The National Curriculum for Art and Design provides a broad and balanced starting point from which students can begin to explore the creative world around them. The essential skills, which students need to develop during this period are their ability to:
KEY STAGE 3
Year 7: Students will focus on the Formal Elements of Art and Design: Line, Tone, Shape, Form, Texture, Pattern and Colour. Projects will be focused towards ensuring students have a strong knowledge of the basic skills required to achieve. Current schemes of work include:
· Term 1: Sea-life textures
· Term 2: African Textiles
· Term 3: Fantasy Cities
To include drawing, printmaking, clay modelling and ICT.
Year 8 Students will begin to explore various Art and Design skills, looking at developing an awareness of the various areas of the subject and the different skills and materials this includes. Current schemes of work include:
· Term 1: Abstract art
· Term 2: Linear structures
· Term 3: Typography
To include mixed media, drawing, painting, sculpture and ICT.
In Year 9 students will be encouraged to work on more personal ideas and approach projects through enquiry, research and investigation, preparing students for the more independent methods of working at Key Stage 4. Current schemes of work include:
· Term 1: Portraiture
· Term 2: Appliqué cushions
· Term 3: Vorticism – mechanical and urban cubism
To include drawing, textiles, painting and ICT.
KEY STAGE 4 –YEARS 10 AND 11
To follow AQA Art & Design Endorsed GCSE Examination
GCSE Art and Design
A GCSE in Art and Design provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in Art and Design. It allows for a very broad experience of the Arts with students encouraged to work in and explore several different areas of Art and Design focusing on personal interests and themes as well as guided projects.
What is the course content?
Students will be encouraged to explore the more traditional painting and drawing materials of: pencil, pen, paint, inks and pastels then develop their work into printmaking, collage, textiles, graphics, sculpture and painting on canvas. Opportunities will also be available for students to work digitally, producing computer-generated artwork and digital photography.
Areas of study can include:
Students will also be encouraged to critically examine the works of other artists, designers and craftspeople. The research and study of artists and artwork will include the production of written elements to support practical work. A great deal of emphasis will be placed on students’ personal and creative responses to the areas above and they will use a sketchbook in which to record their ideas and plans along the way as well as being expected to create work on a larger scale where appropriate.
Homework will be set regularly to support and strengthen class work.
Assessment: Students follow the AQA GCSE in Art and Design course and the specification requires that they produce a portfolio of selected work completed during the course, which will provide 60% of the total marks at GCSE. The remaining 40% will come from a final examination, including preparatory work and supervised time.
Students will hold a final exhibition of their artwork at the end of the course.
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