Art & Design
Art and Design at St. John’s is inclusive to all; fulfilling the National Curriculum, providing a broad and balanced programme and ensuring progression in the development of knowledge and skills. We encourage all pupils to be creative thinkers and provide opportunities for self-expression both from direct experiences and imagination. Pupils are encouraged to create, have fun and explore through drawing, painting, sculpture, craft and I.C.T. whilst developing their competence in controlling tools and materials. Students will learn about artists, designers and craftspeople gaining an increased awareness of the roles and purposes of them as well as understanding their historical and cultural background. Pupils will develop critical awareness consolidating their knowledge of line, tone, colour, shape and pattern in order to strengthen the visual impact in their own work.
What is distinctive about Art and Design at St. John's?
- Art is taught by specialist teachers.
- All pupils have the opportunity to be taught in specialist rooms during their four years.
- We have a working kiln giving pupils a chance to see all stages of ceramics.
- Annual trips run to Witley Court and St. John's Church.
- Enrichment days where pupils come together to explore different mediums and scales; collaboratively producing and displaying their final pieces.
- Photography Club- pupils are given the opportunity to work with a photographer experimenting with perspective, lighting and props.
- G & T Pupils work alongside staff producing background settings for school plays.
- The whole Spire Academy meet together for Art days celebrating skills and techniques taught.
- The launch Pad's lessons are structured to enable the transition back into mainstream school.
- We annually contribute work to the county's 'Voices and Visions' exhibition where pupils can view their work with their families at Worcester Cathedral.
- Portfolios of work are kept to inspire, guide and praise pupils hard work in art and design.
Colour and Mood
Pupils are given the opportunity to experiment with various mediums and elements of art. They develop skills and techniques taught to them though the illustration of a poem. Work by Kandinsky and Monet are critiqued and used as influences.
Having chosen a theme of their own pupils learn techniques to design and make a slab pot. The work of Clarice Cliff shows them colour and variation to help develop their work.
Patch Work World
Each pupil choses a country around the world to research using the library, internet and atlases. They look at flags and culture to produce a textile 10x10 cm square representing their chosen land. Pupils will make colour choices and consider their design following self and peer evaluation.
A graphics led module that looks at existing book covers, encouraging pupils to look at colour, typeface and illustrations in relation to genre and audience. Pupils produce their own covers using a variety of medium including I.C.T
Having studied the work of Degas, pupils produce observational drawings of moving people. Following on, they use wire and modroc to make their image come to life. Pupils find appropriate images from the Internet to put behind their work and digital cameras to take pictures of their final piece.
The Chinese New Year, Carnivals and Aboriginal art influence this module. Pupils learn about different cultures as well as produce masks culminating in their own performance at the end of the term.
Looking at a variety of self-portraits, pupils comment on preferences and techniques used. They are taught how to draw a human face in proportion as well as shading techniques. Having looked at Montages by Robert Rauschenberg, pupils produce their own montage entitled ‘Me’. Pupils are encouraged to take ownership of the project; some pupils ending with a 3D piece, some 2D depending on their individual skills.
This is a cross curricular project with Music. Pupils learn to play Gamelan music (Gongs and metallophones) in their Music lessons and will perform their work alongside A Gamelen Shadow Puppet Performance known as ‘Wayang Kulit’.
Our Church through images
Pupils visit St. John’s Church where they produce rubbings, observational drawings and photographs of the inside and outside. They look at the art on the stained glass windows and the stone work. Following this, the pupils create ceramic, water colours, pastels and fine line work influenced by their visit producing a final 3D piece
Pupils create a still life piece that is split into sections: each representing and influenced by an era in Art they like/find interesting from their research. Pupils present their work and their findings at the end of the term.
Pupils study the work of Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol commenting on the elements of Art, subject matter and context in history. Pupils look at what they believe to be ‘pop’ular in their society and produce art work from it using acrylics or print.
Cross Curricular I.C.T Module. Having looked at the work of Nick Park, pupils design their own charters that come to life using Stop Frame Animation. They design suitable and imaginative settings using a variety of materials. Speech and music can be added to their short films which are shown and evaluated at the end of the module.
Key Performance Indicators