SCHOOL PRODUCTION

Great Expectations Part One - Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December 2017.  Start time 7.00pm.

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"Join us for the first half of an epic journey through the greatest story ever told. The tale of Pip, Charles Dickens' mighty "Great Expectations" will straddle the two ends of this academic year. Part One of this two-part adaptation will be performed next week on Thursday 30 November and Friday 1 December in the Main Hall at 7pm. (Please note the earlier than usual start time). Part Two will form our Trinity Term drama production in July 2018. Lose yourself in the interlocking destinies of some of the most celebrated characters in English Literature, brought to life by a huge and eclectic cast drawn from students in every year group in the school and with a record number of teaching staff mining their thespian talent! This promises to be a very special evening of live theatre."

Art

Aims

We aim to deliver an art education that is a broad and exciting experience for every pupil.

Art at QEGS is concerned with nurturing and stretching the creative knowledge and ability of every individual through teaching practical visual language skills, an understanding of aesthetics and perception, encouraging expression, gaining critical, historical and cultural awareness and developing an understanding of concepts and ideas.

Our aim is for our pupils to:-

           Develop a practical understanding of different materials and techniques.

           Gain confidence in communication and self-expression.

           Develop independent, creative thinking skills.

           Gain critical and contextual understanding through exploring art and artists.

           Pioneer, explore, invent and experiment.

 

Curriculum


Key Stage 3

General Art and Design

The curriculum is designed for our pupils to explore and develop an understanding of different materials and techniques in 2D, 3D and digital media, gaining knowledge of art history and different cultures. All pupils are taught for one period per week in small class sizes (maximum of 14 pupils). Pupils also benefit from having creative days, where they can explore their ideas and realise their intentions through to finished pieces of work over a sustained period of focus.

 

Key Stage 4

GCSE – ART AND DESIGN, FINE ART (EDEXCEL)

The GCSE Fine Art course encourages an adventurous and enquiring approach to art and consists of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture (which can include site specific installation work). Pupils can also work in alternative media, which includes contemporary approaches such as installation and digital technology. The course covers a range of activities and more in-depth assignments. Pupils have the opportunity to experiment with different media in order to explore their strengths and preferences.

The course is split into two units. Unit one consists of a personal portfolio of work which has a 60% weighting of the overall qualification. Unit two is the externally set assignment which has a weighting of 40%. Both units are internally assessed and externally standardised.

 

Facilities and Resources


The Art Department benefits from having excellent accommodation. It located in its own building, Hartley House. There are four large, well-equipped studios spread over two floors, all benefiting from excellent natural light. One studio provides very generous personal spaces and is used purely for A-level pupils. In addition to the practical studio spaces we have a digital media suite.

 

Trips and visits


We offer a variety of additional learning opportunities such as trips to galleries and places of cultural interest both within the UK and Europe. Recent trips have included visits to The Tate Gallery Liverpool and the bi-annual residential visit to Rome. We encourage guest speakers and visiting artists into the department and we have recently had artists such as Alan Birch and Mark Demsteader work with our pupils.

 

Extra Curricular

A rich programme of extra-curricular opportunities are available for each year group. For years 7-9 there are a wide selection of lunch time activities to choose from, including, art club, digital art club and comic club. There are regular after school sessions for GCSE and A-level pupils and they are also able to work on their portfolios or attend personal tutorials during lunchtimes. GCSE and A-level pupils also have the opportunity to attend an open studio day during the Easter holidays.

We regularly celebrate our pupils work throughout school and in June we hold an annual Summer exhibition where all examination classes display their work in a gallery setting. Our pupils have successfully exhibited their work in prestigious on- line exhibitions such as the Saatchi Gallery online exhibition and The Royal Academy Summer A-level exhibition.

We are proud of the achievement of our pupils at both GCSE and A-level and some have continued to study at some of the most prestigious Art establishments in Europe, such as The Slade School of Art, Glasgow School of Art and Goldsmiths University.