Curriculum

Art & Design

Our Art and Design curriculum provides pupils with the opportunity to demonstrate imagination and creative flair. Pupils are able to develop and refine their drawing and observational skills through sketching a range of everyday objects and primary images and making their work personal.

Pupils have the opportunity to experiment with methods and approaches and synthesise observations, ideas and feelings to create compositions for paintings, collages, textiles and other creative responses. They are encouraged to explore their artistic styles by studying a range of artists and their ‘drawing and making’ styles.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • Mix Media: colours, black and white, textures, surfaces, digital, photography, raw, print making, lino printing
  • Colour Theory: primary, secondary, understanding application, tone, contrast, theme
  • Artist Study: Hundertwasser, Jon Burgerman, Rosalind Monk, Vincent Van Gogh
  • Print Making
  • Textiles: basic needle handling, stitching techniques, selecting fabrics
  • Sketching: application, tone, techniques, lines
  • Lino Print: colour, inks, textures
  • Oil pastels design work
  • Observational Drawing: lines, tones, pictures, techniques
  • Illustration: Drawing, colour, digital, hand design
  • Colour Theory: primary, secondary, understanding application, tone, contrast, theme
  • Drawing: lines, tones, pictures, techniques
  • Sketching: application, tone, techniques, lines
  • Print Making
  • Textiles: design pattern, sew, stitch creative design, embellish using beads/sequins/cotton/buttons
  • Painting
  • 3D Design: Packaging/branding Andy Warhol soup cans
  • Mix Media: colours, black and white, textures, surfaces, digital, photography, raw, print making, lino printing
KS4 Option Choice 1: AQA GCSE Art and Design
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
2 YEAR COURSE 1 YEAR COURSE

Students can choose one or more of the titles below for study.

  • Art, craft and design
  • Fine art
  • Graphic communication
  • Textile design
  • Three-dimensional design
  • Photography

Each student must select and present a portfolio representative of their course of study. The portfolio must include both:

  • A sustained project developed in response to a subject, theme, task or brief evidencing the journey from initial engagement with an idea(s) to the realisation of intentions.
  • A selection of further work resulting from activities such as trials and experiments; skills-based workshops; mini and/or foundation projects; responses to gallery, museum or site visits; work placements; independent study and evidence of the student’s specific role in any group work undertaken.
  • Externally-set assignment (students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title).

Students can choose one or more of the titles below for study.

  • Art, craft and design
  • Fine art
  • Graphic communication
  • Textile design
  • Three-dimensional design
  • Photography

Each student must select and present a portfolio representative of their course of study. The portfolio must include both:

  • A sustained project developed in response to a subject, theme, task or brief evidencing the journey from initial engagement with an idea(s) to the realisation of intentions.
  • A selection of further work resulting from activities such as trials and experiments; skills-based workshops; mini and/or foundation projects; responses to gallery, museum or site visits; work placements; independent study and evidence of the student’s specific role in any group work undertaken.

Externally-set assignment (students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title).

KS4 Option Choice 2: BTEC First Award in Art and Design
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
2 YEAR COURSE 1 YEAR COURSE
  • Compulsory Modules
    • Introduction to Specialist Pathways in Art and Design
    • Creative Project in Art and Design

Students will study two of the following optional modules:

  • Communicating Ideas in 2D
  • Communicating Ideas in 3D
  • Developing an Art and Design Portfolio
  • Investigating Contextual References in Art and Design
  • Compulsory Modules
    • Introduction to Specialist Pathways in Art and Design
    • Creative Project in Art and Design
  • Students will study two of the following optional modules:
    • Communicating Ideas in 2D
    • Communicating Ideas in 3D
    • Developing an Art and Design Portfolio
    • Investigating Contextual References in Art and Design
Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: AQA GCSE Art and Design (8201-8206) or BTEC First Award in Art and Design

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.