Art & Design
The Art department strives to build confident, creative students, who become personally engaged with their studies and who independently direct their creative journeys.
Art is a superb preparation for a number of opportunities in the creative field, including Fine Art, History of Art, Fashion and Architecture and the School offers GCSE, AS and A2 Level, and IB options. For those continuing past GCSEs, the department follows a Fine Art Syllabus with a separate qualification in Photography.
Whether continuing studies beyond GCSE or not, we encourage and support our students to produce work that they never knew they were capable of achieving. We also pride ourselves on being a forward-thinking department, embracing new technologies and combining them with traditional techniques. Drawing underpins all creative processes at Worth and to refine this skill we provide projects throughout the key stages that introduce students to a wide range of drawing techniques and media.
The art staff are experts in a variety of specialisms and our teachers keep up to date with the current European and international art scene and are encouraged to consistently practise their own work.
The end-of-year shows are a celebration of every student's creative achievements and the pupils' progress throughout the year is regularly documented via Facebrook, Twitter, Instagram and school publications. The Photography department Twitter page is @photo_worth
For both IB and A Level students, we offer one life-drawing class every week which is compulsory. In these sessions, students learn measured academic drawing as well as other experimental drawing techniques.
Students who opt for GCSE Art follow the Edexcel specifications: 60% coursework and 40% examination. We cover a variety of topics and use a wide range of 2D and 3D materials. There is a 10-hour examination at the end of the course.
Students who opt for GCSE Photography follow the AQA Specification: 50% coursework and 50% examination. The course teaches digital photography and darkroom techniques to promote an exciting experimental course. There is a 10 hour examination at the end of the course.
AS/A2 Level Art & Design
Students continuing Art into the Sixth Form have a choice of routes, going on to take Art at A2 or the International Baccalaureate (IB).Those studying A2 follow the Edexcel Board Fine Art course. Under this umbrella, students are able to develop a range of disciplines including: painting, drawing, printing making, sculpture and mixed-media. In their sketchbooks and journals, students are expected to provide evidence of their research, sources, thought process, design, composition and experimentation.
The Art course is a linear course over two years. The course has two components: Component 1 (60% of mark) is a Personal Portfolio of Practical work and a Personal Study which is a 1000 to 3000 word essay; Component 2 (40% of mark) is an externally set exam of 15 hours, which the pupils sit at the end of their studies in the second year of the course.
AS/A2 Level Photography
If students decide to take the AS and A2 courses in Photography (AQA Examining Board) they will explore a range of lens- and light-based media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies. Areas of study include: portraiture, landscape photography, still life, documentary photography, fine art, photographic installation, moving image photography (e.g., television, film and animation) and new media practice.
The course has two components: Component 1 (60% of mark) is a Personal Portfolio of Practical work and a Personal Study which is a 1000 to 3000 word essay; Component 2 (40% of mark) is an externally set exam of 15 hours, which the pupils sit at the end of their studies in the second year of the course.
IB Visual Arts
Alternatively, post GSCEs, students can opt to study IB Visual Arts, at Standard or Higher Level. The course is widely based and students create their own studio work in a variety of media and disciplines, which in addition to drawing and painting, include sculpture, printmaking and alternative media.
The IB course consists of a Process Portfolio which shows how they have explored and experimented with a variety of 2D, 3D, digital and emerging media to support the work they produced for their Exhibition Work. Their exhibition work must be curated by the pupils and a Curatorial Rationale written to show their decisions and intentions. They also have to write a Contextual Study, All of these components content varies according to, which level the pupil is taking for HL or SL.