The Art Department and Knowledge Rich Curriculum:
Our Aim as a creative faculty is to aspire to create proactive, confident and imaginative pupils. That are reflective and forward thinking, who are determined to achieve!
The Art Department here at Moreton School consists of three Art specialists who are trained in a variety of Art genres covering 2D and 3D making techniques and traditional and contemporary Art skills. We are a vibrant and welcoming department that pride ourselves on our interactive and rigorous Art lessons that aim to build on students’ knowledge, practical skills, confidence and creativity.
The Art Department has excellent facilities which allow our pupils to experience a variety of art disciplines including drawing, painting, sculpture, print making and ceramics. Our schemes of work are designed to engage and encourage pupils to think for themselves, try new things, build resilience, and develop a love for the Arts. We focus on a knowledge rich curriculum, allowing pupils to learn a breadth of Art historical knowledge, as well as refining their practical ability. We have extensive assessment strategies in place to ensure that pupils are monitored throughout KS3, 4 and 5 using the OCR GCSE and A-Level criteria. We use a variety of self, peer and teacher feedback strategies to encourage students to reflect on and develop their progress further.
As a department we are committed to raising the achievement and aspirations of our students, 2017-18 results show that the department achieved above national averages. With 100% of students studying Art at GCSE gaining levels 5-9 and 50% of pupils achieving 7-9. All students who studied Art A ‘level gained B’s and above, with 100% of pupils going on to university.
Pupils within Moreton select their chosen options from year 9, starting their preparation for GCSE. The pupils complete two qualifications over the 3 years at KS4, this included Arts Award Silver in year 9 and the OCR GCSE throughout year 10 and 11.
Moreton students have excellent opportunities to visit local and national art galleries, participate in creative competitions, exhibitions and workshops. In particular, the Moreton Art department has fostered especially strong links with Wolverhampton art gallery. Our students have been privileged to use the gallery’s facilities and regularly be a part of their events and workshops.
In previous years Moreton students have taken part in a number of events and competitions, Winning Wolverhampton Art Galleries ‘Drawing Year‘ competition 2016, being part of Arts award and the Arts Council, exhibiting work in Wolverhampton Art galleries as part of the ‘schools exhibition programme’, designing and decorating Wolves for the ‘Wolves in Wolves Project’ 2017 creating a Wolves for the civic centre and the Wolverhampton Major, as well as workshops with ‘Articulate’, freelance Artists and practitioners. Other competitions also include winning the opportunity to be a part of the ‘We Love Colour’ exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the ‘Parallels’ Exhibition at the Viner Gallery, and being part of Sandwell colleges annual calendar.
Out of lesson time we run a number of extra-curriculum activities aimed at different year groups and ability sets to encourage students to deepen their understanding of Art based practices and practical skills in a variety of media including;
– KS3 Art Club Friday Lunch times.
– Year 7, 8 and 9 Photography Club Monday 3:30pm – 4:30pm
– KS4 Intervention Tuesday 3:30pm – 4:30pm
You can view some of our work on the School Flickr page in the Creative Arts Collection
Head of Art
Miss J. Williams