The staff in the art department are :
The following film is about Art in the Sixth Form at Bodmin College and was made by an ex student studying Film Production
The Art Department has four well equipped art studios, a screen print studio and a large darkroom with studio lighting. There are 12 Mac computers and a superb gallery space.
GCSE ART & DESIGN Year 9, 10 & 11 All students take OCR GCSE Art & Design (unendorsed). They complete the 45 hour coursework in Year 9, and the exam in Year 10. Those who reach their target grade in this are then offered the opportunity to take an endorsed Art & Design GCSE in Critical & Contextual. This is artist based practical work, includes research into artists and is a fantastic preparation for GCE Art in the sixth form. All students complete coursework for this GCSE in Year 10 &11. The unendorsed coursework focuses on observation and brings in a wide range of media, including ceramics, textiles, mixed media and photography. This gives students an excellent skill base which they can use in future work. Once the observation work has been completed, students then look at artists and develop ideas for a final piece. Projects in the past have included sea based imagery which developed into a papier mache bowl using a wide range of media. In the final exam students are encouraged to use their prior knowledge and focus on their main skills, whether 2D or 3D. Images are put on to moodle to help them with this. Homework is set in sketchbooks and students are encouraged to research fully and use their sketchbook fully. Artist images are put on Moodle so that students can access them from home and teachers ensure that plenty of examples of past work is shown to students to help them see what is needed. In the second project for GCSE Critical & Contextual, students work in a sketchbook in class creating visual pages on artists. This may include researching a culture and then showing how artists have been influenced by that culture e.g. Picasso and African Art. Students then go on to create self portraits in the style of the artists using a wide range of media ranging from collage to digital, print etc..and then a small final piece. Visits to art galleries are arranged and encouraged, and written up in the sketchbook. Examples of trips are the Banksy at Bristol Museum, Tracey Emin, Saatchi and Tate Modern. Students have also met and viewed the work of local artists in Bodmin, Ashley Hanson and Janie McDonald. The final exam for this GCSE is in Year 11 and the question paper focuses on an artist genre or topic that has interested many different artists e.g. still life. Students then go on to produce their own practical work after researching the artists. This GCSE is an excellent basis for the A ‘Level Fine Art as it introduces students into more analysis of artists work and how they can incorporate and use their style as an influence in their own practice.
Year 12 & 13 Fine Art In both AS and A2, students complete one main body of work based on a set theme and at the end of the year there is a final exam. At AS it is 5 hours and at A2 it is 15 hours. The projects in both years vary according to the individual teacher’s ideas and are also dependant on current exhibitions/artist workshop opportunities etc… Observational drawing is an integral part of the course and the first half term focuses on this skill using a range of media. At A2, students are encouraged to work on a larger scale and also in a more individual way, so projects are very much tailored to the student’s interest and individual strength as an artist.. Artist research is integrated into the projects through homework. At A2 students are expected to work on a personal study into an artist and this is woven into the student’s own practical project. Life drawing sessions are organised throughout the course and regular trips are arranged to the London galleries. The department has a gallery space and students’ work is displayed regularly with a large Private View organised after the final moderation at KS5. Support is given regarding career options in the Arts and links are made with both Falmouth University and AUCB. Both universities offer portfolio help and extra support for our students and fund trips to their degree shows in the summer term. Mock interviews are organised and staff are only too ready to help with portfolio advice. From this course past students have progressed on to degrees in Architecture, Photography, Film Production, Footwear design, Events Management etc… Applied Art (Double Award) This is a Double Award and so students take this as two of their A’Level subjects. It involves 12 units over the two years and these are very broad, covering a very wide range of skills eg Fine Art, Fashion, 3D Crafts, Lens Based, Textiles, etc… One of the units is Professional Practice, and for this students’ research into the practice of current artists and designers and the career routes available to them for future study. They also organise an art event e.g. a Fashion Show or an Art /Craft Show. This unit enables students to see the vocational aspect of this course and allows for teamwork skills etc.. to be demonstrated. This course gives the students an extensive portfolio of work and responses from universities have been fantastic. Students have progressed on to BA degrees in Fashion, Fine Art, Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration etc…. Often live briefs are used e.g. students created artwork for Bodmin Hospital dementia ward and Bodmin Lions funded the framing. Links are made with other departments in the College e.g. Hair and Beauty students worked on a joint project based on plumage for the Crafts unit with hair styling and makeup. Clay lanterns were made for a Jazz Event at local Carnglaze Caverns for the Crafts Unit.. Life drawing sessions are organised throughout the course and regular trips are arranged to the London galleries. The department has a gallery space and students’ work is displayed regularly with a large Private View organised after the final moderation at KS5. This space enables students to create large installation based pieces for their Fine Art units and extend their ideas into more conceptual work. Support is given regarding career options in the Arts and links are made with both Falmouth University and AUCB. Both universities offer portfolio help and extra support for our students and fund trips to their degree shows in the summer term. Mock interviews are organised and staff are only too ready to help with portfolio advice.