Wildern Art department is a thriving and lively department, which has a long-standing history of exceptional results gained through high-quality creative teaching and exceptionally talented students. The Art Staff consists of 5 members of staff with varied Art Degrees and practicing artists, 4 of which each teaching in their own art room with most teaching across both Key Stage 3 and 4, delivering a wide range of art specialisms. Student artwork is of an exquisitely high standard and displayed around the school site, the Wildern Art Department students consistently win and contribute to local and national art and photography competitions.
Art KS3 classes are mixed ability; students have one hour of Art a week. Students work through a range of theme-based projects that give them the opportunity to learn about a wide range of artists, alongside broadening and deepening their art knowledge and skills. Students are assessed using Wildern Steps and also via a baseline test at the start of year 7, and an end of Key Stage 3 Assessment Project. Students have high-quality sketchbooks to complete class work and all homework tasks in; these are regularly marked and feedforward comments given. Due to the nature and detail of Art Homework’s the standard set for each year group at KS3 is 2 a half term, students are also given the opportunity to use the WIN to assist with homework tasks.
At KS4 Art and Photography Students are taught once again in mixed ability classes of approximately 26/28 pupils, the AQA exam board is used and pupils are introduced to the 4 Assessment Criteria from the very start of the GCSE course, 60% of the final GCSE grade is coursework based, and on average pupils submit 2 units of coursework. Pupils have 5 art lessons a fortnight and once again work through project briefs. Pupils have an A3 sketchbook/ workbook, and are given the opportunity to visit a gallery during year 9. A 5 hour year 10 art exam is undertaken by pupils, alongside a full practice exam of 10 hours prior to the actual GCSE Exam in May.
Students' enjoyment and understanding of the observed world is enhanced through engaging in art and design, and the inner worlds of feeling, imagination, reason and practical thinking are explored, they see that there can be changes and improvements, they will be taught and learn to take pleasure in producing good work through their increasing mastery of art, craft and other techniques, and they learn to value critically the contributions of artists, photographers and designers in society. Young people need to have visually literacy to operate successfully in society. Visual images enter everyone's life through mass and social media, they carry information and ideas within popular culture, and they are the vehicle for an exploration by artists and designers of the most complex human ideas. It is important that each generation understands the origins and purposes behind the art and artifacts of its own time, and measure them against works from the past and other contemporary cultures. Students who are visually literate gain more control over their own work and are better able to understand, enjoy and discriminate between the images and objects that appear both in the familiar environments of home and neighbourhood, and in less familiar places, such as galleries and museums.
Art at Wildern School is a discreet subject area within the Creative and Media department. The Art Department is located in block 2, alongside the well-equipped LRC, it has 4 large dedicated Art rooms which are all fully equipped. One classrooms hosts the Kiln room, where two kilns are in constant use, all classrooms are used for the teaching of clay. Ceramic is are taught at KS3 and 4 alongside drawing, painting, printing, 3D work, art textiles, photography etc. Rooms 214 and 215 are equipped with PC’s connected to the school system, the Internet and Adobe Photoshop.