Blessed William Howard

The Painsley Catholic Academy was established in 2012. We are the largest Catholic multi-academy company in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

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Art & Design


Department Vision

“That which is done with love, is done well.” – Vincent Van Gogh

As a Specialist Arts College, awarded Gold three consecutive times by the Arts Council, we are very proud of our Art and Design department. Driven by our school ethos and values our department has continued to grow and is an increasingly popular subject in the school. As a department, we aim to provide opportunities for students to achieve their full creative potential and make individual progress by exploring a wide range of Art that is valuable, interesting and relevant to the world around us. At Blessed William Howard Catholic School our Art education is much more than learning how to draw, we enable students to explore and understand the society we live in as well as embrace their own feelings and creative ideas. Students foster a love of learning and produce artwork that is individual, creative and innovative.

Curriculum Leader:  Miss J Capewell

Other teachers in the department:  Miss A Matthews and Miss A Robinson 

Year 7 and 8 Curriculum Outline

 Throughout years 7 and 8, students will be given various learning opportunities and challenges to develop creative and artistic solutions allowing our pupils to develop the fundaments skills needed for Art and Design. This includes access to a wide range of different resources and mediums for experimenting with and producing different types of Art.

Over the two years of Key Stage 3 our students cover a wide range of themed projects, each usually lasting a term. These projects cover a wide range of different subjects, including cultural, religious and geographical topics. Wherever possible we aim to follow real world learning and align our projects with world calendar occasions as well as responding to recent news or real-time events.

Our students select their options at the end of year 8. In the run up to making this choice, our pupils are given the opportunity to experience GCSE taster sessions and are guided by our Art department staff as to whether an option of Art and Design would be right for them.

 Year 9 Curriculum Outline

 Once students are accepted onto our GCSE course they are welcomed into the department with a number of introductory workshops allowing students to experience traditional and non-traditional ways of making Art. Our new GCSE Art students also take part in a number of careers seminars lead by industry professional and existing local artists encouraging students to aspire towards a creative career path.

Throughout the course of year 9, our Art students follow an introductory project aimed to introduce them to working in sketchbooks and producing high quality outcomes. Students study a number of investigatory projects biased on real world events, this includes looking into Art history, political art and emotive imagery. Students are taught how to read and understand messages communicated through art as well as study great artists both past and present.

Year 10 and 11 Curriculum Outline

 As we move into year 10 and 11 students follow the AQA Specification in Art, Craft and Design. During this course students are guided through the syllabus by highly trained teaching staff, they are encouraged to work in a range of methods, techniques and realise their own ideas producing quality outcomes.

The GCSE students will produce a portfolio of evidence comprising of two different projects. These projects are selected by our experienced teaching staff however students are encouraged to explore their own ideas within these selected themes. Student work is regularly marked with levels 1-9 in line with the GCSE assessment criteria. Our students are also given regular personalised feedback to enable them to aspire toward achieving the highest possible outcomes.

 As a heavily proportioned course work subject, homework is an integral part of succeeding in GCSE Art. We have very high expectations for every student, with challenging, aspirational and shared potentials. Students at Blessed William Howard are supported academically and emotionally developing skills, attitudes and abilities which will enable them to achieve their life goals. As a department we fully support our students in completing their portfolio of work, offering one to one tuition as well as twilight coursework catch-up sessions on a weekly basis. Our department staff are regularly available throughout the school day to meet with students or answer questions both in person or via email.