Visual Arts & Digital Technology

 

  • Mrs M Raymond (Head of Visual Arts & Creative Technology)
  • Miss N Thorpe (Head of Fisher House, Graphics & Photography Teacher)
  • Miss S Johnson (Art Teacher, Art-Textiles Teacher, Graphics Teacher)
  • Miss H Bird (Art Teacher, Art-Textiles Teacher, Creative Technology Teacher)
  • Miss J Shaw (Creative Technology Teacher & Creative Media Production teacher)
  • Miss A Fullilove (Head of More House, PE Teacher, DT Teacher)
  • Mr M McFadyen (Science Teacher, Art Teacher)
  • Miss L Turner (PE Teacher, Art Teacher)
  • Miss D Spencer (Creative Technology Teacher, Cover Manager)
  • Miss E Travers (Visual Arts Technician)
  • Mr C Jarvis (Visual Arts & Creative Technology Technician)

Visual Arts & Creative Technology at Bonus Pastor

The Visual Arts & Creative Technology Department at Bonus Pastor is a successful environment where the creativity and talent of all students is developed and nurtured. Specialist Art & Design, Graphics, Photography, Art-Textiles, Creative Technology and Creative Media production teachers offer a broad creative curriculum.

The Visual Arts & Creative Technology Department aims to create an environment where all can discover a visual language by which they can express their feelings and record their observations. We aim to make students aware of the concepts of the Visual Arts, and raise a critical, cultural and historic awareness. The Department aims to foster a positive, considerate attitude and empathy towards others, as well as enhance the students own self-belief.

Students build on their progress through regular individual discussions, portfolio clinics and exhibitions of work. Students are kept informed with new initiatives within the Visual Arts through strong links to further education colleges and universities, visits to exhibitions, national and local competitions and participating in a trip to New York City.


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Department Overview at KS3 & KS4

At KS3 the Visual Arts & Creative Technology Department offer the following subjects

  • Art – 1 double lesson per fortnight
  • Graphics – 1 term of 3 double lessons per fortnight*
  • Art-Textiles – 1 term of 3 double lessons per fortnight*
  • Creative Technology – 2 double lessons per fortnight

*Graphics & Art Textiles are taught in a caroussell system for yr 7 and yr 8

 

At KS4 the Visual Arts & Creative Technology Department offer the following subjects at KS4

  • GCSE Fine Art – 3 double lessons per fortnight
  • GCSE Photography – 3 double lessons per fortnight
  • GCSE Graphics – 3 double lessons per fortnight
  • BTEC Level 1 & 2 Creative Media Production – 3 double lessons per fortnight

For more information regarding GCSE options please see the subpages


 

Art at KS3:

KS3 students study a double period of Art per fortnight. The Visual Arts Department offers process and skill- based projects with students producing work in two and three dimensions, including:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Photography
  • Clay
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Digital Art

Alongside this our students learn how to be creative problem solvers, independent researchers, critical thinkers and question the world we live in. Creative careers and further education pathways are discussed frequently in both KS3 and KS4 lessons.

KS3 Art and Design projects include studying themes such as:

  • Identity
  • The Environment
  • Social & Political Art
  • World Art
  • Technology & Art

For a full list of our topics studied please see Topic Overview.

Homework is set once a fortnight and links to the work students are studying in class. Tasks include drawing, painting, artist research, collecting resources, junk modelling, collage and photography which stretch and challenge students independent study skills. Art homework tasks should typically take 1 hour to complete each fortnight.

Art at KS4

Art and Design GCSE is an option subject at KS4, however students are strongly advised to pick a ‘creative’ subject to offer a broad and balanced curriculum. Studying a creative subject will help your child develop skills at creative problem solving, independent research, critical thinking and a visual language to question the world in which we live.

More detail can be found out about GCSE on the subpage

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Graphics at KS3:

KS3 students study two double periods of Graphics per fortnight for 1 term in Yr 7 and 1 term in Yr 8. The Graphics lessons are planned to cover the following key topics:

  • Introduction to Graphic Design & Careers
  • Poster Design
  • Analysing Graphic designers work
  • Understanding a Target Audience
  • Typography Design
  • Generating Ideas & planning
  • Collage and printing techniques
  • Digital Editing using Photoshop

Alongside this our students learn how to be creative problem solvers, independent researchers, critical thinkers and question the world we live in. Creative careers and further education pathways are discussed frequently in both KS3 and KS4 lessons.

KS 3 Graphic Design projects include studying themes such as:

  • Book Cover Design – A Monster Calls
  • Packaging Design – soft drink can
  • Movie Poster Design – inspired by Saul Bass
  • CD cover design – Pop or Grime album covers

For a full list of our topics studied please see Topic Overview.

Homework is set once a fortnight and links to the work students are studying in class. Tasks include drawing, painting, artist research, collecting resources, collage and photography which stretch and challenge students independent study skills. Graphics homework tasks should typically take 30 minutes to complete each fortnight.

Graphics at KS4

Graphics GCSE is an option subject at KS4, however students are strongly advised to pick a ‘creative’ subject to offer a broad and balanced curriculum. Studying a creative subject will help your child develop skills at creative problem solving, independent research, critical thinking and a visual language to question the world in which we live.

More detail can be found out about GCSE on the subpage

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Art- Textiles at KS3:

KS3 students study two double periods of Art- Textiles per fortnight for 1 school term in Yr 7 and 1 school term in yr 8. The Art –Textiles lessons offers process and skill- based projects with students producing work in two and three dimensions, including:

  • Art-Textile Research
  • Drawing
  • Weaving
  • Painting on fabric
  • Resist pattern making on fabric
  • Printmaking
  • Hand & Machine sewing

Alongside this our students learn how to be creative problem solvers, independent researchers, critical thinkers and question the world we live in. Creative careers and further education pathways are discussed frequently in both KS3 lessons.

KS 3 Art-Textile projects include studying themes such as:

  • The Natural World
  • Adire Cloth
  • Tie-dye
  • weaving
  • World Art-Textiles
  • Technology & Art-Textiles

For a full list of our topics studied please see Topic Overview.

Homework is set once a fortnight and links to the work students are studying in class. Tasks include drawing, painting, artist research, collecting resources, junk modelling, collage and photography which stretch and challenge students independent study skills. Art-Textiles homework tasks should typically take 40 minutes to complete each fortnight.

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Creative Technology at KS3:

KS3 students study two double periods of Creative Technology per fortnight. The Creative Technology lessons teach students how to use the internet effectively, how to stay safe, communicate and share information.

Creative Technology projects include:

  • E-Safety
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Desk Top Publishing for magazines, brochures & newspapers
  • Spreadsheets
  • Living in The Digital World – search engines, data protection, copy right laws, plagiarism 
  • Design & making own website
  • Musical Festival – design website, ticket design , digital poster design, logo design
  • Cyberbullying
  • Creative Media Production
  • Data Base Development
  • Interactive Digital Media – games, gifs, website buttons
  • Computer Fundamentals – Binary, hardware, software, in/out put, storage devises
  • Zine Design – advanced publishing
  • Moving Image

For a full list of our topics studied please see Topic Overview.

Homework is set once a fortnight and links to the work students are studying in class. Tasks include independent research and report writing which stretch and challenge students independent study skills. Creative Technology homework tasks should typically take 40 minutes to complete each fortnight.

Creative Technology at KS4:

BTEC Level 1 & 2 Creative Media Production is an option subject at KS4, however students are strongly advised to pick a ‘creative’ subject to offer a broad and balanced curriculum. Studying a creative subject will help your child develop skills at creative problem solving, independent research, critical thinking and a visual language to question the world in which we live.

More detail can be found out about GCSE on the subpage

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Resources:

The facilities consist of fully equipped art studios, a kiln room, a sculpture garden, a dark room, a full suite of Photography laptops, a DT workshop, an Art-Textiles workshop, a Graphic Design room and four computer suites. The department has access to an outstanding exhibition space to display students work.

 

Enrichment and Extra Curricular

The Visual Arts & Creative Technology Department run a vibrant after school clubs

The Art Scholarship Programme - Invitation

The art scholarship programme caters for our more able KS3 artists and offers a specialist workshop style club to further enhance student’s artistic abilities. Regular studio based lessons challenge and extend students observation drawing skills. Artist analysis helps students understand different styles of art and meaning. Art scholars are invited to attend Art gallery trips and workshops. Visiting artists give our students talks about their pathway and creative careers.

The KS3 Art Club is held every Thursday 3.10pm – 4.30pm

The Art Club gives students the chance to explore new forms of art such as animation, street-art, installation and time-lapse photography. Students work with a vast range of exciting materials and techniques such as junk modelling, lino printing and digital art as well as the traditional materials such as pastels, paint and charcoal.

The KS3 Creative Technology Club is held every Thursday 3.10pm – 4.15pm

The Creative Technology Club is run by Yr 8 students who have displayed a particular talent in this subject. The club offers students the opportunity to enhance their publishing skills and create a range of digital products to promote different events.

Yr 8 Art Club 3.10pm – 4.30pm

The Yr 8 Art Club offers students the opportunity to explore GCSE style projects so that they become familiar with a variety of skills required. Painting, drawing, printing and modelling are just a few of the topics covered.

Graphics homework Club Week 1 Wednesday 3.10pm – 4pm

Graphics homework club offers our students help to complete their graphics homework using specialist materials. The Graphics teacher is able to support and guide students on how to achieve their very best.

KS 4 Open Art Studio 3.10pm – 4.30pm

Open studio sessions offer our GCSE artists a specialist area to complete their coursework. Specialist teachers are able to support students to achieve their very best. Students have access to the art materials and specialist equipment such as laptops, Photoshop, drawing tablets, printing equipment, paints, inks, pastels, clay, cameras and a wide variety of other materials.

Yr 9 Creative Media Production Intervention sessions 3.10pm – 4.30pm

A specialist club which offers one- to-one teacher support with Creative Media Production coursework. See Miss Bird for further details.

Yr 11 Art Intervention Sessions 3.10pm – 4.30pm

Yr 11 students have an opportunity to access specialist individual help with their coursework portfolios. Tasks are tailor-made to ensure each student achieves their full potential.

Yr 11 Photography Intervention sessions 3.10pm – 4.30pm

Yr 11 students have an opportunity to access specialist individual help with their coursework websites and final pieces. Tasks are tailor-made to ensure each student achieves their full potential.

Yr 11 Creative Media Production Intervention sessions 3.10pm – 4.30pm

Yr 11 students have an opportunity to access specialist individual help with their BTEC coursework. Tasks are tailor-made to ensure each student reaches their full potential. See Miss Shaw for further details.

Visual Arts & Creative Technology Day Trips

A variety of reward day trips are organised throughout the year to Art galleries, museums and Universities. Trips include visits to The Tate Modern, Tate Britain, The White Cube Gallery, The Horniman Museum, the Design Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, Goldsmiths University, Roehampton University, Kew Gardens and The Southbank.

Residential Trips

An annual KS 4 Visual arts & Creative technology trip to New York takes place every October. Visits to MOMA, The MET, The Guggenheim, Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero, A Broadway show, Tour of Manhattan, Central Park, Times square and a Brooklyn Street Art tour are just some of the exciting opportunities our students experience.

Visual Arts & Creative Technology Competitions

National and local competitions run throughout the year offering students to attain recognition for their talents. Past winners have included The Fourth Plinth competition, exhibition of art students work at the BBC studios, Exhibition of students work at City Hall and a collaborative projection of students work on to Buckingham palace. Our students art work has also been included in a double page spread in the Sunday Times.

Visual Arts & Creative Technology Enrichment Projects

Alongside Art & Design lessons and homework teachers offer enrichment projects to encourage students to become independent learners and develop their knowledge, skills and understanding further. Projects include

  • The 25 Day Drawing Challenge
  • London Gallery Treasure Hunt
  • Junk Modelling Competition
  • Art Master Class Sessions
  • Annual Exhibition

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For more details please email our Head of Department Mrs M Raymond at raymondm@bp.lewisham.sch.uk