KS3, 4 & 5 Art

Key Stage 3 Art

Year 7

Throughout the Art rotation pupils in Year 7 learn about the traditional values of African and Aboriginal cultures. During the African project pupils learn the foundation skills of drawing before making their own 3D interpretation of an African inspired mask. They are challenged to explore colour and ways to embellish their work using a range of materials. Throughout the Aboriginal project pupils learn about key historical Aboriginal techniques and produce work through the medium of paint and textiles.

Year 8

During the Art rotation pupils will explore the following areas: portraiture, cubism, expressionism and Landscapes. They will revisit and refine various skills and techniques in order to produce high quality outcomes. They will consolidate their understanding on colour theory and painting techniques. They will learn how to analyse other artist’s work and produce a range of tonal, painted and expressionist style self-portraits. They will also be introduced to textile techniques and experiment with dry felting to produce an abstract landscape in response to the work of David Hockney.

Year 9

In Art, Year 9 will be exploring the key elements of surrealism and mythical creatures. Initially they will analyse the work of surreal artists and produce their own ideas in response to juxtaposition, transposition, illusion and metamorphosis. This project will enable pupils to understand the meaning and ideas behind the artwork and will help them to generate their own surreal artworks and refinement of: perspective drawing, use of colour, collage, painting and tonal drawing techniques. They will then explore Greek mythology, storytelling and illustration. They will focus on watercolour, print making and clay techniques in response to mythology.


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.