Art & Design

Year 7

Very broad themes form the basis of each year of study at Key Stage 3. These themes revolve around the self, our environment and what is natural and man-made. These are used as a stimulus for study. Skill building is a key element to everything that is done: learning and experiencing techniques and processes helps every pupil to develop their practice. A number of fundamental concepts are also taught which support the work produced.

Our framework includes a focus on drawing, painting, textiles, graphics, and photography. Pupils are introduced to artists’ work to inform their own work, allowing them to become more culturally aware.

Progress and understanding is aided by regular teacher demonstration and art club opportunities are available on various days. In such clubs, pupils can seek extra advice over homework or, indeed, work they have chosen. As Year 7 progresses, pupils are introduced to observational work to underpin their development in the subject.

Year 8

There is a natural progression from Year 7 to Year 8. Much of the same broad themes are adhered to whilst exploring them in greater depth and differing ways.

Use of media is varied with exciting activities that build upon skills learnt in Year 7, extending to 3D work, graphic design/ICT, and textiles.

An appreciation of the various formal elements that underpin art and design is integrated, such as colour and pattern. As well as sustained teacher demonstration, there is also opportunity to refer to previous exemplar work by other pupils.

Homework, as always, will relate to the on-going class activity and contribute towards assessment, whether it be a practical continuation or perhaps the necessity of collecting relevant source material.

Year 9

In Year 9, pupils continue with building skills and preparing for study at GCSE. They are also encouraged to adopt a personal approach to their work. The work covers ranges from drawing and painting to textiles and graphics.

Yet more advanced techniques are passed on through teacher demonstration; this ensures that every pupil can make progress and find excitement within the subject.

Analysis and connection to other artists’ work is further stimulated by the opportunity to experience their work at first hand.

Every level of ability is catered for within the Key Stage 3 Art Programme. Through a progressive, sequential, framework pupils are allowed to develop their ability within the subject.

Key Stage 4

Art and Design is a very popular option at GCSE. It is one that encourages personal, creative and imaginative approaches to learning. This is a very beneficial aspect of studying Art, adding a balance to other subjects being taken at GCSE. The course offers the opportunity to work in a wide variety of media, ranging from drawing and painting to textiles, photography, mixed media and sculpture.

Throughout the course pupils are encouraged to develop a wide range of skills leading to very personal areas of study. Coursework is worth 60% of the overall GCSE. It is split into two sections:

Component 1 – 60%

Pupils work through a series of workshops building skills, knowledge and understanding of the subject. Pupils will also embark upon a personalised, sustained project of their choosing which will enable individuals to explore and experiment with a range of skills and processes.  This will cover all of Year 10 and up to January of Year 11.

Component 2 – ESA 40%

The second component is an externally set assignment (ESA) where pupils get a choice of starting points to work from. They have a long period of preparation time to develop a practical unit of work that finishes with a 10 hour practical exam when a final piece is produced. The main focus for assessment is on information gathering, development of ideas, written analysis, experimentation, links between one’s own work and other artists, as well as producing a final outcome.

The GCSE course is ideal for any pupil who has an enjoyment of the subject and to create a balance to the GCSE curriculum. It also provides progression to A Level Art, Textiles and Photography and beyond for those who wish to have a career in the creative industries. Art and Design encompasses a large field ranging from Fine Art, Graphic Design and Illustration to Fashion, Photography and Design based industries. It is also a useful subject for careers such as Architecture and Interior Design.

All pupils will have opportunities to take part in extracurricular trips which in the past have included London, Barcelona and further afield. We offer a warm, caring and supportive environment in which to learn. Staff are always available to give extra support and direction. There is an emphasis placed on high expectations and this is proven in the excellent exam results that have been achieved in the past. Pupils will be expected to take photographs, collect resources and print items for lessons.

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