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Art & Design

Staffing and Role

Ms Brown

Head of Art and Photography

Mrs Horner

Teacher of Art and Photography

Vision Statement

Art & Design is a fundamental part of education and the Curriculum at Testbourne Community School (TCS).

It is a means to communicate and respond to the world around us, as well as, designing and making the world beautiful!

Art allows students to develop both personal and employability skills in creative thinking, problem-solving, independence, organisation, critical thinking skills such as complex analysis, self-discipline and fine-motor skills. At Testbourne we teach the core values as well as the enjoyment for our subject, through a range of different projects and different cultural references and starting points.

Students are introduced to a wide variety of different processes, techniques and media in order to support students in expressing themselves, including drawing, painting, print-making, collage, 3D and clay.

KS3 Curriculum

Year 7 we go through key elements of Art including, Line, Tone, Colour and Texture. In Year 8 we will complete a range of projects, looking at different artists and cultures. We explore different materials including drawing, painting, collage, photography, Adobe Photoshop and clay.

KS4 Curriculum

If you chose to take this into GCSE you will have the option of taking GCSE Art & Design or GCSE Art

Photography. You will join a high performing Department where both subjects are consistently highly subscribed. We, therefore, demand the best from our students, both academically and artistically. Both in

Year 10 and 11 the students will have the opportunity to exhibit some of their work, inviting parents, staff, and members of the public to view the excellent work produced.


Course Outline

In Art & Design we cover many of the basics, whilst challenging and introducing new medias and techniques. You will given more freedom of choice as you personalise your own projects and become more independent with your work.

In Art Photography we will teach you how to use a Canon DSLR camera and how to edit images using Photoshop CS5. Like Art & Design you will be given more freedom of which starting point or which artist(s) you chose to use in projects.

Extra Curricular and Activities

  • KS3 Art Club – Tuesday 15:10 – 16:10
  • Clay Club – Thursday 15:15 – 16:30
  • Photography Club – Tuesday Break 2
  • G&T Year 7 and 8 Art Club – Wednesday Break 2
  • KS4 Support/Intervention – Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 15:10 – 16:30

Career Prospects

Both GCSEs could lead to the following possible careers: Animator, Illustrator, Fine Artist, Curator, Advertising, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Architecture, Beautician, Stage Designer, Photo-journalism, Jewellery Designer, Textile Designers, Fashion, Film and so much more.