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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 eight Art Formal Elements and complete drawing/ painting tasks and activities relevant to each one. They then complete a project on Aboriginal Art, exploring the history, traditions and related artwork. 
They then investigate the work of illustrator Shaun Tan and create a cardboard cityscape and clay figure based around his work. The main practical skills covered are drawing with 2 point perspective and constructing 3d objects from card nets. With the clay the students use coiling and other sculpting techniques and learn about the glazing and firing processes.


Year 8 Topics 

In year 8 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 work of artist Keith Haring.  Students also complete a Pop Art/ Lichtenstein style painting of a current celebrity.
In ceramics, students look at the controversial work of artist Mike Libby and discuss the moral issues surrounding it. They take inspiration from his Mechanical bug theme to create a ceramic bug- machine hybrid.


Year 9 Topics

In year 9 students learn about the basic proportion rules when drawing the human face and complete a series of portraits in different materials. They then complete a project on the Mexican festival Day of the Dead, exploring the history, traditions and related artwork. After some preparatory work, students produce intricate prints, paintings, close up studies of a skeleton in mixed media and cardboard skull sculptures.  
When working in 3D Art, the theme is masks with the vast majority of students choosing to use clay, often mixing it with other media. They also have a chance to use different types of clay such as terracotta, and they are expected to produce in - depth research which will help them going in to Key stage 4.


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.  

How does Art make use of Curriculum Enrichment Days?

The additional time available on Enrichment days allows students to create much larger artworks, often taking inspiration from the wider world and using it to develop their skills in more complex techniques. 



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Sports Awards 2019

We are so proud of our sporting achievements at Ivanhoe, not just the results of our fixtures, but the commitment and effort from our students and staff. There are some impressive stats from this year: There have been 55 fixtures dates this year, with 108 individual fixtures. There have been 2...

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Ivanhoe Awarded Gold Artsmark Awards

Ivanhoe Awarded Gold Artsmark Awards

We are so proud to announce that we have been awarded the Gold Artsmark Award from Arts Council England. Havin...

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Year 8 Careers Event

This year we revamped our Year 8 careers day to add interest and choice for our students, and to allow them to find out about a range of careers. As a school we have guidelines to deliver quality careers education to our young people, this includes creating a stable careers programme which lin...

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Awards Night 2019


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Ivanhoe New Uniform

Ivanhoe New Uniform


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