Welcome to the Art and Design Department


Intent

The vision for the Art and Design department/curriculum is for it to be adaptable, imaginative and robust enough to challenge. Making connections with students to allow progression to take place. 

Ensure the art and design curriculum conforms to the national curriculum programme of study for both KS3 and KS4 by allowing students to stretch their knowledge and understanding of art and design using skills and techniques. Equipping students with the knowledge to explore ideas and be critical thinkers, able to reflect on their own practice.
 

Why learn Art?

A world class art, craft and design education is an entitlement. It inspires personal expression and allows young people to communicate beyond text and the ability to excel without words.

Art and design makes use of critical thinking, imagination and expression. Creating and making developing attributes in young people, such as confidence to take risks, the ability to solve problems, self-belief, autonomy of thought and the sense of identity. Art, craft and design is about visual literacy and communication, and is an understanding of visual culture and practice.

The creative industries are the fastest growing sector of the UK economy. The job market wants creative people with a growth mind set, and people with transferable skills, confident workers in both teams and as individuals, and unafraid to take risks. 

Engagement in art, craft and design is fundamental to being human, to being visually and culturally aware, and to be able to see a sense of worth and belonging and a place to grab opportunities for careers and lifelong learning.
 

Year 7

Fertile question: Let's use our imagination / where could our imagination take us?


During year 7, students will study the following topics:

  • Gradual shading
  • Mark making
  • Mixing of paint 
  • Understanding an artist
  • Developing an idea in an artist’s style
  • Flat colour shading
  • Understanding an artist’s style (Jon Burgerman)
  • Design process
  • Evaluation of design
  • 3D modelling skills
  • Refinement of skills/evaluation

Students learn basic skills in preparation for GCSE. 1 - Skills, 2 Understanding an artist, 3 - Evaluation practice

 

Year 8

Fertile question: How do I become a creative student?


During year 8, students will study the following topics:

  • Gradual mark making
  • Pattern making (zentangles)
  • Extension 
  • Composition
  • Mixing and application of paint  
  • Mono printing
  • Poly printing
  • Understanding an artist’s style by analysis (Keith Haring)
  • Evaluation
     

Students build on basic skills in preparation for GCSE. 1 - Skills, 2 Understanding an artist, 3 - Evaluation practice

 

Year 9

Fertile question: Who do I look up to?


During year 9, students will study the following topics:

  • Observational drawing
  • Scale and proportion
  • Mixing and application of paint
  • Card relief (layering card to create height)
  • Understanding an artist’s style by analysis (Andy Warhol)
  • Evaluation
     

Students build on basic skills in preparation for GCSE. 1 - Skills, 2 Understanding an artist, 3 - Evaluation practice

 

Year 10

Fertile question: What animal would you choose?


During year 10, students will study the following topics:

  • Research mood boards
  • Observational drawing
  • Photography 
  • Artist research and analysis
  • Printing techniques
  • Mixed media development- painting, collage 3D relief, oil pastel
  • 3D ceramic techniques
     

Students will choose an animal to study, they will look at the shape and form of the animal, skin, fur, feathers, scales etc, where the animal lives and its habitat, what it eats and why? Where it fits in the food chain? Religious or countries emblem?

 

Year 11

Fertile question: What does your everyday look like?


During year 11, students will study the following topics:

  • Research mood boards
  • Observational drawing
  • Photography 
  • Artist research and analysis
  • Mixed media/ technique
  • Composition

 

Students to record their ‘everyday’ by taking photographs and using them to develop techniques and use a variety of media


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