"When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go to where we’ve already been. If process drives outcome we may not know where we’re going, but we will know we want to be there."
An Incomplete Manifesto For Growth – Bruce Mau
As human beings, every aspect of our lives is permeated with symbols and symbolic meaning derived from the culture (or cultures) we inhabit. Since such cultural significances reflect ways of understanding the world, they influence how we choose to act in the world. At Henrietta Barnett we aim to support girls to enter into an active dialogue with the cultural meanings which infuse their lives, extending their awareness of their own responses and those of others, and helping them to express their ideas in artistic work which reflects their own experience.
‘‘Art and music lessons not only have ‘intrinsic worth’ in their own right, but also bring ‘benefits to pupil engagement, cognitive development and achievement, including in mathematics and reading’
Recommendations made by the expert panel for the National Curriculum Review, chaired by Tim Oates in (The Framework for the National Curriculum Review. DfE, 2011)
The Art department is committed to stimulating a process of reflection and dialogue by making the classroom as permeable as possible to the wider artistic world, offering many opportunities, on many levels, for students to become stimulated, curious and engaged in art.
The Art department links with the educational programmes at many of the leading London galleries and art colleges including; the Tate, Saatchi, the V&A, the Royal College of Art, the Princes Trust and the Photographers gallery.
In 2010 the Art department was moved to a purpose fit new build offering our students a highly practical and beautiful environment to work in. The department facilities include: 8 Apple Mac computers, fine art printing facilities including screen printing and etching, ceramics, textiles, photography and film.
The Art department houses a resident artist which changes every year and their work has served to introduce students and staff to different forms of artistic practice, at the same time as contributing to and extending the classroom culture of sharing and reflecting on different ideas and responses.
Head of Art: Ms C Galvin – specializing in painting and printmaking.
Second in Department: Ms H Gilson – specializing drawing and illustration.
Technician: Ms S Sugarwara- Specializing in Fine art / photography
Resident Artist: tbc
The Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Girls in each year group are taught to record their responses, including observation of the natural and made environment through a range of different processes from photography to drawing. Particular emphasis is put on observational drawing skills, which form an integral part of each project.
Girls are encouraged to select and gather resources and materials to stimulate their ideas and develop confidence in their personal responses through a sketchbook.
A challenging range of two and three-dimensional media is explored and experienced at each Key stage with an emphasis on reviewing and refining their work as it progresses. Putting themselves, their feelings, their skills and their ideas on the line takes courage. It takes more courage to criticise themselves and seek criticism in order to make their work better. Verbal and written evaluation is active alongside regular assessment.
Collaboration occurs in small group and pair work to develop and share individual responses.
Idea progression and practical skills are enhanced and extended through critical thinking skills.
All girls learn to deconstruct and analyse other artists, craftspeople, cultures and historical periods. In turn they learn to apply this knowledge to their own work, making connections between other contexts and their personal responses to become both critics and practitioners.
ICT, particularly Photoshop and film is frequently used to extend ideas.
Please click here for images of KS3 student work.
The KS3 Art Exhibition
Every girl in KS3 is required to complete and show the final outcomes from their first terms work in the December KS3 Art exhibition.
The exhibition is an opportunity for students to share good practice and celebrate their individual achievements with the whole school and parents.
Trips and Enrichment opportunities
Extra curricular projects are often designed in collaboration with other subjects such as, English, Music, DT and Drama to facilitate a rich experience of the role Art plays in the curriculum.
There are opportunities to build on observational skills in lunchtime clubs and to experience lectures and demonstrations as part of the Fine Art society programme.
Students are encouraged to visit exhibitions and museums independently, (projects are often linked to current exhibitions and or events occurring in London).
In addition each year group is given the opportunity to visit a gallery or work with a specialist or a gallery educator to enhance and support their subject knowledge and skills. Yr. 7 for example recently participated in a fashion workshop at the V&A museum.
Why Study Art for GCSE?
o GCSE Art appeals to girls who are keen to forge their own path and set their own standards.
o All the skills you learn in art are transferable to other subjects.
o Art encourages independent research and analysis.
The Edexcel Unendorsed Assessment:
Unit 1: Personal Portfolio (60%)
Unit 1 comprises of two projects; the first will be more teacher-directed to ensure a comprehensive understanding of GCSE objectives. Students will engage with a wide variety of techniques and approaches, and need to be open-minded and ready to challenge their existing preconceptions of art, whilst refining their core skills.
Yr10 builds on KS3 knowledge, developing more in depth, reflective and personal use of sketchbook as a working visual diary.
Unit 2: Externally set controlled assignment (40%).
Each project requires investigation and research into a given topic and particular contexts, which develops personal responses.
Combining set tasks with more individual work in order to address the four GCSE assessment objectives. ICT and new media including photography and film are used extensively.
Individual choice of media and personal responses to each topic are required in connection with detailed deconstruction of artists and art movements. Students are encouraged to research contemporary artists and practice from a wide variety of multicultural sources.
Extra Curricular and Enrichment Opportunities
Extra curricular opportunities on offer: weekly life drawing lessons, twilight Art and photography club, the lunchtime painting club and the Fine Art Society to extend and support subject knowledge and skills.
Gallery visits are an integral part to the GCSE course and students are expected to make independent visits to London galleries as well as accompanying the Art department to relevant shows and are given the opportunity to participate in a cultural art trip abroad in Yr11, in the past we have visited New York, Italy, Istanbul and Paris.