Welcome to Art

"An artist's early work is inevitably made up of a mixture of tendencies and interests, some of which are compatible and some of which are in conflict. As the artist picks their way along, rejecting and accepting as they go, certain patterns of enquiry emerge. Their failures are as valuable as their successes: by misjudging one thing they form something else, even if at the time they do not know what that something else is."

(Bridget Riley)

The Department's Aims are:

  • To create a structured atmosphere where all students work to their full potential.
  • To encourage creative thinking, self expression, independence and problem solving.
  • To develop the appropriate skills and techniques needed to achieve the highest levels of attainment.
  • To understand the contribution of the artist and the designer.

The Art Department at The Long Eaton School prides itself on making art meaningful, enjoyable and accessible to all students. We provide a unique means of self-expression, whilst promoting confidence and desire in students to produce works of quality. In order to achieve these objectives, an understanding of the formal elements of art and design is essential, together with technical competence in a wide range of media. Practical demonstrations are central to the teaching ethos of the department, providing an effective means of introducing new skills and techniques, whilst generating confidence.

Key Stage 3

In Years 7 and 8 all students have 2 art lessons with their form over the two week timetable. They cover a range of projects that focus on a particular formal element, which is always at the core of student's learning experience.

Year 7 Modules - Aboriginal Art, Elephant Parade Clay, Formal Elements

Year 8 Modules - Pop Art, Lettering, Surrealism

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students do OCR GCSE in Art & Design and develop their skills whilst studying a range of themes and artists.

The course is made up of 2 components - 1 coursework portfolio and 2 externally set exams.

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