Welcome to the Art and Design Department
At Branston Academy, we value Art and Design as an important part of every student’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides our students with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.
Our aims are underpinned by a culture of high aspirations. Through developing positive relationships, we empower our students to have a strong belief in their own abilities and through hard work and resilience to achieve their very best.
Formal elements / 3D shapes
Colour Wheel, Van Gogh, Simple Still Life Painting
Henri Rousseau, Clay Thumb Pot
Islamic Art Research, Islamic Patterns, String Print
Sarah Graham Research, Still Life Sweet Painting (looking at gridding and colour mixing), Graphics (sweet shop logo)
Nick Mackman Research, Double Thumb Pot Clay Animals
Portraits (facial features), Rule of Halves, Research Picking from Louis Jover, Frida Kahlo, Guy Denning, Barbara Walker. Portrait inspired by.
Research Sheet (Day of the Dead Festival), Designing own Day of the Day Self Portrait, Reduction Lino Print, Graphics (Day of the Dead festival poster)
Watercolour Landscape Painting Skills (trees, land, skies), Research (Claude Monet), Painting a Landscape Scene
Fine Art – Close up, Photography – Basic Skills , Fine Art Identity
What is Important to me? Photography & Graphic Communication – Fantastic & Strange
Existing Coursework Improvements
Externally Set Task (40%)
The specification document for this course can be found below:
KS5 Content: Courses
In KS5, students can choose to continue their course of study in Fine Art, Art & Design, Photography and Graphic Communication.
Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of fine art/graphic communication/photography, processes and techniques. They will be made aware of both traditional and new media.
Students will explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. Students may use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate.
Students will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This will be integral to the investigating and making processes. Students' responses to these examples will be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.
Students will be aware of the four assessment objectives to be demonstrated in the context of the content and skills presented. They will be aware of the importance of process as well as product.
Extra Curricular Activities and Clubs
We encourage all students to participate in the extra-curricular programme we offer. Our clubs and activities are designed to be inclusive for all; the broad range on offer ensures that there is something for students of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to get involved with. We regularly review our offer to meet the ever-changing needs of our students.
The extra-curriculum clubs and activities for the current (and previous) academic term can be found by visiting the link below.
The arts is currently the fastest growing sector in the UK. A strong arts education offers:
- the ability to develop individual ideas and collaborate with others,
- strong observational, research and analytical skills,
- creative problem solving skills
- the ability to learn from criticism and be objective about their work.
- an openness to new influences and concepts.
The skills a well-rounded arts education gives to students can be utilized in any career path