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Subject - Art
Miss J Barrett
About the subject
Pupils follow a structured mixed media course that explores a wide range of skills, techniques and processes. The core element running throughout all three years is that of drawing, painting, 3D, printmaking and investigation into artists, designers and cultures.
In preparation for GCSE Art and Design, pupils are encouraged to support class work by exploring their own ideas.
Pupils at KS3 work in sketch books for class work and art provided homework packets for home work. Class work is marked on a monthly basis and all homework, which is set every 2 weeks, is marked in accordance with the department policy procedure. Levels for years 7, 8 and 9 are recorded termly in sketch books. Self-evaluation is ongoing but formal self-evaluation forms are completed at the end of each term.
Pupils in GCSE follow an initial structured mixed media course that explores a wide range of skills, techniques and processes, again, focusing on formal elements such as drawing, painting, and investigating of others work. As the course builds pupils are encouraged to supported during class time in their exploration of own ideas and themes.
Pupils at KS4 work in larger sketchbooks for both class and homework. Class work is marked on a bi-weekly basis in accordance with the department policy procedure. Homework is set on a rolling weekly basis, and is customized to each students work as per the nature of the GCSE requirements.
Year 7 Overview
Term 1: Mark Making
Pupils begin by explore the fundamental areas of drawing, including line, mark making and tone. Students are also introduced to the concept of analysis of art. Pupils will produce a final piece influenced by an artist and showcasing mark making and tone.
Term 2: £-D Drawing, Depth and Perspective
Students will build on the fundamental skills explored in term 1, applying them to produce form, depth and tonal shading in their drawings. They will continue to analysis artist’s work and apply their knowledge to create their own composition.
Term 3: Figures: Form and Proportions
Pupils will understand how simple shapes can be put together to create form and look at accurate proportions. Students will look at movement and experiment with different means of capturing it. They will produce a large drawing including a figure.
Year 8 Overview
Term 1: Green and Spikey: Colour
Pupils will understand and explore all areas of colour, including colour theory and the colour wheel. Pupils will work with paint and other media techniques. They will produce a large abstract painting to hone their painting and colour mixing skills. Student will draw inspiration from artists.
Term 2: Colour Detail and Composition
Students will build on the fundamental painting skills explored in term 1, applying them to produce interesting and detailed compositions. They will continue to analysis artist’s work and apply their knowledge to create their own composition.
Term 3: Painting and Symbolism
Pupils will understand how all aspects of a piece of work can combine to symbolize meaning. Students will look at portraiture. Pupils will produce a final piece based on an artist inspiration incorporating their colour knowledge and a self-portrait
Year 9 Overview
Term 1, 2 and 3 Mock GCSE: Ordinary and Extraordinary
Throughout the year, pupils will explore the theme or ordinary and extraordinary
This scheme of work is designed to cover all assessment objectives with in the GCSE framework. It has been designed to introduce Year 9 pupils to the working process used within the GCSE course structure, whilst still supporting skills development it will provide opportunities for more independent work.
Year 10 Overview
In Year 10 the GCSE Art and Design course begins with a skills based workshop based on natural forms. This project is designed to hone core skills in drawing, proportion and mark making to a high level, as well as encouraging careful study and critical analysis of artists work. This project leads into the first of two teacher led projects. This is structured as a more personal project and investigation that is typical at GCSE level. Although the theme is decided by individual teachers it will relate to natural forms but will elaborate on ideas and build on skills developed during the workshop phase. Students continue to use a range of media and processes, and are encouraged to work both collaboratively and more independently. Students are required to respond to a broad theme such as ‘Growth and Evolution' and develop a personal outcome. Students then go on to refine their skills in their second project. The personal project allows students to investigate a given theme within a media of their choice and develop their conceptual thinking skills in preparation for Year 11. Sketchbooks are used as a way to present and document their ideas, processes, exhibition visits and visual research.
Year 11 Overview
In Year 11, we encourage students to work more independently and apply their understanding, skills and their ability to experiment. The department aims to build on students’ conceptual and visual literacy skills so they begin to think more like artists. Students complete one personal investigation before they are set the externally set assignment by the examination board. During the set preparation period students are encouraged to work in a very personal way to shape the development of their own ideas and work through a variety of media. Students are always encouraged to visit galleries and look at the work of contemporary artists through creative blogs and websites, in order to inform their ideas, development and research. Sketchbooks are used as a way to present and document their creative processes, exhibition visits and visual research.
Exam Board Followed
The GCSE Examination board for Art and Design is Edexcel; Specification codes: 2AD01
GCSE Art and Design is a two year course during which pupils produce two units of coursework accounting for 60% of the final grade. The terminal examination involves ten weeks preparation for the timed test and accounts for the remaining 40% of marks. Throughout the course pupils keep a work journal in the form of a sketch book. Pupils have the opportunity to work with different materials to create images.
Exam Board link to specification