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posted 11 Feb 2015, 07:11 by H Slim   [ updated 11 Feb 2015, 07:12 ]


Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas 


Student Focus – 6th Form 

Sixth Form student Rosie Elliott has been developing her own style through Photography and Art during her studies this year. Rosie asked, “Which artist does this look like Miss?” I replied, “Rosie Elliott.” Rosie’s Personal Portfolio has developed from observations of her family and her unique way of looking at them whilst exploring different media and techniques in both Photography and Art. During this year Rosie has learnt to take more risks and risen to the challenges she has been set. Well done, Rosie. 


What’s on? 

Art and Photography Booster Sessions – these are mostly for KS4/5 students who wish to boost their grades by using the expertise of staff and the excellent facilities within the department to build their portfolios for a future in Art and Photography. These are held on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays. 

Half term - Year 11 Art and Photography students have been invited to continue their exam preparation on Tuesday 17th February and Wednesday 18th February. We have excellent facilities at Clacton Coastal Academy that students can access at this time to develop their work as well as the expertise of their teachers. 

KS3 Photography Club – Tuesdays after school with Miss Veitch 

KS3 Textile Club – Thursdays after school with Miss Barnes 

Workshops – Half termly workshops on Wednesdays. Next half term ceramics focus. 

Visits and Enrichment 

Trip to Tate Britain on 29th January 2015 - Year 11 and 6th Form students visited the Tate Britain to help them to develop their knowledge and understanding of British Art and Photography. They have used this experience to support their preparation for the timed-test in March. 

Life Drawing with the Royal Academy 

On January 2015 students participated in a Life Drawing class with a tutor from the prestigious Royal Academy. Rosie Elliot’s work (right) was singled out by the artist for her unique way of looking at the figure. 


Quotes from students 

“I enjoyed the experience as it was intensive whist maintaining a light atmosphere. I had the opportunity to develop my skills drawing the human figure.” 

“Now I can draw more effectively with chalk and charcoal because we experimented with different styles and techniques.” 

Media focus – Ceramics 

We are firing again! Our kilns have been put to good use over the last term with Year 9 exploring ceramics and making a variety of Expressive heads. Students have learnt key skills and terminology to apply in the future when making three dimensional art works from clay. 



Year 5 Art, Photography and Science Day 

Alton Park came to experience Art and Photography at Clacton Coastal Academy. They learnt how to use a range of media and drawing techniques. Also, Alton Park students learnt how to make photograms and three dimensional models linked to their experiences in Science


Reminders/Coursework deadlines for Art and Photography students 

Students’ Timed-Tests will be during: 

GCSE Art/GCSE Photography – the week beginning 23rd March 

AS Art/AS/A2 Photography – the week beginning 13th April 

The timed-test is worth 40% of their overall grade. 60% of their grade is the Personal Portfolio (Coursework) that has already been submitted. 

The Art Department