Our vision for the Expressive Arts in Crickhowell High School is that each individual learner will engage with and be inspired by all disciplines of the arts. Our learners will explore why the arts matter as they develop their own skills through experimentation to become curious, creative and ambitious individuals, willing to take risks. We want our learners to respond to a wide range of artistic stimuli, constantly refining and evaluating their work in order to improve their outcomes. Recognising the purpose of their work and how it contributes to the arts in the local and wider community will be key and they will draw upon the wide cultural experiences of Wales and beyond. Our learners will understand how the arts can communicate social diversity, contemporary issues, and emotional and intellectual thought. Our desire is to provide meaningful opportunities for our learners to create, exhibit and perform.
Alison Maguire: Director of Learning and Achievement
Victoria Callow: Deputy Director of Learning and Achievement (Music)
Lucy Bethel: Deputy Director of Learning and Achievement (Art)
Delyth Owen-Lewis: Expressive Arts (Drama) and ITT Co-ordinator
Harry Bowsher: Deputy Director of Learning and Achievement (Film and Media Studies)
Oliver Sims: Expressive Arts/SciTech (Product Design)
Alice Griffiths: Expressive Arts (Art) and Progress Leader of Year 9
Nicholas Carter: Expressive Arts Technician (Art & Design)
Carwyn Whomsley: Expressive Arts Technician (Music)
KS3 Year 7 and 8
In Year 7 and 8, our learners will have the opportunity to explore, respond and reflect, and create across the disciplines in Expressive Arts:
- Art & Design
- Film and Digital Media
Term 1: Skills
The arts are all around us, in everything we do, wear, use, listen to, sing, watch, in every space we inhabit, create and imagine.
Explore and experiment with new genres, techniques, tools, materials; and practices to build their EA skills across the five disciplines. This initial exploration will provide an understanding of how the EA communicate, shape ideas and feelings and express personal, social and cultural identities.
Respond and Reflect upon how and why creative work is developed and produced, responding to the work of other artists in a local, national and global context.
Create individual and group, practical and theoretical outcomes of self-expression in an inspired and imaginative way. Control of a range of skills and an application of knowledge will be in evidence across the EA disciplines.
Term 2: Breaking the mould
All artists are innovators. They respond to what has gone before, and create in a new style, establishing new movements and genres, constantly changing, constantly evolving, responding to the world around them, creating, breaking the mould.
Explore and experiment with new genres, techniques to become curious and creative artists. The exploration will provide an understanding of how the EA communicate, shape ideas and feelings and express personal, social and cultural identities. Learners will explore how the EA can be used to question and challenge viewpoints and be a force for personal and societal change.
Respond and Reflect upon how and why creative work is developed and produced, responding to the work of other artists in a local, national and global context and building critical skills to analyse their work and that of other artists.
Create innovative and bold outcomes, demonstrating a range of skills and application of knowledge, communicating through a range of art forms and in a range of real-life contexts across the EA disciplines. Learners will be enabled to recognise the cultural and commercial opportunities of artists’ work.
Term 3: Create
Learners are given opportunities to explore across the five disciplines, to work in an interdisciplinary way. All knowledge, skills and experiences so far will be engaged during this term’s work.
Learning how to ‘think big’ and push boundaries to become aspirational artists. A range of outcomes will be supported, as students explore their imaginations and draw upon their own experiences, skills and talents to become creative artists themselves.
Years 9, 10 and 11
Learners follow the WJEC GCSE specification in:
- GCSE Art & Design (please add link to specification and knowledge organisers for all subjects on WJEC website)
- GCSE Drama
- GCSE Media Studies
- GCSE Music
- GCSE Photography
- GCSE Product Design
Years 12 and 13
Learners follow the WJEC GCSE specification in:
- A Level Art & Design (please add link to specification and knowledge organisers for all subjects on WJEC website)
- A Level Drama
- A Level Film Studies
- A Level Media Studies
- A Level Music
- A Level Photography
- A Level Product Design
Teams – Class materials, independent study and supercurriclar study channels.
Useful Websites and Resources
Art & Design and Photography: