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Key Stage 4 (Year 10 & 11) Art

Art at Hollygirt is fun and diverse. Not only do pupils really enjoy lessons, they gain many skills.  In addition to the obvious ones Hollygirt Art pupils also learn to: pay attention to detail, share their vision whilst working in groups,discuss ideas, deepen their visual learning skills, be inventive (think outside the box), stretch their imagination and grow their cultural awareness.  There is a careers board in the art department which has hundreds of possible career routes related to art, such as architecture, art directors, photographers, interior designers, set designers and art therapists.

Our GCSE art pupils follow the AQA GCSE Course, which is run over two years (Year 10 and 11) in small classes.  The small class size enables one-to-one guidance and greater support for each pupil.  There is a strong focus on traditional skills, merged with cutting edge techniques to make work vibrant and unique whilst also highlighting talent and skill in detail.  Each  pupil is encouraged to make their work stand out from others and to build on their strengths as well as gain new skills. The first term is based around new technique workshops, with the major projects starting after Christmas.  Pupils have to complete three projects, two are set by the school the third is set externally.

In addition to their classes we offer a variety of extra-curricular art and craft clubs, and the art room door is open most lunchtimes so pupils can continue with their current work, or sample techniques.

Please take the time to look at the Hollygirt Art Department’s Facebook page which has videos and photos of the  pupils work.

We also host an annual Art Preview event where we showcase pupils work.  This event is usually held in May. Feel free to check our calendar for the next event.

Hollygirt fully supports the Art Department and understands the importance of an art education within its curriculum.  Below are a few statements about art, creativity, imagination and their benefit to pupil growth:

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they've had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have lots of dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solution without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.” –Steve Jobs

“In my own philanthropy and business endeavors, I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities….the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country.” Paul G. Allen, Co-Founder, Microsoft

“Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere.” –Albert Einstein

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced” – Vincent Van Gogh

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on” – Albert Einstein
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ISI Inspection February 2013