Kirkham Grammar School

Independent Co-Educational Day and Boarding School

    Art & Design

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    Introduction

    The main aim of the course is to impart a basic knowledge and understanding of Art and Design through the practice and study of the language, techniques and forms of the visual Arts.

    The philosophy governing the course is principally Formalist, emphasising the necessity to organise and structure the elements giving visual form to ideas, topics, etc. in an aesthetically satisfactory way, investigative, expressive and intellectual approaches are undertaken. 

    Lower School

    In the first three years at Kirkham Grammar School, pupils experience a variety of approaches to Art, primarily based around the work of modern artists.  During each school year a number of themes and topics are covered using various media.  These are shown by year group.  Trips to galleries is a vital part in pupils visual education with all year groups visiting galleries. 

    First Year:

    Colour Abstracts using the colour wheel, linking to the work of Kandinsky and Delauney, with musical connections and colour composition.

    Study Natural Forms theme with an introduction to various uses of media, introduction to direct source drawing.

    Investigate Typology links with letters and shape.

    Second Year:

    Explore the art movement Cubism and the development of Still Life studies.

    Mask making, drawing from the Grotesque and Gothic Gargoyles to develop three dimensional work learning to use a sketchbook to document and record ideas. 

    Third Year:

    An in-depth exploration of personal identity looking at popular cultural icons and influences.  Using personal research skills and experimentation, pupils use work journals in preparation for GCSE working methods. 

    Work from the three year groups can be seen primarily in the Junior Studio throughout the year.

    Middle School

    Art

    Board: AQA

    Fine Art and Photography

     

    Art at GCSE builds on the experiences and confidence gained from the previous three years at Kirkham Grammar School. 

    At the centre of our teaching is a belief that the best art comes from imaginative and thoughtful interpretation of first hand visual experience.  How you think about a subject changes how you see it and drawing is the evidence of your thoughts.  The development of your visual literacy, your ability to see, observe, record, investigate, imagine, relate and display imagery, is our aim.  Skills of problem solving and research, inventive playfulness and critical thinking are required and assessed.

    The historical and social context of art making is important and relationships are made from the start between your work and the work of other artists, photographers and designers. 

    We offer a broad course with teaching in painting, photography and graphics, centered on drawing, and informed by the example of other artists, photographers and designers.

    Field trips include visits to major cities in the UK and a biennial trip to New York. 

    Senior School

    Art

    Board: AQA

    Fine Art and Photography 

    The main aim of the course is to impart a basic knowledge and understanding of Art and Design through the practice and study of the language, techniques and forms of the Visual.  Photography and Fine Art are the two courses on offer. 

    The philosophy governing the course is principally Formalist, emphasizing the necessity to organise and structure the elements giving visual form to ideas, topics, etc, in an aesthetically satisfactory way.  Investigative, expressive and intellectual approaches are undertaken.

    A wide range of materials and techniques in two and three dimensions is utilised in investigative, intellectual and expressive modes of working.  Art Appreciation is a significant element.  A field trip to a European city to draw and photograph the city is a particularly exciting aspect of the course that directly links with the examination element.  Previous trips have been to Berlin, Florence, Paris, Rome, Siena and New York. 

    Extra-Curricular

    Trips to galleries is a vital part in pupils visual education with all year groups visiting galleries.  Previous trips include North West galleries, city trips to Berlin, Florence, London, Paris, Rome, Siena and New York.

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