Through Art we explore different cultures as well as British Values. We inspire our students to contribute to exhibitions and organise visits. We teach our Art students to be creative thinkers, inventive problem solvers and resilient workers.
Year 7 – Students are taught the elements of art during their first year (Tone, line, composition, form and texture.) Students learn key art vocabulary as featured on their knowledge organiser. They are taught how to draw and paint still life, figures and Natural forms/ landscapes. They look at relevant artists and start to analyse their own art as well as other artists. Year 7 have a double lesson of art weekly and home learning is set weekly (Alternating between Knowledge organiser and deliberate practice).
Year 8 - Throughout the year students develop their ability to use different materials and techniques to create their own work in response to different Artist’s and Cultures. Students study from Aboriginal, African, Indian and British Culture using a range of materials and techniques. Year 8 have a double lesson of art weekly and home learning is set weekly (Alternating between Knowledge organiser and deliberate practice).
Year 9 - Students learn techniques such as proportion, scale and composition through portraiture and figurative work. The final term includes either a gallery or artist in resident visit to consider Art in context and career opportunities. Students develop their own piece based on the theme Identity and study relevant Artists and designers. Their work is delivered as it would be at GCSE level to prepare students for their next steps. Having chosen Art as an option Year 9 then have a double lesson of art weekly for half of each term. Home learning is set weekly (Alternating between Knowledge organiser and deliberate practice).
Years 10 & 11- Over two years students work in a variety of materials such as drawing, printing, painting and sculpture to meet the AQA Fine Art criteria.
They record their own responses in sketchbooks or mounted on display board to a series of themes such as ‘War and Peace’ 'Man meets machine’ and ‘Take a closer look’. The expectation of the course is at least two projects with two final pieces and an exam project with a final piece produced in the second year during a ten-hour timed exam. Key stage 4 Art further develops skills and practices introduced throughout Key stage 3 as well as preparing them for further studies at A level or College if students wish to pursue it.
Mrs B Baldwin
Learning Outside the Classroom Co-Ordinator