“The Moreton Art and Design Team aspire to create proactive, confident and imaginative pupils. That are reflective and forward thinking, who are determined to achieve! The Art and Design curriculum is focused around challenge, embedding knowledge, developing practical skills. As well as the intent to expand pupil’s cultural capital, developing the pupils understanding and knowledge of contextual studies; discussing history of art, art movements and both contemporary and traditional artists. The curriculum has been designs to impart knowledge and practical skills, that are embedded and refined throughout the years, developing, building upon and expanding techniques and use of equipment/materials further. The curriculum encourages critical thinking, planning and problem solving and promotes resilience within our pupils. We want our pupils to enjoy Art and Design subjects and being creative, taking pride in their achievements and successes, as well as inspiring a love of the subject. We aim to showcase to students the wide variety of disciplines and directions Art and design has to offer and what careers options are available to them within the Art and Design industry.” – Moreton’s Creative Arts Department.
The Art Department here at Moreton School consists of three Art specialists who are trained in a variety of Art genres covering 2D and 3D making techniques and traditional and contemporary Art skills. We are a vibrant and welcoming department that pride ourselves on our interactive and rigorous Art lessons that aim to build on students’ knowledge, practical skills, confidence and creativity.
The Art Department has excellent facilities which allow our pupils to experience a variety of art disciplines including drawing, painting, sculpture, print making and ceramics, as well as our new specialism Art Textiles and Photography. Our schemes of work are designed to engage and encourage pupils to think for themselves, try new things, build resilience, and develop a love for the Arts. We focus on a knowledge rich curriculum, allowing pupils to learn a breadth of Art historical knowledge, as well as refining their practical ability. We have extensive assessment strategies in place to ensure that pupils are monitored throughout KS3, 4 and 5 using the OCR GCSE and A-Level criteria. We use a variety of self, peer and teacher feedback strategies to encourage students to reflect on and develop their progress further.
Head of Art
Miss Williams is head of Art and runs the department with the passion that she shows for the subject.
A sample of some of our GCSE Coursework
The Art departments pushes to ensure all pupils have access to wilder cultures and contextual studies, to encourage a love of art, through high quality teaching, trips and visits, external practitioners, workshops and internal enrichment.
As a department, we are committed to raising the achievement and aspirations of our students, having a 4-year trend of achieving significantly above national average. 2020-21 results show 100% of the group achieved 4-9, 73% achieving 7-9. A 100% of the students who studied Art A-level achieving C’s and above, with all pupils going on to high education or full time employment.
Pupils within Moreton select their chosen options from the last term of year 9, starting their preparation for GCSE. Throughout year 9 pupils get to explore the 3 specialism within the Art and Design department; Fine Art, Photography and Textiles. This allows pupils to understand the subject further, preparing students to select their options for GCSE. For all three specialisms of Art and Design, we following the OCR GCSE Art and Design specifications.
The Art department Staff:
Miss Williams – Head of Art/Head of the Creative Arts Faculty, Art and Textiles Teacher
Miss Bradley – Head of Emerald House, Photography and Art Teacher
Miss Sidaway – Art and Textiles Teacher
Miss Thompson – Art and Photography Teacher
Moreton students have excellent opportunities to visit local and national art galleries, participate in creative competitions, exhibitions and workshops. In particular, the Moreton Art department has fostered especially strong links with local art galleries. Our students have been privileged to use Wolverhampton Art gallery’s facilities and regularly be a part of their events and workshops.
In previous years Moreton students have taken part in a number of events and competitions, Winning Wolverhampton Art Galleries ‘Drawing Year‘ competition 2016, being part of Arts award and the Arts Council, exhibiting work in Wolverhampton Art galleries as part of the ‘schools exhibition programme’, designing and decorating Wolves for the ‘Wolves in Wolves Project’ 2017 creating a Wolves for the civic centre and the Wolverhampton Major, as well as workshops with ‘Articulate’, freelance Artists and practitioners. Other competitions also include winning the opportunity to be a part of the ‘We Love Colour’ exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the ‘Parallels’ Exhibition at the Viner Gallery, and being part of Sandwell colleges annual calendar. This year Moreton Art department is fun packed with opportunities, starting with the opportunity to work with the ‘British Art Show 9’, having a private tour of the national exhibition, and taking part in workshops with a group of selected Artist.
Extra- Curricular Activities:
Tuesday KS3 Photography Club – Miss Bradley
Tuesday KS4 Art Club – Miss Williams
Wednesday Warhammer Club – Miss Williams & Mr Muldoon
Thursday KS3 Art Club – Miss Thompson
Friday Year 11 Intervention – Miss Williams/ Miss Thompson/Miss Bradley