Art Curriculum

Intent


We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop critical and contextual abilities and understanding within their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of artists
  • Are able to express their creative imagination as well as sustained mastery in the key areas of the arts: drawing, painting, printing, textiles, photography and sculpture
  • Develop creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection alongside a curiosity, and passion in the arts
  • Develop their understanding of the visual language of the arts as well as visual elements of the arts (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form)

Year 7 ART

What will I learn?

Half Term 1: Observational drawing skills: You will learn how to observe and explore line, shape, pattern, composition, scale, proportion and accurate detail. You will also learn how to develop your pencil skills through control and neatness exploring tone, tonal shading and contrast.
Half Term 2: Isms art movements studying painting styles and techniques looking at land and seascapes: You will learn how to record and present your work creating brainstorms and mood boards. You will also explore painting techniques using watercolor and acrylic paint studying the styles of Monet and Turner.
Half term 3: Isms art movements studying painting styles looking at land and seascapes: Portraits and isms art movements: You will learn how to be detectives and look for clues when describing a painting and comparing the differences with the works of other artists. Developing key languages such as; composition, subject matter, colour palette, patterns, lines and mood you will study; Picasso, Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Matisse..
Half Term 4: African Masks: You will learn about the history of different tribal cultures and their masks. You will learn to make links and connections with your research and create a mask design that will be constructed using card and found objects
Half Term 5: African Masks: You will learn how to use different sculptural techniques for constructing and assembling your mask design. You will explore African colours and patterns to embellish the mask design. You will learn how to reflect, analyse and evaluate your work.
Half Term 6: Revisit Painting Skills and Techniques: You will experiment with a variety of painting style and techniques research through the Isms art movements and create my own designs and final piece from a given brief..

Year 8 ART

What will I learn?

Half Term 1: Sustained observational drawing skills: You will learn how to observe and engage composition, scale, proportions, perspective, depth, distance and form in my drawings. You will also develop your pencil skills through developing; tonal shading with depth and distance, contrast, surface textures, light and shadows, three-dimensional form.
Half Term 2: Isms art movements studying painting styles and techniques looking at land and seascapes: You will learn how to make a sketchbook journal developing initial research skills and artistic application through mood boards and brainstorms. You will also explore painting techniques and styles using watercolor and acrylic paint studying the styles of Monet and Turner.
Half term 3: Isms art movements studying painting styles looking at land and seascapes: You will learn how to develop your research skills and how to describe a painting in depth and compare with the works of others using key artistic language such as;.lay-out, foreground, mid-ground background, surface textures, painterly styles and atmosphere. Through looking at; Picasso, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Munch, Matisse and Braque,you will develop an insight into styles in different Isms art movements.
Half Term 4: African Masks: You will learn about the history of different tribal cultures and their masks. I will learn to make links and connections with all your research and create a series of designs taking the strongest and developing further into a final design. You will learn how to reflect, review and evaluate your work as it progresses and make changes where appropriate.
Half Term 5: African Masks: You will learn how to use different sculptural materials such as clay, modroc plaster and recycled containers and techniques such as modeling, carving and constructing to create your African mask.
Half Term 6: Revisit Painting Skills and Techniques: You will experiment with a variety of painting style and techniques research through the Isms art movements and create your own designs and final piece from a given brief..

Year 9 ART

What will I learn?

Half Term 1: Sustained observational drawing skills and Printing: You will learn how to observe and engage accuracy, composition, scale, proportions, perspective, depth, distance and form in my drawings. You will also develop your pencil skills through developing; tonal shading with depth and distance, contrast, surface textures, light and shadows, three-dimensional form. You will create a print design exploring composition, line, texture and pattern from your insect drawing studies.
Half Term 2: Twentieth Century Figurative Sculpture: You will research Henry Moore and Alberto Giacometti’s sculptures and you will learn how to make a sketchbook journal to document your research and develop your presentation skills. You will learn about the properties of clay and create sculptures in the style of Moore and Giacometti.
Half term 3: Twentieth Century Figurative Sculpture: You will learn how to develop my research skills and how to describe the artist’s sculptural work and compare it with the works of others using key artistic language. Looking at; Antony Gormley, George Segal, Nikki De Saint Phalle, Edgar Degas, Max Leiva and Jacques Lupchitz. You will learn about Modernism, Cubism, Abstract & Semi Abstract and Realism.
Half Term 4: Isms art movements studying painting styles looking at Portraits: You will learn about how to develop your research skills with an in-depth understanding and how to describe a painting and compare it with the works of others using appropriate key artistic and descriptive language. You will also reflect,reason and give personal opinions. Looking at; Picasso, Van Gogh, Matisse and Braque you will develop an insight into styles and techniques used in different Isms art movements.
Half Term 5: Isms art movements studying painting styles looking at Portraits: You will learn how to make connections and valuable links with my research to inform your decisions in your design development creating four designs for a self portrait painting and creating the strongest design. You will review, reflect and evaluate your work throughout .
Half Term 6: Revisit Sculpture Skills and Techniques: You will experiment with a variety of sculptural style and techniques and create my own designs and final piece from a given brief.

 

Year 10, 11

ART AND DESIGN (Fine Art)

QUALIFICATION: GCSE Art and Design (8202)
AWARDING BODY: AQA

NB: STUDENTS MAY CHOOSE FINE ART OR PHOTOGRAPHY, BUT NOT BOTH.

What will I learn?
You will develop your creativity, observation, research, investigation and experimentation skills through the use of a wide range of art materials and techniques. Presentation skills, analytical skills and knowledge of Art history will also be developed.

How will I learn?
You will investigate themes and artists’ work within art projects. You will be guided through the creative process and shown a range of techniques for developing art work. You will study and analyse a wide range of artists’ work. As the course progresses you will be expected to develop your work and pursue your ideas more independently.

How will I be assessed?
Portfolio: Ongoing throughout the course [60% of GCSE]
Externally set assignment: Preparation time followed by 10 hour exam [40% of GCSE]

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
Students who study Art and Design at GCSE can go on to study Fine Art, Photography and Textile Design at A-Level.

The skills that you learn during the course are highly transferable but are particularly useful for careers in art, art history, graphic design, fashion, game development, illustration, architecture, teaching and retail.

ART AND DESIGN (Photography)

QUALIFICATION: GCSE Art and Design (8206)
AWARDING BODY: AQA

What will I learn?
You will learn the way sources inspire the development of ideas, relevant to photography including how sources relate to historical, contemporary, social, cultural and issues-based contexts; how ideas, themes, subjects and feelings can inspire creative responses informed by different styles, genres and aesthetic considerations. You will also learn about the use of: • figurative and non-figurative forms, image manipulation, close up, and imaginative interpretation • visual and tactile elements such as: • colour • line • form • tone • texture • shape • pattern • composition • scale • sequence • surface • contrast.

How will I learn?
You will use photographic techniques and processes. You will also use media and materials, as appropriate. As the course progresses you will be expected to develop your work and pursue your ideas more independently.

How will I be assessed?
Portfolio: Ongoing throughout the course [60% of GCSE]
Externally set assignment: Preparation time followed by 10 hour exam [40% of GCSE]

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
Students who study Art and Design at GCSE can go on to study Fine Art, Photography and Textile Design at A-Level.

The skills that you learn during the course are highly transferable but are particularly useful for careers in art, art history, graphic design, fashion, game development, illustration, architecture, teaching and retail.

Year 12 and 13

Fine Art

QUALIFICATION: Fine Art (7202)
AWARDING BODY: AQA

Why study Fine Art?
In addition to gaining a huge variety of practical skills, you will learn to manage your time and motivate yourself; you will pick up research skills and learn how to take constructive criticism well. You will gain organisational skills and learn to work to a deadline.

What will I learn?
You will develop your creativity, observation, research, investigation and experimentation skills through the use of a wide range of art materials and techniques. Presentation skills, reflective, evaluative and analytical skills and knowledge of art history will also be developed.

How will I learn?
You will investigate themes and artists’ work within art projects. Students are expected to maintain working sketchbooks showing detailed investigation, artists’ research and experimental processes as evidence of developing original ideas. Students are encouraged to experience a wide range of materials and techniques, scale and concepts in producing their final pieces.

How will I be assessed?
Your overall grade is composed of 60% coursework and 40% exam.

Your coursework comprises the projects that you complete during Year 12 and 13 as well as a personal investigation which involves a written element of 1000-3000 words.

Your exam is a project with an externally set starting point which culminates in a 15 hour supervised assessment.

What are the entry requirements?
5 GCSE grades at 9 – 4 (or equivalent) including English and Maths.

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
Students who study fine art at A-Level can go on to study a range of arts based courses at college or university.

A Level Photography

QUALIFICATION: A Level Photography (7206)
AWARDING BODY: AQA

Why study Photography?
Photography is a creative and practical course which combines technical aspects of photographic image with the creative aspect of composition. It is a course in which students can develop practical skills to express ideas through image manipulation, researching topical themes and understanding what makes an image.

What will I learn?
Students are introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes and are made aware of both traditional and new technologies. You will develop your creativity, observation, research, investigation and experimentation skills through the use of a wide range of art materials and techniques. Presentation skills, analytical skills and knowledge of art history and photography will also be developed.

How will I learn?
You will investigate themes and artists’/photographers’ work within photography projects. Students are expected to maintain working sketchbooks showing detailed investigation, artists’ research and experimental processes as evidence of developing original ideas. Students are encouraged to experience a wide range of materials and techniques, when producing their work.

How will I be assessed?
Your overall grade is composed of 60% coursework and 40% exam.
Your coursework comprises the projects that you complete during Year 12 and 13 as well as a personal investigation which involves a written element of 1000-3000 words.
Your exam is a project with an externally set starting point which culminates in a 15 hour supervised assessment.

What are the entry requirements?
5 GCSE grades at 9 – 4 (or equivalent) including English and Maths

A Level Textile Design

QUALIFICATION: A Level Textile Design (7204)
AWARDING BODY: AQA

Why study Textile Design?
This subject will offer an exciting opportunity to embrace textile, fashion and design, looking at the design industry from an artist’s perspective. It will introduce you to the contemporary approach of the industry and encourage you to flourish as a potential textile designer, looking at a variety of techniques.

What will I learn?
Students are given the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and practical experience in both fashion and textiles or may concentrate on one. You will develop your creativity, observation, research, investigation and experimentation skills through the use of a range of art materials and techniques. Presentation skills, analytical skills and knowledge of fashion and textile design will also be developed.

How will I learn?
You will investigate themes and artists’/designers’ work within textiles projects. Students are expected to maintain sketchbooks showing detailed investigation, experimental and research processes as evidence of developing original ideas. In addition, photoshoots, fashion shows and presentations are an important aspect of the course.

How will I be assessed?
Your overall grade is composed of 60% coursework and 40% exam.
Your coursework comprises the projects that you complete during Year 12 and 13 as well as a personal investigation which involves a written element of 1000-3000 words.
Your exam is a project with an externally set starting point which culminates in a 15 hour supervised assessment.

What are the entry requirements?
5 GCSE grades at 9 – 4 (or equivalent) including English and Maths.

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
Students who study textiles design at A-Level can go on to study foundation art and design at college or fashion, textile design or photography at university.