The Department believes that pupils at Woolwich Polytechnic are intelligent young people and, therefore, aims never to underestimate their ability. The highly experienced and well-qualified teachers demand the very best from the pupils, expecting them to aim high and to reach an understanding of the material in hand. All of the teachers are artists in their own right and, therefore, set a high value on the subject. The main aim of our department is to develop a passion and thirst for art through contemporary and historical artwork. We build on key skills both visually and written that are intrinsic in art education. We focus on nurturing and developing a range of skills throughout the key stages including imagination, creativity, self-expression, the visual language, creative problem solving analytical and contextual understanding.
Programme of Study
Year 7
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Kinetic Art - Drawing, painting and sculpture. Shadow Puppet Theatre - Animation, sculpture and drawing. Identity - Paintings, drawings, sculpture and textile.
Year 8
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Cityscape - Printing, painting, sculpture and clay. Independent exhibition project. Abstract art - Figure sculpture, drawing and painting.
Year 9 - Qualification: EDEXCEL GCSE Art and Design
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Collections. Collections. Observational transformation.
Year 10 - Qualification: EDEXCEL GCSE Art and Design
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Collections. Collections. Structures.
Year 11 - Qualification: EDEXCEL GCSE Art and Design
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Structures. Structures. Externally set exam unit.
We have developed the Key Stage 3 course around the skills required to achieve in GCSE art. The curriculum allows pupils to develop their skills in research, both visually and written and visual language skills. We offer a range of 2d and 3d endorsements throughout the Key stage, from drawing, painting, printing, textiles, clay and sculpture. We develop and nurture pupilís passion for art, through fun, accessible and interesting project themes.
During Key stage 4, pupils at Woolwich Polytechnic are working more independently in Art. A typical lesson will see each pupil working on his own particular project, with the teacher discussing work and ideas with him. Projects, which involve processes as diverse as ceramics, painting, textiles, digital manipulation, printmaking and mixed media, will be happening in the art room at the same time. Pupils' work is informed by their observed research as well as their critical studies of a range of artists and cultures. It is our aim to develop the individual potential of all our students in Art to the fullest extent, as well as to ensure our pupils' enthusiasm for Art is nurtured and developed.