Mr Goldie and Mrs Taylor are the full time Art and Photography teachers at Dormston. Mrs Beer and Mr Dixon also teach year 7 Art.
We believe drawing and painting is essential in helping us to understand the world around us. By developing our visual communication and practical skills we also reap other benefits such as better mental health, increase in memory, the release of stress, emotional intelligence and improved co-ordination.
We offer training in a wide range of 2D, 3D and digital media through workshops and theme based Schemes of Learning. Students have Art all year round and are provided with opportunities to extend their skills outside of school through independent learning tasks and competitions.
By improving their skills in Art, pupils also gain access to many career opportunities including: Graphic Design, Illustration, Fine Art, Hair and Beauty, Computer Game Design, a plethora of careers within the film industry, Fashion Design, Landscape Gardening, Architecture, Animation, Advertising and many more.
Pupils in Key Stage 3 take part in Drawing and Painting workshops throughout the Autumn term. Year 7 focus on the formal elements of Art and Design. Year 8 focus on portraiture. Year 9 focus on painting techniques through landscape painting.
In the Spring and Summer term, Year 7 pupils explore colour and composition as well as stop-motion animation. Year 8 pupils explore Architecture, 3D construction techniques and digital media. Year 9 explore a range of 2D and 3D skills in preparation for their GCSE studies at KS4.
Throughout their studies, pupils learn how to research, analyse and take inspiration from a range of Artists, Art movements and wider cultural sources.
In year 7 and 8, pupils are assessed against the following four objectives: Generating Ideas, Knowledge, Evaluating and Making. In year 9, pupils are assessed against the GCSE assessment criteria.
By developing our visual communication and practical skills we also reap other benefits such as better mental health, increase in memory, the release of stress, emotional intelligence and improved co-ordination.
We currently use two exam boards, OCR for Fine Art and AQA for Photography.
The Photography and Art GCSE both comprise of two units which are weighted as follows:
Unit 1 – The portfolio, a body of work which explores the four assessment objectives in response to a starting point- 60%
Unit 2 – The set task, a body of work exploring the assessment objectives in response to a range of starting points released in the exam paper- 40%
The four Assessment Objectives, pupils are assessed against are as follows:
AO1 – Developing ideas through Artist research and other contextual studies.
AO2 – Exploring a variety of media, tools and techniques.
AO3 – Recording ideas through photography and observational drawing.
AO4 – Presenting a final personal response and annotating ideas.
In January year 10 students and year 9 gifted and talented students visit the Oxford Natural History Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum to collate ideas and resources for their portfolio. We are also planning a trip to London to visit further museums and galleries so as to aid pupils in their GCSE studies.
Students have many opportunities to submit artwork for various competitions. Some recent examples are the House Arts Competition where pupils produced a piece of artwork in response to the theme of Resilience as this is one of Dormston’s core values. We also received many entries for Himley Hall’s 12 days of Christmas Competition where pupils get to see their designs turned into window vinyls for display at Himley Hall’s Christmas Fair.
The Art Department is also home to the Anime Club where students can meet like-minded individuals, enjoy their favourite shows and draw their favourite characters.
We encourage pupils to enrich their cultural capital by recommending a wide variety of books, films and local places to visit. Pupils have access to some of these through Dormston’s Personal Learning Centre.