Maharishi School


knowledge is structured in consciousness


Anne PotterArt

Hi, I’m Anne Potter and I Teach Art at the Secondary Phase

Creativity thrives in a nourishing environment and our students spontaneously express themselves as individuals.

In year 7 we explore a range of 2D and 3D activities with emphasis on experimenting and enjoying. We examine colour theory and colour mixing then apply what we have learned to a painting and to a design project. Drawing lessons include analysis of shape and form, figures in action and rudimentary illustration. Students may learn basic sewing skills and then be given the opportunity to use a sewing machine. Other topics may include paper manipulation, weaving, totem poles, imaginary animals and some portrait work.

Year 8 students consider the whole field of art and the elements of art. We then use the elements of art; line, colour and composition to analyse artworks and to create our own abstract paintings. Students further their drawing skills exploring a wider range of techniques and media. Other activities may include; gesture drawing and 3D models, Aborigine inspired art, mosaic and silkscreen.

In year 9 we begin to lay the foundations for GCSE art by investigating the history of art. Starting with early western art students apply techniques used by artists to create ‘realism’ in art, including measuring and using a grid. Next we learn about Impressionism, Post Impressionism and the social and technological changes that brought about a new way of seeing. On the basis of this and other early developments that eventually led to Modern art students gain an appreciation of the wide breadth of artistic styles available today including Surrealism, Fauvism, Naïve art through to contemporary practices with practical projects along the way. Students will also research and present a contemporary artist of their choice.

In year 10 we implement the AQA Art and Design syllabus which allows for a very wide range of topics and media with an emphasis on drawing and painting and light based studies. Students who show a strong ability to work independently may have the option to explore other disciplines such as animation, textiles, printmaking etc.

All students are led though 2-3 extended projects structured to ensure all assessment objectives are adequately met. Topics may include; Identity – portraits, Urban photography, Plant life. More confident students may be given the opportunity to further pursue and develop projects, to take their own direction and to work to their strengths.

In year 11 we generally continue to work on the portfolio of work till December.  There are opportunities for more capable students to pursue their own ideas and work to their strengths. From January we prepare for the externally set task by choosing topics and working on research, development and experimentation. Students are generally given three starting points to choose from but may have more options if they have proven their ability to work independently.