Art and Photography
Head of Department: Ev Abbott
Deputy Head of Department: Catriona Walker (Sixth Form), Claire Harmer (Photography)
Members of Department:
- Andrew Cooper
- Marie Fullerton
- Tina Gregoriou
- Jane Steward (art technician))
- Sanna Charles (photography technician)
- Sam Smith
- Mike Roy
Key stage 3 (Years 7-8)
All pupils are taught in mixed ability groups, and homework is set every fortnight. Pupils are given an A5 sketch book at the beginning of year 7 for homework. Pupils visit various galleries e.g. The Saatchi, Tate Modern, The V&A.
Year 9 Curriculum and Enrichment Opportunities
Pupils can opt to continue studying art in Year 9 foundation course to extend their experience in key techniques including photography and film based media. This course provides a good grounding for GCSE in either year 10 or 11.
KS4 Curriculum and Enrichment Opportunities (Years 10 and 11)
Pupils can opt for Art and/or Photography. GCSE option subjects are taught in ONE year. Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups, given weekly homework (minimum of 1 ½ hours), go on trips and take part in workshops. Pupils are encouraged to be involved with the artists exhibiting in The Portman Gallery (Morpeth’s art gallery). Classrooms are available to pupils to continue work independently after school. Students this year will have a chance to visit Paris.
KS5 Curriculum and Enrichment Opportunities (Years 12-13)
At Morpeth Sixth Form, students can study Art and/or Photography at A level. We have excellent facilities with two dark rooms, a suite of iMacs and a sixth form studio for practical work. Students visit a range of galleries and museums. The College has developed links with the University of the Arts to support students with post 18 decisions and has also organised visits to other universities e.g. Brighton and St Martin’s School of Art.
The Portman is a public art gallery which shares its space with Morpeth Secondary School.
The gallery aims to make engaging in contemporary art as natural as playing a ball game.
Morpeth school is an ideal location for the gallery’s work and provides an exciting space for artists to exhibit their work and collaborate with the students.
Portman Gallery attracts a wide audience and is constantly seeking ways to encourage new visitors from the surrounding area.