Curriculum - art

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The Art Department consists of two art studios with an ethos to inspire and challenge in a friendly environment. Students study one hour of Art per week at KS3 and three hours per week at KS4. Students are warmly welcomed to complete independent art studies in the studios during none directed time. Homework is issued fortnightly at KS3 and once per week at KS4.

The Art Department have an ‘open door policy’ with students having the opportunity to complete extra work during lunch time and Tuesday to Friday 3-4pm.

Year 7 Art and Design

Students will build upon their basic skills, knowledge of techniques and processes and cultural awareness through three units of study.

Unit 1: Formal Elements of Art

Students will study each area with a focused practical task, providing students with the capabilities to produce an observational sketch at the end of the unit. Students will understand about Colour, Tone, Form, Line, Shape, Texture and Pattern.

Unit 2: Pop Art Project

Students will develop their knowledge in photography and painting during this project, with an inspiration of Pop Art. Students will have the ability to reflect on Pop Artist and produce a bold self-portrait.

Unit 3: Doodle Project

Students are inspired by the graphic artist Jon Burgerman, creating their own doodles. Students will further develop their characters, producing ceramic figures.

Year 8 Art and Design

Students will develop their grounded skills and acquire further knowledge in process and techniques. During year 8, students will study Ceramics, Observational sketches, study artists and complete a printing unit.

Unit 1: Islamic Printing

Students will be focusing this cultural project on Islamic inspired Art, and have the opportunity to develop their sketching and rendering techniques in addition to looking at black and white contrast sketching through focused, directed drawing tasks. Students will develop their own culturally inspired images, producing a three layer Poly Print.

Unit 2: Ceramic Bug

Students are required to experiment and mark make on paper and on clay, generating ideas to produce a ceramic bug. Students will develop basic ceramic knowledge and have the awareness of experimenting and summarising their work.

Unit 3: Day of the Dead

Students will develop their drawing ability looking at portraiture.  They will have the opportunity to develop their sketches with mixed media tasks and look at the Mexican Festival Day of the Dead, to create a decorated mask.

 Year 9 Art and Design

Students are provided with skills and inspiration to enable them to explore and develop their ideas independently and confidently. Students’ skills in techniques and processes will grow in preparation for KS4 and option choices.

Unit 1: Personal Identity

Students will explore techniques such as painting, photomontage and typography, working in a variety of mediums. Students will use their own interests and identity to produce a composition with an influence of the artist Teesha Moore.

Unit 2: Fantasy Doodle

Students will be influenced by Kerby Rosanes, producing strong geometric, fantasy sketches using colour washes and fine liner.

Unit 3: Chinese Dragons

Students will be focusing on a cultural project of Chinese dragons where they will have the opportunity to look at traditional techniques of drawing in ink and will develop their sketches into a ceramic dragon.

Year 10 and 11

At Key Stage 4, students follow a two year OCR Art and Design GCSE course. Skills are developed to a high standard in a variety of areas, including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and 3D. One unit of coursework is produced based on a common theme and developed in a personal and individual way. Students then produce a further unit of work in Term 2 of Year 11, completing their Set Task which is a personal response from their exam question. Students have a minimum of 6 weeks of preparation time and 10 hour classroom based controlled assessment.