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What is it to be a Artist at BCHS?
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”-Pablo Picasso
At BCHS you will be encouraged to explore and develop your own creative practice within a variety of media. Our aim is to inspire young artists and visionaries and instil a love of art in all. Art and Design is a subject that develops your visual values and awareness of the world around us. It teaches you to develop practical skills such as the craft of drawing, but more importantly we encourage our students to use their imagination to explore ideas and then sustain a process of design from initial concept to final completion. These are transferable skills and disciplines that are so valuable in many different fields of work.
Subject Overview - Year 7-11
Key stage 3
Throughout Key Stage three students will explore; Around the World. Focussing on some exciting units taking inspiration from China, Japan, Mexico, Africa, Ancient Greece and Contemporary British Art, Illustration, Portraits, Surrealism and Ceramics. Each year students will be given the opportunity to explore both 2D and 3D techniques and processes. While learning how to investigate artists and designers drawing inspiration to create their own responses. Students will be exploring and developing their skills within The Visual Elements of Art. Students will have the opportunity to create a body of work and exploring a variety of techniques and materials.
Key Stage 4
This qualification requires students to demonstrate the knowledge and understanding listed below through practical application of skills to realise personal intentions relevant to their chosen title(s) and related area(s) of study.
Students will be required to demonstrate the ability to:
- develop their ideas through investigations informed by selecting and critically analysing sources.
- refine their ideas as work progresses through experimenting with media, materials and techniques
Subject Overview - Sixth form
A Level Art and Design will be suitable if you are a committed artist and want to explore and develop your skills for a future career in the creative sector.
Art and Design is the right subject for you if you enjoy:
- thinking independently and developing, refining and communicating your ideas
- analysing your own work and the work of others to inform your ideas
- Experimenting and taking risks in order to solve problems, producing personal creative outcomes.
BCHS Art students are involved in many community projects and exhibitions including The Essex Arts Showcase, The Brentwood Art Trail, The Big Draw at Tate Modern, The Strawberry Fair, SAA and many more local and nationwide events.
We offer a variety of opportunities for all year groups to attend clubs throughout the week as well as trips and visits to enhance their art education.
In key stage 5 students are given a designated art study area.
How do we contribute to PHSEE, British Values & SMSC
We have an extensive curriculum which focuses on a range of cultures, religions and values. This includes units taking inspiration from China, Japan, Mexico, Africa, Ancient Greece and Contemporary British Art, Illustration, Portraits, Surrealism and Ceramics.
What Careers does art support?
- Fine artist. Fine artists create original works of art. ...
- Art gallery curator. ...
- Art therapist. ...
- Art teacher. ...
- Art lecturer, design lecturer or art history lecturer at a university. ...
- Art technician/demonstrator at a university. ...
- Art valuer/auctioneer. ...
And many more!