Art plays an integral role in everyday life. Media, in its many forms, has evolved at an unprecedented rate during the 20th century. We are surrounded by the internet, television, film, and advertising, and art plays a vital role in their production. As a result, there is a multitude of new career paths available within art which, together with various government initiatives and the fast pace of technological advances, can only evolve.
In the Melksham Oak art department, students are afforded the opportunity to study through key stages 3 to 5, experiencing the media and processes encompassed through sculpture, textiles, and fine art and supported by a wealth of cultures and artists, both contemporary and traditional.
Students' independence and creativity are reinforced through regular after-school 'drop-in' sessions, and a sense of unity is encouraged through cross-curricular activities and a variety of excursions, both social and formal, supporting examination, coursework, personal investigations, and the curriculum.
Achievements are celebrated through whole-school exhibitions and awards which can include specialist art equipment.
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Our students study the processes, media and experimentation of Art though a wealth of different artist and cultures at KS3. Refining their skills and accuracy in Fine Art, Sculpture and Textiles.
Yr 7 students start the year off with The Big Bang. Students learn about Melksham’s connections to Oliver Cromwell’s Oak Trees and base their observational studies around this, incorporating the Textile Artist Jane Lafazio. Students get to explore batik, clay, tonal drawing, felt making,textiles and print making. All of which is rounded off in a beautiful exhibition at Christmas. The years focus is Natural Forms, whereby students are taught how to accurately draw and refine their work.
Yr8 students build upon their skill set from yr7 with the focus of Portraiture. Students learn different methods of drawing and how to improve their tonal blending skills. In yr8 students again get to experience the wealth of different media that is available to them. An exhibition is put on during the new year whereby parents and family get to see their child’s wonderful self-portraits.
Students will produce one coursework project that demonstrate a personal response to a starting point, brief or stimuli. They will explore processes and techniques found within Art & Design in one of the following areas:
Fine Art - Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture & ICT (photography, film, animation & image manipulation).
Students will have an understanding how to sustain an Art project through observation drawing, critical research, media experimentation and composition development, concluding in a final outcome.
For the AS qualification in Art and Design, students develop a portfolio of work exploring two project themes, ‘The Human Figure’ & ‘Natural Forms’. Students will have the opportunity to investigate a wide range of art experiences, media, techniques and processes throughout the course. They are required to analyse and annotate theirs and the work of others to aid the development of their personal response. The final piece(s) concludes their observational studies, critical analysis & understanding and exploration of materials and techniques.
The A2 Art & Design course builds and develops skills, techniques and media explored during year 12.
For the A2 qualification in Art and Design, students need to submit one major project that:
demonstrates a range of art & design experiences
shows evidence of planning and preparation
includes a related personal study between 1000-3000 words.
concludes in a final piece which shows a considered personal response to their research and experimentation.
The personal study aspect of the project should allow students to place their work within a historical or contemporary context whilst making strong connections to their own work.
At the heart of The White Horse Federation is a belief in using collaboration to provide a first-class education to a wide range of children. This means that every child understands what they are capable of, and can collectively strive for excellence.
Following the Government announcements, we've taken the decision to close the school until further notice. We appreciate this is a difficult time for everyone as we all make personal sacrifices for the greater good of the nation. Where possible, we've tried to contact parents and carers who registered as Key Workers, those with vulnerable children, or who collect Free School Meals. If we have not managed to contact you, here is some further information:
Children of Key Workers
If you need support with childcare because both parents of the child(ren) are critical key workers, then we will do our best to support you while you're on the frontline. This school is now closed, however, we have designated schools within the White Horse Federation that are still operating as hubs. We will organise childcare for your child(ren) at one of these locations. Please contact one of the White Horse Federation Coordinators using the chat facility on the website. You can launch this by clicking the ? in the bottom left of the screen.
Children who are Vulnerable
The White Horse Federation has deemed vulnerable children to be those without adequate care or protection at home or with significant health needs. Given the current Government guidance at this point in time, we deem the safest place to be at the parent's or carer's home. If you believe this is not the case for your child(ren), then please contact one of the White Horse Federation Coordinators using the chat facility on the website. You can launch this by clicking the ? in the bottom left of the screen.
Children who collect Free School Meals
We are making every effort to ensure children who collect Free School Meals have access to food. To that effect we will be supplying parents and carers of children who collect Free School Meals with vouchers to cover the cost of 20 days’ worth of lunches from Tuesday 24th March through to Monday 4th May. The vouchers are ordered and we are currently awaiting receipt of them before the end of the week. We have contact details of those who are registered as receiving Free School Meals and will contact you directly. If you're concerned that we don't have your details, then please contact one of the White Horse Federation Coordinators using the chat facility on the website. You can launch this by clicking the ? in the bottom left of the screen.
We will endeavour to continue the learning for all our children despite these setbacks. You should know that the teaching staff at your school have worked tirelessly both day and night to manage this situation to the best of our ability. Our nation is triumphant against adversity, and we have every confidence we will return to our normal lives as soon as possible. Please take care of yourself and loved ones while we all work through this together.