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 3-dimensional works. 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 artists craft persons, designers and cultures.
For example, for a current project students are designing and making a mirror/ photo frame in cardboard which has their own designs and ideas from the artist Joan Miro and Paul Klee. Both artists used basic shapes and bold colours so the frames will reflect that.
Overview of KS4: Art
The course is divided into 60% coursework and 40% exam which is sat during Y11. 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
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.
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.