Art

This is a well-established and successful department, which places a heavy emphasis on establishing good, friendly, supportive relations with students of all ages and abilities who pass through the department. Our aim is to provide a stimulating, secure and professional learning environment through which students gain and extend experiences and artistic competencies, are able to express themselves, take creative risks, develop confidence and a sense of achievement that will enable them to contribute positively to the world around them.

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

* produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

* become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

* evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

* know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

What will my child learn about in ART this year?

In Key Stage 3, students will have one or two lessons of Art per week to develop their technical and creative skills. Students work with a variety of materials, producing both 2D and 3D work that is displayed and celebrated.

Basic skills They will focus on the formal elements of art, which include line, shade, tone, texture, composition, form, shape and pattern. Lessons aim to build on the students confidence with drawing, painting, printmaking and encourage creative thinking and for students to work independently.

Self Portrait This is an exciting project where students are encouraged to research the work of Artist Jon Burgerman and develop a self-portrait piece in the same style. Students will add to their knowledge of colour, line, form and shape in this project.

Fabric Lenny This project builds on drawing skills. Students then collaborate to produce 3-D cardboard sculpture inspired by work of the artist Fabric Lenny. Students will add to their knowledge of drawing, shape, pattern and print making in this project.

Year 8

What will my child learn about in ART this year?

In Key Stage 3, students will have one or two lessons of Art per week to develop their technical and creative skills. Students work with a variety of materials, producing both 2D and 3D work that is displayed and celebrated. Students have opportunities to work with artists and visit galleries and museums.

Students complete projects which aim to further develop and refine the skills, knowledge and understanding gained in Year 7.

Basic skills They will focus on improving their knowledge of the formal elements of art, which include line, shade, tone, texture, composition, form, shape and pattern. Lessons aim to build on the students confidence with drawing, painting, printmaking and encourage creative thinking and for students to work independently.

Day of the Dead Students will research the history behind the Day of the Dead, study various artists and watch movie clippings from recent releases where Day of the Dead has been featured, such as James Bond and Disney’s Coco. Students will produce their own lino prints and clay sugar skull heads.

Maps Students are encouraged to learn more about the area around them by using geographic maps. Students will observe the local road maps, using Google Maps and google satellite and begin to draw their own creative maps, eventually creating a polystyrene print to create colourful pieces of art work from.

How will my child be assessed in ART?

Students sit a baseline test at the beginning of year 7 to give a benchmark grade. Students will then be formally assessed on the skills learnt, their knowledge and understanding of the formal elements, and the final outcomes at the end of each project.

Sketchbook work is formally assessed throughout the year against the success criteria, all students reflect on their own learning and consider how they can improve and build on their learning.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?

KS3 Art is based on a mixture of skills. Students should be encouraged to draw objects, scenes and landscape from life, as well as collecting images which relate to projects done in class. Photography from life helps with visual recording.

Visits to galleries both locally and nationally are always encouraged.

Key Stage 4

What will my child learn in ART?

In Key Stage 4 students study GCSE Art and Design and/or Photography.

The art course is a general art, craft and design course where they experience a range of different activities. Students have the opportunity to work in many different areas of Art and Design including ceramics, glasswork, painting and drawing, large scale 3D work, printing and much more.

On the photography course students study the technical aspects of photography as well as the creative. Students are encouraged to learn how to create digital photographs of all natures such as Landscape and Portraiture as well as more creative themes such as Light Trails and Still Life.

In Year 9 and Year 10, students will work on a range of projects to build their portfolio and in Year 11, students focus on their final exam which leads to a final year exhibition where work is displayed and celebrated.

Current Projects:

Art

Year 9: Year 10: Year 11:

Pebbles Project Natural Forms Independent Study

Everyday Objects Independent Study Exam

 

Photography

Year 9: Year 10: Year 11:

Basics of Photography Experimental Photography Detail Project

Photo Safari Detail Project Exam

 

What type of homework will be set?

Over the GCSE course we encourage students to continue their studies independently; this means they will be expected to continue to experiment with a range of materials and techniques, research different artists, take photographs that are relevant to the projects they are studying.

How will my child be assessed in ART or PHOTOGRAPHY GCSE?

What exam board do we use? AQA

How is the course assessed? Coursework (60%) Controlled test (40%)

How long are the examinations? KS4 has a 10 hour controlled test. The exam takes place over two 5 hour days. Unit 2 – Externally Set Task – Students will produce a practical outcome with a set preparatory time. Starting points for the externally set task are sent from the AQA exam board and students can choose their theme from the paper.

What can my child move onto with ART?

There are numerous careers choices in art craft and design, here are just a few examples: artist, teacher, gallery work, designer, set design, special effects, illustration, cartoonist, video game design, web design, art curator, museum direction, graphic design, architecture, fashion, potter and many more.