Welcome to Expressive Arts

About Us

Outwood Academy Portland is a specialist Arts school and was awarded the Artsmark Gold Award in recognition of the Outstanding Arts provision that the Academy offers. The Expressive Arts Team deliver a varied and inclusive curriculum supporting all aspects of the specialism.

The faculty has strong links with its primary feeder schools, local community arts groups and County organisations. The faculty offers an extensive extra-curricular program which includes Art clubs, Dance Clubs, Drama Club, Rock Club, Choir, Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble and many others.
The faculty organises art exhibitions, recital evenings, drama productions and showcase events throughout the year. In addition, the Academy stages an annual musical theatre production. In recent years these have included “Joseph and his Technicolour Dream coat’, ‘Little Shop of horrors’, Annie, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Grease’ and most recently in 2017 “School of Rock”.

The faculty is made up of six staff, two in each art form. In addition the music department is supported by a team of eight peripatetic tutors who deliver free instrumental lessons on every instrument.

Years 7 & 8

Art

Students explore and experiment with a variety of different materials and techniques to develop and refine their skills. They work with drawing, mark-making, collage, relief, ceramics painting and pastels.

Years 7 and 8 are aimed at developing drawing ability and just because you can’t draw when you start at Outwood Academy Portland doesn’t mean you will never be able to draw. Drawing is an acquired skill and practice makes perfect. We show you lots of techniques to enable you to develop your drawing and many other art skills.

There are three projects in each year group covering Portraiture, Landscape and Still Life.

Year 7-African Masks, Portraiture, Van Gogh/Hockney Landscapes.
Year 8-Surrealist Creatures, Insects, Pop Art.

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Artsmark Gold Award

Outwood Academy Portland was awarded the Artsmark Gold award last year in recognition of the Outstanding Arts provision that the Academy offers. The Expressive Arts Team deliver a varied and inclusive curriculum supporting all aspects of the specialism.

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Year 7 Toys - Developing drawing skills Toys - Mark-making and working in the style of an artist Landscapes - Colour theory Landscapes - Painting and drawing techniques African Masks - Developing drawing skills African Masks - Looking at Art styles from around the world.
Year 8 Surrealist Creatures - Developing drawing skills/still life Surrealist Creatures - Developing ideas in the style of an artist Pop Art - Drawing techniques Pop Art - Personal development - working in the style of an artist Insects - Mark-making and working in the style of an artist Insects - Mark-making and printmaking

Years 9, 10 & 11

Art

Students are entered for AQA GCSE Art, Craft and Design in years 9 and 10 and AQA GCSE Photography in Year 11.

The course consists of two components: A portfolio and an AQA externally set assignment.

The portfolio is worth 60% of the mark and the set task is worth the remaining 40%.

During the course students will explore and experiment with materials, techniques and ideas to create a personal response to a given theme while developing their 2D and 3D art skills.

Students are given support during enrichment time, where catch-up and support sessions are on offer each week.

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Year 9 Art Component 1 - Project 1 skills builder Component 1 - Project 1 skills builder Component 1 - Project 2 natural forms Component 1 - Project 2 natural forms Component 1 - Project 2 natural forms Component 2 - Project 2 natural forms
Year 10 Art Component 1 - Project 2 natural forms Component 1 - Project 2 natural forms Component 2 - Externally set assignment Component 2 - Externally set assignment Component 2 - Externally set assignment Component 2 - Externally set assignment
Year 11 Art Component 1 - Project 1 Component 1 - Project 2 Component 2 - Externally set assignment Component 2 - Externally set assignment Component 2 - Externally set assignment Component 2 - Externally set assignment

Years 7 & 8

Drama

Drama is a subject which encourages students to use their imagination, develop thinking skills, group collaboration and self-confidence in a fun and stimulating environment. It is a very popular subject which is taught once a week in Year 7 and Year 8.

In Year 7 students study mime, physical theatre, pantomime and many other enjoyable schemes of work. These aim to introduce students to Drama and students learn about numerous dramatic techniques and skills, developing their confidence as performers

In Year 8 we expand the students’ knowledge through the exploration of storytelling and horror, creating empathy through characterisation, a chosen play about issues relevant to students and a number of other engaging topics. This year builds upon the techniques and knowledge learned in Year 7 and gives students the chance to extend their ability to create, perform and evaluate performance work.

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Year 7 Intro to drama - developing basic skills Pantomime- Exploring a performance genre Street child - Periodical drama, script study The Island - Character creation and improvisation The Lion - Exploring ensemble work The Car Journey - devising from poetry
Year 8 Ghost stories - exploring storytelling & sensory theatre Suspicion - Develop improvisation skills and character development Evacuees - Periodical drama, exploring a character narrative Your choice - exploring social teenage issue with TIE Fame and celebrity - Developing characterisation from popular trends Conflict and resolution - Exploring relationships and the application of stage combat

Years 9, 10 & 11

Drama

In years 9, 10 & 11 students follow the OCR GCSE Drama course which explores themes, genres and techniques equipping students to complete the GCSE.

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Year 9 Art Key Practitioners -
  • LeCoq
  • Stanislaski
  • Boal
  • Brecht
Blood Brothers - Practical study of the play in preparation for mock written exam Stimuli Paper - exploration of set stimulus to devise and develop mock drama performance Stimuli Paper - exploration of set stimulus to devise and develop mock drama performance Script study - students explore a script and fully realise two extracts for mock performance Script study - students explore a script and fully realise two extracts for mock performance
Year 10 Art Stimuli Paper - exploration of set stimulus to devise and develop drama performance for assessment Stimuli Paper - exploration of set stimulus to devise and develop drama performance for assessment Script study – students explore a script and fully realise two extracts for assessed performance Script study – students explore a script and fully realise two extracts for assessed performance Exam Unit – Study of text and live performance for written exam Exam Unit – Study of text and live performance for written exam

Years 7 & 8

Music

Within this subject students have the opportunity to:-

  • Compose
  • Perform
  • Listen and analyse music from a wide variety of styles
  • Study music from various cultures

There are many opportunities for students to perform in extra-curricular activities catering for every instrument. From Rock Band to String Quartet, there is something for everybody. All instrumental and vocal lessons are free of charge providing an excellent opportunity for students to acquire instrumental skills for life. Students prepare for Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music , and London College examinations from grade 1 through to Diploma level. In 2014 the music department was awarded the Guardian Schools Shield for the most outstanding contribution to the Music Festival.

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Year 7 Instruments of the Orchestra Elements of Music Notation Structure and Form World Music The Beatles
Year 8 Music in the Media "The Next Big Thing" History of Pop Music Reggae/Blues Music for the Stage Music for the Stage

Years 9, 10 & 11

Music

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Year 9 Listening Skills: Rhythm and metre, solo performance Listening Skills: Harmony and tonality, solo performance Listening Skills: Structure and form, solo performance Listening Skills: Timbre and dynamics, solo performance Listening Skills: Texture and melody, ensemble performance Composition Techniques, ensemble performance
Year 10 Composing Skills Unit 4 Composition coursework Unit 2 Integrated composition coursework Solo and ensemble performance recording Listening paper: examination preparation

Enrichments

Monday

GCSE Art and Photography enrichment.

Wednesday

GCSE Art and Photography enrichment.