• Art


Our Approach

We value all art and when someone is in art they are an artist and a thinker. We want students to experience art not just from the western traditions but from all over the world from Ancient civilisations to contemporary Art practice in its many modes and disciplines. We want students to become conversant with the way all artworks are made of the visual elements of line, colour, pattern, texture, tone, shape and form. We want to equip students with the ability to think and question critically about art and artworks they will experience.  Students are encouraged to talk about Art in class discussions as often as possible.

Art should impact across the curriculum, enriching students experience of their other subjects, bringing critical thinking and learning from Art to those subjects and vice versa.  We want students to leave KS3 with a wider understanding of how Artists change our ways of seeing and understanding our place in the world.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Students will have 1 hour of Art per week over the two terms in the year on a rotation with D & T, food and textiles over the 3 years.

Students are introduced to the key elements of art, including line, mark-making, texture, tone, colour and perspective. The aim is to ensure students develop confidence in implementing the more technical/academic into their work, which should help them to develop strong skills throughout. Themes include: the formal elements, Still-life, Abstraction and landscape and world- building.  In the second unit, students are introduced to sculpture and will explore the full potential of tactile materials in making a “Giant” sculpture.

Year 8

Students have 1 hour of Art per week over two terms in the year on a rotation with D & T, food and textiles over the 3 years.

This year continues with the further development of basic visual and tactile elements into more conceptual elements of Art & Design such as form and space. Students also build on skills learned in Year 7 by investigating Cubism as main focus.  They will learn to build more abstracted representations of objects and portraits from multiple viewpoints and learn about the contextual background to Cubism as a movement and how it still influences artists today. The project culminates in a Cubist self-portrait that incorporates different painting techniques and collage.  The second project, “Graphics and Typography” text and image.  Students will design their own typefaces and combine them with their own illustrations.  These will be used towards a final album cover design that reflects a particular genre of music in its design.

Year 9

Students have 1 hour of Art per week over two terms in the year on a rotation with D & T, food and textiles over the 3 years.

This year aims to see students continuing to increase their knowledge and understanding of different materials and techniques, such as painting, and print-making. Students learn about Pop art, its contextual background and influence on contemporary art.  Students make portraits, food prints, collages and paintings.  They are then introduced to a systematic approach to portrait drawing using the device of the grid to make an accurate and proportionate self-portrait drawing.   In the last unit, students are introduced to Abstract art as a locus for producing more expressive and cerebral drawings and paintings.

Key Stage 4

The endorsement offered at this level is Fine Art. This is an ideas-based course in which students can choose one or all out of the following disciplines: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Lens-based, Photography and video, Land art, Mixed-media and Installation art.  Drawing that serves a purpose is a mandatory requirement of the new specification from 2016 in which drawing is presented not for demonstrative reasons but to be functional and communicate ideas.

Students are introduced to a wide variety of skills, techniques, processes and approaches to choose from as they develop their ideas for particular projects.  They are exposed to many artists and practitioners from Classical to contemporary that they learn to select from and apply to their idea development.  Students must present a portfolio of work for their unit 1 which comprises 60% of their grade (this must include at least one complete project that meets all the assessment objectives) and a unit 2, a theme set by AQA resulting in a 10 hour exam in which students make their outcome.  Trips to galleries and museums, visiting artists and practitioners are built into the course to enrich students’ experience of Art and its relevance today.

Click here for the Curriculum Overview for Art.

For further information please contact Mr Purday.