Art & Design

Art, Design, 3D, and Photography
Key Stage 3Key Stage 4

Artistic creation and appreciation have always played a powerful part in people’s lives as a pleasurable activity providing fulfilment through life. People of every culture have found the need to share ideas, opinions and feelings through Art and Design. It provides vital experience in the development of imagination, the ability to think laterally and in understanding the sensory world around us.

Knowledge of the work of artists, designers and creative thinkers, including those from different traditions and times, contributes significantly to developing cultural understanding and enhances learning across the curriculum. It can enable links to be made within the community beyond school.

Art and Design makes pupils aware of their own creative potential through a wide range of artistic experiences offering pupils a unique way of communicating and is a means of developing self-confidence and self-esteem.

Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 pupils develop their creative and imaginative skills through sustained planned activities spread over several lessons. During these modules, pupils are expected to build on and improve their practical and critical skills and to extend their knowledge and experience of materials, processes and practices. These include Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics, 3D, Textiles, Photography and ICT. Classes are introduced to the work of artists from Western Europe, the wider world and throughout time. For example, Celtic Art, African Art, Cubism, Renaissance, Art Nouveau and Aboriginal Art.

All pupils are expected to keep a sketchbook and are encouraged to use this to develop research and observational skills. During Year 9, pupils are introduced to a wider range of materials and media in preparation for Key Stage 4. They will also embark on projects which are studied in greater depth and over a longer period of time.

Year 7

Aboriginal Art

Drawing, painting and illustration. Pupils will develop a design and complete an illustration of the Aboriginal story ‘The Rainbow Serpent”.

Costumed Portrait ‘Klimt Style’

Drawing, collage, photography and the study of an artist. Pupils will complete a costumed collage portrait in the style of the artist Gustav Klimt.

Ceramics

Study of rock pools and the creatures that inhabit them. Drawing, exploration and understanding of clay leading to the design and construction of a ‘slab pot’ container.

Year 8

Self Portrait

Pupils will learn the principles of portrait drawing and will complete one in the style of the artist Amedeo Modigliani.

Self Portrait 3D

As Above: using a variety of techniques including drawing, plaster moulding, painting and fabric painting.

Fantasy Shoe

Pupils will learn about the history of shoes and shoe/boot construction. They will develop a design for a ‘fantasy shoe’ and create it using 3D construction techniques.

Year 9

Draped Still Life

Pupils will complete a series of observational studies of a draped tailors dummy using a wide range of drawing media.

Figurative Sculpture

Drawing, 3D construction.

Manchester Architecture

Drawing, painting, and contextual study. Taking inspiration from the artist Ian Murphy, pupils will create a mixed media painting with the theme of Manchester Architecture.

Art in a Box

Using a selection of media, collage materials and personal memorabilia, pupils will explore their own identity and culture. They will be introduced to the artist Joseph Cornel and create a ‘Box of Memories” using a selection of materials, techniques and processes.

Assessments

Pupils are continuously assessed throughout each module according to the National Curriculum requirements and awarded a level and grade for effort. Progress is closely monitored against differentiated learning objectives, and these are recorded on an end-of-module summative assessment sheet.

Key Stage 4

Students have three pathways at Key Stage 4; Art and Design, Three-Dimensional Design, and Photography.

Art and Design
This is a broad course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and new media and technologies. It is an unendorsed course where pupils can work in appropriate art, craft and design materials and processes.

Three-Dimensional Design
This is a broad course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and new media and technologies. It is an unendorsed course where pupils can work in appropriate three-dimensional art, craft and design materials and processes.

Photography
The specification used is AQA Art and Design: Photography. It emphasises the importance of photography as an art form as well as a way to communicate ideas. Development of ideas through sustained research and individual work is the most important aspect of the course. Production of good journals and written backup studies is mandatory.

Scheme of Work

Art and Design

Module 1: Arrangements.
Module 2: Working to an exam question.

Three Dimensional Design

Module 1: Frames.
Module 2: Working to an exam question.

Photography

Module 1: Close Up.
Module 2: Working to an exam question.

Exams:

Awarding Body: AQA

Unit 1: Portfolio of Work
Controlled Assessment – set and marked by Centre and moderated by AQA
96 marks – 60%
Candidate’s portfolio selected from work undertaken during the course of study and must include more than one project.

Unit 2: Externally Set Task in Year 11
Question papers issued from January. Marked by Centre and moderated by AQA
96 marks – 40%
Unlimited preparation time.
10 hours of sustained focused study. Pupils respond to their chosen starting point.

Pupil progress is closely monitored against differentiated learning objectives and these are recorded on an end-of-module summative assessment sheet.

Homework and School-based Assessments

Students will receive weekly homework consisting of exam style questions related to content studied that week. Students will also be assessed on their comprehension every half term in exam conditions and receive a grade per module.

Further Study

After studying GCSE Art you can go on to study A‐Level Art. It will help access a huge number of potential opportunities in Art including; Architecture, Graphics, Web Design, Jewellery, Ceramics, 3D design, Film & Photography, Fashion and Animation.

It provides a number of skills that employers are looking for in an employee – independence, teamwork, communication, problem solving, research skills and creativity. It can be a key influence in the following career paths: Teaching, Hairdressing, Gardening, Childcare and Beauty.

Department Staff

Mrs L Wing

Head of Art & Design (KS2-KS4)

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