The Art department is an exciting, inspiring place.  A creative and imaginative space, ideal for production of original and inventive artwork.  There are 3 art classrooms and a gallery to showcase work from key stage 3 through to key stage 5.

Key Stage 3

In key stage three pupils are taught in mixed ability classes in years 7, 8 and 9. They have art twice a cycle in year 7 and once a cycle in years 8 & 9.

At key stage three we focus on four key skills; Imagination, Composition, Shading and Detail. These form the basis for most pieces of work enabling pupils to achieve the next level of attainment.

We aim to develop creativity and engage our pupils with new and inspiring projects. We encourage them to develop lively and enquiring minds and develop personal opinion about a range of arts.

Project – Culture
Summary – Students will produce a 3-D African mask and large-scale drawing. Students will study aboriginal art and produce a painted plate design. This initial project is primarily based around improving and understanding knowledge of the formal elements. Our focus is on acquiring skills, and the ability to analyse artist’s work.
Project – Colour
Summary – Focussing on the work of Jasper Johns and his informal layering techniques, students will learn about colour theory and be taught how to paint successfully.
Project – Hundertwasser
Summary – To continue to build upon the colour theory students will be introduced to the work of Hundertwasser and produce a painting linked to St Basil’s cathedral alongside a mixed media piece.

Year 7

Year 8

Project – Kimmy Cantrell mask
Summary – Students will produce a 3-D mask inspired by artist Kimmy Cantrell. They will learn about construction techniques and more advanced painting techniques.
Project – Jon Burgerman illustration
Summary – Focussing on the work of illustrator Jon Burgerman, students will be introduced to artwork for a purpose and produce a pizza box design for Pizza Hut.
Project – Project – Perspective
Summary – Students will learn how to draw in perspective, using the 3-point perspective rule. They will design a street drawing using Manchester and other cities to design their street.

Year 9

The range and breadth in year 9 explores a ‘Creative Future’, projects are centred around the creative industry, and a wide variety of occupations intended to inform option choices for GCSE.
Project – Cultural Box Design
Summary – Students will make a 3-D cultural box for a cultural festival. Students will study many cultural artists and designers, concluding by produce a box design based upon a culture of their choice.
Project – Insects
Summary – Students will study the work of both digital artists and illustrators as they produce a bag design for the Manchester museum.
Project – Project – GCSE style project ‘Food’
Summary – Students will learn how GCSE art is taught and work in the same way as they produce a project based upon ‘Food’.

Key Stage 4

Art and Design at key stage four offers a wealth of opportunity and creative direction. The course has varying themes and starts life as a set design brief. Projects are set by the individual teacher. More recent starting points include; Architecture, distortion, pattern in art, marine life, fashion, food, outline, out of place and many more… The exploration of, and practice with a range of media and processes relevant to the course is fundamental. We endeavor to work with outside agencies where possible and we have had some very exciting collaborations. Key stage four follows the AQA exam board, the portfolio consists of 60% coursework and 40% exam. The exams is a 10 hour examination at the end of the course which proceeds a preparatory period.

Key Stage 5

Art and Design at key stage five offers endless possibilities. At Brine Leas we encourage our students to develop as individual artists, explore the possibilities, challenge boundaries and feel confident to work independently. Our students work towards producing an exciting portfolio, in year 12 they will gain confidence with a range of media whilst building competency with many processes. Year 13 consists of two units (one of which is the exam and the other a personal investigation). Our sixth form course is diverse, offering the opportunity to investigate and explore, to produce limitless and timeless artwork. We value experience and encourage students to take part in and seek inspiration form many sources, enriching and deepening knowledge and understanding. Many of our students move on to further education studying a range of degree level courses including fine art, illustration, fashion design, graphic design, photography and architecture.