Art in the Community
We have in recent years built excellent links with arts organisations in the local area and much of our curriculum is enriched by these connections. All of year 7 and year 8 participated in projects that fed into the inaugural Longbridge Light Festival of 2014 - many year 7s participated alongside renowned artist Ruth Claxton in her performance piece 'Lantern Parade'.
In 2015/6 we coordinated a public art project alongside several community organisations. Students in year 8 worked to design and make a mural artwork for the long concrete wall adjacent to Longbridge train station. This was supported by Longbridge Public Arts Project (LPAP), and our students had the opportunity to work with artist Cathy Wade, who was also working on a project at the train station itself.
Year 9 students also be worked with artists Juneau Projects to produce artwork involving laser cut jewellery and augmented reality technology, which culminated in their participation in the 2016 Longbridge Light Festival.
To keep up to date with these exciting projects as they develop, and to see what else we get up to in the art department, you can follow us on twitter: @TGGSart.
Art & Design
Art & Design education provides and inspires personal expression, personal understanding, creative and practical responses, promotes imaginative risk taking to provide solutions to our material, emotional, social and virtual worlds. Art & Design at TGGS engages, inspires and challenges our learners, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to participate in, experiment with, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
Art & Design at KS3
At KS3 we learn through practical projects themed to explore the world of Art, Craft & Design within a wide variety of different contexts and genres. Each project is designed to develop both skills and knowledge with a focus on:
Year 7 art begins in transition week with the Brazilian dance and headress activities linked to their Bronze Arts Award, and also with a trip to the New Art Gallery Walsall to explore the question 'What is Art?'. Students think about how to learn like an artist and how to use a sketchbook, and develop their skills with drawing, painting, mixed-media and ceramics. Topics include Snow Queen, Imaginary Animals, Trees of Life, and People & Places.
In year 8, pupils continue developing their skills with a range of processes and techniques including feltmaking, illustration, film & animation, and wire sculpture. All year 8s have the opportunity to visit the Butterfly Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon to research and develop ideas for their 'Blue Moon' alien insect. Other topics include Pop Art, Art & Diversity, A Close Up View, Weather and Moving Images. In 2015-16, year 8 pupils will also be heavily involved in a public art project in Longbridge (see above).
Art & Design at KS4
In KS4 we offer three courses through the exam board OCR; GCSE Fine Art, GCSE Applied Art, and where appropriate, Entry Level Art & Design.
Both GCSE courses are comprised of 60% controlled assessment in which the theme or project brief is set by the department, and 40% set task (exam project) with a wide choice of briefs set by the exam board.
Learning for both the controlled assessment and the set task is designed to meet the four assessment objectives:
AO1 - Develop: Developing a range of ideas from a given starting point that show understanding of your source material and that are informed by the work of artists & designers.
AO2 - Experiment: Refining your ideas by exploring and making appropriate and thoughtful choices from a range of media, techniques and processes.
AO3 - Record: Recording observations and insights relevant to your intentions, for example by, drawing, taking photographs, making notes.
AO4 - Present: Presenting personal, informed and meaningful work that shows critical and analytical understanding. Realising your intentions (in a final piece).
The Entry Level Certificate (ELC) follows a similar course and assessment structure, making it very easy for students to study alongside each other, and also for decisions to be made quite late into the course about whether an individual is more suited to the ELC or to GCSE.
GCSE Fine Art
All students begin their studies in year 10 with projects aimed at introducing GCSE working practices, learning about assessment objectives and developing confidence and independence with a range of media and processes. These may include: Natural Forms, Structures, and Human. In year 11, students work towards their December mock exam, and from January commence work on their Set Task project, culminating in a 10 hour exam in April.
GCSE Applied Art
Although the structure of the course is very similar and the assessment objectives are identical, Applied Art allows for a much more vocational approach to the subject. Rather than exploring open ended themes, students respond to client led project briefs. These have included designing and producing ceramic items for the Botanical Gardens gift shop, designing and printing wallpaper for a Shoe Boutique, and designing promotional items for museums such as banners, posters and murals. For Applied Art, the Set Task (exam) will also be in the form of a project brief.
Please see the images below for more examples of student work. This gallery will be updated regularly.