Art Curriculum Information
Key Stage 3
Year 7 students are introduced to many skills such as watercolour painting, photoshop and tonal drawing based around the bright and colourful subject of ‘sweets’. During the spring term, students are introduced to a new project of ‘landscapes’ where they focus on photography, poly-tile printing and acrylic painting. Artists such as Sarah Graham and Hundertwasser are analysed throughout the whole of year seven with emphasis on formal elements.
Year 8 students are introduced to Totem poles where they practice animal drawing and making animal totem heads from clay that represent their own characteristics. The students then explore Aboriginal art and create their own symbols that represent their journey to school that are enlarged and repeated to form a large painting. During the summer term, the students are introduced to African art where they analyse Adinkra symbols and create stencils and digital work.
Year 9 students focus on ‘faces, figures and movement’ where they analyse famous artists such as Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh and respond in the style of their work. They practice drawing portraits and facial features accurately then explore stencil cutting and creating ‘double exposure’ using Photoshop. The students also practice collage making in the style of Raoul Hausmann and practice their photography skills by zooming in on little figures in response to the artist/photographer ‘Slinakchu’.
Key Stage 4
Students start their first project of GCSE art being ‘Everyday objects’ where they focus on tonal drawing, pen drawing, digital work, photography, stencil making, oil pastel, acrylic painting, watercolour painting, mono printing and lino printing of everyday objects. All of these skills are practiced and refined before presented within their GCSE portfolios. Towards the end of year ten, students are to choose a skill and an artist out of Roy Lichtenstein, Sarah Graham, Michael Craig Martin and Wayne Thiebaud that they want to respond to for their final piece. This ‘everyday objects’ project is worth 60% of the students overall Art GCSE grade.
Students continue with their ‘everyday objects’ project at the beginning of year 11 in order to refine and complete annotation throughout. They also are given a ‘mini project’ to complete which lasts 6 weeks and is usually a digital project focusing on Photoshop and photography skills.
After Christmas, the students receive their exam paper which has a set of ten starting points that the students can choose from and take in any direction that they want to independently. This exam project lasts from January until April and during April, the students sit a 10 hour exam spread over 2-3 days where they focus mainly on producing a final piece. This final piece can be anything from sculpture to painting but has to be developed from their exam project.
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