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
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.
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.
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.
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.
What will my child learn about in ART this year?
Students complete projects which aim to further develop and refine the skills, knowledge and understanding gained in Year 7.
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.
3D Food Project – Students will develop their research and 3D skills in their project based on artist Wayne Theibauld. They will develop their watercolour and acrylic painting skills and create a 3D form using newspaper and modrock.
Portraits – To finish the school year, Year 8 will create highly contrasting portraits in the style of Northern Artist Luke Dixon. Using mainly fine liner, students will build up their skills in accuracy, patterns and mark marking.
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.
Formal Elements – Students 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.
Pebbles Project – Our pebbles project is a chance for students to experiment with lots of materials and skills, like a foundation course students are encouraged to work independently as they develop their own style of working.
Everyday Objects – During the Everyday Objects project, students develop their ability to work in the style of artists and to take their own photographs to create final pieces of art work from. This project is mainly 2D based as students refine their drawing and painting skills.
Natural Forms – In Year 10, Art students create their major project based around Natural Forms, this is worth 60% of their final GCSE grade. Students work from artists, secondary sources and take their own photographs, they experiment with clay and other 3D forms as well as creating textures using handmade tools. Towards the end of this project students are required to work independently to create an individual project that best displays their skills and style as an artist.
Portraiture – To finish the year, students create a self-portrait that will sit alongside their Natural Forms project to gain them extra marks. The students use acrylic paint on these larger than life portraits.
Basics of Photography – For the first term students are introduced to the world of photography and computing. Students are taught the very basics of all aspects of photography from setting up the camera, how to take photographs in different situations, how to edit photographs and how to print and display them. During this project we also look at collage and transforming photographs.
Formal Elements – Students will focus on the formal elements of photography, which include line, shade, tone, texture, composition, form, shape and pattern. Lessons aim to build on the students confidence with using the camera and taking creative photographs whilst encourage creative thinking and for students to work independently.
Be a Bug – Now that students are capable of thinking of their own ideas and taking technically correct photographs, the ‘Be a Bug’ project allows students the freedom to take their cameras outside and explore the school grounds. Students are looking at taking photographs from a Low Angle – looking at what a bug would see, as their perspective.
Experimental Photography- A huge part of photography is experimenting with surroundings and creating scenarios to take photographs of. The experimental project teaches the students how to adapt what is around them to create interesting photographs. An example of this is the “Tiny CJCA Project” where students use tiny plastic characters to create scenes around school in the style of photographer Slinkachu.
Illustrator – A small project aimed at introducing students to the world of illustration which quite often works hand in hand with the Arts and Photography. Students will create a portrait in the style of Julian Ope and look at creating posters of their favourite pop stars or bands.
Detail – In Year 10, Photography students create their major project based around ‘Detail’, this is worth 60% of their final GCSE grade. Students work from artists, secondary sources and take their own photographs, they should experiment with different techniques and use lighting to develop ideas. Towards the end of this project students are required to work independently to create an individual project that best displays their skills and style as a photographer.
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.
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.