At Oak Bank we pride ourselves on having a creative approach to teaching and learning. This creativity is at the heart of our curriculum within the Art Department. We study a range of artists and techniques across the Key Stages that result in students developing their creative skills and producing a wide range of exciting work and qualifications.
Key Stage 2 is a half termly rotation between vocational subjects including Art. The focus of the Art lesson is to introduce the students to a wide range of artistic mediums and let them explore their creativity. This includes working with paint, drawing techniques, clay and collage.
As the students move to Key Stage 3 the rotation continues, but the half term slots are focused towards a particular topic or skill that will lead to an AQA Award for the work they produce.
In Key Stage 4 students will continue to work on more focused units with the ability to gain an AQA award at entry level and level 1. These units can also be collated to lead students into taking their Art GCSE.
We have a dedicated art room with its own kiln and specialist equipment. Students have access to clay work, batik, fabric painting, sewing, candle making, tile printing, ink marbling, acrylic painting, water colour painting, charcoal drawing, mosaic and many others.
Students are given instruction on technique but are encouraged to trust their own creativity and independence. Art is a wonderful outlet for students to express themselves and their emotions. We encourage an inclusive approach as art is so subjective, there are no mistakes, only opportunities to learn and develop skills.