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In art, craft and design, students at Wey Valley explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. Our students learn to appreciate and value images and artifacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art lessons at Wey Valley, students reflect critically on their own and other peoples’  work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act like artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich our lives.

The art department at Wey Valley provides all students with the chance to participate in a wide range of creative techniques and materials. Students also have opportunities to work with visiting artists and take part in community and whole school projects, fostering their collaborative and independent learning skills.

Our curriculum is closely matched to other subject areas, carefully consolidating learning throughout the school. Lessons at KS3 and KS4 are initially delivered as workshops which broadly explore artistic, spiritual, social, moral and cultural themes leading to deeper independent exploration by the students.

The sketchbook is an integral component of visual learning. Students create exciting art journals which they value, using them to scaffold their creative experiences and record their progress through various initial assessments.

We are a very popular option choice at GCSE and we offer a selection of GCSE options which provide something for everyone. Our courses constantly evolve, introduce new methods and concepts which allow all students to be included, included and assist their learning journey to acheive their potential.

New GCSE specification - AQA Exam Board
GCSE Art and Design Unendorsed (4201)
GCSE Graphic Communication (Graphic Design) (4203)
GCSE Photography: lens-based and light-based media (4206)

To develop independent creative exploration and learning, Termly homework project briefs are set. These are specifically structured to reflect GCSE creative processes and assessment criteria. The homework briefs link to the scheme of work and also create the opportunity for each student to respond, create, critically reflect and develop their independence, whilst deepen their visual languageSE Art and Design Unendorsed.

     GCSE Graphic Communication (Graphic Design) (4203)