Art and Design
Art and Design at Bower Park Academy offers students the opportunity to develop their creativity by using a range of skills in a wide variety of contexts. We aim to inspire and challenge students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and express their own ideas with confidence.
The Art department has high expectations of students, and we have created a well-resourced and stimulating environment within three specialist classrooms, where success and achievement are valued and celebrated. Art and Design is a popular choice at GCSE. Students have a high success rate, with exam results far exceeding the national average. In 2016, 83% of candidates achieved grades A*-C. Each year a number of students study art-related subjects and then continue their studies at college and degree level.
In line with The National Curriculum for Art and Design, we ensure that all students;
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- evaluate and analyse creative works, using the language of art, craft and design
- know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Students respond to the work of a range of artists, and critical studies is an integral part of all projects, allowing pupils to make a response to artwork through written word and discussion. They are introduced to a wide range of styles from different cultures and periods, and learn to appreciate the visual world around them.
Students are fortunate to have major London museums and galleries within easy reach, and a programme of visits and opportunities to work with professional artists is used to stimulate new ideas and extend their own practice. As well as regularly visiting galleries independently, Year 10 GCSE students make an annual trip to the Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery.
Mr C. Poole, Head of Art and Design
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