It is our aim to deliver a syllabus that encourages the acquisition of knowledge, skills and concepts appropriate to the age group. It is also of huge important to us to nurture a Growth Mindset in our learners, that is, the belief that an individual does not have a pre-defined level of skills, but that by being challenged and by trying hard, we can always get better. We endeavour to “get it”.

We change our words to change our Mindset – if it’s difficult, we’re learning and if we don’t think we can’t do it at that point, we add the word…YET. We set challenge, encourage co-operation, respond to the work of others, learn new techniques and work in a variety of media. We strive to build confidence, resilience and creativity.

Staff in Art

Mrs Hopkins – Lead Subject teacher
Mr Windle – Teacher

 

The Art Curriculum

Our themes vary depending on events at the time, but coverage doesn’t. We keep a balance of aspects of the subject. The overarching aim for Year 7 is to deliver a Syllabus that builds confidence. In Year 8, it is “Drawing for Purpose” that underpins our themes.

Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4
Year 7 Do you “get it”?
Natural Forms, Media & looking at the work of others***
Learning skills through media, techniques and the work of others*/*** Constructing drawings, colour  and Still Life. Learning skills through media, techniques and the work of others*/**/*** Fantastic & Strange / Cultural influences.

 

Learning skills through media, techniques and the work of others*/**/*** Graphics-themed topic.
Year 8 “Drawing for Purpose” & responding to the work of others*/*** the Human Figure, Faces. Learning skills through media, techniques and the work of others*/*** Abstraction. Learning skills through media, techniques and the work of others*/**/*** Technical drawing – illusion. Learning skills through media, techniques and the work of others*/**/*** Landscape.

 

Year 8 Students opt for the subject to take in Year 9. Work continues to build on previous study, making further steps into understanding GCSE expectations and training students to deliver evidence through sketchbooks, prep sheets and using the media in their Art packs to continue work at home through to Year 11.

Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4
Year 9 Component 1: topic 1 – Poetry Stones & War Art. Component 1: topic 1 – Poetry Stones & War Art Understanding the Assessment Objectives. Component 1: topic 2 – Assessment Objectives – Cultural Influences. Component 1: topic 2 – Assessment Objectives – Cultural Influences.
Year 10 Component 1: topic 3 -Assessment Objectives, Independent Learning, Development and Personal response*** Natural Forms. Component 1:  topic 3 – Assessment Objectives, Independent Learning, Development and Personal response*** Natural Forms. Component 1: topic 4 – Assessment Objectives, Independent Learning, Development and Personal response***

Fine Art.

Component 1 topic 4 – Assessment Objectives, Independent Learning, Development and Personal response***

Fine Art.

Year 11 Component 1 –

Printmaking.

Component 1&2 – Consolidation of Component 1 and Delivery of Component 2 (“the Exam”). Component 2 – “the Exam”.

The GCSE assessment descriptors can be found here.

* Artists, designers, photographers, architects, sculptors, craftspeople.

** Art from other cultures

*** SMSC

Useful Art links:

We would encourage all students to spend time at home reviewing their learning and trying to work through any misunderstandings or areas of difficulty, before then discussing them in school with their teacher.

The following links will help students to find information and other learning resources to support their learning:

Lower School “Can-do” skills document