KS3, 4 & 5 Art

Key Stage 3: Traditional methods and materials:  The chiaroscuro technique is developed in Art at The Malling School.  Chiaroscuro is a technique in painting that uses tones, shades, shadows and highlights to create the illusion of three dimensions on two dimensional media.  Some topics that are delivered at The Malling School are:

The materials used in these pieces of work are simple variations of dry and wet media, such as pencil, paint, chalks, pastels and crayons – all standard stock for the art room and pupils can use the presentations to develop their skills using these materials.   The tasks taught can easily form a springboard for printmaking, collage, 3D work or other approaches depending on resources available in the department.  The use of IT and photography is being developed throughout Key Stage 3 with the view of the latter ultimately being delivered at Key Stage 4 as a discreet subject.

Key Stage 4: Development of traditional methods and materials: AQA GCSE Art & Design

This GCSE is designed to bring Art and Design to life and to help pupils to develop their artistic skills and expand their creativity, imagination and independence. What’s more, the possibilities for personal expression are endless.

We want this to be an inspiring GCSE that will encourage pupils to consider a wide range of approaches to expressing themselves through different materials, media and techniques.

It will help pupils gain knowledge and understanding of art, craft, design, media and technologies today and in the past, and in different societies and cultures. Pupils will also develop an understanding of the different roles, audiences and consumers for art, craft and design. Pupils will experience different work practices and look at relevant processes and equipment too.

The course is divided into two units and offers pupils the opportunity to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of art and design – to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.  Portfolios will be presented creatively through a collection of sketchbooks and journals.

Unit 1 (8201 – 8201/C): Art and Design Portfolio: 60% of the total GCSE Art and Design marks.  Controlled Assessment: there is no time limit to complete the portfolio = 96 marks 

Unit 2 (8201 – 8201/X): Art and Design AQA-set Task:  40% of the total GCSE Art and Design marks. Question paper issued to candidates on or after 2nd January. The preparatory period is followed by 10 hrs of supervised time AQA-set Task = 96 marks

Key Stage 5: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design

This is a practical Level 3 course for students with a real enthusiasm and skill for art and design who are seeking a career in this growing and exciting industry. This course is ideal if you wish to experience a wide range of art and design disciplines before specialising in a subject pathway.

The course provides crucial underpinning skills for all artist and designers - drawing, problem solving,  working to a brief and deadlines, understanding others work and developing specialist vocabulary to analyse and discuss work. These skills will be developed through a range of practical projects, which will also give you opportunity to develop technical skills and experience in a range of art and design areas such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, digital graphic image making and printmaking.