We have a lively and successful Art & Design department at Fulford. Students enjoy their art lessons and create a multitude of outcomes from exciting starting points and themes. The majority of our students, who study the subject at ‘A’ level, continue to further and higher education and to careers in the creative industry.
We have three good-sized art rooms, each with its own smart board and networked internet access; we also have a photography studio, sixth form workspace and a ceramics and 3D area.
We have four art teachers, one of whom also teaches Design Technology, strengthening further our links with that department. Each teacher brings their own interests and experience to provide a rich and varied experience for our students. We offer a wide range of expertise, including painting, printmaking, 2D and 3D design, ceramics, photography and art history. We encourage all students to use the art rooms at lunch times and to work on their art and design at home. We also plan for them to visit galleries and exhibitions and we invite artists into school, whenever we can.
At Key Stage 3 students are given the opportunity to work in a variety of ways exploring different techniques and methods of creating artwork. We aim to make the units we teach relevant and contemporary whilst recognising classic masters and cultural links.
By the end of this key stage pupils at Fulford will have worked on mixed media drawings, printmaking, ceramics, 3D work, group work, design pieces, sketchbooks and painting.
At present, Year 7 and 8 classes are taught in the same groups as DT and in year 9 pupils are grouped in their English sets, all have one lesson, of one hour, per week.
GCSE at Fulford is an opportunity to flourish in a department full of inspiration and challenges. It is also a chance to build on skills learnt at Key Stage 3. Early in year 10 we visit The Yorkshire Sculpture Park as stimulus for the coursework project, Natural Forms. Students are encouraged to develop their own personal approach within a framework set out to best respond to the assessment objectives. Sketchbook work is held in high regard and all pupils are expected to keep one documenting their work. Pupils do a second coursework project in year 11 based on a theme set by the department. They then complete an externally set task set by the exam board Edexcel. This comprises of a controlled unit of work based on themes set by the board.
AS and A2 Art and Design numbers range from 10 to 20 students in a class and the Sixth Form students have 9 hours of lessons per fortnight, but are expected to work in their own time too. Year 12 have a trip to see London galleries as a stimulus for their own art work and are encouraged to see as much ‘live’ art as they can throughout the course. Each student is encouraged to explore a wide range of media and techniques and to develop their own personal interests to produce individual and meaningful work. The course is continually modernised by rethinking centre set themes and the consistent replenishment of contemporary artists and craftspeople.
Fulford Art department is always open to students. We run drop-in sessions every day of the week, before school, after school and at break times. In the sixth form we have a designated space for students to work in their own time.
We have close links with the Art Foundation Course at York College and every year the majority of our Year 13 artists go on to further study, most often to York, but also to Leeds, and, over the past few year there is a growing trend to apply further afield to prestigious institutions such as Chelsea, Camberwell, Wimbledon, St Martin’s and Glasgow School of Art and Architecture.
We alert our students to all the opportunities for Art & Design experience in York and, in particular, encourage the Sixth Form to attend life- drawing classes to challenge them and to build up their drawing skills.
Every year we invite students back to speak to current students about their experiences on foundation and degree level courses and subsequent employment. We have also maintained contact with Fulford students who are now successful practitioners; as artists, graphic and interior designers, fashion designers, filmmakers and many more.