The art curriculum aims to give students a broad knowledge of a variety of art styles, as well as developing practical skills in the handling of materials and techniques. Students will be encouraged to develop their presentation skills and their use of technical art terms.
Key Stage 3
Throughout Key Stage 3, students will be encouraged to take risks and gain confidence in their use of materials and techniques and become confident in expressing their opinions about the work studied.
We aim to develop skills in drawing and painting through investigation, research and experimentation. Topics covered will include observational drawing and colour using projects based on the work of a variety of artists.
1. Students will look at techniques and skills used in portrait drawing, focussing on proportion. The project will include research of a variety of styles of portraiture and experimenting with different techniques.
2. 3D work will include a clay project and other materials, following the study of various artist/sculptors.
In Year 9 students will follow a trial GCSE project, using the 4 assessment criteria that develop skills in research, observation, development of ideas and producing a final piece.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Art provides a wide choice of materials and techniques, which can be used, such as 2D – drawing, painting, collage, printmaking. 3D – clay, mod-roc, card sculpture.
Students will follow the 4 assessment criteria, working on chosen projects. The coursework provides 60% of the final grade and there is a timed project at the end worth 40%.
We have two purpose built art rooms, which can facilitate the use of a wide variety of materials. We have a working kiln and the ability to re-cycle used clay.
Students are encouraged to participate in the Year 9 Arts trip to London and we build other trips in where appropriate. Students are able to participate in art competitions.