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What will I learn?

Visual art at Hill House is highly valued. It provides all pupils the opportunities to explore the world of thoughts and feelings and to express their ideas in ways, which are powerful alternatives to the written word. Pupils use their powers of observation, their capacity for problem solving and designing skills and natural talents in creating an individual and personal response. 

Pupils explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers through learning about the roles and functions of Art; they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all of our lives. The Art department aims to develop and maximise the creative potential of all pupils. The need for hard work and perseverance is emphasised. The expectations at Hill House are high and pupils see themselves in a workshop situation, learning and developing new crafts and skills. 

We offer a broad Art and Design based curriculum encouraging entry at any level of skill and ability.

YEAR 7 

All pupils study Art in Year 7 and experience drawing, painting, mixed media work, a wide variety of textile materials and processes and three dimensional studies. They collect ideas and record, experimentation with material tools and different techniques to produce a unique personal response.

yeaR 8

All pupils continue to study Art in Year 8 and experience drawing, painting, mixed media work, a wide variety of textile materials and processes and three dimensional studies. They collect ideas and record, experimentation with material tools and different techniques to produce a unique personal response.

Year 9

Pupils can choose to study Art in Year 9 and begin to specialise in their chosen areas in preparation for GCSE.

GCSE

Students have the opportunity to study a broad course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and new media and technologies. We follow the AQA Art & Design Full Course, where candidates can work in appropriate art, craft and design materials and processes.  Candidates should produce practical and contextual work associated with two or more of the endorsements selected from; Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Textile Design, Three-Dimensional Design, Photography: Lens-based and light based media..