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Art and Design/Photography

Our students learn to make valued judgements, aesthetic and practical decisions.

Key Stage 3

Art and Design is a national curriculum subject at Key Stage 3. The subject gives students the opportunity to experience a variety of creative and imaginative project work. They are encouraged to be independent enquirers, creative thinkers, reflective learners, team workers, effective participants and self-managers. Students develop their knowledge of art and design skills, processes and techniques in both 2 and 3 dimensions. They also have the opportunity to develop their research skills and are encouraged to use ICT to help with this.
Projects are designed thematically to guide students through a process of problem solving towards a final solution. Critical and contextual studies both historical and contemporary art and design will be embodied in the projects. In each year students are offered the opportunity to explore work from a range of activities.

What skills will it develop?

Year 7

Colour

In Year 7, students come to us with varying artistic knowledge, skills and insight. Our main aim for this first unit is to create consistency across the year group and to prepare them for the best possible art and design experience throughout Key Stage 3.
This unit is designed primarily to develop direct observational skills, explore creativity through colour, begin the exploration processes required for KS3 artistic development, and learn to take risks, investigate the work of others and to become owners of their own learning through effective evaluation and reflection.

Self-Image

In this unit, students explore their personal identity as a starting point. They create images that reflect their ideas of themselves, working from observation, memory and imagination. They develop their skills using traditional materials and processes, and have the opportunity to combine digital and traditional media. They also learn about the ideas, methods and approaches used by other self-portrait artists.

Architecture

This unit explores our students’ ideas and feelings about buildings and their experiences of walking through spaces. They record interesting architectural features, such as doorways, arches, windows, porches and courtyards. They develop ideas and designs for 2D or 3D outcomes based on their studies. They also look at the work of architects, designers and sculptors.

What homework is set?

Each project has a specified homework task/s. Homework may take the form of planning, designing, collecting and researching ideas experienced during the lesson. Students complete their homework on paper and digitally.

How are students assessed?

Our students are assessed at the end of each project.

How are the students grouped?

Year 7 Art and Design students are taught in their mixed ability tutor groups.

Year 8

Students build on their knowledge of art and design skills, processes and techniques in both 2 and 3 dimensions. Projects are designed thematically and make use of the experience and knowledge built up in Year 7. Critical and contextual studies, both historical and contemporary art and design, are embodied in the projects.

Objects and Viewpoints

In this unit, our students study familiar objects from different viewpoints as the starting point for their work. They develop their ideas by selecting and abstracting the visual qualities of objects to use as the basis of a painting. They learn about the ideas and approaches of the Cubists and make connections with other artists who worked from still life.

Multicultural

Our students use a range of natural and other materials to develop a response in the style of an artist from a different culture. They work in groups to make a collective response. They analyse examples of work from different cultures where ideas, beliefs and values are shared and communicated through art, craft and design.

Issues

This unit focuses on developing our students’ ideas and feelings about an event in their own life as the starting point for image making. They analyse painting, prints, photographs and digital images, including examples of photo-journalism. They learn how visual qualities can be manipulated to evoke strong reactions and to represent ideas, beliefs and values.

What homework is set?

Each project has a specified homework task/s. Homework may take the form of planning, designing, collecting and researching ideas experienced during the lesson. Students complete their homework on paper.

How are students assessed?

Students will be assessed at the end of each project. This assessment will outline what national curriculum level they have achieved and what they need to do to improve.

How are students grouped?

Students in Year 8 Art and Design classes are taught in their mixed ability tutor groups.

Year 9

Students consolidate and refine their art and design skills, processes and techniques in both 2 and 3 dimensions. They also have the opportunity to develop their research skills and will be encouraged to use ICT to help with this. Projects are designed thematically and make use of the experience and knowledge built up in years 7 and 8. Critical and contextual studies, both historical and contemporary art and design, are embodied in the projects.

Heroes and Villains

We study Pop Art imagery using previous artistic experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. Our students work with traditional wet and dry media, developing confidence, competence, and imagination to achieve a successful and purposeful final artefact. They learn to think and act as artists, working creatively and intelligently. They also develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in society.

Change Your Style

This unit covers contemporary artefacts and the ways in which artists take ideas from the work of others and synthesise these into new creative forms. Our students develop their own ideas and develop either a finished outcome or series of focused activities.

Animating Art

Students explore the use of the moving image to communicate ideas about particular genres or styles of animation. They analyse films, cartoons, illustrations, digital images, photographs and images from contemporary visual culture. They learn how to represent ideas and values using the moving image. They make connections between the different animation styles and contemporary moving images.

What homework is set?

Each project has a specified homework task/s. Homework may take the form of planning, designing, collecting and researching ideas experienced during the lesson. Students complete their homework on paper and digitally.

How are students assessed?

Students will be assessed at the end of each project. This assessment will outline what national curriculum level they have achieved and what they need to do to improve.

How are students grouped?

Students in Year 9 Art and Design classes are taught in their mixed ability tutor groups.

Key Stage 4

AQA ART & DESIGN [Fine Art JA2]

Course Content

GCSE Fine Art is intended for students who have a genuine interest in Art and Design.  The course will build on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired by students through the Key Stage 3 Art National Curriculum programmes of study.  It is expected that students will have developed appropriate attainment, understanding and skill for their programme of study to be rewarding.
The GCSE course is a broad based course which is comprised of 2 components:
Portfolio (96 marks 60% of GCSE) - During the course students will cover a variety of themes and techniques.  These themes are delivered in a sequential manner.  It is expected that towards the end of the course some assignments may require additional time for completion.  During Year 11 students must produce an extended project. At the end of their course in Year 11 students also select the best work from their earlier assignments for their final coursework assessment.  This exhibition must include work from the following areas: Painting and Drawing, Mixed Media and Three Dimensional Studies.
Externally set assignment (96 marks 40% of GCSE) - The starting point for this examination is provided by the Examination Board. Students are allowed unlimited preparation time for this piece of work and are allowed 10 hours under examination conditions to produce the final work. The examination is issued during the Spring Term in Year 11.

What will I have to do?

The course is taught in a sequential programme of assignments which will lead to the full GCSE level qualification.  It is a prerequisite of the course that each unit is successfully completed before each candidate can progress to the next assignment.
You will have to:
• record observations, experiences, ideas, information and insights in a wide range of visual forms.
• analyse and evaluate images, objects and artefacts.
• develop responses which will include evidence of drawing for different purposes and needs and written annotation.
• develop sustained assignments and explore a range of visual materials, processes and resources.
• present articulate, personal, coherent and informed visual responses.
• you will need high levels of commitment and enthusiasm
• adhere to course deadlines
• demonstrate independence and initiative
• make appropriate use of school and home study time

What homework is set?

Each project has a specified homework task/s. Homework may take the form of planning, designing, collecting and researching ideas experienced during the lesson. Students are provided with personalised activities intended to raise their individual attainment. Students complete their homework on paper and digitally.

How are students assessed?

Students will be assessed at the end of each project. This assessment will outline what examination level they have achieved and what they need to do to improve.

How are students grouped?

Students in Year 10 and Year 11 Art and Design classes are taught in their mixed ability tutor groups.

AQA ART & DESIGN [Photography KJ1]

Course Content

GCSE Photography is intended for students who have a genuine interest in Photography. The course will develop a range of photographic techniques including lighting, viewpoint, aperture, depth of field, shutter speed and digital processes. This course will build on some of the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired by students through the Key Stage 3 Art National Curriculum programmes of study. 
The GCSE course is a specialised course which is comprised of two components:
Portfolio (96 marks 60% of GCSE) - During the course students will cover a variety of themes and techniques.  These themes are delivered in a sequential manner.  It is expected that towards the end of the course some assignments may require additional time for completion.  During Year 11 students must produce an extended project. At the end of their course in Year 11 students also select the best work from their earlier assignments for their final coursework assessment.  This exhibition must include work from the following areas Portraiture, Location Photography, Studio Photography and Experimental Imagery.
Externally set assignment (96 marks 40% of GCSE) - The starting point for this examination is provided by the Examination Board. You are allowed unlimited preparation time for this piece of work and you are allowed 10 hours under examination conditions to produce the final work. The examination is issued during the Spring Term in Year 11.

What will I have to do?

The course is taught in a sequential programme of assignments which will lead to the full GCSE level qualification.  It is a prerequisite of the course that each unit is successfully completed before each candidate can progress to the next assignment.
You will have to:
• record observations, experiences, ideas, information and insights in a wide range of visual forms.
• analyse and evaluate images, objects and artefacts.
• develop responses which will include evidence of drawing for different purposes and needs and written annotation.
• develop sustained assignments and explore a range of visual materials, processes and resources.
• present articulate, personal, coherent and informed visual responses.
• you will need high levels of commitment and enthusiasm
• adhere to course deadlines
• demonstrate independence and initiative
• make appropriate use of school and home study time

What homework is set?

Each project has a specified homework task/s. Homework may take the form of planning, designing, collecting and researching ideas experienced during the lesson. Students are provided with personalised activities intended to raise their individual attainment. Students complete their homework on paper and digitally.

How are students assessed?

Students will be assessed at the end of each project. This assessment will outline what examination level they have achieved and what they need to do to improve.

How are students grouped?

Students in Year 10 and Year 11 Art and Design classes are taught in their mixed ability tutor groups.

Additional Activities in Art and Photography

Extra-curricular opportunities are offered to all students after school and at weekends.

Opportunities at the end of Year 11

Studying either Art and Design or Photography at this level is the natural route for students who wish to pursue a career/degree opportunity in the visual and related arts. Students can either progress to AS/A2 or to vocational programmes of study depending on their level of attainment, expertise and experience. Further information on choices/opportunities at Post 16 can be discussed with the Art teachers or Connexions.