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Aims & Philosophy of the Art Textiles Department

The Art Department at Queen Margaret’s encourages the development of skills, experience in the use of a wide range of media and the recognition that risk taking is a valued element in the creation of art. The study of art and design is seen as offering pupils the opportunity to express their emotional and developing cultural awareness in a visual form. We encourage the examination of works of art through practical work and by visits to galleries. Our ideal aim for a girl is that by the time she has passed through the art department from year I to year UVI she will be well versed in the use of media, be a capable draughtswoman, confident in developing her ideas independently through sketchbook use and someone who is prepared to take on challenging concepts. She will also be familiar with camera and photography skills and have sound ability in the use of computers for the manipulation of images.

Overview of Key Stage 4 Curriculum

In Year IV, class work concentrates on the development of practical skills where outcomes are presented as individual and include making projects, learning construction skills and becoming familiar with decorative techniques. During the year, girls will visit the Gallery of Costume and a clothing factory to learn industrial processes. Halfway through the year, the focus switches to the Controlled Assessment which is worth 60% of the final grade. This continues through to Christmas of Year V and girls produce a textile item of their own design, from a choice of design tasks provided by the exam board. This is accompanied by documentation explaining their design and production processes, including the use of smart fabrics, designing for sustainability and mass production. Revision and preparation for the written paper occupies much of the last term of lessons and includes a pre-prepared design task.

What makes the department unique from those at other schools?

The girls work within an environment that is tailored as much as possible to suit their personal development in Art and Design.  Our studios are open until 22:00 each night for girls in the examination groups to take advantage of the excellent facilities. The staff aim to keep up to date with new ways of working and new technologies and there is an excellent library resource and computer suite to enhance each individual’s learning. Encouragement and support is offered at all times to those require it. Working independently on practical projects helps the students express their individuality.

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