Curriculum

ART & DESIGN

Art provides the opportunity to demonstrate imagination and creative flair. Through our Art curriculum, pupils develop and refine their drawing and observational skills through drawing a range of everyday objects and primary images, making their work personal. Pupils also have the opportunity to experiment with and select methods and approaches, synthesise observations, ideas and feelings to create compositions for paintings, collages and other creative responses. They are encouraged to explore their artistic styles by studying a range of artists and their ‘drawing and making’ styles.
Art and Design at KS3
Year 7 Year 8
  • Surrealism: Dali and Magritte
  • Medieval art: Doom painting, Bosch
  • Perspective drawing 2D/3D technical drawing
  • Exploring colour through Pop Art
Assessment

Formal Assessment takes place at the end of each Half-Term.

Art and Design at KS4 (GCSE)
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • GCSE portfolio work throughout the year: observational study, research, development of ideas and final pieces.
  • GCSE portfolio work throughout the year: observational study, research, development of ideas and final pieces.
  • GCSE portfolio work: observational study, research, development of ideas and final pieces.
Assessment

Examination Board: AQA

Component 1: Portfolio of Work
Overview Focus
  • No time limit
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE
Pupils must select and present a portfolio representative of their course of study. The portfolio must include both:

  • A sustained project developed in response to a subject, theme, task or brief evidencing the journey from initial engagement with an idea(s) to the realisation of intentions.
  • A selection of further work resulting from activities such as trials and experiments; skills-based workshops; mini and/or foundation projects; responses to gallery, museum or site visits; work placements; independent study and evidence of the student’s specific role in any group work undertaken.
Component 2: Externally Set Task
Overview Focus
  • Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time
  • 96 marks
  • 40% of GCSE
Pupils must select and respond to an externally set assignment.

 

Enrichment Offer

An Art Key Stage 4 club is offered each and every week throughout the Academy year and gives pupils the opportunity to continue their exploratory work and receive 1:1 feedback and guidance.

The Art department loves to take part in various competitions throughout the Academy year, including Young Artists of the Year 2016 and Rotary competitions – to name a few.