Subjects

Art

Miss Tyas

Art and Design equips students with the skills to enjoy, produce and engage with the visual arts throughout their lives. GCSE Art and Design provides the opportunity for students to explore contemporary and historical sources of art and take an individual approach to their art, craft and design making. At KS3 and KS4 we offer a wide range of skills, techniques and artists for students to experience. In Years 7 and 8 art and design is studied by everyone. We run a varied programme of visits, workshops and clubs for all year groups. Materials to support and extend their learning are available on the departmental Firefly pages.

Art KS3
Aims:
  • To promote an interest in and encourage active engagement in the visual arts.
  • To develop an awareness of art, culture and history through the study of artists, craftspeople and designers.
  • To equip the students with the knowledge and the skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
  • To become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design technique.
  • To be able to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.

 

Content:
Year 7
Year 8
  • Baseline assessment looking at illustrator Brian Wildsmith and colour theory
  • Portraiture – responding to artists such as Julien Opie and Hattie Stewart
  • India – The festival of light. Pattern, polyboard printing and clay diyas
  • Abstract Cells – responding to abstract artists such as Kandinsky through felt making and stitch.
  • Project work and drawing skills
  • Project work and drawing skills

 

Key assessment details:

Students will be assessed regularly using ongoing assessment during lessons as well as through homework tasks. There will be formal assessment points during the year where the students will be tested in the four skill areas of art history, record, develop and final response.

Art KS4
Aims:

GCSE Art and Design provides the opportunity for students to:

  • Explore contemporary and historical sources of art
  • Take an individual approach to their art, craft and design making
  • Develop a skill of selecting the best and most appropriate work for presentation
  • A creative approach to problem solving
  • Analyse critically their own work and that of others

 

Content:
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
  • 3 projects over the year learning how to handle media, techniques, how to respond to artists and evaluate work.
  • Exam style projects covering the four assessment criteria
  • Coursework project where students are set a theme then they are able to choose their own project within it. The exam is set by the exam board in February.

 

Key assessment:

In Years 9 and 10 students will be assessed regularly using ongoing assessment during lessons, GCSE examination-style tasks as well as through homework. There will be at least two formal assessment points during the year where the students will be tested in the four skill areas of responding to artists, development of ideas, recording of visual information and final outcomes. Towards the end of Year 10, students start their art coursework which accounts for 60% of their final GCSE grade. They will sit a mock examination in the autumn term which forms part of their coursework. In February the students will receive their art exam paper and have approximately 8 weeks to prepare a sketchbook and plan a final response to make during a 10 hour exam, this accounts for the remaining 40% of their GCSE grade.