Art and Design
In Art and Design we aim to foster creativity, an understanding of visual language and independent learning skills, and above all enjoyment through the opportunities we offer.
“Art is not what you see but what you make others see.”
In Key Stage 3, students develop their visual and tactile skills through the key areas of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. They explore and develop an understanding of different cultures, and study a range of traditional and contemporary art movements, which are used to stimulate their own ideas.
Throughout Year 7 students complete a series of observational drawing and painting to develop fine motor and observational skills. Through studying the work of Jasper Johns they are challenged to explore and create abstract painting and monoprint outcomes. During the Spring term students generate repeated pattern designs inspired by African textiles and complete the year with a ceramic sculpture inspired by an underwater theme.
In Year 8 students extend their observational drawing and painting skills linked to contemporary artists. Printmaking skills are furthered with reduction lino printing techniques during the spring term, before completing the year painting in the style of Michael Craig-Martin.
Pupils complete 6 assessment tasks during the academic year across the skills of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. They receive individual feedback and a target to follow when returning to that skill focus.
Ways to help my child succeed
Students are given homework once per fortnight to encourage them to work independently on the development of ideas or upon the consolidation of skills learnt in class. It is important that students make full use of the resources provided and we would encourage parents to read through the resources with them. Parents can support by ensuring that the student has space to work and has basic art equipment such as pencils, coloured pencils and glue.
The GCSE Course in Art and Design encourages pupils to think critically and to develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.
In Year 9 pupils have the opportunity to consolidate their existing skills completing a series of mini skills projects. Towards the end of Y9 pupils will begin work on their extended project for Unit 1. This coursework element allows pupils to explore the work of different artists and designers and to develop skills using different media and techniques. Students complete projects that explore a range of exciting themes and artists that connect to still life, landscape, and portraiture outcomes.
In Year 11 pupils complete their Unit 1 coursework by undertaking a mock examination project. This project provides further opportunity for pupils to develop their own project ideas with individual support and guidance from their teacher. Pupils are encouraged to work to their strengths and can explore painting and drawing, printmaking, photography and sculpture.
During the final term of Year 11 pupils complete Unit 2, an exam board set task that asks students to respond to a theme by creating a new project, this culminates in a 10 hour controlled conditions assessment.
After GCSE pupils may continue their Art and Design studies within the sixth Form completing GCE A’ Level Art and Design. This course will help pupils to gain entry to higher education courses in Art and Design in different specialist areas such as Fashion and Textiles, Graphics, Ceramics, Interior Design and Architecture.
There are four assessment Objectives which are marked as pupils complete their coursework. At the end of Year 11 the coursework which makes up 60% of the final grade is marked internally as a whole and marks submitted for external moderation. Unit 2 which makes up 40% of the final grade is internally assessed and externally moderated.
Ways to help my child succeed
Pupils studying GCSE Art and Design will need to complete work on their portfolios each week and will also need to visit galleries and carry out research for their work. You can support your child by providing a suitable space for them to work on their artwork at home and access to the internet for the purpose of research. Access to a camera and a colour printer is useful but pupils are able to use these facilities at school.