive, happy, supportive relationships play an integral role to the ethos of our art department.
Taking ownership and responsibility for our students and for them in turn to take responsibility for their own learning has a huge impact on progress and performance. This is something I encourage and promote within the department.
Tracking, assessment and feedback are important to facilitate the student’s skills they need for their learning journey. Personalised learning makes for a strong curriculum. I agree with Ken Robinson when he says ‘Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.’ For me creativity should be embedded in the delivery of the syllabus as well as the content and outcomes.
I believe that art is therapy and an inspiring environment that models excellence is infectious, hence our ‘Gallery of Excellence’ and the annual GCSE and A Level Exhibition. We are an aspirational department who work tiresomely, staff and students together, to get the best outcomes throughout our creative journeys.
Key Stage 3
Throughout Years 7-9 all students study a range of artists and themes, incorporating a range of skills, mixed media, techniques and processes into each project. Students are encouraged to draw from direct observation and they are taught a range of creative processes such as mixed media collage, painting, sculpture, ceramics & modelling.
Mark Making Drawings: Students explore the fundamentals of drawing through mark making. They study the artwork of Fabric Lenny and create a cardboard sculpture in his style.
Peace Poster: Students begin preparation for the theme set by the International Lions Peace Poster and take part in an international competition.
Peace Poster: Students create a Peace Poster based around a set theme and enter posters into an international competition, culminating in a public exhibition in the community.
Insects: Students explore a range of creative processes to draw insects from life as well as a range of exciting artists, inspiring them to create their own ‘hybrid insect’ sculpture.
The Built Environment: Students are taught about Architecture and start to create GCSE standard artist pages within their sketchbooks. They are taught to refine their skills ready for GCSE Art.
Pop Art: Students explore a range of artists and are asked to engage with topical news and create artwork in response.
Key Stage 4
Students are given the opportunity to study EDEXCEL Fine Art, Textiles and 3D A Level courses. We are an exceptionally well equipped department in which students have access to a vast array of specialisms, including painting, mixed media, ceramics and printing. Students work in spacious rooms which enable them to work on ambitious projects in a range of scales, from tiny precious objects to life size figurative work. We have the luxury of subject specialist teaching staff who are skilled painters, ceramicists, jewellers and designers.
See our GCSE specification here
Key Stage 5
Students are given the opportunity to study EDEXCEL Fine Art, Textiles and 3D A Level courses. These courses are examined at the end of year 13, with a weighting of 60% coursework 40% exam weighting in year 13.
Over the two years’ students will explore a range of projects from futurism to transformation as well as self-directed themes to encourage artistic ownership in preparing them for future studies.
See our A Level specification here
We teach a range of units developed within the context of the national curriculum and use a variety of in-house resources. We pride ourselves on the provision of a curriculum which utilises the specialist skills of our teaching staff. Students in KS3 have two lessons per cycle and are taught the foundation skills to set them up for KS4. A diverse curriculum of mixed media drawings, mark making, printing and 3D construction are delivered.
Years 10 and 11
Students follow the Edexcel GCSE courses for Fine Art and 3D Design using a range of in-house resources. There are 5 lessons in each 10-day cycle for GCSE.
The department arranges a variety of trips to visit art exhibitions locally and in London, to improve the opportunities for students to engage directly with works of art. These trips are well attended.
Sixth Form students follow the Edexcel AS and A2 programmes for Fine Art and 3D Design using in-house resources. There are 9 Art lessons in each 10-day cycle for Years 12 and 7 lessons for Year 13. Pass rate at Art A Level last year was 80% A* to B and a 100% pass rate at A*-C and 3D Art was a 100% A*-B.
We have five dedicated Art classrooms, each with a networked PC. These comprise two Art studios, one 3D studio and two Sixth Form rooms. Each classroom has a basic equipment store maintained by our technician. There are also large storage areas in addition to these spaces, as well as a department office.
Features of the department:
High Standards & Expectations
We, staff and students work extremely hard to maintain high standards, producing refined and creative artwork and outcomes through sketchbooks, portfolios and our annual exhibition.
A strong commitment to extra-curricular learning activities.
We work continually with our partner primary schools to enrich their Art provision through workshops and joint projects. We offer a range of Art clubs during lunch breaks and after school, supporting KS 4 and 5 with coursework and offering KS 3 a range of workshops from marbling to tie-dying. We have encouraged and enabled groups of learners at KS3 to participate in the South Wales SnowDog event, which culminated in a collaborative exhibition in Cardiff City Centre and Monmouth Shire Hall. We pride ourselves in the participation of the International Lions Peace Poster Competition and local Exhibition, resulting in a press release to celebrate our student’s achievement.
An ability to offer a wide range of learning practices and artistic techniques for all students.
We pride ourselves on pushing students to explore as wide a range of materials, processes and learning practices as possible to extend and engage all groups of learners. Teaching staff are encouraged to make full use of their range of expertise to develop the standard, teaching units to their full potential.
A continuous drive to improve achievement across all key stages and learner groups.
We continue to be committed to evaluating and developing our teaching to extend the achievement of all learner groups through the sharing of good practice, structured assessment systems and aspirational target setting, standardisation and department CPD session’s where we share skills.
The provision of a safe and supportive environment in which learners feel secure to take risks with their work and push themselves.
We provide an open and welcoming environment for our students in which they feel able to express themselves and develop ideas that reflect their individual personalities and outlooks.
At 6th Form, they have their own working space in an art studio, creating a post school environment.