Art is an exciting and enriching subject and, in the Art Department at Christleton, our students are challenged by a wide range of creative experiences. Learning in Art develops visual intelligence, two and three dimensional thought, and skills in independent learning. We are very pleased to offer opportunities in accelerated learning to students who are ready to meet the challenges of external examinations ahead of traditional expectations.
In Years 7-9 students at Christleton have 2 hours of Art & Design per fortnight and study key themes including colour, architecture, the Renaissance, portraiture and cultural art and craft. Both effort and attainment are carefully rewarded, not least in sketchbook competitions and regular home learning awards.
In Years 10 & 11 students have 5 hours of Art per fortnight in order to complete their GCSE course in Fine Art. In the case of very able students, an additional Art specification such as Photography may also be taken. GCSE students may participate in residential visits.
Then, in the 6th Form, 9 hours per fortnight are dedicated to this subject which includes personal gallery visits, a careers focus and the opportunity to join a residential visit. We extend a very warm welcome to students who join us in the 6th Form from other schools.
Our chosen examination board at all levels is AQA and, at GCSE and A Level, assessment in Art focuses on four areas. These are developing ideas, experimentation, recording in a variety of visual forms including drawing, painting and sculpture and, finally, responding personally to a topic, theme or idea. From Christleton, many students continue with Art in its various forms including Art Foundation and degrees in Fine Art, Fashion and Architecture. We are proud of the artistic progress made by of all of our students whether in or beyond school!
- Art workshops for all Key Stages on Wednesday afternoons 2.30-3.45pm
- Hot Scholar student members of the Art Department lead and run their own initiatives and activities and also activities for younger students
- Participation in Art residentials for KS4 & KS5
- KS5 school-led gallery experience
- Staff Art Group- groups of students also attend by invitation
- Students also curate whole school exhibitions
The Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark
Christleton High School is pleased to receive The Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark for use up to and including 2017.
The Prince’s Teaching Institute (PTI) launched the Schools Programme in 2007 to recognise and reward school departments that develop inspirational ideas and activities which enhance the teaching of Art, English, History, Geography, Science, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages and Music, regardless of their students’ backgrounds or abilities. It is run as a membership group for school departments that choose to commit to increasing the challenge of their subject provision.
Our Art department first received the Mark in recognition of work done in collaboration with national art education specialists to enhance our delivery of high quality art provision in 2012/13.
The PTI’s Schools Programme is open to all state secondary schools in England. To become members, school departments must demonstrate their commitment to increasing teachers’ subject knowledge, and to furthering their students’ understanding of and enthusiasm for the subject, regardless of their background or ability.To achieve the PTI Mark, departments then have to demonstrate that they have increased the challenge within their subject curriculum; developed their staff’s own specialist subject knowledge; developed subject-based links outside school; and enthused their students through subject-based activities beyond the curriculum.
After three years of Schools Programme membership, departments may choose to become Associate Departments by devising an advanced multi-year programme in one of these areas. As Associate Departments they will share their growing expertise with others in the Schools Programme to the benefit of all.
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