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Ceramic heads by Year 7 at AOH

Imagination and independence of thought are fundamental to our view of art education. Our role is in helping learners understand the world and themselves through art – and develop their creativity as a transferable life skill.

We are also part of the Year 7 Specialist Schools Curriculum, and run a Ceramics module as part of the School of Expression and a Printmaking module as part of the School of Creativity.

Please visit the gallery for photos from the Artists' Open House 2017.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

SCOTT ADAMS

Events

Ceramics at AOH 2017Artists' Open House exhibition: Saturday 20th May

View the gallery

 

 

Why study this subject? 

If you want to be creative and imaginative and have an interest in any of the following; problem solving in a practical way; learning about artists, designers, illustrators and sculptors; have an interest in working with computers and enjoy using them to research and design work; like making things in both 2D and 3D…you have an interest in an Art based career.

A GCSE in Art & Design is an important part of the progression route towards a wide range of careers in areas such as architecture, landscape design, graphic design, fashion design, film and animation, furniture design, textile design, primary and secondary teaching, publishing, book illustration, web design, ceramics, art curator, museum curator, freelance artist, game designer, product designer and interior designer. If you choose to look for a job, you will have a portfolio of work that will evidence your ability to pursue a GCSE course in art and design, covering different assignments and producing a range of work.
 

Topics of Study and Assignments
 

In Years 7 and 8 students complete 6 units of work covering a wide range of media, materials and techniques. Students explore and investigate the work of a diverse range of artists, craftspeople and designers from around the world, both contemporary and historical. The work ranges from 2D: painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, photography and the use of IT, to 3D: card/wire construction and ceramics.

Students are introduced to the assessment criteria for GCSE from Year 7, in order to familiarise them with the structure of the course from an early point in their secondary art education.

From Year 9 onwards, students start to prepare for their GCSE Art course through experimental drawing and deeper exploration of media, materials and techniques. They investigate the work of other, relevant artists in relation to their own visual work and produce outcomes that they analyse and improve upon.

The Team
 

Helen Sevink is the Head of Art and has been teaching Art for 22 years and has a degree in Visual and Performing Arts (Fine Art and Music) from Brighton University. Prior to teaching, Helen worked with Same Sky community arts project and Carousel performance group.

Sue Attia has been teaching Art for 15 years and has a degree in Fine Art from Kingston University. Prior to teaching, Sue was a self-employed illustrator.

Claire Cossey has been teaching for 16 years and has degree in Fine Art Print Making from Brighton University. She has worked at Fabrica Gallery in Brighton and has exhibited her printmaking work.

Claudia Sweeting has a First Class BA Hons Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration, specialising in printmaking. She completed her GTP Teacher Training at Goldsmiths London qualifying in 2002. She joined the department in January 2012.

The department is supported by two technicians:
 
Jack Durling joined Varndean School in June 2017 and is qualified wih a BA Honours degree in 3D Design and Craft from the University of Brighton. Jack is an engaged local artist with a specialist skill set that includes ceramics. He has exhibited his work in London and at Milan Design Week 2015.
 
Beverly Skingle has worked at Varndean for 9 years as a student and cover supervisor. As well as preparing resources and materials for our Art lessons, Bev also assists in the delivery of some of the art lessons.

Events and Activities
 

Year 9 & 10 Art trip to London galleries.

Year 11 GCSE exhibition as part of the Brighton Festival Artists Open Houses, Saturday 20th May 2017 10.30am - 4pm. For news on the 2016 event please see the news story.

Termly celebration and awards for excellent art work across all year groups. Rolling in-house exhibition of student work, including Brighton University linked Printmaking club.    

Extra-curricular Activities
 

Print Making - students get the opportunity to experiment with a range of printing techniques from collagraph to lino printing. They will look at the work of artists and print-makers to inspire their own work. Students will also get the chance to work on a printing press.


Craft Club - Students can try out a range of techniques and media, including paper craft, ceramics, mixed media, construction etc. Be inspired by a range of artists work and develop their designing and making skills.

Art GCSE catch up - Students can come and complete any outstanding GCSE coursework or homework with the support of a GCSE Art teacher.

Crackit - Read all about this exciting venture which fuses design with cricket.

This Term's Outstanding Artwork

This award was launched to celebrate the achievements of our talented students. Each term the Art department will choose a piece of work from each year group in which students have gone to great efforts!

Winners will receive a certificate and have their work displayed on the website, around the school on Varndean TV!

The Autumn  term's winners are:

Cubist Still life: Asha Al-Khayyat  11NJR/A

Ceramic Pebble: Joe Paulger  10RDN/T

Africa Masks: Ellie Wilson  9NSW/R

Australian Aboriginal Art: Connor Lenton 8SJA/E

Inky Beetle: Eden Shewell   7SJC/E

See the pictures in full in the gallery.

Contact

Email: helensevink@varndean.co.uk

Twitter: @varndeanartdept