Art and Design

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At Key Stage 3 (Year 7 to Year 9) the Art Department follows the National Curriculum Guidelines for Art and Design. At Key Stage 4 we are guided by the Assessment Objectives for AQA GCSE Art and Design and tailor our courses to ensure that students receive the maximum amount of experience with each and every material available to them.

We are a flexible and active department, responding to current events and promoting the importance and relevance of the Arts in the wider world. We encourage cross-curricular links with other subjects and offer many extra-curricular opportunities for our students to develop their creative interests.

Key Stage 3

The National Curriculum for Art and Design provides a broad and balanced starting point from which students can begin to explore the creative world around them. The essential skills which students need to develop during this period are their ability to:

  • Explore and Create
  • Understand and Evaluate

We aim to do this through encouraging students to view and explore the work of other artists and cultures, work collaboratively and independently on personal and guided projects, explore various materials and techniques and produce artwork which responds to direct observation as well as imagination.

In Year 7 students will focus on the Formal Elements of Art and Design: Line, Tone, Shape, Form, Texture, Pattern and Colour. Projects will be focused towards ensuring students have a strong knowledge of the basic skills required to achieve.

Current Projects: Shape and Colour, Still Life, Bizarre Fruit.

In Year 8 students will begin to explore various Art and Design skills, looking at developing an awareness of the various areas of the subject and the different skills and materials this includes. For example: Graphics, perspective, design, textiles, etc.

Current Projects: Graphics and Illustration, Buildings and Perspective, Sea Life.

In Year 9 students will be encouraged to work on more personal ideas and approach projects through enquiry, research and investigation, preparing students for the more independent methods of working at Key Stage 4.

Current Projects: Gustav Klimt (pattern and portrait), Clay Buildings, Graffiti and Manga.

Throughout all years students will be provided with a sketchbook in which to work and document their progress. They will also have repeated opportunities to work in both two- and three-dimensional materials, use digital production techniques, photography, sculpture and textiles techniques.

Homework will be set regularly to support class work.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Art and Design

A GCSE in Art and Design provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in Art and Design. It allows for a very broad experience of the Arts with students encouraged to work in and explore several different areas of Art and Design focusing on personal interests and themes as well as guided projects.

What is the course content?

Throughout the course students will undertake a wide range of two- and three-dimensional projects using materials as varied as: Modroc, clay, papier-mâché and textiles, alongside the more traditional painting and drawing materials of: Pencil, pen, paint, inks and pastels. Students will be encouraged to explore printmaking, sculpture, collage and painting on canvas and opportunities will also be available for students to work digitally, producing computer-generated artwork and digital photography.

Areas of study can include:

  • Fine Art and Printmaking
  • Graphic Communication
  • Textile Design
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Photography: lens-based and light-based media

Students will also be encouraged to critically examine the works of other artists, designers and craftspeople. The research and study of artists and artwork will include the production of written elements to support practical work.

A great deal of emphasis will be placed on students’ personal and creative responses to the areas above and they will be provided with a sketchbook in which to record their ideas and plans along the way as well as being expected to create work on a larger scale where appropriate.

Homework will be set regularly to support and strengthen class work.

How is the course assessed?

Students follow the AQA GCSE in Art and Design course and the specification requires that they produce a portfolio of selected work completed during the course, which will provide 60% of the total marks at GCSE. The remaining 40% will come from a final examination, including preparatory work and supervised time.

Students will hold a final exhibition of their artwork at the end of the course.

The Art staff are:

  • Mrs C Entwisle (Curriculum Leader)
  • Ms N Wesolowski
  • Mrs S Martin