Art

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Lingfield Art Department is a creative and collaborative environment. We are proud of our contemporary bright studios where students can explore, experiment, work together and innovate. Our teachers are practising artists and students are exposed to a range of visual sources, artists and movements, giving them greater context and inspiration for the work they produce. 

We promote the importance of art in displays and exhibitions throughout the School, including our Box Gallery. The highlight of the year is the Summer Art Exhibition where our A Level students display their ambitious and impressive works. 

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Key Stage 3

Studying Art at Key Stage Three gives the students a strong grounding in traditional skills and techniques. The emphasis is placed on the understanding of the Formal Elements in Art (line, tone, colour, pattern, texture, shape and form) as well as empowering students to take creative risks and experiment with a wide variety of media and techniques. Students are guided through a programme of engaging topics including; landscape, portraiture, still life, the human figure, pattern, perspective, structures, abstraction and consumerism. We introduce and explore several artists during each project and students have the opportunity to work in a range of materials to produce both 2D and 3D outcomes. The individual exploration of ideas, personal discovery, and reflection are key features of our department ethos. 

Courses offered​​​​:

GCSE Art and Design 

Studying Art at GCSE is very rewarding. Students can pursue their own independent ideas, and we encourage them to develop their interests by investigating both traditional and contemporary aspects of the visual arts. The Department places great emphasis on both traditional Fine Art skills and more experimental approaches. The GCSE and A Level courses cover the four Assessment Objectives which include critical studies, observation and recording, experimentation and development towards a final outcome.

In Year 10 the first project focuses on environment, perspective and atmosphere and is designed to introduce students to the rigour of GCSE level study. Key artists studied in this unit are Edward Hopper, Paul Win Stanley, Alberto Giacometti and Anselm Kiefer. Students will develop their painting skills and complete a personal response at the end of the project.

The next GCSE project (also undertaken in Year 10) is the Portrait Project. Students learn how to technically re-create both their own self-image, as well as others of their choosing using a wide range of media and techniques. They also respond to the work of Maggi Hambling, Egon Schiele, Francis Bacon, and Jenny Saville.​ A trip to the National Portrait Gallery in London provides a platform for students to develop their own concept towards a final portrait piece. 

The Multicultural Project is the final coursework requirement at GCSE, delivered in Year 11. This theme encourages students to research a range of personal, social and cultural ideas. The previous student-generated titles have included 'man's impact on nature', 'identity', and 'personal histories' to name a few. The final piece for this project is created during the mock exam in January.

A Level Art and Design - Fine Art

Studying Art at A Level  

Studying Fine Art at A Level is very rewarding and students will have the opportunity to explore their own ideas and develop exciting outcomes. Lessons are divided up between whole-class workshops to help develop skills, personal tutorials, group critiques and independent study. Students receive personal weekly feedback and targets and this allows them to develop concepts that are individual to them. In Year 13, students complete a personal investigation and, as part of this project, they produce a written essay that explores their concept. This research essay supports students’ practical work and allows them to demonstrate a deeper understanding of their theme and influences.  

The Externally Set Assignment is released on 1st February and contains a theme and suggested starting points. Students have from 1st February until the commencement of the final 15-hour period of sustained focus to develop preparatory studies. The 15-hour period of sustained focus under examination conditions may take place over multiple sessions (usually held at the beginning of May).  

   

Our A Level Art and Photography Summer Exhibition is the most exciting event in the calendar for the Art Department as we showcase the incredible body of work created by students during their two years of study. 

Every year we celebrate the achievements of our students as many choose Art Foundation courses and competitive Art and Design based university degrees. 

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A Level Art and Design - Photography

A Level Photography is both an academic and creative subject. In addition to students undertaking extensive research into the visual world they live in, they also learn various methods of traditional and digital photographic techniques. Our darkroom is used extensively by students as they experiment, develop ideas and present well-informed concepts and outcomes. 

Our Edexcel A Level in Photography has been designed to ensure that students not only develop practical skills and abilities but also study its various contexts. So, in addition to creating photographic artefacts, students will be encouraged to reflect on their own work and on the work of others and will develop aesthetic understanding and critical judgement.  

Students will also develop intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers, as well as investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills.  Students receive personal weekly feedback and targets and this allows them to develop concepts that are individual to them. In Year 13, students complete a personal investigation and, as part of this project, they produce a written essay that explores their concept. This research essay supports students’ practical work and allows them to demonstrate a deeper understanding of their theme and influences. 

The Externally Set Assignment is released on 1st February and contains a theme and suggested starting points. Students have from 1st February until the commencement of the final 15-hour period of sustained focus to develop preparatory studies. The 15-hour period of sustained focus under examination conditions may take place over multiple sessions (usually held at the beginning of May).  

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Art Clubs & Trips

Students can supplement their study at one of our numerous Art Clubs, in scholarship sessions or an evening during daily Open Studio sessions after school. Our Open Studio and Saturday life drawing workshops encourage our GCSE and A Level students to work independently and to complete their coursework and exam preparation.

We regularly invite established artists to the School to give talks and to run workshops, enabling students to appreciate and value images and artefacts across eras and cultures.

We run a number of trips to galleries each year, including the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A as well as the Tate Modern. Over the years we have also run international trips to visit Florence, Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin and Venice.

Art Scholarships

Art Scholarships are awarded to candidates who demonstrate unique flair, competence and technique, particularly through creativity, imagination and strong observational skills. We expect Art Scholars to make a significant extracurricular commitment to the department.

We invite you to find out more about out thriving community of student artists and photographers on our Instagram page or view our Flickr albums 

 

Mrs Lewis
Head of Art

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