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Art & Design

DEPARTMENT LEADER: Mrs C Callaghan

Subject Overview

The Art Department at Morriston Comprehensive school offers a stimulating and attractive environment in which to develop creative and critical skills both in and out of school. We strive to give pupils a well-balanced experience that offers insight into all aspects of Art and Design giving pupils necessary skills for further development. Wherever possible we use the local environment to help our studies – through visits, workshops etc at local galleries and museums.


Key Stage 3

In years 7 through to 9 it is the art departments aim to give the pupils opportunities to practice skills in a whole range of art forms from the basics of drawing and painting to three-dimensional design, illustration and many more. Each term we look at a different scheme of work which is carefully put together to capture the interests of the pupils and relate to all pupils. We study exciting contemporary and Welsh artists working today, with a focus on the skills framework including digital competency, literacy and numeracy skills.


Key Stage 4

At key stage 4 we offer both Art & Design and Photography at GCSE. Both courses consist of a portfolio (coursework) unit and an externally set assignment ending in a 10 hour exam.
Art & Design:
The Art & Design GCSE course involves more than just learning and developing practical skills. It will help you notice, question and control the appearance of everything around us. The course covers the following: Drawing, Painting, Illustration, Graphics, Printmaking, 3D Studies-Clay/Sculpture. Pupils create a portfolio of artwork to show-off their making, contextual understanding, reflective recording and personal presentational skills.


Photography

The Photography GCSE allows pupils to develop and explore a range of skills to develop understanding of photography: taking photographs, editing and techniques used to develop and present a thorough portfolio of work. We focus on a variety of exciting workshops using Adobe Photoshop.


Extra-Curricular / Trips

We encourage pupils to visit local galleries and museums such as the Glyn Vivian, Mission and Attic Gallery. However, we also run an annual trip to London’s Tate Modern/Tate Britain Galleries.
London Tate Trip: Held end of November/Start of December (annually) for Key Stage 4 and 5 pupils.
Pupils have the opportunity to experience art and photography work from some of the world’s finest artists on display at both the Tate Modern on London’s Embankment and Tate Modern in Westminster.


Meet the team

Head of Fine Art & Design Department/ Head of KS5 Welsh Baccalaureate: Mrs C. Callaghan

Mrs Callaghan has been working at Morrison Comprehensive school since 2008. She is dedicated to the development of all students’ creative skills. Her aim is to inspire students with her own love of the creative arts. She strives to include all and encourage positivity in Art & Design. She has built up a successful art department with help of her colleague Miss A. Jones.

Teacher of Art/ Progress Leader: Miss A. Jones

Miss A. Jones has worked at Morriston Comprehensive school since 2009. As well as being a dedicated Art Teacher she has been head of year since 2013. Her love of art and design enables her to share a wealth of knowledge with her students. Along with Mrs C. Callaghan, both members of the department strive to provide the best possible Art experience for students at Morriston Comprehensive School.