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Art and Design Curriculum

‘Motivate, inspire, create’

The Creative Design Faculty aims to motivate and inspire our students through providing a high quality, inclusive education for all. It is our mission to champion the value of creativity and expression to ensure our students develop into proactive citizens that have a voice in society.

We provide opportunities for our students to:

                Build confidence

                Express themselves

                Explore media, techniques and processes

                Create innovative ideas

                See a journey through from concept to realisation

                Take creative risks

                Learn life skills

Critically think and develop opinions

                Engage in professional practise

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 students develop knowledge and understanding of formal elements in Art –

Basic drawing skills including 3D shapes, tone and colour. Students also develop skills in painting, perspective drawing, viewpoints and composition skills. We allow students to critically appraise and interpret artists work through artist’s appraisals, relevant to the unit studied.

In year 8 and 9 Art and Design gives students the opportunity to extend their practical and theoretical skills further. We cover three units of work in years 8 and 9 including, African Art, Pattern, Pop Art and insects. Each unit allows students to work in different media and create 3D outcomes.  These units are designed to give students a thorough grounding in Art and Design allowing them to progress to a GCSE in Art and Design in Year 10.

Key Stage 4

At GCSE level we teach the AQA Art and Design course, which is a broad-based course, extending all the knowledge and skills taught in lower school. Students will study their GCSE option over two years for three periods a week.

The course is split into two units –

Component 1 – Portfolio of work 60%

Students will develop a portfolio of work which includes:

  • A sustained project in response to a starting point or project brief – this must include evidence of research, the development of ideas and meaningful links with critical / contextual sources
  • 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 any evidence of the student’s specific role in group work undertaken.

Component 2 – Externally set task 40%

Externally set assignment including 10 hours of supervised time. This unit follows the same process as the coursework units; research, artist studies, observational studies, initial ideas, development of ideas, samples and maquettes, continual reflection through annotation and then the 10 hours is used to create a final piece of art.

All units of work are marked under four assessment objects – development, experimentation, recording ideas and presenting a final piece.

Department Staff

Mrs Richardson – Head of Department

Mrs Hinkles – Teacher

Mrs Parker – Technician

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