Fashion and Textiles
The intent of our Fashion & Textiles Curriculum is to enrich you as a person, build your confidence and help you view the world from a more considered perspective. At Victory we believe the arts are for everyone and through our challenging yet inclusive curriculum we want to provide a happy space for students to engage with creativity, problem solving and cultural thinking.
We recognise the value of creativity in students’ future work life and the joy and satisfaction it brings to students and their community. Fashion & Textiles embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality creative education should engage, inspire and challenge students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of Fashion & Textiles.
Skills and knowledge are taught through a broad range of exciting projects that are sequenced to develop a wide range of skills at KS3 and an opportunity to refine and personalise these into KS4 & KS5. Lessons are engaging and students develop a love of the arts throughout their learning. Students are empowered to develop their own creative journey and with the support of their teachers take ownership through independent, personal and exciting projects that demonstrate their skills and passions.
We encourage individual thinking, considered observation, creative making and experimental expression. We equip students with the practical skills and the creative thinking and questioning that allows them to apply their understanding of the world around them.
We believe the arts are critical to forming well rounded and cultured individuals. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Fashion & Textiles and how this reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. Through our Art & Design History programme and the space we provide for students to challenge, discuss and evaluate their culture and that of others we build confident students engaged with their world. We provide opportunities for students to visit galleries & museums, take part in group exhibitions and showcase their own work.
We have developed exciting links with local galleries and higher education institutions such as the Sainsbury Centre and Norwich University of the Arts who support our students with many opportunities such as visits, workshops, portfolio preparation and talks.
Key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3 we follow the National Curriculum for Art and Design. In Year 7 and 8, Creative Studies classes will study Textiles for one half term each on a rotation with Art, Catering and Engineering.
In Year 7, students will be introduced to a range of textiles techniques including hand stitches, couching, resist pattern dye, and weaving. Through the exploration of yarn bombing, Tibetan flags and patterns, students will be designing and creating their own woven textiles. They will also be exposed to a range of relevant artists and designers through weekly Art History sessions.
In Year 8, students will be developing their Textiles skills through the exploration of different stitches and techniques, such as; embroidery, applique, fabric dyeing and fabric manipulation. They will be using the skills they learn to design and make a worry monster. This project encourages the students to consider the ideas of positive wellbeing. They will be introduced to relevant artists/cultural influences such as Guatemalan worry dolls and soft sculpture artists to help them explore ideas and relevant textile techniques. Students will also be exposed to a range of relevant artists and designers through weekly Art History sessions.
Key Stage 4
Course Introduction: Creative thinking and expression are incredibly important skills. Arts and culture now contribute £101.5 billion directly to the UK economy each year and experts believe that creativity will survive the automation revolution. Film, gaming and TV are just a handful of industries that rely on artistic talent. It is a subject that breeds independence, confidence, resilience and an appreciation that any question may have multiple solutions.
Course Outline: Textiles GCSE (Art – endorsement), develops a focus on technical skills as well as students learning to express themselves creatively through the medium of fabric. Over the three years the students will explore a wide range of textile and fashion techniques and processes, such as machine stitch, printing, tie dye, fabric manipulation and batik. They will be introduced to contemporary and traditional textile artists, fashion designers and cultures and given the opportunity to produce a range of textile outcomes informed by these investigations. These outcomes could take the form of fashion garments, constructed textiles, domestic textiles, embellished textiles or any combination of any of these areas. As the course progresses students will grow in confidence and become more independent to specialise in their chosen area.
Course Expectations: Students must be willing to work independently outside of school on projects. They need to be curious: happy to organise photo-shoots, collect interesting materials and visit interesting places in their own time to progress their ideas. There is an expectation that students can critically analyse work.
Progression and Careers: Students may continue at A Level or an equivalent qualification or specialise in a specific area such as fashion or interior design. Students may progress onto a degree course specialising in textiles, fashion, interior design, surface design and design crafts.A career in textiles could take many different formats; fashion and textiles designer, fashion illustrator, fashion buyer, visual merchandiser, interior designer, stylist, print maker and many more. The options available for students with a creative background is ever growing with the new technologies available: www.studentartguide.com/articles/art-careers-list
Art, Photography and Textiles Team
|Mrs Mizon||Miss Church||Miss Cant||Miss Shields||Mr Wilson||Miss Wells|
|Director of Creative Studies||Lead Teacher of Art, Photography and Textiles||Teacher of Art and Photography||Teacher of Art and Photography||Student Voice and Social Action Coordinator, Teacher of Art||Art Technician|