Ms West's Class
At KS4, pupils study for the GCSE Art and Design qualification. The component is ‘Fine Art’ and pupils produce a portfolio of artwork and complete an exam which is a separate portfolio of work in response to a set question from the examination board – AQA. As their art teacher, I design a personalised learning plans for each pupil and they all work in whatever medium they prefer: drawing, painting, sculpture or photography. This means that each portfolio is unique to each artist, reflecting their natural ability, their identity, their style in addition to their response to a pre-set question.
Art isn’t just studied in the context of the Art classroom. Some pupils engage with an Arts Collective Group. This is a group of young artists from eighteen schools across the borough of Greenwich that collaborate each half term at Blackheath Conservatoire, producing artwork that will eventually become part of an exhibition at Tate Modern in July. Some pupils recently went to the Natural History Museum to see the ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ exhibition and the KS4 pupils have written an analytical essay of this year’s winner. Pupils occasionally do drawing and conversation on a 1:1 basis, working on their language and communication skills. Using drawing as a tool and British Sign Language, pupils reveal their inner thoughts and feelings and are given the opportunity to express themselves however they are feeling. Art is used across the curriculum and on Black Movement Month, Movember and Christmas, the Art department provided a creative input to activities using photography; face painting and decorations to make the events complete.