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Solihull School

Solihull School

Curriculum

Facilities 

The department underwent a major renovation and expansion of all facilities in the summer of 2015 with further developments in 2020 prior to the merger with Saint Martin's. The Lower and Middle School pupils are now taught in four large, light and airy classrooms that are equipped for a full range of artistic mediums. The A Level artists have the exclusive use of two large painting studios and are allocated their own individual work space for the two year course. They also have use of a dedicated life drawing and seminar room. The A Level photographers have exclusive use of three photography studios, two ICT digital editing suites and a wet process darkroom. All classrooms, ICT suites and the seminar room are equipped with large screens for demonstrations and presentations and the latest Adobe Photoshop software. Wi-Fi is available throughout the department. There are two kilns for glass fusing and ceramic work, a print-making studio for etching, screen printing, cyanotype printing and photographic screen printing.

 

 Art Life Drawing and Seminar Room

CURRICULUM

LOWER SCHOOL

Thirds (Yr 7)

Pupils study the foundation skills in detail.

  • Observational drawing through the self-portraits
  • Colour theory through painting and abstraction
  • Perspective drawing

Shells (Yr 8)

Pupils study drawing, sculpture and printmaking.

  • 3D design skills and sculptural outcomes using ceramics, card construction or mixed media.
  • Mono printing, collagraph, lino and reduction lino printmaking.

Fourths (Yr 9)

This year is fundamental preparation for the GCSE course and pupils explore more experimental drawing techniques with mixed media, drypoint etching, painting and composition. Research and analysis into the work of contemporary and historical artists is also expanded on.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

GCSE Fine Art:

Pupils (Years 10 & 11) follow a two-year linear course comprised of a series of short practical projects focusing on specific skills, and a larger more comprehensive project that demonstrates their ability to develop an idea creatively through to a resolved outcome.

From January to May of the final year, pupils produce a further body of work based on a theme set by the exam board with a controlled exam at the end of the course where they create their resolved outcome.

NB. All work for the course and exam units is completed before the final GCSE exams begin for other subjects.

GCSE Photography:

Pupils (Years 10 & 11) follow a two-year linear course. Initial practical projects focus on specific technical skills and the formal elements of photography. Pupils then undertake a series of creative projects to develop their own style and interests. Finally, they undertake a larger more comprehensive project that demonstrates their ability to develop an idea creatively through to a resolved outcome.

From January to May of the final year, pupils produce a further body of work based on a theme set by the exam board with a controlled exam at the end of the course where they create their resolved outcome.

NB. All work for the course and exam units is completed before the final GCSE exams begin for other subjects

Sixth Form

The level of creative autonomy within the A Level Fine Art and Photography courses is designed to enable pupils to express their ideas effectively and develop new methods of problem solving. This level of independence also improves their organisation and study practices as well as many other transferable skills that are useful in society and a whole range of careers and situations.

Please see more detailed course information in the A Level section.

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