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Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Art

Dream Jobs

  • Artist  
  • Stage designer- theatre productions  
  • Art Therapist  
  • Window designer for department stores like Selfridges and Harrods  
  • Stylist for TV shows 
  • Fashion designer  
  • Teacher  
  • Visual merchandiser  
  • Gallery Director  
  • Interior Designer  
  • Art Director  
  • Digital Designer  
  • Illustrator  
  • Graphic Designer  
  • Marketing and Advertising  

What do our students say?

‘’Art makes me feel free and allows me to bring my ideas to life’’- Laverne   

‘’Art lets me express myself in many ways’’ - Samantha  

‘’Being an art student at OASB has made me realise the importance of creativity’’- Andrea  

What do our parents say?

‘’Art at OASB gives my child the opportunity to create beautiful work of art to be proud of’’ 

‘’Receiving a wonderful piece of artwork from my child in year 7 bought me so much joy because it was made with love and care’’. 

‘’Knowing my child is able to pick from a great selection of Creative Arts subjects, makes us  parents feel happy because they have a wide choice to choose from’’ 

"Every child is an Artist" - Pablo Pacasso 

Art at OASB

We see all students at OASB as artists who with a brush stoke can showcase their creativity, imagination, and technical skill. We want students to be able to produce work which is not only meaningful but also reflective of their rich and diverse cultures and, ultimately, celebrating the artistic history around us. To achieve this, students need to be able to see the value of their work, with an authentic end-goal or audience in mind, and to be given regular opportunities to refine and develop their ideas to create high-quality masterpieces.

We have designed our Art curriculum to be accessible to all regardless of prior experience of the Arts. Each unit is centred around a project in which they are explicitly taught the basic artistic skills and techniques (or know-hows). We spend time looking back at the history of art and an eclectic range of artists and cultures as we want this to inspire and influence their own work, as well as increasing their cultural capital and broadening their understanding of the world, beyond their Art classroom. In each project, students are encouraged to explore and express their own artistic identity, continually pushing themselves to create their best work.

Our curriculum begins in Year 7 with our ‘Natural Forms’ project. During this unit, students learn simple observational drawing techniques, watercolour, and acrylic painting skill and polyfoam printing techniques. The project culminates in students sculpting a clay figure to take home. The artist of focus for this unit is Georgia O’Keefe – a renowned artist for her botanical artwork. 

These skills are developed further in Year 8 with an introduction to portrait, abstract painting, and lino-printing techniques as part of our Pop Art project. Inspired by the works of Tom Fredro and Eduardo Kobra, students are taught to use artistic vocabulary to analyse key pieces of art from this genre and are encouraged to take inspiration to develop their own artistic ideas for their final project – a graffiti art inspired portrait.

By Year 9, students have gained experience in using a range of different medias and are now encouraged to select the medias that they wish to explore further to create their own still life masterpieces. This project culminates in students designing their own polymer clay keychain or earrings to take home – inspired by their still life artwork. Key Stage 3 pupils will be equipped with the necessary skills to be able to develop their capability, creativity, and knowledge in the field to ensure they are prepared for GCSE Art.

In Key Stage 4, students’ study for an Art & Design GCSE in which they create two portfolios based on the themes of Culture and Pop Art. In our GCSE Art classroom, we want to see students taking an individual approach to their artwork, inspired by a range of carefully selected contemporary and historical sources of Art. By this stage, students have learned core skills in a wide range of different media and materials. This will allow them to develop the skills to explore, create and communicate their own ideas. Students will demonstrate these skills through the development, refinement, recording, realisation, and presentation of their ideas in a portfolio and by responding to an externally set assignment. Alongside this, students are taught how to critically evaluate their own artwork, and the work of others, using technical artistic vocabulary to express the intention, technique, and strengths of compositions.

By the end of Key Stage 4 pupils will be able to demonstrate their skills, creativity, and knowledge in Art successfully. Students will be aware and understand how to produce a portfolio of work that can answer each assessment objective accordingly, alongside being given focussed teacher input.

To end GCSE students wonderful Art journey, all portfolios will be showcased in a school exhibition, sharing their work with our school community. This will be a great opportunity for students to show their achievements throughout KS4 and take pride in being a young Artist in OASB.

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For further information on the Religious Studies curriculum at OASB please email charmaine.mokodas@oasissouthbank.org