Art and Design

Art and Design

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Key Stage 3

Year 7
Pupils joining the school in Year 7 are encouraged to be confident and versatile in their use of materials and techniques. For many it is their first opportunity to tackle art projects on a regular timetabled basis. Pupils are in small groups of 24 and have three 50-minute lessons during the two week timetable. They explore formal elements of line, tone and colour, always starting projects with drawing from observation. Pupils create one project each term and work using paint, printmaking and sculpture. Projects are inspired by the work of other artists. Projects are marked at the end of each term with a National Curriculum level. Homework is set once every two weeks and is marked with a comment and a National Curriculum level. House points are awarded for outstanding quality homework.

Years 8 and 9
Pupils in Year 8 and 9 build on this foundation with four 50-minute lessons during the two week timetable. Over the two years they study a range of projects based on the work of artists across the world and work on analysing media and popular culture.Pupils continue to develop their command over a range of two and three-dimensional media including printing and sculpture. At the end of Year 9 pupils compile their portfolio of work and sit a drawing exam in order to determine their final Key Stage National Curriculum level. Pupils receive guidance in pursuing the subject at GCSE and usually around 40 Year 9 pupils follow this route.

Pupils continue to develop their creativity and imagination. They are taught to expand and improve their practical and critical skills. Pupils extend their experiences of materials, processes and practices in many exciting ways. Throughout the year they will develop their critical abilities and express opinions on the work of other artists linked to their own ideas.

Pupils will create three main projects throughout the year that are marked at the end of each term with a national curriculum level.

In studying these projects pupils should:
1) Develop their observational drawing skills
2) Develop and improve painting, printmaking and sculpting skills
3) Improve the quality of their written analysis of relevant artists and designers.

Pupils are set homework once every two weeks, this work links to the theme of the current project studied. Homework is marked with a National Curriculum level. House points are awarded for outstanding quality homework.

 


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