Bow Arts has a proven track record of raising attainment with secondary students studying for art exams, and this term we're working with Year 11 and 12 students at St Paul's Way Trust School in Bow on a series of artist-led masterclasses.
Artist Ceri Davies will work with GCSE and A Level Art students to extend their painting skills, particularly in working with oil paints. The workshops will introduce them to new techniques and encourage them to experiment with painting, drawing on the work of different artists.
For the Year 12 group, Ceri will give particular support to lower ability students and the workshop will link to their coursework theme of Surfaces. Her work with the Year 11s will focus on a small group of borderline A/A* students to support and stretch their learning, and they will be looking at processes and techniques to support coursework themes later in the year.
Previously, Bow School in Tower Hamlets challenged us to help them gain their first A* Arts GCSE grades in the school's history. Not ones to shirk a challenge, we worked with the GCSE group on a booster project aimed at raising students' attainment. Through a series of sculpture masterclasses, artist studio visits and practical workshops we worked with the students to develop their skills, and helped two achieve those all important A* grades!
Similarly our work with students at George Green’s School in the Isle of Dogs on a GCSE booster project contributed to an outstanding improvement in their GCSE results, with grades rising from 63.5% A*-C in the previous year, to 90% A*-C.