Art in years 7 – 9

‘Art is a unique way of understanding and responding to the world’

Art is a way of expressing and communicating experiences, feelings and ideas in a visual form using a variety of 2D and 3D materials. It is concerned with the development of visual perception and visual literacy to enable understanding and appreciation of Art from a variety of cultures, styles and periods through time.

The foundations for success….

In years 7, students learn the basic foundations to become creative and imaginative artists. They discover the power of colour, line, shape, form, tone and texture through exploring the Art formal elements, and a Jon Burgerman inspired Cap project.

The year 8 curriculum builds on the formal elements. Students will work on themes over the year including a Dragon project with both 2D and 3D outcomes. The second project is a portraiture unit exploring the work of Luke Dixon.

In year 9 students develop their creativity and imagination. Topics include ‘Image and Text’ and Dia de los Muertos Day of the Dead.

Art in years 10 and 11

We follow the AQA Art & Design Specification.

There are 2 units of work, Unit 1 the Portfolio unit, and Unit 2 the Externally set assignment.

The Portfolio unit is started in year 10 and completed during year 11, it consists of 2 projects including the theme of Food and Animals. The portfolio unit is worth 60% of the overall GCSE.

The externally set task is worth 4O% of the overall GCSE. Question papers are issued in January of year 11. Students respond to their chosen starting point and have a 10 hour exam in which to complete their final pieces.

Art in the Sixth Form

We follow the AQA Art & Design A Level specification. 

During the course students are introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of two and three – dimensional media, processes and techniques. Relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of Art, Craft and Design from past and recent times, both European and non- European are explored and are integral to the investigation and making process.

Responses are shown through practical and critical activities, demonstrating the understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Unit 1, the portfolio unit is developed over the 2 years, carrying 60% of the total grade.  The portfolio will include a personal investigation where students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material.

Unit 2 is the externally set assignment resulting in a 15 hour examination, which carries 40% of the overall grade.