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Art

Through the teaching of art, we aim to provide pupils with the skills, concepts and knowledge needed for them to express ideas, feelings and experiences through the successful production of individual work.

At Francis Holland School, Art is treated as a subject that is very broad in scope. It is seen as a practical activity involving a wide range of media and approaches, but also focuses on furthering our pupils’ awareness, knowledge and understanding of art and design in its various different forms.

In the department, we strive:

  • To encourage the development of the pupils’ imagination, personal expression and creativity
  • To develop the pupils’ ability for the appreciation and evaluation of art
  • To increase the pupils’ visual awareness of the world around them both natural and man-made
  • To be able to value the contribution made by artists from other cultures
  • To provide a happy structured environment conducive for the flourishing of school aims

               

Photography

Photography at A Level is a subject that challenges pupils to build technical skill alongside a deep critical understanding. Pupils will respond to contemporary contextual themes and produce personal, individual and inspiring projects.

At Francis Holland School, creativity runs through the veins of everything we do. Photography is a practical subject that requires commitment and high level of critical thinking. It also encourages playfulness, experimentation and a love of the visual arts.

Even with Photography in its infancy here at Francis Holland the course has had students progress onto Foundation courses and directly into degree courses at highly regarded Arts Universities. These include Kingston University for Foundation, Leeds College of Art for Photography BA (Hons) and London College of Communication (UAL) for Graphic Design BA (Hons).

In the department, we strive:

  • To encourage the development of the pupils’ imagination, personal expression and creativity
  • To develop the pupils’ ability to evaluate and critically analyse Photography
  • To increase the pupils’ visual awareness of the world around them and become adept at communicating this visually
  • To build a high level of technical ability
  • To be able to value the contribution made by artists from different cultures, eras and backgrounds
  • To provide a happy structured environment conducive for the flourishing of school aims

Staff

The department staff comprise Mr David Edes, who is the head of department, Miss Joanna Arlington, who also teaches Photography, and two part-time teaching staff, Miss Phoebe Edgeley and Mrs Jennifer Mesrie.

All the staff are working artists and offer a huge range of creative skills, from drawing and painting to graphic design and sculpture.

Resources

The Art Department at Francis Holland is situated on the top floor of the Grosvenor building. The atmosphere is lively, friendly and industrious.

We have a wide range of resources available, from computer technology to printing presses and a kiln room.

 

The Photography Department at Francis Holland is also situated on the top floor of the Grosvenor building. The Department is small but has a lively atmosphere, encouraging creativity in a supportive manner.

We work primarily in a digital dark room, with the full Adobe suit including: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Aftereffects and Premier pro. We also have professional lighting equipment including high speed flash lights, tripods and reflectors. Pupils are encouraged to use their own personal DSLR camera to gain further confidence outside of the classroom.

Art Curriculum

The Art Department and Junior School

We believe it is very important that girls from the Junior School are taught in the art department. We therefore teach year 4, 5 and 6 in small groups, each on a half academic year cycle. It is exciting to see how young minds work with pattern, colour and composition.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 girls are very fortunate that they are given art twice a week, a double lesson of art and then a double lesson in three-dimensional design. The 3-D course is not design and technology but focuses on sculpture and structure.

Year 8 focuses on building up drawing skills and their knowledge of colour, pattern, structure and composition.

The year 9 course is more challenging and the girls look at the history of art and its relationship with their own work. They often look at portraiture and work in a variety of materials and techniques.

GCSE (OCR Examining Board)

This is a two year course offering the students the opportunity to develop their creative skills through the creation of two course-work units.

The students will develop cultural knowledge and their own personal attributes including self-confidence, self-discipline and commitment.

Art, Craft and Design New Specification (Linear A level)

The Art, Craft and Design A level is a broad-based course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and /or 3D processes and media associated with two or more of the titles below:

  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Communication
  • Textile Design
  • Three – Dimensional Design
  • Photography

YEAR 12

If you choose to study Art, Craft and Design at A level, it will be a two year course. The first year of the course will take a ‘foundation’ style approach and will give you the opportunity to explore a wide and exciting range of materials and styles. You will also gain important analytical and note making skills. 
 

The Autumn Term 

  • Fine Art – drawing skills, Life Class drawings, Analytical Skills, followed by print making (polyboard) and collage, three dimensional design.
  • Graphic Design – Illustration, Photography and Typography.
  • Textile Design – Fashion Textiles, Interior Design Textiles, Body Adornment. There will also be life drawing classes integrated into this unit, giving you the opportunity to draw the human form with professional models.
  • Photography and Three-dimensional Design – Portrait, Still Life, Documentary, Landscape and Experimental Photography. Three-dimensional design will incorporate sculpture, installations.

The Spring Term

In this term you will specialise in two particular areas of design. For instance you may choose Fine Art and Photography or Graphic Design and Textiles or any other combination! You create a portfolio of work that represents your investigations, connections and analysis of contemporary artists, designers and craftspeople, observations and photographic work, experiments with varied materials. There will be a written internal examination: Critical Analysis of Art.

The Summer Term

Preparation for the Personal Investigation unit that commences at the beginning of year 13. You will write a proposal before you break for the summer holidays and complete a body of work over the July and August to submit for September.

YEAR 13

The Personal Investigation

This is a practical essay based unit with sketchbooks and a final outcome. You must submit an essay, no more than 3000 words and this accompanies all your visual investigations. There will be set deadlines throughout the autumn term for you to submit sections of your written analysis. This unit must be submitted completely finished in the January of the following year.

Spring Term

You will be issued an external examination paper and you will select one starting point from a wide range of themes/starting points. You will then begin an important stage of preparatory work leading up to the final external examination which is usually held in late April.

All examination preparatory work must be handed in complete on the last day of your art examination. No further work can be added after this deadline.

Photography Curriculum

AS and A2 Photography (AQA Examining Board)

AS PHOTOGRAPHY

This is a one year course, based upon the development of a portfolio unit and an externally-set assignment. The coursework unit of Photography AS Level is focused on meaningful experimentation and playfulness within the medium of Photography. The externally-set assignment is primarily about developing ideas to create an investigation of personal value. An emphasis on critical thinking, implementation of technical language and verbal skills is of high importance across all units.

A2 PHOTOGRAPHY

This is a continuation of the AS course, where students will work on a personally directed investigation and an externally-set assignment. The emphasis for the pupils during this course are independently directed projects. Both the coursework and externally-set assignments require a high level of self-motivation and evaluation throughout. The course is designed to allow pupils the creative freedom to take risks within a structured support system, including one to one teacher student tutorials.

Beyond the Classroom

The Art department often teams up with the History of Art department to visit inspiring European cultural cities such as Venice, Rome, Florence, Paris, Madrid and Nice.  We are also currently running a new and exciting residential trip to New York in October.

The location of Francis Holland is superb regarding the accessibility of London's finest galleries and Museums for example we are able to take the whole of Year 10 to visit the Sonia Delauney exhibition at The Tate Modern.

Many of the A level Fine Art students choose to continue their passion for Art and apply for places on the one year Foundation Course in Art and Design. Recent students have been awarded places at City and Guilds, Chelsea and St Martins. One leaver from the current Upper Sixth was awarded the prestigious Dean Scholarship at Parsons College of Design in New York.

Photography is present everywhere. We encourages A Level students to become more aware of the way that Photography is used during their everyday life. We often view current exhibitions and are frequent visitors to the Photographers Gallery in Oxford Circus. Students are also encouraged to enter Photography competitions and build a portfolio for university submission and beyond.

Photography is a passion and a commitment. We are lucky to have dedicated Photography prefects that assist with lower school Photography Club and photographing school events.

Practise what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know.

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