Bangor Academy and Sixth Form College

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Departmental vision and aims:

To provide a creative and inclusive environment in which all pupils can explore and enjoy a range of Art experiences.
Develop visual awareness through the study of the world around us and our personal experience.

Staff: Mrs J Boal (Head of Department), Mrs B Mackey, Mrs J Johnston, Mrs L Hamilton, Mrs A Adair.

Learning objectives:

Key stage 3:
In years 8, 9 and 10 we explore the key elements of art and design, introducing a range of skills and techniques. We learn about the work of artists, globally and locally and how they connect to our work.  In the summer term of year 8 we create self-portraits… “My favourite thing in year 8 was drawing my self-portrait.  My Mum still has it up on our wall!” (Year 8 pupil)

Key stage 4: GCSE
Building on the Key Stage 3 foundation, pupils will explore and develop their work through coursework (60%) and an externally set exam project (40%).  There is opportunity for pupils to work from first hand resources, visit galleries and Museums, study the work of others and experiment with a range of new techniques.  Pupils are encouraged to work with personal expression and imaginative thinking.

“I created a 3D ceramic sculpture for my final piece.  I never thought I could have done that!” (Year 12 Pupil)

Key stage 5: AS/A2 Level
Pupils at A Level are stimulated and challenged to further develop their skills in a more personal and analytical way.  The course encourages them “to present a personal, informed and meaningful response which demonstrates critical understanding and connections between visual, written and other elements.”

“In A level art I designed and produced my own screenprinted fabric, which I used to upholster two recycled chairs.” (Year 14 pupil)

Subject/Departmental pupil  achievements:

A number of GCSE and A level pupils had work selected for the Ards Arts exhibition.
Lee-Anne (Year 14) won the Thomas Devlin Bursary for the Visual Arts.
Lisa Graham won 1st Prize in the Sister Cities Competition and had her work exhibited in a worldwide exhibition.
Lara Darby won first prize (category 8) in the Texaco Children’s Art Exhibition.
Jack Alexander won the SEELB Christmas Card Competition.
Key Stage 3 pupils have created trees for the Festival of Christmas trees in First Bangor Church.
Year 13 pupils exhibited their work in the Bank of Ireland, Bangor.
The art department were chosen to display work in Menarys’ window as part of Bangor Day of Culture Celebrations.
Art pupils made hundreds of ceramic decorations which were sold in the Action Cancer Care Shop Challenge.
Annual Art Exhibition to celebrate the work of all our GCSE and A Level pupils

Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities:

Year 8 Art Club
GCSE After School Club
A Level Workshops
Art as part of STEM (STEAM) Club

Educational visits and trips:

Year 8 Art Club visit the MAC and The Degree Show at the Art College.
The Owl man visits the Year 9 pupils to inform their drawing for the Wildlife Project.
GCSE pupils visit the True Colours each year and a selection of Belfast Galleries.
Year 11 pupils visit Mount Stewart, the Walled Garden or another location suitable for their coursework.
Cecilia Stephens, artist, came in to do a weaving workshop with the GCSE pupils.  
A Level Pupils visit Seacourt Print Workshop every Year.
A level pupils go on a day trip to the Dublin galleries.

Subject/Departmental multimedia resources:  Adobe Design Suite, iPads, Mac suite, interactive white boards, digital cameras, WACOM Mac drawing tablet etc.

Subject revision resources:  GCSE Art club runs throughout the year and we also hold twilight A Level Workshop Sessions.  CCEA Bitesize revision website.

Where are they now?   These artists/designers were pupils at Bangor Academy….

Carolyn-Berry   Julie-Douglass