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!” – Moreton’s Creative Arts Department.
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, as well as our new specialism Art Textiles and Photography. 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.
The Art departments pushes to ensure all pupils have access to wilder cultures and contextual studies, to encourage a love of art, through high quality teaching, trips and visits, external practitioners, workshops and internal enrichment.
As a department we are committed to raising the achievement and aspirations of our students, having a 3 year trend of achieving significantly above national average. 2018-19 results show 94% of the group achieved 4-9, 88.88% 5-9 and 55.55% achieving 7-9. Over half of the 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. If the pupils chose Fine Art as their Art specialism they 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. Photography and Art Textiles use year 9 to gain new knowledge and practical skills through workshops and mini projects to ensure they can access the GCSE qualification and ensure each child reached their potential within the subject.
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 local art galleries. Our students have been privileged to use Wolverhampton Art 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 Photography Club Tuesday 3:30pm – 4:30pm
- KS4 Intervention and optional catch up Tuesday & Friday 3:30pm – 4:30pm
- Lunch Time A38 A36 Open Art rooms – Pupils have access to computers and equipment for homework and refinement of skills.
You can view some of our work on the School Flickr page in the Creative Arts Collection
Head of Art
Miss J. Williams