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|