The Art and Design department at Sion is vibrant and diverse
Art at Our Lady of Sion School encourages students to explore ideas, experiment and take risks. Many transferable skills are built upon such as team working, researching, developing and refining ideas. A diverse curriculum aims to appeal to all students’ talents and interests.
Students are introduced to a wide range of key techniques and skills in Years 7, 8 and 9 as part of inspiring projects such as ‘Cakes and Sweets Things’ and ‘Mechanical Street Art’. Projects incorporate drawing, painting, print making, sculpting, photography and combining mixed media. Contemporary artists including painter Kurt Jackson and street artist Jon Burgerman inform and inspire students.
A weekly ‘STRETCH’ art club is run after school where many exciting projects take place. This year students from both Years 8 and 9 transformed the corridors by designing and painting a large, brightly coloured mural in the corridor inspired by contemporary artist Michael Craig-Martin.
A weekly lunch art club is also run for Year 7s to allow them to extend their skills.
The Art Department regularly enters local and national competitions. A Year 8 student recently won first prize in The National Bookbuzz competition to redesign a book cover. We were thrilled to see his winning design featured on the website and in the paper.
‘Artwork of the Week’ is a highly anticipated award given out each week by Miss Dodd. These pieces are showcased in the School’s newsletter and around School.
At GCSE we offer Art, Craft and Design GCSE with coursework comprising of two major projects forming 60% of the GCSE.
Students construct complex sculptures inspired by the variety of organic form studies produced within the project. Artist inspiration comes from Peter Randall-Page’s sculptures and Antonio Gaudi’s architecture. They discover the weird and wonderful sculptures at Cass Sculpture Park where they draw from direct observation.
Students are introduced to a wide range of artists from traditional painters to contemporary illustrators. Students produce large portraits in response to the research undertaken during the project. A trip to The National Portrait Gallery offers a great source of inspiration.
A wide range of skills are developed across the GCSE course where students work in a range of both 2D and 3D media. This scope of study helps prepare them for the exam set in Year 11 which is 40% of their marks.
At AS and A2 we offer Fine Art.
- At AS students undertake unit 1: Portfolio and unit 2: The externally set task.
- At A2 students undertake unit 3: the personal investigation and unit 4: the externally set task.
Weekly art clubs are run both after school and during lunchtime. Some extended art sessions also run through the year. The Art Department is a dynamic part of the School and students are keen to work in the art room during lunch or after school.
Regular visits to local and London based galleries are run throughout the year for all year groups. We believe in the importance of viewing original artworks in order to inspire and teach students about the work of artists.
The annual summer exhibition is a wonderful event held in the School’s Chapel to celebrate the work produced by GCSE and AS and A2 art students. Teachers, parents, students and local press are invited to the event.
Miss E Dodd BA (Hons) QTS
Teacher of Art