EGA School

Art & Design

Overview

 
In Art, pupils will experience learning in the three main areas of painting, printmaking and sculpture. We incorporate a range of techniques and drawing is embedded throughout the curriculum. 
 
We work closely with the local Cubitt Gallery and artists visit on a regular basis to inspire learning either in lessons or in extra-curricular activities such as photography club. We also have a link with the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, who deliver short courses in the practice and theory of traditional arts and crafts.
 
We expect students to develop their existing knowledge, understanding and experiences of materials and concepts through Art; to question their understanding of Art within the context of self, culture, environment and history; and to communicate this through the use of specialist language and visual literacy.
 
We aspire to encourage all pupils to reach their true potential and eventually become independent learners, who value learning with and from others.
 
 
Art at Key Stage 3  
 
 
We offer a broad and diverse curriculum to our Key stage 3 students. Topics include; 
Colour theory and learning about the double primary mixing system
Painting techniques 
Creating lino prints and screen prints from looking at nature and design
Self-portraits; looking at artists who make self-portraits and creating their own inspired by the artists
Enlargement; Creating sculptures by enlarging an object from its normal size
Clay relief; based on looking at family photographs
 
Students will be introduced to both traditional and contemporary artists as well as learning many new techniques and skills.  Students will also have the opportunity to go on a trip to an art gallery and put on an exhibition in our new gallery in the school. 
 
Study at Home for KS3
 
Here is a list of web sites that will help  with homework and class work:
 
www.artcyclopedia.com              - For links to all artists
www.tateonline.co.uk                  - For finding out about modern artists
www.iniva.org                              - For contemporary art (art that is made recently)
www.nationalgallery.org.uk         - For finding out about the ‘old masters’ (famous painters)
www.bbc.arts.co.uk                     - For images from the news that you could use in your art
www.autograph.app.co.uk           - For photography
www.britishmuseum.ac.uk          - For research into cultures across the world
 
We also recommend that students receive the opportunity to visit art galleries -  either local or major galleries such as the Tate Modern, Tate Britain or the National Gallery.
 

At KS4 students have the option of studying Art & Design in three areas.

Fine Art

This is a general course which encourages students to use a range of different materials and approaches, including Painting, Photography and Mixed Media. Students will look at contemporary and traditional arts from a variety of cultures. Students will explore a range of contextual themes.

Print and photography

Students will focus on the use of photography alongside collage and print. In this area students will learn new skills in using Digital SLR camera’s to produce high quality outcomes and explore a range of different contextual themes.

Textiles

In Textiles students will be encouraged to explore a range of different textile materials and develop skills in Batik, stencilling and sowing in the context of contemporary textile practice. They will explore a range of diverse themes and students will produced personalised outcomes.

In all these areas student progress will be supported by Gallery visits and input from practicing artists. Students will also have the opportunity to gain an understanding of curatorship and have their work displayed at the Islington Museum through our annual SIXMIX exhibition of GCSE artwork.

Cubitt Education

Cubitt Education which is linked to our local Cubitt Gallery works closely with EGA to organise exhibitions, educational visits and mentoring.

The Cubitt Young Artist scheme allows students to work with other artists and practitioners outside of the school environment to further develop their practice and create links with St Martins College of Art which is situated locally. Cubitt Education also have an impressive range of links with big business and Arts organisations which has led to students displaying work in modern corporate spaces giving students a glimpse into the world of Big Business and art practice.

City & Islington College

We also have strong links with C&I college which support and promote our SIXMIX GCSE exhibition.

 

 

Terms & holidays

Spring Term
Start: 3rd Jan 2017
Half Term: 13th - 17th Feb
End of Term: 30th March
 
Summer Term
Start: 18th Apr
Half Term: 29th May-2nd June
End of Term: 21st July
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