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Art & Design
We have a lively and successful Art & Design department at Fulford. The subject is a popular choice at GCSE and A-Level, the results are good and we aim to display a range of work around school. The majority of our students, who study the subject at ‘A’ level, continue to further and higher education and to careers in the field of Art & Design or Architecture.
We have three good-sized art rooms, each with its own smart board and networked internet access, plus a small room which is used by Sixth Form students to continue their own work in their free periods. There is also a kiln and some facilities for ceramics and 3 dimensional sculptures.
Currently we have four art teachers, one of the full time teachers 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 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.
- Mrs A Finch AF
- Mrs S Howson SH
- Mr E Hughes TH
- Rebecca Pearson RP
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3
At present, Year 7 classes are taught in the same groups as DT and in year 8 and 9 pupils are grouped in their English sets and have one lesson, of one hour, per week. For our year 7 pupils the primary aim is to engage them with the world around them, exploring approaches that will develop skills and build confidence by using a range of accessible media and techniques. In years 8 and 9 we take this further with a balance of observational and imaginative work, looking at the work of other artists and cultures as stimulation. Year 9 students visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park, near the village of West Bretton, close to Wakefield as part of a joint venture with the English department, on the Alternative Curriculum Day in the Summer Term. Here the students are given the opportunity to view sculptural work in both indoor and outdoor settings, drawing and photographing the work, also responding to the experience through creative writing.
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 4
Art and Design is a popular choice at GCSE and we currently have three groups each in years 10 and 11. The exam board is Edexcel and we follow the Fine Art syllabus and the students are taught for 5 hours over the two week timetable. Early in year 10 we visit Leeds Art Gallery, The Henry Moore Institute and Tropical World, in Roundhay Park in Leeds, as stimulus for the coursework projects: Natural Forms and Identity. Students are encouraged to develop their own personal approach within a tried and tested framework; our course has been praised, by visiting moderators from the exam board, for its wide ranging scope and flexible structure.
Key Stage 5
Key Stage 5
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.
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, film makers and many more.
We are always happy for parents and prospective students to visit the department as this is the best way to see what we actually do.