The Art Department at Robert Bloomfield encourages all students to work to the best of their ability. Students have the opportunity to work with a large variety of materials while experimenting with a range of techniques related to drawing, print making, painting and ceramics. They are introduced to the works of famous artists, craftspeople and Art movements (including Art from other cultures) through a variety of activities.
Students are in mixed ability groups and are taught in half-termly rotations. 2 of these 6 rotations are Art focused, 2 DT, 1 food and 1 textiles. Pupils will have a double (2 hour) lesson each week and are taught in groups of 24.
Pupils work on two projects Fish and Gaudi. There is an opportunity to work in clay, mixed media and print. They look at artists and architects including Jason Vincent and Antoni Gaudi.
Pupils study two projects looking at the artist and architect, Hundertwasser to produce a painting and make a clay Shoe inspired pot whilst learning about the history of shoes.
Pupils have 1 hour of Art a week and are taught in form classes of 30 pupils.
Pupils will work on 2 of the following projects:
Mexican Day of the Dead making decorated clay skulls as their final outcome. Gargoyles where the prints of the German Expressionists are studied and pupils work in pairs to produce a papier mache gargoyle. African Bottle Masks pupils look at and research the contemporary bottle masks of Romauld Hazoume and traditional African masks.
In the Identity project pupils work from observation where possible experimenting with different mediums including pen and wash and biro pen studies which focus on using mark making to show texture. Pupils develop their sculpting skills further producing a ceramic mask related to their identity. In Year 8 there is also a greater focus on developing pupil’s analytical skills.
During their second project looking at Pop Art, pupils develop their art history knowledge and learn about how Art movements reflect the events and changes in society. Pupils work in the style of famous Pop Artists and produce a final piece of 3D wall art based on the theme.
During the course of the year pupils are given the opportunity to enter a variety of competitions and are offered Art clubs and workshops.