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Art & Design

Welcome to the Art Department at Fairfield High School. The Art Department has recently become part of the Faculty of Engineering, Technology and Art. We are excited for the opportunity to work closely with Technology and Engineering.

What do students learn about?

Our projects are designed to bring Art and Design to life and to help pupils develop their artistic skills and expand their creativity, imagination and independence. What’s more, the possibilities for personal expression are endless.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 we build a foundation of knowledge and skills, to equip pupils with basic skills to progress throughout their time at Fairfield. We focus on the artworks of Van Gogh and learn about different ways of drawings and adding tone. In the next project we study the art movement of Fauvism and look at contemporary painter David Hockney. Students learn how to mix colours and create painting of different places in Bristol.

Year 8 pupils study protest art and create a piece of artwork about climate change using the stencil process, work is inspired by the artist Shepard Fairey. The next project is Graffiti, which involves pupils studying graffiti styles from around the world and artists local to Bristol.

In Year 9 students learn about Pop Art and create a contemporary Pop Artwork inspired by everything from politics to fashion and music. Following this, students use photography and digital manipulation in a portrait project. Through this they learn about Photoshop functions and how to use cameras.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 we offer GCSE Fine Art, Art Graphics and Photography. The courses allow students to build on their knowledge gained at Key Stage 3 and develop an independent approach to learning and creativity. The portfolios students create over the two years can be used to help them gain places at Higher Education colleges.

Over the past few years we have completed several projects out of school. We have painted Montpelier station and most notably the BTEC group created a mural for Redland Green station that has become a permanent feature. This won the department and BTEC group a FOSBR (Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways) award.

We take part in many competitions and our students have won the Sharp-Shotz animation prize twice, most recently in June 2017. The winning students created their film in partnership with Aardman, the BBC and UWE and were interviewed about the project by a local radio station. As a result of this success FHS now has an ongoing partnership with Sharp-Shotz.

As a department we constantly seek opportunities for students to exhibit their work in local galleries and buildings. In 2015 we exhibited work from across the year groups at Southmead Hospital.

In 2019 we worked with The Arnolfini Gallery in the project Now or Never, this enabled GCSE pupils to have workshops with artists, developing a final response which exhibited at the Gallery. We also take part in the community art project Window Wonderland every year, in which students create artwork to be displayed in a local shop window. Most recently we have joined local Art trail events in Easton and St. Werburghs, displaying student’s work within community spaces.

Outside of the classroom, we offer regular Art Clubs for KS3 and GCSE pupils.

If you wish to ask any specific questions about the department or any of the courses we offer please ask a member of the Art Department for help.


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