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Art and Design
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."
Our aim is that every student at the school should have an enriching and exciting experience of the Creative Arts. We offer a range of activities taking place both inside and outside the curriculum. Art plays an important role in ensuring that creativity is at the heart of our curriculum.
Ms J Barima - Subject Leader of Art and Design and Technology
Ms A Tshiamalenge - Teacher of Art and Design
Ms P Robinson - Teacher of Art and Design
Ms D Ebcin - Teacher of Art and Design
Key Stage 3
Art and Design is taught for a double lesson per week. Our aim is to give the students a firm foundation in the basic skills of drawing, painting, colour, sculpture, printing, textiles and ceramics. This not only provides a rich and exciting curriculum, but successfully prepares future GCSE students if they decide to choose the subject. Observational study is a fundamental part of the basic skills and drawing from real life is a key starting point in many of the projects. This academic year’s projects will include:
Terms 1 and 2 : Students are introduced to a wide range of formal elements focusing on colour. Painting is the main skill learnt throughout this first term. Digital media is used to develop their designs and the first final outcome is a monochromatic self–portrait.
Terms 3 and 4 : Students are introduced to a wide range of drawing skills. The focus is on observational drawing from first-hand experience. Students are shown basic drawing fundamentals, such as how to add tone and how to effectively record shape and form. They will also research and analyse the origins of art with a particular focus on cave art.
Terms 5 and 6 : Students will learn the main disciplines behind creating patterns. They will be introduced to a range of printing skills and textile processes. They will have the opportunity to produce creative work, explore their ideas and record their experiences.
Term 1 : During this project, students are introduced to a wide range of drawing skills. The focus is on observational drawing from first-hand experience. Students are shown basic drawing fundamentals, such as how to add tone and how to effectively record shape and form. They will also be shown a range of alternative mark-making techniques, such as stippling and feathering, and how to adapt these skills to print.
Terms 2 and 3 : Students investigate and analyse the style and exciting imagery based on the Mexican festival Day of the Dead. Using digital media, students will develop their ideas by creating a range of graphic images using Photoshop. Students can develop their 3D making skills by designing and creating a clay mask or a textile piece.
Term 4 : Students will learn a range of 3D building techniques. They will analyse the work and style of Jean Dubuffet to create a sculptural piece based on everyday objects.
Terms 5 and 6 : Focusing on natural forms, students will embed their observational study skills. Using Antonio Gaudi as a starting point, students will critically analyse his work to create their own mosaics.
ILT Tasks: Homework is an important part of the curriculum and the use of a projects and sketchbook encourages independence, imagination and good practice.
Key Stage 4
Students are given a homework booklet each term. They will complete weekly tasks and will take responsibility for their own learning.
All work done will be against the G.C.S.E assessment objectives:
A01: Research, Images & Artists
Develop your ideas through investigations informed by contextual sources, demonstrate analytical and cultural understanding
A02: Experiments with media
Refine your ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes
A03: Ideas, observations drawing and explanations
Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to your intentions in visual and other forms
A04: Final piece
Present a personal, informed, and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and making connections between other visual elements.
Term 1: During this term pupil’s will explore and examine the Art of Surrealism. Look at the great works of Artists such as Dali and Magritte who have changed the face of Art. They will also explore dreams and nightmares and make a response to Artist works. They will research, explore analyse and experiment with a variety of medias to create successful Art works. They will refine their skills in drawing, printing, painting and collage and create a final piece which represents their own dream and nightmares in the style of a Surrealist Artist.
Term 2: During this term pupil’s will explore the Cultures and styles of Korean Art. They will look at the history of Korean Art and artists who have been influenced by it. Pupils will research, explore, analyse and experiment with a variety of medias to create a traditional Korean mask as their final piece – Hangul Mask
Term 3: During this term pupil’s will explore emotion through art. They will look at war and other events in History that have shaped Art. Explore expressionism, analyse, experiment with works of Artists such as Kathe Kollwitz, interpret this style of Art using original ideas.
All pupils are assessed termly against literacy and creative ability. All assessments are graded against the federation/government standards. Pupils will follow the AQA assessment criteria.
Key Stage 5
To be updated in due course.
Art/Textiles club every Thursday. Various enrichment activities during the year. Focusing on empowerment, building self-confidence and creativity
Independent Learning Resources
Details of all ILT to be posted on 'Show my Homework'