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 their exploration of drawing. Pupils also have the opportunity to experiment with and select methods, approaches, 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

Art & Design

  • Pupils are taught following GCSE structure to prepare for KS4 examination.
  • Basic Skills using different media and materials. Focusing on drawing theory and observational drawing.
  • Portraiture – focusing on scale, proportion, line, texture and linking to artist research.

Art & Technology

  • Pupils are taught following GCSE structure to prepare for KS4 examination.
  • CAD/CAM graphics project were pupils design and make a mug based on a specification.
  • 2D and 3D Perspective drawing, looking at various technical drawing skills including; rendering, tonal, textural work.

Art & Design/Technology

  • Project 1 – Aboriginal Art, looking at primary and secondary research, artists, symbols, aboriginal techniques to produce final outcomes.
  • Project 2 – 2D/3D sculptural/modelling, looking at primary and secondary research, artists, contours, modelling techniques and materials to produce final outcome.
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: pupils choose a theme to study for a mini project assessing drawing and practical skills.
  • Pupils respond to the theme in their coursework including sketchbooks and a final large piece of work.
  • Work is graded in 4 sections;
    • A01 – Research (Artists, primary and secondary)
    • A02 – Media (using a range)
    • A03 – Observational drawing and annotation
    • A04 – Final piece
  • GCSE portfolio work throughout the year: on a project All About Me.
  • Work is graded in 4 sections;A01 – Research (Artists, primary and secondary)
    A02 – Media (using a range)
    A03 – Observational drawing and annotation
    A04 – Final piece

 

 

 

 

  • GCSE portfolio work: on a project All About Me. Plus Exam project set external from February onwards.
  • Work is graded in 4 sections;A01 – Research (Artists, primary and secondary)
    A02 – Media (using a range)
    A03 – Observational drawing and annotation
    A04 – Final piece
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 pupil’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.