The Art Department
The Art & Photography Department at Woodrush High School is highly successful. The department has made a vast improvement within the last 7 years with exam results having more than doubled and a very high intake. We have recently embedded two new courses to our curriculum, BTEC Extended Diploma & A Level Photography so that we now offer 6 exam courses alongside our Key Stage 3 Curriculum. This department consists of a strong team with a positive working ethos and work ethic. The department has a reputation for good results and high standards. It is our aim to provide pupils with the opportunity to discover the pleasures and importance of Art & Photography using a wide variety of media.
There are three art rooms, two equipped with general art and design equipment, and the third is a specialist Photography Mac suite consisting of 15 mini Macs, which will be added to in the near future. This room also includes a dark room for A Level Photo-shoots and photo processing. The kiln and clay tools are situated in a small caged room between the two rooms, as is the stock room. Each classroom has a digital projector that is used for every lesson. We also have 4 Mac computers in one of the main Art rooms.
The subject is taught in mixed ability groups for all years. In Years 7 and 8, pupils work with a range of media, exploring a full and rounded syllabus. KS3 students are taught in a Carousel and will complete 2 blocks of Art throughout the year, having 2 hours per week within these 8 weeks. In Years 9, 10 and 11 option groups follow the syllabus for AQA for both Art & Photography. The subjects are also taught to A level (EDUQAS) with pupils having the opportunity to work within the disciplines of drawing, painting, graphic design, print-making, photography and three dimensions. We also teach BTEC Art level 3 Diploma and the Extended Diploma in Art & Design.
The Woodrush Art & Photography experience extends far beyond the classroom and they pride themselves on the wide variety of experiences that students can participate in be that through, extra-curricular clubs, artist workshops with professional Artist Jennifer Collier and many inspirational trips to London Galleries, Pitt Rivers Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Kenilworth Castle and Kew Gardens.
Students take great pride in their work and this is culminated with and end of year Art & Photography exhibition where GCSE, A Level and BTEC students get to present and show off their portfolios of work to students, staff, governors and parents.
Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.” Jasper Johns “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist when he grows up.” Pablo Picasso