We aim to inspire students and enable them to develop their creativity and lateral thinking – vital attributes for future careers and success in life.
Ridgeway Academy art department aims to ensure that all pupils produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. We look to ensure pupils become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. Our curriculum aims to ensure that pupils are given the opportunity to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design, know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Welcome to the Visual Arts Faculty – Subject Leader: Mrs C Johnson
Key Stage 3
In Art much of a student’s learning is enabled through actual art practice. Therefore, we ensure that throughout each key stage students are given chances to draw, paint, sculpt and print.
In Years 7, 8, and 9 students enjoy a wide range of Art activities. These are designed to ensure each student is given the same creative opportunities, enabling them to discover and develop their individual artistic potential.
Throughout Key Stage 3 students follow a spiral curriculum, through which they are able to try new and exciting art activities whilst at the same time revisiting, building upon and improving the skills they have already experienced.
All students will need to support their learning through our programme of homework. This is setup and designed to give students the opportunity to:
- Practice skills they have already learnt, and therefore improve both their confidence and their creative potential.
- Research and reflect on the work of other artists; all artists are “fans” of other artists, even if they don’t admit it!
- Experiment by trying out techniques and materials that are new to them, and therefore potentially experience a creative breakthrough.
Homework in Key Stage 3 is set once a fortnight. In Key Stage 4 at least two hours of homework will be set each week, however students are advised to work independently to support work in class.
How parents/carers can support learning
We would encourage parents and carers to spend time reviewing student’s sketchbooks and artwork to celebrate their success. We would encourage trips to local museums and galleries such as St Albans Gallery or galleries in London such as The National Gallery. Holidays are opportunities for our artists to engage with artwork from the local area. A trip to Cornwall for example could provide an opportunity to explore Tate St Ives, located right to the beach. We are always happy to provide guidance, so please do get in touch.
We run a weekly KS3 Art club that has proved popular with students. Recently we worked with Canal Arts to design and make lanterns that formed part of the 100th celebrations for Welwyn Garden City. As part a highly innovative wider Arts team at Ridgeway Academy, the Art department continually seeks to collaborate to provide cross-curricular opportunities for our students such as Holocaust memorial day, school shows and collaborative ELD days.
An Open Studio policy is operated for GCSE students. They are also encouraged to attend the KS3 art Club to share their skills with younger students.
UAL Future Creatives: https://www.arts.ac.uk/study-at-ual/short-courses/future-creatives
The Saatchi Gallery: http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/
The Hayward Gallery: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/venues/hayward-gallery
The Barbican Centre: http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery
The Whitechapel Gallery: http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/
The National Gallery: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/
The National Portrait Gallery: http://www.npg.org.uk/
The Photographers Gallery: https://www.photo.net/
British Museum: http://www.britishmuseum.org/
The Imperial War Museum: http://www.iwm.org.uk/
The Wallace Collection: http://www.wallacecollection.org/
The Welcome Collection: http://www.wellcomecollection.org/
The Natural History Museum: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/
The White Cube, Hoxton: http://whitecube.com/
The White Cube, Bermondsey: http://whitecube.com/
The Serpentine Gallery: http://www.serpentinegallery.org/
The ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art): https://www.ica.art/
Dulwich Picture Gallery: http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/default.aspx
The Science Museum: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk
The Design Museum: http://designmuseum.org
The British Library: http://www.bl.uk/
African Contemporary Art Gallery: https://www.africancontemporary.com/
Black Cultural Archives and Gallery: https://blackculturalarchives.org/
Museum of London: https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london
Which career paths could I take?
The creative industries are one of the UK’s greatest success stories, with British musicians, artists, fashion brands and films immediately recognisable in nations across the globe. Growing at almost twice the rate of the wider economy and worth a staggering £84 billion a year, the creative industries are well and truly thriving. There are many modern Art career paths students can choose to follow such as fashion, photography, web design, graphic design, illustration, textiles, game design and advertising.