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Art

Art and Design provides great opportunities for students to develop their own creativity and talents, building up a whole range of personal skills and achievements.  Students are encouraged to develop an energetic, diverse approach to art and to see it in a social and cultural context.

Art and Design at key stage 3 covers a range disciplines from drawing, painting, printmaking to sculpture. All lessons contain a high proportion of practical activities as well as contextual studies of various artists and crafts people. 

At key Stage 4, students have the opportunity to experiment and engage with a range of techniques and are encouraged to develop their own creative vision. This course allows students to explore themes from portraiture to natural forms through a range of media and techniques. Students are introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies.

Outside of lessons

The art department runs extra-curricular clubs during Lunch times. As well as this we run after school master classes in classical oil painting, covering portraiture and landscape art.

Curriculum review

The course consists of 2 projects in the first year, and a final externally set assignment in the second. The Personal portfolio completed in the first year contributes to 60% of the final GCSE grade, and the remainder 40% from the externally set assignment.

The final exam takes the form of a 10 hour practical exam paper with ten weeks preparation time.  An exhibition of coursework and examination work is displayed at the end of the course and will be assessed in school by an external examiner from the WJEC Exam Board.

Breakdown of topics

Year 7 will explore and develop their core drawing skills in the first term and be introduced to a range of contemporary artists. They will explore know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture and creativity within our everyday lives. Students will explore and experiment with mark making and tonal value to create an individual response to drawing. They will develop their colour theory and painting techniques through the theme of still life.

In the Spring Term student will build on their drawing skills and will be introduced to new techniques such as printmaking. They will study the works of modern art and the Pop Art movement to develop an individual approach to their design.

In the Summer term students will continue to build on their recording skills and will be introduced to a range of contemporary illustrators. They will develop their 3D perspective drawing skills through the theme of cityscapes.

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 7

Michael Craig Martin

Still Life

 

Pop Art

Andy Warhol

Print making

Cityscapes

Lucida Rogers

 

Year 8

Illustration

Print making

 

Julian Opie

Portraits

Painting

Cubism

Collage

Mixed Media

Year 9

Art and Words

Portfolio

 

Print making

Angie Lewin

Environments

Year 10

Portraits and Identity

Painting/ Mixed Media

Architecture and Design

Year 11

Architecture and Design

Externally Set Assignment

Year 8

Year 8 builds upon students understanding of core drawing skills in the first term and be introduced to a range of contemporary artists. Students will develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their recording. They will develop and build upon their critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work. Students will experiment with a range of mark making and tonal value to create an individual response to drawing. They will develop their design skills through the theme of illustration.  

In the Spring Term student will build on their drawing skills and will be introduced to portraiture and colour theory.  They will study the works of contemporary and modern artists to develop an individual approach to their final piece.

In the Summer term students will continue to build on their critical thinking and art history studying the works of Picasso and cubism. They will develop their drawing skills through a rane of mixed media drawing techniques.

 

Year 9

Year 9 is the beginning of the GCSE portfolio and students are introduced to a range of experimental recording techniques in the first two terms. Students will build upon and develop their creativity and ideas independently and increase proficiency in their recording. They will develop and build upon their critical understanding of artists, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.

In the Summer term students will explore a range of print making techniques and continue to build on their critical thinking and independent learners.  They will develop their drawing skills through a range of mixed media drawing techniques.

 

Assessment details

Each assessment objective is equally weighted. Learners must demonstrate their ability to:

AO1 Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.

AO2 Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.

AO3 Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.

AO4 Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

 

End of year exam topics.

 

Year 7: Tone, Line, Perspective through a practical drawing test.

 

Year 8: Tone, Line, Perspective through a practical drawing test

 

Year 9: Art and Words portfolio with an art practical exam.

 

Year 10Portraits and Identity Portfolio, with an art practical exam
 

Year 11: Externally Set Assignment