Art & Design
Profile of the Department
The Art department at Plumstead Manor prides itself on ensuring students become confident and knowledgeable artists developing in a wide range of skills, techniques and styles through diverse and engaging schemes of work. Staff in the department are highly skilled, ensuring students receive specialist advice and feedback. This allows students to understand assessment criteria and how to improve and raise their levels within the subject. Visits to exhibitions and workshops are organised throughout the key stages in order to allow students to engage with artwork and gain an understanding of a diverse range of artists and the art world as a whole. Students themselves exhibit work at the end of KS4/5 in school and London based exhibitions.
Students at KS3 work through a variety of projects relating to an overall theme which changes each year as they progress through Years 7-9. Students’ skills in drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media are continually developed along their verbal and written skills as they review their own and peers’ work as well as that of professional artists. Students work in A4 sketchbooks and are regularly set homework to extend their knowledge and understanding and to promote independent learning. Assessment is undertaken using our own 'IMPROVE' assessment system which allows students to see for themselves which areas they need to develop in order to make progress.
GCSE Fine Art:
This is an exciting course, which will help students express their ideas, thoughts and feelings in a personal way through creating Fine Art work. Students are introduced to different ways of working and expectation is high. Students will develop their practical skills. These could range from; painting, drawing, sculpture, batik, textiles and photography.
This is an exciting course, which will help students express their ideas, thoughts and feelings in a personal way through creating digital and traditional darkroom photography. Students are introduced to different ways of working and expectation is high. Students will develop their practical skills. These will range from; DSLR photography, 35mm film SLR photography, darkroom printing and processing, Photoshop and other manipulation techniques.
KS5 sees a range of options available for students wishing to study art.
A level Fine Art:
“I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn't say any other way- things I had no words for.”
Students will develop their recording techniques through drawing and painting. They will experiment with a range of materials and techniques. As part of their course, students will explore the work of other artists through research and discussion. Gallery and museum visits are arranged to give them the opportunity to see Art work first hand. Students will be encouraged to develop their own artist style.
A level Photography:
“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.”
Students will learn how to use a camera to created different compositions. They will also learn about the technical aspects of photography, both digital and black and white. They will learn how to develop black and white films and print their own photographs. Students will have the opportunity to use different types of film and different photographic papers. This course will introduce them to experimental printing techniques and you will learn to manipulate your digital images using Paintshop pro.