New College Worcester (NCW), Whittington Road, Worcester, WR5 2JX
Head of Department: Mrs Nicola Currie
At NCW it is the belief that everyone can succeed in Art and it is NCW’s role to enable students to realise their creative potential. Tactile or visual learning plays an important part in a holistic education. The creative process is taught through practical projects - from concept and design to making and evaluation. This process is important in art and is also beneficial for a student’s general education. Art is a popular subject at NCW and we work to make lessons informative, creative and fun.
The Art and Design courses at NCW are tailor-made to individual students and designed to accommodate their particular VI. The challenges of the art curriculum for a student with VI can include:
- Difficulty in accessing art, museums and artists
- The visual nature of most of the art curriculum
- Difficulties in researching a topic on the internet
- Limitations in the incidental learning which is acquired through sight
Examples of Adaptations for Visually Impaired Students
- Enabling access to art and artists - direct access to the work of artists is provided through a visiting artist programme. In this scheme professional artists bring in their work for students to handle and explore and they then teach the students specific art skills. Our students have had direct access to the work of professional ceramicists, photographers, print makers and jewellers
- Providing opportunities for both tactile and visual learning with appropriate resources - Course materials have been developed which are 2D, 3D, tactile and print, all adapted to suit the needs of the particular group. For example, for a lesson on the proportions of the head and face students have access to print drawings, swell paper drawings, ‘Yorick’ the skull, ‘Hairy Mary’, a hairdresser’s dummy and ‘Miss Polly’, a polystyrene head
- Assistance with researching a visual topic - Students are given guidance about how to access art resources for themselves to develop their independence skills. This can include advice about helpful websites, the provision of VI friendly topic sheets and one to one support when appropriate
- At Key Stage 3 working with the Drama department - Some of the art courses at NCW are designed with the Drama department so that students can experience a particular topic for themselves. For instance they act out the story of Beowulf whilst also exploring Anglo-Saxon design and pattern, monsters and buildings
- At Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 students decide on their chosen area of study in order to develop their personal interests
Exam Courses from September 2018
AS and A Level:
Eduqas Art, Craft and Design
Current students are individually exploring a 3D project on Marc Chagall; a 3D project on Fairy Tales and a 2D project on Superheroes. The AS is a coursework based qualification. The A level can be followed for a year after completing an AS course or over two years after GCSE depending on the student.
Students have the opportunity to work with professional artists in their chosen area
Eduqas Art, Craft and Design
This year we are studying Natural Forms in both 2D and 3D but the choice of subject changes depending on the interests of the group.
Students have the opportunity to work with professional artists in their chosen area.