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Art and Design

Key Stage 3

In year 7 you will:

  • Learn about observational drawing and how to best use line, tone and proportion.
  • Explore and apply colour theory to a self-portrait.
  • Make a visual Investigation into portraiture and the influence of colour upon mood and emotions.
  • Develop modelling and carving skills with clay.

In year 8 you will:

  • Make a visual investigation into non-western art and artefacts.
  • Apply elements from your investigation to make a 3D artefact.
  • Develop making skills such as construction, modelling and carving.
  • Develop surface decoration skills.
  • Learn about the principles of Abstraction.
  • Create an abstract image which explores colour, tone and textures.

In year 9 you will:

  • Learn about pictorial space, composing an image with a back, middle and foreground.
  • Make a visual analysis of the art movement Surrealism.
  • Design a composition which combines both direct observational features and surreal manipulations.
  • Make a visual analysis on contemporary art works, such as ‘Banksy’ and the concept of communication within public spaces.
  • Learn about making a stencil and achieving a ‘Banksy’ inspired effect.

Key Stage 4

In year 10/11 we follow the Edexcel GCSE specification.

The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Art and Design consists of two internally assessed and externally moderated components.

Component 1: Personal Portfolio (internally set) 60%

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment. 40%

In year 10 you will:

Unit 1:

  • Produce a portfolio of recording in different materials from manmade and natural forms.
  • Select your preferred techniques and apply to a  contextualised composition which best presents your strengths.

Unit 2 :

  • Produce a design sheet of designs in preparation for making a three dimensional outcome using clay. Previous themes that inform your designs have been: plant forms, architectural features and water formations.

Unit 3: Thematic study.

  • Present your responses to wide your artworks which share a common theme, such as ’Events’.
  • Produce 6 to 8 thumbnail ideas which have a link to the theme.
  • Demonstrate your recording ability showing a wide range of materials and techniques.
  • Contextualise your ideas by visually analysing a minimum of 2 artworks which share a link to your chosen aspect of the theme.
  • Generate a series of studies in 2 or 3d which demonstrate how you have explored your aspect of the theme.
  • Reaslise your intentions over 10 hours.

Unit 4:

Externally set assignment. Thematic study 2.

This unit follows the same structure as Unit 3 , only to a different theme set by the exam board and realised over 10 hours under public examination conditions.

Key Stage 5

In year 12/13 we follow the Edexcel GCE ‘A ‘level specification.

Component 1: Personal investigation. 60%

Component 2: Externally set assignment. 40%

In component 1 you will experience:

  • Broadening your recording skills by accessing new materials and techniques.
  • Take on new challenges in terms of scale and medias.
  • Set your own thematic study.
  • Be encouraged to contextualise your work with a broad range of traditional and contemporary artworks.
  • Write a personal study based on your investigation theme and has a minimum of 1000 words.
  • Produce an extensive collection of practical outcomes to your theme, which is documented with reflective annotations.

Component 2:

In this unit your will produce a body of investigate work which links to a theme set by the exam board.

This unit concludes with a practical outcome which is undertaken under 15 hours of public examination conditions.

Paul Carey
Art Head of Subject
Ed Harper
Creative Arts Head of Faculty