Art and Design with Digital Photography

We provide many opportunities for pupils to explore their creative side in a variety of different ways; from painting to clay sculpture, from computer art to collage. It’s a significant breadth of creative opportunity.

All staff use a wealth of Artists and cultures from around the world to inspire pupils to produce high-quality artwork, which has led to some of the best exam results in the school over the last five years.

Art is a popular subject in the school and helps to make sense of an increasingly visual world, allowing pupils to understand the basics of colour, tone, shape and more complex combinations of composition, images and words that we see around us daily.

Key Stage 3

Over the Year 7 and 8 students will develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of Art in a wide variety of media. They will be taught some of the basics of drawing, colour, line, shape and pattern in the first term of Year 7 and then use these in 4 different projects. Students will continue to extend and improve those skills and knowledge throughout Year 8. They will study Artwork from a comprehensive breadth of cultures, artists and craftspeople and produce final outcomes inspired by the main features of each of them.

At the end of Year 8 students are given the opportunity to select one creative subject. Students opting for Art then work in Years 9, 10 & 11 to achieve a GCSE.

Year 7 Projects

  • Zentangle Animals – Drawing skills, colour theory, mark-making
  • Gothic – Making a clay portal or doorway
  • Kandinsky – Designing & producing a t-shirt
  • Flowers / Karakusa – Sgraffito piece on still life

Year 8 Projects

  • Tiki Totems – Coloured pencil drawing on brown paper
  • Tiki Totems – Clay final outcome
  • Graffiti – Painting & drawing
  • Manga – Self-portrait using coloured pencil & finewriter
  • Pop Art – observational drawing with collage

Year 9

Students who have opted to study Art in Year 9 continue with the subject through Y10 & 11 at GCSE level.

In Year 9 students start to work in more depth and detail on projects that allow them to develop their skills and abilities whilst learning new techniques and processes. They will also start to understand how to successfully use sketchbooks and produce final outcomes in the same way as GCSE coursework.

Projects include: Art Deco, Landscape painting, Cultural Clay Tea Light holder & Portraits

Key Stage 4

Art & Design GCSE – 60% Coursework & 40% Externally Set Task (Exam)

Pupils will complete one extended project in Year 10 and one in Year 11, plus 2 shorter projects which will make up the coursework component of the GCSE. Coursework is made up of 2 elements: sketchbook work and final pieces.

The sketchbook is an essential part of coursework as it allows pupils to show how they have:

  • Researched and analysed artists and cultures
  • Experimented with materials and techniques
  • Developed their ideas

Final pieces based on sketchbook work show a high-quality personal response to the subjects and artists.

Between January and April in Year 11 pupils will complete the Exam element. They will choose one question from a choice of seven, then spend 6 weeks completing “Preparation” work before producing a final outcome over 10 hours under exam conditions.

Year 10

Extended Project – Still Life, for example, sweets or flowers/plants

In this, they will produce a large pencil drawing, a mixed-media or oil pastel piece and some clay work. Pupils will study a selection of appropriate artists to help inspire them to produce their final outcomes.

Shorter Project – Natural forms, clay

Year 11

Extended Project – Masks of the World.

Pupils will research a culture of their choice from around the world that makes masks. They will produce a large oil pastel piece, a 3D mask and a repeat pattern lino print.

Digital Photography GCSE – 60% Coursework & 40% Externally Set Task (Exam)

Pupils will complete one extended project in Year 10, plus several shorter projects which will make up the coursework component of the GCSE. Coursework is made up of 2 elements: sketchbook work and final pieces.

The sketchbook is an essential part of coursework as it allows pupils to show how they have:

  • Researched and analysed artists and photographers
  • Experimented with methods & techniques
  • Developed their ideas

Final pieces based on sketchbook work show a high-quality personal response to the subjects and photographers.

Between January and April in Year 11 pupils will complete the Exam element. They will choose one question from a choice of seven, then spend 6 weeks completing “Preparation” work before producing a final outcome over 10 hours under exam conditions.

Year 10

Extended Project – Still Life – Natural Forms

In this, they will look at a range of natural forms including flowers, plants, shells, bones etc. Pupils will study a selection of appropriate photographers to help inspire them to produce their final outcomes.

Shorter Projects – Portraits, Reflections, Textures and Abstract Ink

Year 11

Shorter Projects – Environments, Surrealism

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