Artists of the Week
Students Work Showcase:
Emma Johnston has successfully completed her Art As Level. Pictured is Emma in the 8 hour Art exam working on her ambitious 8 metre long panoramic view of London in the style of artist John Lovett. What makes her achievements this year in Art even more remarkable is the fact that Emma did not study GCSE Art prior to her AS Level.
Emma Marsh is an AS Level Art student who is a master printmaker. Pictured is Emma rolling ink onto her lino block prior to printing in the AS Level 8 hour Art exam. Most of her work is inspired by artists such as Rob Ryan, Angie Lewin and Mark Hearld. Emma is a highly committed Art student who lives in the Art rooms most breaks, lunches and free periods. She has also enjoyed trips to London and a printmaking trip to Cambridge Regional College.
|The Art department has been referred to as one of the strongest departments in the school. A strong department consisting of dedicated and experienced staff has ensured excellent results at all Key Stages and maintained a high profile of the art work around the college and the local community.|
The Art department consists of four classrooms at the top of a school building block completed in 2000. One of the rooms is a purposely built Pottery room and has access to kiln facilities.
There are presently 4 full time specialist art teachers within the department.
In addition to normal classroom teaching the art department offers plenty of opportunities for extra-curricular activities. This includes art lunch clubs, life drawing classes, art trips, art societies, workshops and competitions. Art trips have become an integral part of the projects and courses taught.
Students in every year enjoy the visits to the various locations and galleries which directly support their studies in Art.
The art trips which are offered every year include the following; sixth form trips tp London and Paris, Yr 11 trip to Cambridge, Yr 10 trip to London, Yr 9 trip to London.
The Art Department recognises the importance of informing students of careers and courses in Art and has built up very good links with further education colleges and Sawtry students who have gone on to study art at Further Education. This strong liaison with colleges includes trips to open and taster days and also presentations to the students from visiting FE college tutors, artists and former students.
Many of our students who study art at Advanced level continue their studies on Foundation Art and Design courses then on to specialist degree courses.
|The Art department always recognises very good work by displaying the work around the department and the school. Framed pictures and large scale work adorn the corridors, halls and foyers of the school. There is an end of course exhibition of A Level and GCSE Art work which has now become established as a major event of the school calendar. This show always receives tremendous commentsfrom moderators, parents, governors and teachers and the exhibition is a very nice celebration of the hard work of the students and remains on view for weeks after the grand open night.|
Art and Design is a National Curriculum Foundation Subject in Key Stage 3 and is taught to all students in years 7, 8 and 9. Students follow a common course that is designed to meet national curriculum requirements in order to develop practical, technical and critical skills and the ability to use visual and tactile language to communicate their ideas, feelings and meanings.
|Differentiation is achieved by affording appropriate support, resources, materials and processes, and by outcome. Tasks may be varied or adapted for individuals where appropriate.
Work is assessed in accordance with agreed department practice, whole school policy, PLTS, Literacy, Numeracy, Functional Skills, Economic Well-Being, National Curriculum, G.C.S.E and AS/A Level requirements.
The department employs a range of teaching and learning styles to maximise the potential of all students.
All pupils at Sawtry Community College study art once a week. They all follow the National Curriculum for Art and Design, which enables students to not only develop their own skills in a variety of media, but also to better understand the historical context of Art and Design through the study of various artists and their ways of working. At the start of Year 7 students are expected to purchase a sketchbook which will hopefully last until the end of Key stage 3. Most of the projects will require sustained research, investigation, experimentation, analysis and planning in sketchbooks before undertaking final outcomes.
In each year there are three main projects including one which involves using clay and is based in the pottery room.
We consider Art to be no different to any other subject in terms of students’ attitude towards their work. We expect all students to do their best and work hard. We do find that students enjoy their Art lessons and many opt for Art at GCSE level.
The course teaches students’ skills and technique’s which then allows students to develop their own ideas and more personal work.
A Level Art
|Mr Terry – Head of Department|
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Fran Reynolds Artist in Residence
Francis Reynolds has been working as Artist in Residence at Sawtry Community College. Ex student Francis has often visited the school over recent years to help out in the Art Department by sharing his knowledge of Art to young and old students as well as delivering presentations in the Pathways in Art programme.
Francis is a tremendous portrait and figure painter and he has set up a work area in the Art foyer and each week he works on a different canvas. Whilst working, he cheerfully talks to students and staff about his work and offers demonstrations and advice whenever requested. In addition to his own work Francis joins in with classes to help out and offers his skills in after school clubs and evening life drawing classes in the Art department.
At the recent Year 6 Induction Open Evening Francis volunteered to help and confidently chatted to parents and visitors about his work and his role within the school.
He has been an immense inspiration to students with his enthusiastic talks and demonstrations and as a result more students are now tackling figure and portrait paintings with greater confidence. Willing to share his photography equipment Francis has set up studio photo-shoots with students that has provided quality photographic starting points in which to launch their work.
Francis has a unique way of painting. Not content with oil painting a very realistic and skilful figure or portrait he will then destroy the image with scraping paint over it, bleeding spirits down it or melting wax over it before then reclaiming the image with further painting and definition. This process of ‘deconstructing’ may be repeated over and over again before the artist is happy with the final product. When initially destroying the image crowds of students that are watching him gasp in horror and confusion and ask why he is ruining a brilliant painting.
The latest oil canvas to receive the deconstruction treatment is that of Francis’s ex teacher and Head of Art Mr Terry which has had the full works (painted over, wax and spirits).
The Art Society
The Art Society are a group of year 10 and 11 GCSE Art students. We normally have a meeting once a week, but we also go on trips and do other things in the art department. We thought that the year six open evening would be a perfect opportunity to show many people what the Art Society is all about, and that art doesn't have to be limited to just paper!
On Thursday 4th October, the Art Society painted on a variety of different surfaces at the year six open evening. An ordinary, white door became a gateway to Narnia, an old computer became a burst of pop art and colour, a paving slab turned into a painting of Japanese birds, a kitchen sink became a bright seaside, and different parts of a car became eyes, a sunset, the beetles, a fish and a chameleon. Year six children (and parents!) were fascinated and inspired by our ideas.
Art trip to London on Sunday 3rd February
On Sunday 3rd February Mr Terry took 11 KS4 art students to London on the train and the tube to the Tate Britain Gallery to attend a full day course run by GIFT ltd for gifted and talented art students on the theme of urban landscapes. They thoroughly enjoyed it and got a tremendous amount out of the course.
Art Trip to Cambridge Regional College on Monday 17th December
On Monday 17th December Mr Terry took a range of year10,11,12,13 interested in Art at further/higher education to Cambridge Regional College. They spent the afternoon experiencing a tour of the college and in particular the art department, followed by a workshop where they were able to do some printmaking. It was a tremendous experience for them and has hopefully shown them the best direction for them would be to stay in sixth form at Sawtry followed by an Art Foundation course at F.E college.
"The trip to Cambridge Regional College was good because we got to see what happens on the art Foundation Course and Dave (course tutor) gave a really good talk about the course and what it has to offer"– Jessie Langston – Year 12
"Cambridge College was an amazing place. Those few hours were a really good experience for me, in showing me my future options." – Rosie Greenbank – Year 11
"I really enjoyed going around CRC to see the Foundation Course because it has helped me to decide whether to apply or not. The activity was fun but to enjoy all of the possibilities of the course I would need a full day there" – Dan Franklin – Year 10
"After the afternoon visiting the college I have decided I am definitely going to apply. All of the worries and queries I had were answered and helped comfort me into making a decision."– Nicola Garret – Year 13
Art Trip to Cambridge Sunday 2nd December
On Sunday 2nd Dec the Art department took 8 students from Year 10 and 12 to Cambridge to visit Kettles Yard Museum. Kettle's Yard is one of Britain's finest galleries - a beautiful and unique house with a distinctive collection of 20th century art, and a gallery which holds temporary exhibitions. The current exhibition is Winifred Nicholson – Music of Colour. Having viewed the Nicholson exhibition the students really enjoyed looking at all the artwork around the house – including work by Picasso, Miro, Breska, Matisse and Wallis. As always the students were great company and appeared to really enjoy themselves.
Sixth form Art trip to London Wednesday 23rd October
Sixth form Art students enjoyed a trip to London to visit Art galleries on Wednesday 23rd October. It was an early start from Huntingdon train station and after arriving in Kings Cross, it was a short tube ride to Charing Cross plus a brisk walk down The Strand to the Courtauld Gallery in Somerset House. Here students enjoyed a gallery talk from a Courtauld expert to help them with their coursework. Once all studies had been completed, it was back down the Strand to McDonalds for lunch! Next stop was the National Gallery on the North side of Trafalgar Square. Exploration of the immense display of art work proved to be inspirational for ideas for their GCE Art. On tired and achy legs everyone then made their way back on the underground and train to return home.
Sixth form Visit to Houghton Mill and Grafham Water
On 18th September Sawtry sixth form A level art students went to Houghton Mill and Grafham Water to sketch and record the scenes for their Sense of Place project.Accompanying the students was popular ex-student Sam Harber who is now studying for his final year in his Fine Art Sculpture Degree at Norwich School of Art.School of Art.
Although a bit chilly the sun did come out enabling a lovely view of Houghton Mill and its surrounding area for the students to record.
The range of responses varied from some detailed studies of the mill in pencil to watercolour renditions of the river.After a quick refreshment the students were then whisked away to Grafham. The warm sanctuary of the upstairs bar (closed!) was heaven compared to the chill outside. Here the view was completely different. Quality work from the students was created of the panoramic lake and the colourful boats on the shore.The students had plenty of visual material to bring back to the classroom and enjoyed the sketching field trip immensely.
How about taking a look at our murals on the Great Fen website: http://www.greatfen.org.uk/news/fantastic-murals-fen
Artist of the week Hall of Fame
week 1 - Bethanie Rosbrook Year 13 with her study of an old lady in chalk pastels for her ‘Broken, Torn and Threadbare’ A2 Art project
week 2 - Alexandra Francis – Year 10 studying GCSE Art with her bottle, glass and globe still-life homework.
week 3 - Tyla Lerner - Tyla has made a wonderful start to her Art studies. She has produced exciting and thoughtful work .
week 4 - Rosie Greenbank. In lessons Rosie is always focused and works exceptionally hard. Her current work explores the Holocaust and facial injuries from the two great wars. She is ambitious and is to brave to explore this mature work.
Week 5 - Caleb Hearns. Since the beginning of KS3 Caleb has displayed a real passion for Ceramics. He always works in lessons with real commitment and is enthusiastic about exploring new techniques and exploring the possibilities of glazes.
Week 6: Bethany Miller .Bethany has made a strong impression since starting year 10 GCSE Art. In class she fully applies herself and works to a terrific standard. She is a skilled portrait artist and has recently recieved her first comission [from a friend] to complete a portrait.
Bethany has also been chosen as joint winner of the Sawtry Christmas card competition. Bethany designed a traditional scene of santa, his sleigh and raindeers. This card will go on sale next week and all profits donated to Thorpe Hall hospice.
In addition to all of this, Bethany also is a member of The Art society and is actively involved in the extra-curricular session that have been set up for gifted and talented students. She is a pleasure to teach and we all watch her progress with great excitment. Well done Beth!
Week 7: Lorna Parmenter.Lorna is a very enthusiastic student who has tremendous ability in Art. She has shown great commitment and regularly spends her spare time in the art rooms working and supports all the extra-curricular art clubs and trips. The photo shows Lorna at Kettles Yard Art Gallery in Cambridge on an art trip on Sunday 2nd December.
Callum Connelly:Callum has a terrific attitude in lessons and is an ambitious artist. In class he has explored the work of modern artists such as Bridget Riley and Mondrian. For his final piece Callum has chosen to create a personal response to the work of Henri Matisse. Callum has taken inspiration from Matisse's 'Drawing with Scissors' and is creating a larger than life dancing figure. He hopes to capture a sense of movement and simplified form using bright and vivid colours. Both he and his classmates are excited to see the final outcome and I hope his confidence and creativity flourish over the forthcoming years. Well done Callum.
Week 8 : Tahir Nanji.Tahir Nanji has been hard working and very creative since day one this year. When he is not happy with his homework, he re-does it in order to get a higher mark. During the lessons, he is a calming character who shows everyone how it’s done. For these reasons, he is an artist of the week.
Tayla Miller:Tayla is a creative and talented student. Since starting in September she has excelled in Art. For homework she completed an impressive portfolio of ideas. From these ideas she has gone on to sculpt two fantastic pinch pot elephants. The design is skilful and well executed. Tayla also entered the departments Christmas card competition and came joint first. Her design has been professionally printed and is on sale at the school raising money for Thorpe Hall hospice. It’s a pleasure to teach Tayla and we are sure she will continue to strive in her artistic studies. Well done Tayla.
Week 9: Class 70 who have worked with energy and enthusiasm on their Aboriginal project. Each student produced a personal response of a very pleasing standard.
Week 10: Toria Cater-Knowles – Glass painting on a car! Typical of the imaginative and ambitious approach Toria has with her artwork.
Katherine Hinton - An amazing artist with tremendous technical ability.
Week 11: Holly Warcup is a charming and talented student. Her technical drawing skills are of an exceptional standard. At present Holly is creating a bowl made of clay. This is highly ambitious as the structure of the pot is being created by two life size pottery hands. Holly has worked consistently hard over the past two years and it is a pleasure to teach her. Well done Holly.
Holly Girvan has been hard working and ambitious since the start of Year 7. This painting of an elephant on a canvas is quality work beyond her age, and shows how much of an impact she wants to make in the art department. It was completed at home and is in addition to the work that she has been doing in lessons. These certainly are the actions of a gifted and talented artist.
Week 11:Highly committed students Hollie Johnson and Dan Franklin have supported all the extra-curricular Art clubs and visits. They are both key figures in the KS4 Art society and have enjoyed painting on car parts, sculpting breeze blocks, watching Art cinema and gone on a sketching field trip to Hinchingbrooke park. In addition they have entered art competitions and enjoyed extra art trips to galleries in London and Cambridge. They have attended Life Drawing Classes every week from the start of the year and their skills have improved immensely. Their Art GCSE artwork is really good as well!
Week 12: Ben Farrow is a creative and ambitious student. Recently Ben has been studying Aboriginal Art and he has been highly imaginative in his personal response. He used a process of hole punching the paper and stenciling the paper to achieve texture and pattern. Ben is really committed and I look forward to what he achieves in his new topics.
Mollie Wade has produced a very nice AS Level art exam in late April and has not stopped working hard since. Like someone possessed, she is knocking out painting after painting of seascapes in oil paints based on Paul Bennett. In one week she has produced 4 oil paintings on her own homemade canvas boards.
Contrary to some opinions, Art and Design qualifications open the door to a wide variety of creative industries in which a fulfilling career can be formed. The completion of projects within the subject area teach how to revolve work based around a brief, to explore different ideas allowing creativity and research, refining practical skills to create aesthetically pleasing artwork in a variety of different media.
The main career areas for creative people include:
... and many more.
Many Art students from Sawtry College Sixth Form have progressed onto, and through, higher education to become very successful in their field; visiting the college each year to help educate younger generations of creative people.
http://www.ukcoursefinder.com/search.aspx#/viewResults : If you put Art and Design in the Subject box, it provides you 120 courses in 82 universities.
A list of institutions are listed by following the link underneath.http://search.ucas.co.uk