Year 7 Start term with a project called 'The Basics' aimed at exploring and developing skills in the formal creative elements of line, tone, colour, pattern, texture, shape and form. eg Students use paint and collage to express mood and meaning.
They then move onto an in depth study of patterns from a wide range of world cultures.
Summer Term brings a projects about Self Identity and Portraiture.
Students study two projects across the 3 Terms. Landscape: From traditional to contemporary takes on 'Scapes' students explore the variety of techniques and media used to recreate landscapes. Students create their own extended homework study project on chosen artists and complete in depth practical experiments in class. Eg Water techniques and studies and seasonal works by contrasting artists.
Students also explore a Pop Art theme through research, ICT studies, photography and textile mediums.
Year 9 students undertake a GCSE style themed project based on personal, independent research, experimentation and the creation of a sketchbook towards making a final, original and large scale 3d or painted piece. This years theme is 'Structures and Architecture'.
Students also revisit portraiture at the end of Year 9. Visiting artists have also worked with students on photography and junk modelling.
Year 10 and 11
Students are offered the choice of Art and Design GCSE as an 'Option Choice' for Year 10/ 11.
The Department follows the Edexcel GCSE in Art and Design (2AD01)
Students follow two main themes:
'People' in At, Craft and Design and 'Contrasts'. Students explore 2D and 3D work, including ICT and Textiles..
The emphasis for this course and the exam is on:
60% of the marks comprise of Coursework, 40% of the final grade is the Exam, 10 hours over 2 days.
Pupils will learn to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their execution. They should develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.
Pupils will learn to:
§ to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas
§ to use a range of techniques and media, including painting
§ to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
§ to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work
§ about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.