Art - Gaynes School

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Mrs McDermott
– Head of Art

Miss Clements
– 3rd in Expressive Arts/
Part Time Head of Art

Miss Kaye
– Art Teacher

GCSE Results 2015: Art & Design (Fine Art) 70% A*-C, Art & Design (Photography) 95% A*-C

Art and design at Gaynes School offers students the opportunity to develop their creativity by using a range of skills in a wide variety of contexts. Students are able to communicate and to express ideas and feelings through visual and other media. Through exploring and sharing these ideas, students develop confidence and independence in learning. By engaging in imaginative and creative activities students have the opportunity to develop their work and ideas using varied materials and resources. We hope that students understanding of art and design will enrich their lives not only now but also in the future.

Art is an established subject in Gaynes at Key Stage 3 and 4. The art and design department comprises of two well equipped art rooms. There are three experienced members of staff from different art backgrounds, offering a wide and varied base of subject knowledge. Gaynes School students regularly take part in local and regional exhibitions and competitions with progressive and continued success.

Key Stage 3

The Curriculum at Key Stage 3 follows the National Curriculum and is designed to incorporate all the facilities and equipment we have to offer. Students will over the course of three years have the opportunity to use a range of media including painting, printing, clay and other 3D work, Students have one 50 minute lesson every week and homework is set on a regular basis. There are clubs, competitions, exhibitions and other extra-curricular activities running throughout the school year and students are encouraged to become involved as much as possible.

Key Stage 3 students will cover skills such as:

  • Painting and Drawing

  • Collage

  • Ceramics

  • Mixed Media

  • Print-making

  • Sculpture

Students will produce work across a wide range of units. These units of work will include:

  • Colour, Shape and Pattern

  • Portraiture

  • Lettering and Graphics

  • Cubism and still life

  • Pop Art and contemporary culture

  • Surrealism and using the imagination


Art & Design is a popular choice at GCSE. Students have a high success rate and many go on to study art related subjects at the local sixth form college and schools. There are yearly educational visits to local and regional exhibitions and students work is entered into regional and national competitions on regular basis. There is a yearly Art & Design GCSE exhibition, which can be viewed on-line and within the art department. Our GCSE students are encouraged to become independent learners, where motivation and enthusiasm is the key to success.

If you wish to contact the Head of Art by email, please address your email and mark it for the attention of the Head of Art.

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