Curriculum

Art

CFisher - Head of Creative Arts

Miss Fisher

Faculty Leader – Creative Arts

Subject Staff

Mrs Mistry

Miss Irwin

Mr Handley-Griggs

Exam Board

AQA

Revision

The Art faculty consists of Fine Art, Photography and Art, Craft & Design.

Overview of KS3: Art

Students are introduced to a wide range of Basic art, craft and design skills. They explore the four main areas drawing, printing, mixed media relief and sculptural art and a unit on photography in Y7 and Y8. Throughout the topics they explore the formal elements of Art and Design – line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour and form, and research a range of current, historical and cultural artistic links to develop the students understanding of how art and creativity can influences their work and the world around them.  The projects are designed to explore one or two of the main areas and they vary throughout Y7 and Y8.

For example, for a current project students are designing and making a Gargoyle Head constructed in card, relief newspaper, black tissue finish and white ink painted finish.  The designs were influenced from stone gargoyles, Mayan stone carvings, cartoon faces, and the street artist Phlegm.

In year 9, students have the opportunity to opt for a foundation year in our 3 main subjects which consists of Fine Art, Photography and Art, Craft and Design. These are classed as Foundation Subjects.

They will experience a wide range of techniques such as construction relief work, Linoleum reduction printing, Photographic photo shoots, and detailed Painting and Drawing. An example project for this is looking at the difference in the ideas of realism and the Cubist art movement developing photography work in the style of ManRay and cutting a Lino print designed from their own work.
 

Overview of KS4: Art

Students have the option to choose Art where they study Fine Art, Photography and Craft and Design Endorsement. Students receive 2 lessons per week, over one year to complete a foundation course which gives them the skills and knowledge to confidently select their Y10/Y11 course.  The courses are divided into 60% coursework and 40% exam.  The exam is undertaken during Term 2 in Y11.

Due to the Pandemic currently there will not be a final exam. Students will be graded on coursework alone.

Fine Art

Overview of KS4:

Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of Fine Art, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and a combination of areas:

  • Painting and drawing
  • Mixed media, including collage and assemblage
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking, relief, intaglio and lithography
  • Students are required to integrate critical, practical and theoretical study in Fine Art that encourages direct engagement with original work and practice.

An example topic would be Landscapes. The students choose landscape artists that they like and study their work at home and in school. During the lesson they will be taught a range of 3/4 new skills based around landscape and they plan their final piece based on the topic. They could use any of the skills they have learned previously so it could be a clay pot or an oil painting or a lamp shade design.

 

SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural)

Students regularly examine works of art from other cultures such as Aboriginal and African tribal art. Students examine these cultural references and use these to reflect, imagine and create their own work. Students also explore British cultural values by looking at well-known British artists, and comparing their work with contemporary pieces as a way of explaining how life in Britain has changed over time. Discussion is encouraged and students are asked to research Art and Design work independently and make personal selective choices.

 

Homework

Art students research a range of Art styles such as painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture both historical and modern and also look at cultures, architecture and film making. They often have the opportunity to recreate the work using materials at home and develop their own imaginative artwork from the research. They will also be expected to collect and take photographs, make drawings and sketches from first hand objects and subjects such as nature, animals, portraits and buildings.