Welcome to the Art department!
We are an exciting and vibrant part of the Sutton Academy as you can see from the bright displays in our gallery corridor. We encourage a love of all things creative and hold weekly art clubs and GCSE support sessions after school. In lessons we aim to teach a wide range of skills at all key stages by exploring engaging topics, artists and the work of other cultures. We recognize that every student is different and encourage creativity and individuality. We value the diversity and experience that each student brings to the classroom. Last year we began a partnership with Peasley Cross Hospital, displaying our high-quality year 9 paintings in order to brighten the experiences of people in our community. We are passionate about sharing our enthusiasm for art and the success of our students. Each year we hold a grand exhibition of all of our exam and coursework. Read more...
About our Staff and Space
Our department has three full time staff members who are specialists in their fields. BG04 is fitted with an electric kiln for ceramic and glassware. BG03 is a large classroom where shared learning can take place. The printing press is also located here and used widely by year 8s on our Planets and Surfaces project, as well as our sixth form. BG02 is a specialist room for graphic arts and research, as it is fitted with a suite of computers with the latest design software. All rooms have recently had an overhaul and are fitted with interactive whiteboards and visualizers. High ceilings allow practical work to be flooded with lots of natural light.
GCSE Art & Design and Sixth Form
We offer GCSE Art & Design in year 10 and 11 through AQA, which will allow you to explore a wide variety of media including sculpture and ceramics, painting, drawing and mixed media. We aim to develop student independence, problem-solving and technical skills through inspiring projects that look at both contemporary and historical artists. Each year we achieve very good results.
We also offer Art & Design through Edexcel in sixth form. Our program is a highly personalized and supportive mixture of studio time, artist workshops, tutorials and experiences outside the classroom.
Our Projects and Curriculum
Below are examples of the topics, artists and skills that we explore throughout the key stages.
Key stage 3
Colour Theory and Day of the Dead Skulls - Using Mexican culture to inspire us, we will look at basic colour theory, shading and painting skills. African Culture, print-making and drum making - a cross-curricular project with music. Mark-making monsters - Students will learn a wide variety of mark making techniques, including sgraffito, frottage and wax-resist to create a highly diverse group of monsters and creatures!
Planets and Surfaces - Using planets as inspiration students will learn collagraph printing, monoprinting, foiling, dry-brushing and techniques using inks. Skulls and Observational drawing - Students will learn to draw in new and creative ways exploring how artists use tone, line, proportion, scale and observation to create unique artwork.
Manga - Students will learn about Japanese culture, portrait-drawing and the graphic arts. Keemo Portraits and Street Art - Using the hip and colourful portraits of Keemo as inspiration, students will create unique portraits of themselves exploring the relationships between shape, colour, line, collage and poetry.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweets and Giant Sweets - This project refines drawing skills, teaches advanced colour theory, painting skills and textiles. Teesha Moore and Ingrid Dijkers - In conjunction with Ingrid Dijkers, to whom we write each year students will create a mixed media piece inspired by artist journals, mixed media sculpture and their own personal identity.
Portraits: Inspired by artists Carne Griffiths and Derek Gores, students will explore combining drawing natural objects and things personal to them with portrait drawing, ink washes, paint splatters and printmaking. They will also create a large-scale collage of themselves looking at tone and pattern.
Year 12 & 13
Projects topics may include natural form, animals, systems, personal identity or may be tailored to individual pupil's strengths and interests. We aim to facilitate the independence and creativity of all our sixth form students. We are proud to have small class sizes that allow for a lot of individual tutor time. Our program includes two trips each year to allow students to research other artists and spaces first-hand. In-house, we hold artist workshops and skills-based tutorials to further support students with their coursework.