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Art

 

Introduction

In Years 7 and 8 students have a lesson of Art and two lessons of Creative Technology every week. In Year 9 this changes to a lesson of Art and a lesson of Creative Technology each week.

Our Art and Design curriculum for KS3 has been designed to sequentially teach students the skills and techniques necessary for them to become independent learners in this field. We aim to equip them with lifelong skills in Art and Design which are interchangeable skills applicable to many future roles. All projects within the Creative Faculty have a basis in drawing from observation, we then build upon this essential skill by introducing a wide range of techniques to both stimulate the students and prepare them for further studies in this field. Lessons provide students with the opportunity to think creatively whilst learning a range of skills and techniques through printmaking, painting and drawing. Each year group is given a separate theme that they develop throughout the year. Our curriculum is linked to IAG and SMSC is incorporated into our schemes wherever it is relevant.

  

KS3

Year 7

 Theme: Events

Pupils are introduced to the idea of working to a theme as this will be expected of them at KS4 and beyond. Year 7 will undertake two main projects during the year which are split into smaller projects, each of which are skills or technique based. The first is linked to environmental issues where pupils will get the chance to explore ideas concerning our planets future and look at how artists have approached these issues. The project develops through more traditional drawing techniques to experimenting with stencils and collage to create a final outcome.

The second project investigates artist’s responses to the event of Mealtime and the depiction of food in Art. Students will explore a variety of materials using different food types as a source for drawing and painting. Students will also begin to learn fundamental colour theory and mark-making techniques before producing a painted final outcome.

Year 8

Theme: Layers

Year 8 will undertake two main projects during the year which are split into smaller projects, each of which are skills or technique based. The first is looking at the theme of Landscapes in Art and how they have inspired different artists to explore new techniques and styles. Students will explore the notion of optical colour mixing before creating their own painted landscape.

The second is based upon Natural Form. Students will experiment with a range of drawing techniques based upon natural forms set into a still life arrangement in the classroom. Through studying the work of Matisse students will experiment with simplifying the depiction of form. They will then create outcomes using collage, stencilling and printmaking in a style similar to that of the artist.

Year 9

Theme: Fragments

Year 9 will undertake two main projects during the year which are split into smaller projects, each of which are skills or technique based. The first is looking at Masks and portraiture. Students will explore how the art of different cultures impacted upon Western Art at the start of the 20th Century. Through a range of drawing techniques students will make studies of artefacts from different cultures and experiment with portraiture. Students will then prepare and complete an outcome based upon their expertise, some students will produce an outcome based upon masks whereas others will develop a portrait.

 

 

  

Assessment is ongoing and based upon the work produced at each stage of the project as is the model for KS4 assessment.

 

 

 

Tab 2

KS4

GCSE Art

Exam board

Edexcel

Course code

1AD0

Examined by

Two folders are created throughout the course, a coursework folder and an examination folder. The coursework folder is developed throughout Year 10 and one term of Year 11 and constitutes 60% of the overall grade. The examination folder is started in the Spring term of Year 11 and follows a theme given by the examination board, the folder constitutes 40% of the final grade and culminates in a practical examination sat over a ten hour period. Both folders contain investigation of the artwork by established artists and artwork produced by the student. Students must also produce written work exploring the theme, analysing artwork and explaining their personal response to the project.

Key topics taught

· Drawing from first hand and second hand sources using a range of mark making techniques.

· Experimentation with a range of materials and techniques.

·Development of painting skills with an emphasis upon use of materials with the aim of producing large pieces of work to a high standard.

· The study of key themes in Art, for example, portraiture and landscape exploring these themes within the contexts of culture, history and contemporary practice.

The course consists of 60% coursework and 40% externally set assignment. Each component of the examination consists of four assessment objectives.

Assessment Objective 1  is concerned with developing student's awareness of Critical and Contextual studies. A range of established artists and contemporary artists are studied throughout the two-year course. Work is produced visually with supporting text.

Assessment Objective 2 is concerned with developing student's understanding about ideas and the uses of different materials. They are encouraged to use a wide variety of materials with confidence.

Assessment Objective 3 is concerned with developing students recording skills. We encourage all students to record from a range of experiences.

Assessment Objective 4 is concerned with final outcome. It is taught in a recently refurbished rooms that have been custom designed in order to make all types of outcomes possible. If you choose to study this option you will be given the opportunity to study a range of techniques which include drawing, painting, mixed media, pastel work and printmaking.

            

       

 

Tab 3

Support

KS4 support lessons take place throughout the week.

Extra sessions for Year 10 students take place after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Extra sessions for Year 11 students take place after school on Mondays and Fridays.