Art & Design
Welcome to The Art Department
The Art department is comprised of three specialists Art rooms in the Stifford block. Pupils use a wide variety of media and facilities including drawing, painting, print-making, mixed media, sculpture and digital media; which allows them to learn and practice key artistic skills and techniques, and to develop their personal creativity.
The Art department have set up a Pinterest page which should be used by all year groups to strengthen their understanding of both Art and Photography. The Art department will continually add to the Pin boards.
Current examples of Student Art work from Years 7 -11
The Art Department has purchased equipment for GCSE Art Photography students to use. Students are able to use specialist studio lighting, a light tent and halo flash to produce exciting photographs. See more of our GCSE work here
The Art department aims to provide a wide range of experiences and projects for all pupils to access and enjoy. As well as developing their key artistic skills through set projects, we encourage all pupils to create their own personal response to each theme through experimentation. Pupils have the opportunity to assess their own work and each others’, alongside formal teacher assessment. At KS3, students are focused on developing their artistic skills alongside their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of artists & designers, media, art techniques, processes and art movements, enabling them to build their confidence as young artists. At KS4, students are encouraged to develop personal lines of in investigations into specialist areas of interest. Students will create unique outcomes based on their personal investigation into art a variety of disciplines and subject areas.
William Edwards pupils achieve excellent results in Art with 95% of pupils achieving a GCSE grade A*-C in 2015.
The Schemes of Learning at Key stage 3 are:
Year 7 topics:
⦁ Term 1 – Tea at William Edwards School – a project establishing core skills in Art
⦁ Term 2 – Printing Patterns in fruit and vegetable
⦁ Term 3 – Portrait basics
Year 8 topics:
⦁ Term 1- Carnival – each academic year will vary with exploring different aspects of Traditional celebrations
⦁ Term 2- Tropical Fish project – students will be working with clay to produce a clay tropical fish.
⦁ Term 3- Zentangles
Year 9 topics:
⦁ Term 1 – Japan
⦁ Term 2 – Street Art
⦁ Term 3 – Close ups – Sweet things – Students to encompass their skills from over the two years to create a collection of studies based around confectionery.
KS4: courses available:
GCSE AQA Art: Unit 1. Reflections, Unit 2. Exam.
GCSE AQA Photography: Unit 1. Reflections, Unit 2. Exam.
Progression to KS5:
Palmers College: A-Level qualifications in Art & Photography.
South Essex College (Southend or Thurrock Campus) Art and design Level 1 or 2.
Or Photography A-level
Exam Board Links
For further information, please contact the Department Leader, Ms R Jhita, on firstname.lastname@example.org.