Art

 
Staff

S Mackie – HOD
S Lidster

B Yardley

 
KeyStage 3

Curriculum Plan

In Key Stage 3 students follow a wide and varied course. They learn techniques to improve their drawing and painting skills. Students start to analyse the work of other artists and to evaluate their own and others work.

Year 7

In year 7 students will be introduced to a board range of new techniques, materials, artists and themes. Drawing is a fundamental art skill, which is encouraged and developed across all the year groups.

They will learn to

  • Understand and identify the formal elements of art: tone, line, shape, texture, pattern and colour.
  • Make use of a wide range of tonal and shading techniques.
  • Draw from observation
  • Understand the colour theory and be able to identify primary and secondary, tertiary and complementary colours as well as mixing and blending colours.
  • Gain an understanding of how artists create their work, then using these skills create a response in the artist’s style.
  • Use art terminology to describe and analysis their own and others work.

Year 8

In year 8 students will build on the skills, techniques, knowledge and understanding introduced in year 7. They will be encouraged to refine their work and challenge themselves creatively.

 

Homework and support

Homework will be set via ShowMyHomework.

 

 
Keystage 4

Students will study Edexcel Art, Craft and Design or Photography

Art, Craft and Design

In Year 9 students are introduced to a variety of different techniques and art styles which provide the basis for their study in Year 10 and 11. Students build up their skills through teacher-led workshop-style lessons, whilst exploring specific themes. As the course progresses students are encouraged to work more independently, developing their own ideas, within the framework of a theme. Three units of work are produced including a mock exam. Drawing and painting skills are still important and integral to all project work.  Students are encouraged to experiment with unusual combinations of media and processes to develop unique and exciting outcomes.

In January of year 11 students start work on their Externally Set Assignment, which consists of approximately 8 weeks exploration of a given theme and 10 hours to produce a final outcome.

Photography

The Photography GCSE is made up of two elements, portfolio work and the final exam. The portfolio work will be created in year 9, 10 and the first term of year 11. Students will gain an understanding of how to operate a DSLR camera and how to take creative and original photographs. Students will explore: focusing the camera, print quality, resolution, aperture, shutter speeds, panning the camera, light drawing, composition and the formal elements. Students will learn how to edit and develop their work using Photoshop. The main emphasis of the course is on experimentation and development of ideas towards personal outcomes that show a strong visual and conceptual understanding.

In January of year 11 students start work on their Externally Set Assignment, which consists of approximately 8 weeks exploration of a given theme and 10 hours to produce a final outcome.

 

 

Homework and support

Homework will be set via ShowMyHomework

 
Keystage 5

ART

Students will be encouraged to pursue their own lines of enquiry informed by guided cultural, contemporary and historical references through the 2 years on this linear course. Students are encouraged to produce exciting, creative and innovative pieces. Students will show evidence of trying to extend their own work and others by seeing examples from different cultures and time periods.

Year 12

Students complete 2 Components of work (project based) within the year.

Year 13

Component 1: Personal Investigation

Includes practical work in sketchbooks, final outcomes and a continuous written piece which are assessed separately. The student dictates the focus of their area of study.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (ESA)

Starting point provided by the Exam Board. Preparatory work completed ahead of final outcomes, which are completed within 15 hours of supervised time.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

The 2 year linear Photography course aims to provide students with the necessary skills to develop their understanding of traditional and contemporary practices. Work produced for this specification should form a means of personal enquiry and expression involving the selection and manipulation of images. Students must employ creative approaches which go beyond mere observation and recording to begin to understand more complex ideas in design.

Students will take part in a variety of workshops to explore new and innovative ways of creating and enhancing imagery. These are based around digital enhancement through using both manual and other means.

Year 12:

Students will select a theme to work from and create a body of work that takes them on their own independent and artistic journey.

Year 13:

Students complete 2 Components of work (project based) within the year.

Component 1: Personal Investigation

Includes practical work in sketchbooks, final outcomes and a continuous written piece. The student dictates the focus of their area of study. The personal study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose, which may contain integrated images. The personal study comprises 12% of the total qualification and is marked out of 18.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (ESA)

Starting point provided by the Exam Board. Preparatory work completed ahead of final outcomes, which are completed within 15 hours of supervised time.