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Welcome to the Art Department
In art, craft, design and technology pupils explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity.
They learn to appreciate and value images and artifacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art and design pupils reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives
Design is taught for 4 lesson over two weeks in year 7. During this time students study Art, Textiles, food and 3D Design for 1 rotation each within the ‘Design Curriculum’.
In Year 8 students study Art for two rotations and then Textiles, food and 3D Design for 1 rotation each within the ‘Design Curriculum’.
At the end of year 8 students have the option to continue studying any of the design subjects including the added options of Graphics and Photography further at KS4.
Art is taught during two rotations in year 7. In the other 3 rotations, the students are taught Textiles, 3D Design and Food.
Within the two rotations of Art, students are introduced to the formal elements of Art and Design and are able to explore and develop their own ideas from artists and craftspeople linking the artists’ work to the world that they live. From the research students are to experiment with a variety of materials and learn how to use them correctly and effectively. Students are encouraged to modify their work as it develops and produce a sketchbook showing a creative journey through practical and written work.
In the second rotation in art students will study multicultural art forms and explore why Art exists and how it is used as a form of communication.
Aims and Objectives:
- To gain skills in painting, drawing, printing and mixed media
- To gain a knowledge of the formal elements of art
- To gain an understanding of other cultures and how their art is shaped through their cultural ideas
- To explore the social and emotional aspects of art in other cultures
- For students to explore themselves and their own culture through other cultures’ art forms
What new skills will I be learning?
- The colour wheel and colour theory
- How to research the work of artists’ and craftspeople to gain an understanding of other cultures
- To explore the social and emotional aspects of art from other cultures and the world in which they live
- Develop skills in drawing and recording from primary and secondary sources
- Develop painting skills with an understanding of colour and painting techniques
- Mixed media (a variety of materials used together)
- How to evaluate and modify their work and it progresses
You will also need to complete regular independent learning tasks that can be found on the ‘Show My Homework’ page. A link can be found on the website homepage.
Within art, students are able to explore and develop their own ideas from artists and craftspeople who work with the theme of Organics linking the artists’ work to the world that they live. Students are to experiment with a variety of materials and learn how to develop the techniques learnt in year 7 with a greater focus on the materials and their properties. Students are encouraged to modify their work as it develops and produce a sketchbook showing a creative journey through practical and written work.
Aims and Objectives:
- To gain an understanding of natural and man-made materials
- To gain an understanding of organic forms as a starting point in Art and Design
- To gain skills in painting, drawing, printing and/or clay, developing use of formal elements learnt in Year 7
20th Century Art- Cubism
- To gain an understanding of different art and artists in the 20th Century
- To explore the social and emotional aspects of art in the 20th Century
- For students to explore themselves and their own culture through art and artists of the 20th Century
- To gain skills in painting, drawing, image manipulation, relief, mixed media, photography
What new skills will I be learning?
- How to analysis the work of artists’ and craftspeople to gain an understanding of other cultures
- To explore the social and emotional aspects of art and how it reflects and links to other subjects
- Develop skills and techniques in drawing and recording from primary and secondary sources in a variety of materials
- Develop painting skills with an understanding of colour
- Print Making
- Mixed Media Mixed media (a variety of materials used together)
- How to evaluate and modify their work and it progresses making links to theories within art
You will also need to complete regular independent learning tasks which can be found on Show My Homework. A link is on the homepage.
KS4 Art and Design continues from the visual arts that you have completed in year 7 and 8 in Design. It develops your understanding of visual communication and its meaning.
Year 10 & 11
In GCSE Fine Art for KS4 you will learn how
- to use specialist practical skills
- to produce ever-higher standards of work
- to gain a higher understanding of the Formal Elements used within Design
- to use variety and diversity in your thinking
- to develop critical appraisal and analysis in your work
- to record ideas, make experiments, show analysis and produce outcomes
- to develop a subject specific vocabulary
- to be able to discuss the work of designers, techniques and values of design
- to build upon your sketchbook skills and extend presentation techniques and recording work from your Art/Design lessons at KS3
The GCSE course lasts for five terms in KS4.
You will work on three projects over the first four terms called the Personal Portfolio (Unit 1). In class, we normally call this Controlled Assessment work. We will study the following in that time:
- Artists and Designers are used as a starting point to gain insights to develop ideas
- Produce work in a variety of wet and dry materials
- Record through drawing and written annotation
- Present a final response based on your research to the topic given
- There are two opportunities for Mock Examinations that will contribute to the Personal portfolio work.
In your last term, you will be working on your exam task called the Externally Set Assignment (Unit 2). This is of a set of 7 questions set by the exam board, of which one will be chosen to research and develop a personal response. This will be approximately 20 hours of preparatory work in lesson time followed by 10 hours in an art room to produce a final response.
The GCSE covers a range of activities and in-depth assignments. You will have the opportunity to experiment with different media in order to explore your strengths and preferences. There is a wide range of options within several areas Fine Art. Whatever you choose, the main aim of the course is to develop your visual language skills and for you to build a comprehensive portfolio of work to progress to further courses or employment.
How will they get their GCSE?:
Coursework – 60%
Exam – 40%
During the two year course students will learn techniques and processes based on a theme and/or artists. They will have guided starting points but independent work and research is encouraged for students to develop a personal style.
The exam at the end of the course is a practical exam that consists of 20 hours of preparatory time and 10 hours (over two days) in the art room to produce the final outcome.
Each element is marked on 4 criteria
For GCSE Art, we use AQA as the exam board. Links to the exam board’s specifications can be found below:
KS3 are assessed on skills that are developed throughout the Design rotations and are based on 3 criteria;
- Researching and Developing
- Evaluating and Adapting
In each rotation students will be provided with the ‘Key point indicators’ that they must reach to be ‘On’ or ‘Above’ target.
At GCSE students will be assessed on the grade criteria from the exam board.
Controlled Assessment – 60%
During the course at KS4 students will learn techniques and processes based on a theme and/or artists. They will have guided starting points but independent work and research is encouraged for students to develop a personal style and response.
Exam – 40%
The exam at the end of the course is a practical exam that consists of approximately 20 hours of preparatory time and 10 hours (over two days) in the art room to produce the final outcome.
AO1 – Develop – 25%
Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
AO2 – Refine – 25%
Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
AO3 – Record – 25%
Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
AO4 – Present – 25%
Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.
All students have the right to express and explore their creativity and are entitled to:
- A positive, safe, learning environment that encourages the development of Design skills and the sharing of work within a culture of mutual respect and shared responsibility.
- Be actively engaged in their own learning whilst being challenged and motivated to take responsibility for their own development and take risks.
- Experience well planned lessons which challenge them, provide clear assessment and regular Design opportunities whilst reflecting upon their own learning and development.
- A personalised and independent creative journey in which they are able to learn from their mistakes and challenge ideas.
- To experience a range of materials, techniques and Design practices to create ‘real’ outcomes.
Design enables pupils to:
- Explore and develop confidence and self-esteem.
- Investigate ideas and record from reality.
- Develop higher thinking skills.
- Critique evaluate and adapt.
- Learn from the work of others to be able to explore and develop own ideas.
- Communicate through many different forms.
- Encourage creativity through tangible outcomes.
- Link into the world and community.