Art

General information:

Art and its history is the story of mankind. Without it, we would not know how humans have lived since the beginning of time. It is the way we have communicated throughout our history, even when we had no language. It is a subject highly prized by employers because of the skills acquired during its study, including visual and critical awareness, problem solving and time management. Whilst researching and making, students are creating, imagining and innovating; they learn to take risks, think flexibly, question and problem solve, gather data through all the senses and remain open to the continuous learning of their personal journey. They are required to demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills, become adept at analysing and interpreting information from a range of sources, and be able to work independently.
We have a very successful and visually inspiring art department that gives students the opportunity to explore a range of artistic disciplines, from drawing and painting to ceramics and textiles. We offer a range of extracurricular activities for different year groups to extend their learning and appreciation of art outside of lessons; these include Bronze and Silver Arts Award, clay club and life drawing classes for sixth form students.
 
In years 7 and 8, students are taught the key art skills while exploring a variety of themes and art movements from different cultures. They enjoy exploring the possibilities of various 2D and 3D materials and are encouraged to take creative risks to develop their ideas and skills. Year 9 is a GCSE foundation year, where students are given a taster of what is involved if they wish to continue with their art education into years 10 and 11. They are encouraged to work more independently and make informed choices about the development of their work. They are encouraged to be more experimental in their use of materials, using their sketchbooks to make mistakes and try out ideas. Less emphasis is placed on the final outcome.

Term

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

1

Baseline Assessments. Drawing skills and formal elements. 3D drawing.
Shoe project. Tonal drawings.

Illustration Project.
Contextual research, linear drawings and storyboard.

Drawing, photography and PhotoShop

2

Shoe Project. Artist research critical and contextual investigation. Understanding and application of colour theory. Linear drawing.

Artist Study. Lino print design.
Transferring drawing to lino.
Lino cutting and printing.

Etching and experimental printing.

3

Shoe Project. Visual understanding of Craig-Martin. Own designs. Poly tile printing. Reductive printing. Evaluation.

Presentation of work. Evaluation. Phase two cross curricular link with English & ICT; writing and illustrating own story using drawing and graphics.

Painting and colour theory.

4

Venetian mask project. Critical and Contextual research. Observational drawing.

Art Nouveau Project. Contextual research, tonal linear and colour drawings.

Investigation into 3D media.

5

Venetian mask project.
Exploration and use of multimedia.

Final Designs. Exploration of materials using clay.
Producing clay tile and clay pot.

Mixed Media/ Textiles.
.

6

Evaluation
Re-visit key skills

Evaluation
Re-visit key skills

Self-directed personal project.

 

GCSE Art and Design

Examination board: AQA

Course components:
Coursework: 60%

Examination: 40%

General information:

Coursework: Natural Forms
Students explore this theme broadly through skills-based lessons to provide evidence for the portfolio element of their coursework. Students also develop an individual project to further explore this theme, developing their ideas and skills depending upon their interests. This part of the project is taught through individual tutorials.
PPE project: This project also provides supporting evidence for the students’ coursework unit, while giving them an experience of independently developing a project in preparation for their real examination. Skills-based lessons are taught regularly, depending upon the students’ interests and needs. Examination: Students independently select a theme from the examination paper to investigate over about 10-12 weeks. The final piece will be completed over 10 hours (two days) under examination conditions.

Term

Year 10

Year 11

1

Natural Forms project.
Recording from observation.
Visit to Wingham Wildlife Park.

Revisit Natural Forms project. Refine ideas and skills.
Individual tutorials.

2

Natural Forms project. A variety of skills lessons to aid students in exploring the theme e.g. etching, painting, clay etc.

Revisit PPE project. Refine ideas and skills.
Individual tutorials.

3

Natural Forms project. A variety of skills lessons to aid students in exploring the theme. Individual tutorials.

PPE project. Refine ideas and skills
Hand out examination paper. Students choose theme and start preparation.
Individual tutorials.

4

PPE project. Students select theme from examination question paper. Students independently develop their ideas. Individual tutorial and skills lessons based on student’s needs.

Examination project. Individual tutorials.

5

PPE project. Students continue with PPE project. students and skills lesson depending on students’ needs.

Examination project. Individual tutorials.
10 hour examination Students complete final piece.

6

Refine PPE project and prepare for 5 hour examination to start final piece. The final piece will be completed in lessons.

 


A-Level Art and Design

Examination board: AQA

Course components:

Coursework: 60% Personal Study and Portfolio

Examination: 40%

General information:

Students produce a portfolio of work demonstrating their ability to explore a range of materials, techniques and processes. Within this portfolio, students are required to develop a project demonstrating their ability to work through an idea. They attend regular life drawing sessions, and have the opportunity to work with a practicing artist to expand their knowledge and skills further.

Personal Study:

This is a self-directed project which the students discuss and set with their teachers. This includes a 1000-3000 word essay on their chosen theme.

Examination:

Students independently select a theme from the examination paper to investigate over about 12 weeks. The final piece will be completed over 15 hours (three days) under examination conditions.

Term

Year 12

Year 13

1

Portfolio Unit
Foundation drawing unit.

Personal Study. Individual tutorials and skills lessons.

2

Portfolio Unit: Hastings project. Individual tutorials and skills lesson.

Personal Study. Individual tutorials and skills lessons.

3

Portfolio Unit: Hastings project Students independently develop their ideas and skills. Individual tutorials and skills lesson.

Personal Study. Individual tutorials and skills lessons. Final piece.
Examination project. Individual tutorials.

4

PPE project. Individual tutorials and skills lessons.

Examination project. Individual tutorials.

5

PPE project. Individual tutorials and skills lessons.

Examination project. Individual tutorials.
Examination: 15 hours

6

PPE project. Individual tutorials and skills lessons.
5 hour PPE to start final piece.
Start generating ideas for Personal study.

 

 

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