The curriculum covers the following areas:
Art and Design is a really popular subject at HLC and all students study Art at Key Stage 3. During Key Stage 3, students cover a wide range of Art disciplines and skills including painting and drawing, ceramics and sculpture. Students explore the work of various contemporary and iconic artists as well as learning about art from various cultures.
At Key Stage 4, students can study GCSE Art and Design or GCSE Photography. Students complete a portfolio of work exploring themes such as Portraiture and Urban Architecture.
Students have the opportunity to work with visiting artists and local Art Galleries to help and inform their studies. Work is proudly displayed around the school and through local and in house exhibitions.
Art and Design naturally lends itself to a wide range of Spiritual, Moral, Cultural and Social studies. In their Art lessons students will analyse, engage with and question their own and others work. Students explore how art and artefacts from different cultures are used to communicate beliefs and traditions. In year 8 students study Native America Art and explore Totem Poles and their cultural meaning.
Students are encouraged to express themselves through their art, which is supported by strong research into the wider world around them. Students explore emotion and identity through projects on portraiture in year 7, 8 and 11. Considering the work of different artists allows student to explore the ideas and concepts of others.
Students are taught to analyse visual imagery and express their ideas and interpretations of art from a range of art movements and cultures. Students discuss work and develop skills in verbal communication as well as learning to read visual language.
The department undertakes a number of extra-curricular activities that enhance the students’ experience of the arts and its context in the world. Year 10 students studying Art and Photography visit a local city to explore the issue of Urban Decay, giving them the opportunity to make comparisons to their own local environment and that of a vast city. This project also encourages student to explore issues that relate to the wider world such homelessness and poverty.
Students in year 11 have the opportunity to work with a visiting artist. This allows them to appreciate how artists work and produce work outside of a classroom setting.
Art is displayed around the School and encourages an appreciation of the success of their peers. Year 11 hold an annual exhibition of work, an event that engages the whole school and wider community in the appreciation of Art.