Art

Year 7

Autumn Term

Students complete a term of working through the visual elements creating a first project.  This starts with working from a still life before developing work with influence from Chris Ofili and William Hayter.

Spring Term

Students work from pebbles to explore different materials and techniques.  This covers stone stacking and land art through to working with charcoal, wax resist, collage and drawing.

Summer Term

Students create work based upon the human figure learning about how to draw a figure in proportion through a variety of quick and sustained drawings.  This is developed to a 3D sculpture as the term progresses.

Year 8

Autumn Term

Students explore the theme of animals through initially recording animals based on the text of Animal Farm for National Read a Book Day.  This is developed to a sculpture based upon students’ own development.

Spring Term

Working alongside EPRE students explore mandalas and their meanings tying in with World Religion Day.  Students create their own designs to enable a large class and year group display before developing their designs through the form of quilling.

Summer Term

Students take themes and ideas from Refugee Awareness Week to create a response in textiles.  Students create designs and experiment with techniques before creating their final piece.

Year 9

Autumn Term

Students are taught portraiture through drawing with World Alzheimer’s Month as a focus.  Students look at the work of photographers before creating sustained portraits.

Spring Term

Holocaust Memorial Day is the main focus for students this term.  Working alongside History and EPRE students research the Holocaust (specifically Anne Frank) before creating artwork inspired by the artist Dominic McGill.

Summer Term

Students develop a range of skills during this term through short tasks that enable visual analysis of a range of artists’ work, refining recording skills and also developing creativity skills through taking risks

Year 10

AQA GCSE Art and Design
www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse

Autumn Term

Students are inspired by the work of Ernesto Caivano to create a contemporary drawing project.

Spring Term

Students work from pebbles to create a body of exploratory and experimental work that explores extensively materials, techniques and artists.  Students will encounter drawing and painting techniques, printmaking including collagraph, monoprinting and embossing, land art and digital manipulation.

Summer Term

Students start work on their main and final coursework project that addresses all assessment objectives and allows for an independent and sustained investigation into a particular theme.

Year 11

AQA GCSE Art and Design
www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse

Autumn Term

Students continue with work from Year 10 on their main project and investigation area to complete their portfolio of work.

Spring Term

Students are issued with their externally set assignment worth 40% of their overall grade.

Summer Term

Students complete their externally set assignment.

AQA AS and A Level in Fine Art

AS/ A Level Fine Art is an exciting course which celebrates and challenges creativity, imagination, independence and art itself. Students choosing Fine Art as an option in Year 12 must be committed to the subject and enjoy the process of working as an artist themselves. The course allows students to develop their artistic skills whilst specialising in areas and materials that are of interest to each individual.

The course culminates in an exhibition, which remains a focus throughout the two years of study.

The course acts as a stepping stone to an Art foundation course or a degree. Previous A Level Art students have successful careers in the fields of architecture, teaching, medicine, textile and fashion design, and engineering, utilising the skills learnt from their art education. Additional specific careers applying Art A Level range from window dressing, interior, web or graphic designer, animator, costume designer, illustrator, art therapist and photographer.

Students use, select and specialise in the following choice of media, Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Photography, Film, Animation and Printmaking.

Students are encouraged to visit galleries and museums as well as locally established art events to enhance their practice and learning. Previously organised trips have included local visits to the Baltic in addition to trips to Edinburgh and London.

Students are expected to work very independently during this course and, in addition to the five timetabled hours, there is an expectation that students will develop their work independently and in depth. To help students with this, they are allocated their own studio space in which to work throughout the course during contact and non-contact time.

Qualification equivalence: AS/A Level
Course contact: Mrs Hall
Assessment: Coursework and examination
Additional entry requirements: Grade C in GCSE Art
Suggested combinations: English, History
Link: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/as-and-a-level/art-and-design