‘I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.’
Vincent Van Gogh
‘The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.’
What will I learn?
Art is taught at Poole Grammar School so that students may learn the key formal elements of art and how to work with these. Students learn through project work which is given under a theme for that year, for example, the theme for the year in Year 7 is Colour and Shape.
Students will learn to develop practical skills in drawing, painting, printmaking and 3D modelling (clay).
Alongside practical skills, students will learn about the world of art and artists, cultural artefacts from around the world, and gain knowledge and understanding that informs and inspires their practical work.
What will I do?
Lessons are almost always practical and will involve making, from developing initial ideas to constructing finished pieces. Some lessons may involve learning about art and artists too.
Practical lessons will either focus on observational skills, learning drawing and/or painting techniques and experimenting with media, or developing creative ideas.
How much homework will I get?
In years 7, 8 and 9 students will be expected to work for an hour on each piece of homework, and have two weeks to carefully develop their work.
In years 10 and 11 there is more homework, because it is an examination course, and involves research as well as planning and making art. Therefore students are required to do 1-2 hours homework a week.
In years 12 and 13 students are required to do some intensive research, reading, note-taking and planning. They will also be making drawings, paintings and maquettes, which will involve spending between four to eight hours a week outside of class time.
How will I be assessed?
Students in Years 7 to 9 are assessed at three points during the academic year. Assessments are based on progress made in developing practical skills and the level of understanding demonstrated through research tasks.
At GCSE and A level students are also assessed at three points over the year, this is in direct relation to Assessment Objectives given in exam specification. There is also a mock examination given in the second term of Year 12.
What guidance and support is available?
Students who need additional support will be identified at assessment points and will be offered guidance and support by their subject teacher. This will usually take the form of additional time at lunch to give one to one tuition, and/or extra time to manage homework etc. Students should speak to their subject teacher in the first instance, when they feel they need help.
At Poole Grammar School, there is a weekly Art club which allows student quiet time after school to focus on creative work, and if support is given if required on a specific area, for example painting technique.
What extra-curricular opportunities are available?
The Art department has always run trips for GCSE and A level students to London galleries such as the National Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, British Museum, V & A and others. For sixth form students there have also been trips to Amsterdam and to Madrid, to visit the city galleries of the Netherlands and Spain. This has been a most enriching experience for our students at higher level. There have also been trips to Oxford and to local galleries such as Southampton, Poole Museum and Kingston Lacey House. These trips allow students to experience not just individual artworks for real, but also see them in relation to and in the context of a specific collection or curated exhibition. Trips are taken by minibus, coach and sometimes by train.