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Art

The staff in the art department are Jo Pinhey & Amanda Greenwood (Joint Heads of Department) and Jessica Hill.

Amanda Greenwood has a degree in 3D Design from Manchester. Her specialist areas are Ceramics/Glass /Fine Art

Amanda Greenwood has a degree in 3D Design from Manchester. Her specialist areas are Ceramics, Glass and Fine Art

Jo Pinhey has a degree in Fashion & Textiles from Somerset College of Art (through Plymouth University). Her specialist areas are fashion, textiles, photography, Fine Art and mixed media

Our third member of staff is Jessica Hill who is an NQT and has a degree in Fine Art from Bournemouth.  Her specialist areas are Fine Art, Sculpture and Kinetic Art.

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.

 

 

Art is taught to all year groups and at GCSE and GCE level Fine Art and Applied Art are offered, with the Year 12 Applied choice offered as either a Single or Double Award.

Year 7

year 10 art gcse images

In this year, art is taught in half yearly semesters. Students start the course with a project called, ”About me” which is based on portraiture and basic drawing and painting skills are covered in this project. e.g. colour mixing, mark making etc.. Students are also introduced to a range of artists and will produce a final piece of 2D work inspired by the work of one or more of these artists. These may include Van Gogh, Picasso, Jean Michel Basquiat etc. depending on the individual teachers’ project idea. The second project is three dimensional, and is based on natural forms and /or buildings. Students will draw from natural objects and understand how artists have been inspired by them in their work. The project may be individual or collaborative and could involve clay, card, wire sculpture or papier-mache. Again inspiration will be drawn from the work of others e.g. Peter Randall Page, Gaudi etc. The final project is landscape inspired, in particular Cornish landscape, and where possible students go outside to draw (in summer term!). They learn about how artists have used the environment to inform their work and produce a piece of 2D work as a development from their research. This may be based on the St Ives artists, Kurt Jackson, Ashley Hanson etc…

Homework is set in a set of three over three weeks, each lesson the students bring the homework in for help and review but then submitting it every third week for marking. The homework always links with the class work, and is then marked in accordance with both school and department criteria and written feedback is given on a sheet inside the sketchbook. Every student is expected to have an A4 sketchbook.

Year 8

applied art 1

In this year, art is taught in half yearly semesters. Students start the first project by revisiting their drawing skills in order to consolidate them and will use their drawing to look at objects in a different way. Projects include Pop Art first looking at popular culture and media and the student may look at artists such as Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol. The second project looks at Cubism which is inspired by artists such as Picasso, Braque, Leger etc.Tonal drawing, painting skills are extended and collage is built into the project. Artwork from another culture, particularly focusing on “a sense of place and ancestry” is the last project. This is often linked with Bodmin, local maps and landmarks are used in this work. The work for this is three dimensional e.g. clay, card sculpture, masks, boomerangs, didgeridoos. Teachers may decide to link this with Pop Art or keep these projects separate.

Homework is set in a set of three over three weeks, each lesson the students bring the homework in for help and review but then submitting it every third week for marking. The homework always links with the class work, and is then marked in accordance with both school and department criteria and written feedback is given on a sheet inside the sketchbook. Every student is expected to have an A4 sketchbook.

 

Year 9 GCSE Art

a level art 1

For GCSE there are two projects for coursework the ‘Unendorsed GCSE’ and the ‘Critical and Contextual GCSE’. The first project (Unendorsed GCSE) is completed in Year 9 and part of Year 10 this is based on The Sea, Plumage or Natural forms. Students start the course by again revisiting and practicing their drawing skills and careful studies of wildlife based items are made using a range of drawing media and techniques. Students will then go on to research the work of other artists and research images of both on a carefully controlled mood board. This will then develop into a design for a larger papier-mache bowl, sculpture or 2D final piece, using their research, mood board and a range of mixed media. Throughout the Year students will cover a whole range of skills in a wide range of media.

Homework is set on a two weekly basis and students are given a prepared sheet in advance with the tasks for the term. On this sheet there are also extension tasks in order to stretch the more able students. The work is marked on a mark sheet in the back of the sketchbook with a grade and suggestions for improvement are given.

 

Year 10 Art

Kit Hicks Dyslexia Art

In Year 10 the second project (Critical and Contextual GCSE) will be completed and this is a multi-cultural based unit and aims to raise students’ awareness of other cultures, global issues and to create artwork that communicates meanings and messages. It also allows students to broaden their work with more individuality and opportunities are given for textile/mixed media/printmaking. Students produce a series of 9 self-portraits which show the links between the different artists research throughout the project. An extension of this project is a 3D based piece e.g. clay, sculpture, papier-mache etc. inspired by a multi-cultural theme. After Christmas in Year 10 students are given the final exam paper for the Unendorsed GCSE. From then onwards, in lessons and at home preparation work is completed in sketchbooks. The final 10 hour exam is usually held over 2 days after Easter. In the summer term, students continue completing the multi-cultural unit.

Homework is set on a two weekly basis and students are given a prepared sheet in advance with the tasks for the term. On this sheet there are also extension tasks in order to stretch the more able students. The work is marked on a mark sheet in the back of the sketchbook with a grade and suggestions for improvement are given.

 

Year 11

At the start of Year 11, students complete the rest of their multi-cultural project and after Christmas students are given the final exam paper. From then onwards, in lessons and at home preparation work is completed in sketchbooks. The final 10 hour exam is usually held over 2 days after Easter.

 

Homework is set on a two weekly basis and students are given a prepared sheet in advance with the tasks for the term. On this sheet there are also extension tasks in order to stretch the more able students. The work is marked on a mark sheet in the back of the sketchbook with a grade and suggestions for improvement are given.

 

Year 12 & 13 Art

In both AS and A2, students’ complete a portfolio of work 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. Artist research is integrated into the projects through homework which is on a weekly basis.

Sixth form students are also offered extra-curricular activities to help support in their application to higher education such as the ‘Art Ambassadors’ scheme, life Drawing, trips, portfolio advice and university workshops/open days.