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“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls”
Pablo Picasso – Artist


We aim for students to be able to explore ideas with ambition and creativity, develop the creative, practical & technical expertise to create expressive, high quality final outcomes, and to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and the work of others. 

Art at Ivanhoe is an inspiring and challenging practical subject. Students learn the skills to create artworks using a wide variety of techniques, use their imagination to express themselves through a range of media and become innovative, resourceful and capable young adults.
 

Year 7 Topics

In Year 7 students learn about the Art Formal Elements and complete drawing/ painting tasks and activities relevant to each one. Students learn about colour theory and draw objects from a primary and secondary source. Students develop their art skills to produce a composition based on the artist Michael Craig Martin.

In Ceramics, students learn and experiment with ceramic techniques and other sculpting methods and learn about the glazing and firing processes. They then develop ideas from drawing into clay. With a theme of monsters, students take inspiration from Pixar, Monster inc. and ceramic artists such as James DeRosso before designing and creating their own clay monster.

 

Year 8 Topics

In Year 8 Art students learn about the basic proportion rules when drawing the human form and complete a series of figure drawings in different materials. They then study the art movement Futurism and work of related artists. Students complete a Robot design which they develop into a print and a Futurist style painting of a British Olympic/Paralympic athlete as final outcomes.


In Ceramics, students look at the work of artist’s and architect Antoni Gaudi and Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Students build on the techniques, skills and knowledge they have learnt in year 7 to design and create a slab pot, decorated with patterns and natural forms inspired by the artists.

 

Year 9 Topics

In year 9 students follow a GCSE style project under the theme of 'War and Conflict'. For their preparatory work, they complete various observational studies of related objects, artefacts in a wide variety of materials. They study the life and work of related artists and respond to a clip from a war film in the style of cubism and a famous piece by Picasso. Students learn about the basic proportion rules when drawing the human face and complete a portrait of a famous person linked to the theme which they develop into a print. They then choose a sub-theme to focus on (e.g. WW2, Battle of Hastings, Anxiety/Depression) and produce a final outcome in any style and materials of their choice.


When working in Ceramics the theme is Surrealism where students investigate and develop ideas to create a mask. Students build on ceramic techniques and knowledge to investigate their own ideas, students have a lot more freedom and choice of a theme. Students are expected to present work creatively and neatly, produce an in depth artist study giving thoughts and opinions on the work. Students independently gather their sources on their individual theme, then refine ideas through drawings and clay testers to produce a quality surreal mask.

 

How does Art embed cross curriculum literacy skills?

Students will learnt to confidently discuss their work using key words and technical language, as well as using both verbal and written communication to explain their work at all stages of its development.   They will critically evaluate the work of other artists. 

How does Art embed cross curriculum numeracy skills?

Elements of proportion and spatial awareness are highly important within creating aesthetically pleasing artworks; in particular when representing size and scale, such as the use of the ‘golden ratio’ and grid systems for scale. 

How does Art link to SMSC and PLTS?

As well as raising awareness of other cultures, students will look at moral and social issues that are often a source of inspiration to the art world, and consider how art can influence society.  

 

 

 

Miss Motivators Make a Change

A huge thank you and to our nine –Miss Motivators’ who decided that they wanted to redecorate the girls changing rooms as a surprise for the rest of the girls at Ivanhoe. They worked tirelessly until 9pm on Friday 7th February with only a short break for pizza. The result is a refreshed lo...

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Reading Rampage

Reading Rampage is a challenge specifically for secondary school pupils in participating Leicester and Leicestershire schools, is co-ordinated by Whatever it Takes (WiT), Leicester Neighbourhood Services: Libraries, Creative Learning Services and School Development Support Agency (SDSA). Readi...

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Rotary - Youth Speaks Competition

On Saturday 8th February, 3 Year 7 students, Harry Booton, Alfie Smith and Jenny Wilkinson, took part in the Rotary Youth Speaks competition semi finals. The event was held at Beauchamp college in Oadby and they were representing the Ashby Hastings Rotary club as well as the school. They had qualifi...

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Student Council News

Student Council News

On Wednesday 5th February the Student Council met for the second time this school year. Working in house group...

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Year 9 Engineering Trip

Year 9 Engineering Trip

On Wednesday, 29th January, eight Year 9 students visited the Engineering Department of Nottingham University ...

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Announcement from Mrs Blewitt

Dear parents and carers I am writing to let you know that I will be retiring from my post at Ivanhoe College, and also my role at Ibstock Community College, at the end of the summer term this year. I am giving governors sufficient notice so that we can ensure a smooth transition to new leadership...

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Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day

This year’s Safer Internet Day will focus on exploring our identities online. In house assemblies, students ...

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SMART Watches not allowed at Ivanhoe

We politely remind parents and students that we do not allow SMART watches in school, with the exception of activity only trackers (such as fitbits which do not receive messages or notifications. ) Whilst we appreciate that technology advances are often embraced by young people there are a number o...

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Keeping your child safe online.

As we approach the festive period, a number of our students may be receiving a new gadget as a gift, from games consoles to smartphones and tablets, most of which will be internet ready. You will already be aware the internet hosts many exciting opportunities for young people, from self-expression t...

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Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee

On Friday 6th December the English Department ran a Spelling Bee interhouse, with 22 students choosing to take...

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Student News - Hair Donation

Well done to Year 9 student Aimee McCauley who donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust. Little Princess Trust is a special charity which provides free real hair wigs to children and young people with hair loss, and fundraises for vital research into childhood cancers. They rely on donations ...

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MYED - We need your help

MYED - We need your help

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Nut Aware School

Ivanhoe College is a food allergy aware school. This letter is to inform you that there are a considerable number of students at our school who have severe food allergies. The most common of these allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish and shellfish, soy and wheat. The most serious risk in our...

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Sponsored Walk Success

A huge well done to Year 9 student Jake Homer, who has recently taken part in a 10km remembrance walk in memory of his Great Grandma, and raised and impressive £500 for an Alzheimers Charity. Brilliant work Jake. ...

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Holy Trinity Christmas Tree Festival

Holy Trinity Christmas Tree Festival

It was our pleasure to again offer our support in helping set up the Holy Trinity Christmas Tree Festival, an ...

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Children in Need

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NEC Skills Show

Year 9 were absolute superstars on our trip to the NEC on our first Enrichment Day of the year. This year students were able to land a plane in the flight simulator and try out VR headsets, which they enjoyed. Our students saw a range of careers and skills in action, with demonstrations including ...

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Balancing Screen Time for KS3 Students

Balancing Screen Time for KS3 Students

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