Key Stage 3
All students follow the National curriculum in art until the end of Year 9. They learn about how artists use the formal elements of line, tone, colour, shape and pattern in their work. They develop drawing and painting skills, recording from observation and learn to use a range of materials and techniques such as watercolour, collage, print-making and 3D work in clay.
Students are taught in form groups in Year 7 and 8, and in groups of 20 in year 9, leading up to their GCSE option choices. Homework is set once a fortnight and tasks are related to class work. Students will be asked to do drawing and writing tasks, to research and to make pieces of work. Themes studied include colour in painting, animals in art, art from another culture: Henry Moore’s figure sculptures and 20th century art movements including Cubism and Fauvism.
Year 7 Pupils will explore and develop ideas and themes in art and look at the work of a variety of artists. Themes will include colour theory, observation, faces and masks and insects. Artists looked at will include Henri Matisse and Hundertwasser. Emphasis will be placed on learning to use a sketchbook to research, draw and record. Pupils will use a variety of 2D and 3D materials including paint, collage, mixed media and soap carving. Pupils learn about the different qualities of materials, how and when to use them. They will develop plans for, and make 2D and 3D images and objects, relating to the work of artists they have studied.
Year 8 Pupils will explore and develop ideas and themes in art and look at the work of a variety of artists. Themes will include Art Deco, Pop Art and Perspective. Artists looked at will include Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and M C Escher. Emphasis will be placed on using a sketchbook to research, draw and design. Pupils will use a variety of 2D and 3D materials including paint, pastels, ink, card and mixed media. They will develop plans for, and make 2D and 3D images and objects, relating to the work of artists they have studied.
Year 9 Pupils will explore a range of visual and written in projects about sculpture, printmaking, painting and collage. They will use research work to develop their own response, relating their work to the artists’ work studied. Emphasis will be placed on keeping a sketchbook to record and develop ideas and on drawing, particularly from observation, as preparation for those continuing at GCSE. Pupils will use a variety of materials including acrylic paint, charcoal, pencil, clay and batik and will improve their practical skills using these. They will comment on their own work and that of a range of artists, and will compare the way different artists approach a theme or subject.
Key stage 4
This course provides a practical opportunity for students to develop their skills and understanding of the role, purpose and function of Art and Design. Central to the course will be the development of drawing and painting skills, an ability to interpret visually what is seen, and to work in a sketchbook on research and development of ideas.
Practical involvement in Art and Design will encourage students to develop skills in using materials in a personal and inventive way. They will be able to test their own ideas in seeking solutions to Art and Design themes and questions. Critical and art history activities will be integrated with practical activities encouraging interest and investigation into the way a variety of artists have worked.
The course will give pupils the opportunity to work in the areas of Drawing and Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Digital Media and Printmaking. Great talent is not essential. Students of average ability have been highly successful when they have enjoyed the activities, been interested in the subject and prepared to do the work. As there are twice as many periods given to the subject than in the lower school, students usually find their standards rise quite quickly. Universities (all faculties) welcome achievement in a creative subject at GCSE level by applicants. They see it as part of a 'rounded', full education. The final assessment requirements will be a portfolio of coursework including a sketchbook and a controlled test. We follow the AQA Art, Craft and Design syllabus.
For further information please contact Mrs Heron.
6th form Art information