Art & Design

Head of Department: Miss M Hogan

Overview

Students follow a two year Key Stage 3 curriculum in Art and Design. Key Stage 3 Art and Design begins with studying the key elements of art therefore engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Students are introduced to art as a process and are encouraged to analyse and imitate art techniques in their own work. As art students progress on to the three year GCSE course at the beginning of year 9, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. 

Year 7

In year 7 we begin with the elements of art such as line, composition, tone and colour. We study still life and begin to look at the world around us and in our own homes so that students can begin to appreciate art all around. We study a selection of artists such as Henry Moore, David Hockney, Van Gogh, Anselm Kiefer, Andrea Joseph, Henri Matisse, The Fauves and encourage students to critique and enjoy different techniques when developing their own style.

Year 8

In year 8 we begin to embed and develop skills and techniques learnt in the context of Portraiture. Students use a variety of techniques including pencil drawing, watercolour studies, mono-printing, pop art and abstract art. Artists that we study include MC Escher, Julian Opie, Naum Gabo, Modigliani, Roy Lichenstein,  David Hockney and Frida Kahlo to help develop their awareness of different cultures and trends.

Year 9

In Year 9 we begin the GCSE course where we closely follow the GCSE Assessment Objectives for Art & Design courses. Students learn how to research, present ideas, develop and refine their own ideas and produce a final piece of art work. We encourage them to understand sketch-booking and the creativity that goes in to producing a journey of work. The topic we study initially is Coastal Environments including the work of Andy Goldsworthy, John Constable, Ernst Haeckel, Maggi Hambling and Karl Blossfeldt.

Year 10 and 11

Students will recall and refine a range of skills including drawing, painting studies, observation, collage, digital media and artist research. They will apply these skills to meet the 4 Assessment Objectives (AO's) which encompass Recording and Presenting Ideas; Developing Ideas; Refining and Experimenting; Presenting Final Ideas.

A range of topics can be studied including Fragments, Coastal Environment, Woodlands, Surfaces, Collections, Details, People, Architecture, Landscapes and Still Life, to name a few examples.

Homework

Homework is set weekly on Show My Homework and students are expected to complete a drawing skill as well as an extension task to develop their artistic skills. Tasks include:

  • Setting up a still life at home and drawing it.
  • Collecting primary sources and objects to complete observational drawings.
  • Analysing art work by producing in-depth paragraphs.
  • Collecting resources to use in a project.
  • Completing a set task to contribute to their coursework.

Useful Links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/art/

http://www.studentartguide.com/

http://www.tate.org.uk

Careers and Further Study

Students who study GCSE Art and Design can go on to study the subject at A-level and university. The study of Art at local colleges can help students to go on to careers in fashion, product design, graphics, computer animation and even become a famous artist