Our aim is to inspire our students to be creative, inquisitive, skilful and objective artists. We want them to produce art showing technical skill and conceptual understanding whilst working in a stimulating, creative and safe studio environment.
Our Curriculum aims to teach students about the creative process and show them the contribution and relevance of Art in society. Through their studies, students will appreciate and value the work of others, showing an understanding of context.
They will reflect critically on their own and other peoples’ work whilst making judgements of quality, value and meaning. They will develop skills and techniques to express their own emerging creative ideas and learn how to think and act as artists. To this end, we aim to deliver a broad based Art education for all students.
At Key Stage 3, projects and schemes have been developed to suit the needs of St Julian’s students with the English National Curriculum document as the main foundation of this planning. After Year 9, Art becomes an elective subject, and details of our GCSE and IB courses are shown below.
The Art Department has two well-resourced general Art studios, where students from Year 6 to Year 13 are taught drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media projects. In addition to these larger studios the Department also contains a specialist print studio, a studio for ceramics and sculpture with kiln, a photographic darkroom and a designated Art IT suite.
Relevant resources, projects and study sheets are made available to all students through the School’s eLearning site.
At GCSE level St Julian’s offers the Edexcel Art & Design: Fine Art course, which enables students to work in a variety of media and disciplines, including drawing and painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and assemblage. "'Fine Art' may be defined as work which is produced as an outcome of student’s personal experiences, rather than that which is created exclusively for a practical function or that which is the outcome of a tightly prescribed brief.” Edexcel Limited 2008
In addition to working practically, students are expected to maintain a sketchbook that records their creative journey. They are required to research the work of other artists and will visit local galleries and museums as part of the course. Students joining the school at Year 11 for the ‘pre-IB’ year will also follow a reduced version of this syllabus. The GCSE course gives students an excellent introduction to the IB Visual Art programme.
IB Visual Arts
The IB Visual Art Course at St Julian’s is based upon the traditions of an Art and Design course, with a leaning towards Fine Art. There is an emphasis on drawing, and importance is placed on developing strong technical skills in a variety of media.
Throughout the course students have the opportunity to work in a broad range of materials and processes; these include painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, video-work and assemblage. Through structured projects and more independent personal investigations, students are given the artistic tools to enable them to work imaginatively and creatively.
At all times students are guided through the creative process; however, there is also more freedom within this course to pursue personal interests and themes. As with all IB subjects, there is an emphasis on critical thinking and cultural awareness. In the Visual Art course students are taught how to respond and reflect on the work of others; they are shown the significance, context and aesthetic values of Art and Craft from other times and places.
The IB Visual Arts programme encourages the pursuit of quality through purposeful experimentation and the refinement of skills and ideas; all this is achieved within a lively studio atmosphere.
There are a variety of possible careers awaiting students beyond the obvious role as an Artist, such as Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Illustrator, Architect, Fashion Designer or employment in advertising, Curatorship or Film and Television production.
The Art Department takes an active role in preparing students for application to University and Art College, helping them prepare portfolios for the particular course or area they have chosen. The department has a successful track record of getting students into their chosen courses and thus establishing them upon a career path.