• Overview
  • KS3 (Y7-8)
  • KS4 (Y9-11)
  • KS5 (Y12-13)
  • Extra Curricular

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Our aims are to increase our students' awareness of the world around them, helping them to become visually literate.  We provide opportunities for pupils to experience art using a wide range of materials so that they can realise their ideas.

We help students develop their knowledge of Art, Craft and Design, understanding its importance and relevance in society.  At Longdean Art we provide a welcoming environment and seek to nurture the creative process.

 

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At KS3 we aim to equip students with a range of skills to enable them to express themselves and their views on the world, as well as introduce them to a range of artists, craftspeople and designers.  We want to give them a wide experience of different practices and encourage them to experiment with a variety of materials including ceramics, printmaking, painting, sculpture and digital work.  Topics covered include:

  • The Artists Toolkit (drawing, painting, Art history introduction)
  • Under the Sea
  • The Changing Landscape
  • Identity
  • Ghana - Bedomase Link school Unit
  • Graphic Design Unit

How can I help my child in Art?

  • Ensure they have an art pencil for lessons (B or 2B) and a sketchbook.  An art pencil will help them to record with a range of tones and variety of marks
  • Get them to practice drawing from observation at home (Draw objects such as plants, fruit, ornaments etc.)  There are some good tutorials on YouTube
  • Allow them to attend art club after school on a Wednesday to improve their class work – 3.20- 4.20 pm, or take part in an activity
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At Key Stage four Longdean School Art department can offer you two different courses, all you need to do is decide which one suits you best.

Unendorsed GCSE in Art and Design

This course is all about having an adventurous and enquiring approach to art and design and developing the skills to express it.  You will develop an understanding of past and contemporary art and design and be able to produce art that covers a range of ideas.

It follows on from the learning already done in school and continues to develop your skills, experimenting with lots of different media (Paint, ceramic, photography, digital art, sculpture etc.)  Your research and developmental work is carried out in a sketchbook and as well as this you will have the opportunity to create large scale work that you have planned.

The course is split into two sections coursework (60% of your final mark) and an externally set exam (40% of your final mark).  The coursework is split into two or three projects on a given theme e.g. ‘Movement.  These projects will involve your own research, supporting studies, development of your own ideas and all this will lead to an outcome, a final piece.  The timed test paper is given eight weeks before the exam.  You will be able to work with your teacher preparing ideas and carrying out research.  You will also go on a trip to put your ideas in context.  (This exam is basically another project with a final piece carried out in exam conditions.)

GCSE Photography

This is a specialism within the Art & Design specification but is assessed in the same way.  The skills you learn will be varied and you will have opportunities to work with digital images, animation and the moving image.  You should be creative, be interested in ICT, have a good eye and be willing to experiment.  We have a programme of external visitors and trips to enable students to experience the value of art in society.  

Students will be expected to develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • The use of light as the most important element in photography
  • Different genres of Photography
  • Viewpoint, composition, focus, shutter speed, exposure
  • Image manipulation
  • Contextual connections between students’ digital work and the work of others, extracting and using meaningful information
  • The use of a range of source material, software and hardware in the generation and development of ideas

These courses are not all practical.  You will use a sketchbook to document your work, research the work of other artists and photographers, as well as form links between your work in class and the history of Art.  This means that you will be expected to investigate and analyse images, developing a critical vocabulary.

How can I help my child progress?

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  • Ensure they have a range of equipment at home (Art sets are available in the school shop they include a folder, good quality sketchbook, pencils, set of water colours, brush and rubber)
  • Check that they have completed their homework to a good quality and hand it in on time (This is on Show My Homework and counts as coursework)
  • Allow them to attend art club after school on a Wednesday to improve their coursework – 3.20- 4.20 pm.  We are often available too at lunchtimes.
  • Encourage them to get to know a wider range of artists by looking in art books, visiting galleries online or in London
  • Encourage them to do some independent artwork based on the themes they are studying in class
  • Follow Longdean Art on Pinterest for inspiration and resources.  Start your own Pinterest boards
GCSE Photography
  • Ensure they have access to a digital camera at home and a computer.  Free digital editing software can be downloaded.  Gimp is similar to Photoshop
  • Check that they have completed their homework to a good quality and hand it in on time (this is on Show My Homework and counts as coursework)
  • Allow them to attend art club after school on a Wednesday to improve their coursework and use school facilities - 3.20 - 4.20 pm.  We are often available too at lunchtimes.
  • Encourage them to get to know a wider range of artists by looking in art books, visiting galleries online or in London
  • Encourage them to do some independent photography based on the themes they are studying in class
  • Follow Longdean Art on Pinterestfor inspiration and resources.  Start your own Pinterest boards and try some tutorials

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The creative industries are one of the biggest expanding sectors in the country generating growth in the UK economy, and for this reason at Key Stage five Longdean School Art department offer two different courses.  A qualification in either course could give you the opportunity to develop a career in Graphic Design, Fine Art, Textiles, Photography, Advertising, Animation, Ceramics, Fashion, Illustration, Film, Computer Graphics, Product Design to name a few!

Unendorsed  Art  & Design A2

Year 1 

As with GCSE you will work in your sketchbooks developing your ideas and making links between your own body of work and your research about other contemporary and traditional artists.  To help with this aspect of the course we also visit galleries and work with local artists.  You will cover a variety of specialisms and specialise in one of your choice.  (Painting, Illustration, Graphic Design, Photography, digital media, creative textiles, sculpture, printing etc.) 

We begin with art workshops to develop and explore a wide range of new skills before completing more substantial outcomes.  

Year 2
The first part is a written investigation into a theme, movement and/or artist of your choice.  The second part is your practical work which should demonstrate your skills and can be based on any subject you want.  There will also be more opportunities to visit galleries and work with artists.  There must be a link between your practical and written theme.  Again you will experience a variety of art specialisms but choose one for your final exam.

The last unit is your exam, given to you in advance and lasting 15 hours.  During this time you will complete a sustained piece of work in a specialism of your choice.

A Level Textiles in Art & Design

This course is structured in a similar way to the unendorsed Art & Design course.  The units cover a combination of recording skills, exploring textile materials and creating fashion designs linked to a brief.  You will engage in a variety of textile workshops to develop new skills in order to help you realise your fashion designs. 

You are required to complete substantial amount of work which must be evidenced through sketchbooks, annotation of work, and producing an end outcome based on the given briefs.  The work completed will form part of your course assessment.  In the second year you will also write an extended essay and complete a project on a theme of your choice before starting on your exam unit.

How can I help my child progress?

Art & Design AS
  • Ensure they are completing at least 2 hours of homework every week
  • Get them to read about a wider range of artists and designers by looking in art books, visiting galleries online or in London. Too often students just describe art work without having any contextual knowledge (Why was it made, what was the artist’s intent, what was happening in society at the time that affected the work?)
  • Help them to improve their art vocabulary through using an art glossary of terms
  • Read the feedback they have been given in their sketchbook and ask them if they have acted upon this?
  • Ensure they have a range of equipment at home (Acrylics, art pencils, fine liners etc.)
A Level Textiles
  • Ensure they are completing at least 2 hours of homework every week
  • Get them to read about a wider range of artists and designers by looking in art books, visiting galleries online or in London. Too often students just describe art work without having any contextual knowledge (Why was it made, what was the artist’s intent, what was happening in society at the time that affected the work?)
  • Help them to improve their art vocabulary through using an art glossary of terms
  • Read the feedback they have been given in their sketchbook and ask them if they have acted upon this?
  • Ensure they have a range of equipment at home (Acrylics, art pencils, fine liners etc.)
  • You might also wish to keep up to date with latest fashions and trends
  • Have a range of equipment at home including sewing threads, needles and fabric samples

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Art Club

The Art department holds Art club every Wednesday after school for an hour.  This is open to all students and staff are on hand to support students with their work as well as make facilities available to them.  This may take the form of extra support to catch up or improve on classwork, complete homework or to create a project of their own devising.

Competitions and Events

Competitions are publicised in the department and in the school link and are a great way to gain publicity for our students talents.  The department will always offer advice and assist with technical requests.  We also take part in the October Big Draw events to promote drawing to as wide an audience as possible.

Epson Car Wrap Competition

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In March 2017 local company Epson gave a group of our year 13 BTEC Fashion students the opportunity to create a design for a key signage trade show at the NEC Birmingham. Their brief was to create a design that would involve half a car exploding out of a backdrop, incorporating as much colour as possible to demonstrate the printer quality.  Art department teacher Miss Levesley reports "the students were fantastic and created outstanding designs in a short amount of time to meet the EPSON deadline".  

Congratulations to student Melanie Mantle whose work was singled out by Epson as the winner, and there was an excited buzz at Longdean when the car was brought into the school premises and wrapped with Mel's design as a live event for every student to see!  Local creative studio Flat Frog Films videoed the event, and filmed interviews in the Art classroom with Mel and Fashion teacher Miss Levesley.  Mel received a congratulatory certificate and prizes from Epson, who also generously donated a specialist printer to Longdean's Art department.  

Epson will now transport the car to Birmingham for the Sign & Digital UK event, and Mel plans to travel to Birmingham to see the complete installation.

Olympian Max Whitlock confesses he still has a passion for design as he 'opens' Art department in new building

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Following the opening of the new school building by the Rt Hon Lord Paul Boateng on 24th January 2017, former Longdean art student Max Whitlock 'opened' the Art department that same evening.  The impromptu ceremony involved the persuasive powers of Head of Department Mrs Sonnier, and a post it note instead of a plaque!  Max confessed that he still has a passion for design.

A Level Art and Fashion Students go behind the scenes at Harry Potter Studios

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Our art students got a special insight recently into the vocational opportunities in the arts at Leavesden Studios.  We attended a behind the scenes workshop at the studio and students were informed about opportunities in the local film industry.  We heard how Channing Tatum and Ben Affleck were working in the room next to us just a few days before we arrived, making the students realise that maybe the film industry wouldn’t be such a bad place to work!  Students were also amazed at the thousands of jobs that the film industry has created for the arts and the fact that having an Art GCSE / A level can open them up to many new experiences such as set design, costume, special effects, make up , animation, illustration, photography and many more.

Everyone was given bags of fabric to guess which character they might belong to from touch alone.  It was then revealed that these were the real fabrics used to make the costumes in the Harry Potter films.  To prove this we were then able to handle costumes worn on set by the actors such as Dumbledore’s robes, Umbridge’s pink outfits complete with cat brooch, Luna’ s pink frill party dress and even measure ourselves against Hagrid’s trousers.  Students were then given a task to design their own costume and for a special treat use samples of fabric left over from outfits; such as Luna’s yellow dress and Voldemort’s green robe.

If you are interested in the arts or would like to discuss taking art, fashion, graphics or photography as an option feel free to see Mrs Sonnier or come to art club on a Wednesday after school

Interserve Future Architect Project with Year 7 Longdean Art Students

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Art Students in Year 7 at Longdean School took part in a very exciting Live Architectural Project, which was set up with the collaborative building partnership Interserve.  

Interserve, who are currently building our new school, set a real brief to design an ‘Innovative Student Hub’ - where students can socialise.  The Hub needed to be designed around pre–set architectural restrictions to encourage the students to problem solve and to consider the sustainability of their designs. 

The Students who took part had four tasks to complete, for which they were awarded points.  The tasks included producing a floor plan, producing elevation drawings or artists’ impressions and creating a 3D cardboard model.

Over the course of 6 weeks, students were given real experiences of how designers and architects work. Students were asked to find information on sustainable designing to develop their student hub idea.  They explored and developed their ideas using a range of resources such as Google sketch up, Illustrator, Photoshop, Lego, Mind craft, Building paper and wooden architectural models. 

On Monday 20th June, 5 final selected teams gave presentations of their work to a panel made up of Interserve representatives and our own senior leadership team.  All students proved to be very confident and innovative in their designs and ideas to save money through collecting rain water and solar energy.  One team even had plans to recycle school furniture and construct their hub from that.  

Hannah Fehr from Interserve said "We were so impressed with the quality and depth of work that the students had produced, including computer aided design, 3D models, videos, powerpoint presentations and drawings. The thought that went into the overall projects including sustainability, materials, waste and forecasting expenses and change, mirrored our industry perfectly.  Students executed fantastic presentations and were able to offer well informed answers to questions that could challenge the current workforce.  We look forward to welcoming students into our workplace to experience an insight of the construction industry first hand and anticipate some genuine talent for the future!"

The two winning teams were:

For art work:

Holly Marie Brown, Owen Nightingale, Spriha Shrestha, Yakup Zigal

For presentation:

Nathan Westbury, Jessica Halstead, Junainah Khan

The students will be presented with prizes in assembly from Interserve and then go on a site visit to see the new school being built.

Visitors and Trips

We have a lively programme of visitors to the department, who give opportunities to see real life applications of the arts.  Recent workshops have been given by The Dacorum and Chiltern potters Guild/Epson as well as members of the Royal Society of Photographers.

Trips and visits are an important part of the year and help students to be inspired by both contemporary artists and those from the past.  We aim for a diverse range of experiences and in the past these have included meeting the costume designer for Indiana Jones, fashion shows, street art in Shoreditch, tours of undergraduate studios, Harry Potter back stage tours, London Aquarium, as well as more traditional galleries.

Student Exhibitions

Our end of year is usually celebrated with our summer shows to showcase the talent of our students.  In the new build we will be trialling start of the year shows to reflect on the achievements of our last year's work and inspire our new art students.  We encourage a wide range of media and for students to have the freedom to express their ideas.  It is typical to find a toilet cubicle in one space and an oil painting in the next.  Please contact the department if you would like to attend.