Art & Design

Art stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences, responding to the world using self-expression. As a visual language, it enables you to express emotions, moods and personal feelings. Art encourages confident communication of what you see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form and pattern using a variety of different materials and processes. It incorporates taking influences and relating work of other artists and designers in historical, social, cultural, political and economic contexts focusing on the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.


Key Stage 3 – Curriculum Overview

In Year 7 & 8, pupils will build foundation skills needed in Art and Design in order to consolidate and expand upon skills learnt at Primary School. Initial focus will be on widening and developing their experience and skills using a variety of media, materials and techniques. Exploring tonal values, with control of a pencil to develop tone and directional light and shade. Practicing these skills at home is vital to pupil progress. Introduction of colour theory and influences taken from art movements to produce visual responses will be encouraged. Pupils will have the opportunity gather primary research on an educational visit which will enable them to create a visual art piece using clay.

Topics / Areas of Study

Year 7

  • Unit 1: Line and Tone
  • Unit 2: Colour Theory
  • Unit 3: Observational drawings
  • Unit 4: Contextual and analytical studies of other artist’s work
  • Unit 5: Educational visit – Primary research
  • Unit 6: Sculpture

Year 8

  • Unit 1: Portraiture
  • Unit 2: Explore, develop and form a mask
  • Unit 3: Architecture – Perspective drawing
  • Unit 4: Educational visit
  • Unit 5 sculpture

Key Stage 4 – Curriculum Overview

 

Year 9

  • Nature – pupils will be introduced and initially led through the research aspect of this unit. Enabling pupils to build a successful sketch book with and emphasis on presentation. Pupils will be introduced to a variety of media to build secure independent skills.
  • Nature – Pupils will analyse other artist work and taking influence to develop a independent response.
  • Nature – Experiment and develop ideas to create a final piece.

Year 10 & 11

  • 3D- Human form Photoshop- View through, light and dark or pattern and texture
  • Personal project- Religion or environment as a stimuli
  • Mock exam- AQA set question- 10 weeks set time to complete sketch book work and 10 hour invigilated exam. Completion of all controlled assess work
  • Final exam- AQA set question- 10 weeks set time to complete sketch book work and 10 hour invigilated exam.