Art

We are a passionate staff, committed to encouraging girls to express themselves through creating art. We provide tuition in drawing, painting, printmaking and ceramics to help students discover their favourite medium and allow them the freedom to experiment and push the boundaries with materials. All of this is underpinned by an awareness of design and art history. Lessons are varied, fun and exciting, everyone makes progress and pupils express great pride in all they create. We delight in our pupils’ successes and nothing gives us greater pleasure than to help girls reach their full artistic potential.

Years 7-9

Year 7

In Year 7 pupils are introduced to a wide range of media and techniques.  They are encouraged to work creatively and imaginatively, underpinned by art historical research and the acquisition of observational drawing skills.

In 2016-2017 students will create large still life paintings inspired by German Expressionism.  They will also investigate the arts and crafts of Native American Indians, creating 3D ceramic pieces in response.

Year 8

In Year 8 pupils divide their time between fine art and ceramics.  The subject matter in 2016-2017 will be derived from natural forms and students will be encouraged to work from close observation.  In fine art, pupils will produce a variety of drawings in different media leading to the creation of a mixed media collage work after Cathy Savels.  In ceramics, students will produce a textured sculpture after Hitomi Hisono.

Year 9

In Year 9 pupils continue to explore the two disciplines. In fine art, further emphasis is placed upon the study of art history.  Pupils will undertake three shorter units.  In 2016-2017 pupils will create expressive flower drawings after Tony Scherman, abstract paintings after Kandinsky, and a series of self-portrait drawings from direct observation.  In ceramics, pupils will produce a series of imaginative heads inspired by Emil Alzamora.

GCSE

GCSE art and design: OCR coursework portfolio: 60%  Externally set task assignment: 40%

At GCSE level, the department offers endorsed courses leading to awards in fine art and/or 3D design (ceramics).

All pupils work in a sketchbook and this is used to record research, comprising observational drawing from primary sources and art historical analysis.

In fine art/3D design, students build on the creative experiences acquired in Years 7-9 using a very wide range of media including printmaking.

Work is annotated using the appropriate subject vocabulary.  Art historical research informs work in progress and influences outcomes, which are realised as paintings or ceramic sculptures.

All fine art and 3D design pupils are encouraged to attend regular extra-curricular classes in life drawing which take place after school.

Portfolio for fine art:

Years 10/11: One coursework project: “Structure”

Portfolio for 3D Design (ceramics):

Years 10/11:  One coursework project:  “Twisted”

Externally Set Task for fine art and 3D design (ceramics):

All pupils sit a 10 hour timed examination after completing sketchbook research from an early release paper.

Work is marked internally and moderated by a visiting examiner from OCR.

AS and A Level

AS level art and design (fine art):  

OCR studio coursework:  0% 

Externally set task:  100%

Students are expected to attain at least a grade B at GCSE and demonstrate commitment before they embark upon this course of study.

At AS level, fine art pupils complete two units of work building on the creative experiences acquired at GCSE.

Studio coursework: The project for 2016-17 is ‘Time’. This is interpreted through drawing, printmaking and sculpture, underpinned by art historical research and leads to outcomes in painting, ceramics and mixed media.

Externally set task: All AS fine art students sit a ten hour examination after conducting sketchbook research from an early release paper.

A level art and design (fine art): 

OCR studio coursework:  0%

Personal investigation/ related study:  60%

Externally set task:  40%

At A level, fine art pupils complete two further units of work building on the creative experiences acquired during studio coursework in year 12.

Personal investigation: This is a self-initiated project, derived from an area of interest and building upon creative and technical strengths. It will include an annotated sketchbook and A1 portfolio and be finally realised as painting, sculpture or a mixed media piece.

Related study:  This comprises a 1000 word essay exploring the genre, subject matter, movement or historical framework of the theme of the personal investigation.  It is illustrated and creatively presented.

Externally set task: All A2 level fine art students sit a 15 hour examination after conducting sketchbook research from an early release paper.

AS/A level fine art pupils are encouraged to attend regular extra-curricular classes in life drawing which take place after school.

Work is marked internally and moderated by a visiting examiner from OCR.

 

Co-Curricular

The art department provides a range of extra-curricular opportunities to extend and develop our pupils’ skills and knowledge.

For KS3 (Years 7 – 9) Junior Ceramics Club and Throwing Club take place during one lunchtime every week. Here, pupils are able to produce a range of artefacts from Christmas decorations to animal sculptures and vessels, enter competitions and have fun.

The Art Prefect oversees competitions and group projects such as scenery painting and prop design.

Life drawing for senior students takes place on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Sunday workshops take place throughout the school year and enable pupils to work alongside such practising artists as Brian Gorst, Kim Williams and Kelly Campbell.

Department staff also run weekend sessions in drawing and printmaking.

The art rooms are open every lunchtime and four evenings a week to provide support for students in every year group.

The art department is also a key contributor to outside exhibitions as follows:

The bi-annual Joint Schools Exhibition where HMSG, Monmouth School and Monmouth Comprehensive School display the work of selected GCSE, AS and A2 artists in the Shire Hall, Monmouth.

The annual KS3 exhibition “Peg it up” which takes place during the Art in Penallt Festival weekend in Monmouthshire.

HMSG A level Art exhibition

Art Prefect Rhiannon takes a tour of the HMSG A Level Art exhibition and talks about the A Level Art course