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Art

Introduction

The department fosters talent and encourages independent learning by nurturing creativity and imagination. We seek to inspire students to acquire the skills and vision to enable them to achieve their full potential and develop a love of art and design.

We aim to:

  • Help students to understand and give meaning, to the visual world they live in.
  • Develop appreciation of art enabling students to communicate in a visually creative way.
  • Encourage students to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently.
  • Nurture curiosity leading towards investigations of the man- made and natural world.
  • Foster commitment and determination in the search for a personal means of expression.
  • Develop self- confidence, self-reliance and organisation skills.

Key Stage 3 Summary

The course encourages students to respond to the world around them and to their own experiences, helping them to express their ideas, thoughts and feelings in some visual or tactile way. It sets out to offer flexibility in approach and encourage confidence, enthusiasm and a sense of achievement. There is a balance between investigating and making Art, Craft and Design and developing an understanding of the work of other artists and artistic traditions.

In year 7 drawing - honing basic skills and techniques and building confidence. In year 8 we focus on different times and cultures where ideas, beliefs and values are shared and communicated through art. In year 9 the course is structured like a GCSE course allowing students to access the national curriculum through thematic projects. This means that they are very well informed when it comes to their option choices and the transition to GCSE is also a smoother one.


Curriculum Overview

Year 7
Year 8

Year 9

Autumn Term
Baseline Assessments
Culture - Aboriginal
Disguise/Hidden - Research Recording
Spring Term
Self-Image - Drawing
Culture - Indian
Disguise/Hidden - Experimentation
Summer Term
Self-Image - Painting
Culture - African
Disguise/Hidden - Designing/Making

 

Key Stage 4 Summary

At Key Stage 4 pupils follow the unendorsed course for the exam board AQA. This course allows pupils to use a variety of two and three dimensional media, techniques and processes including both traditional and new. Coursework accounts for 60% of their GCSE grade with the exam project making up the remaining 40%. A selection of further work will be produced responding to a gallery or museum visit. Each student must present a portfolio representive of thier course of study. The portfolio must include a sustained project consisting of 2 coursework projects which will run from September in year 10 to December in year 11. They use sketchbooks to record and develop ideas and produce imaginative outcomes which range from more tradition painting and 3D work to photography and digital media.


Curriculum Overview

Year 10
Year 11
Autumn Term
Rituals - Researching/Recording Experimentation
Identity - Designing/Making/Evaluation
Spring Term
Rituals - Designing/Making/Evaluation
Trip - Museum/Gallery
Exam Project - Researching/Recording/Experimentation/Designing
Summer Term
Rituals - Researching/Recording Experimentation

10 hour Exam and Evaluation

All work submitted for moderation

Staffing

Miss H Hunt (Head of Art)

Mrs L Grehan (Teacher of Art)