head of art: Mrs J Swain
Key Stage 3 Curriculum Details:
Art is delivered in a thematic way at KS3. Art is a rotation subject with students receiving one Art project in Year 7 and one in Year 8. Pupils are taught to use a wide range of media effectively and creatively and are encouraged to make decisions regarding their own response and how to achieve it. Art history is woven through the projects and is actively used to encourage understanding and knowledge that the students can then apply creatively to their own work. Projects are made up of a variety of tasks with the students covering 2D, 3D, and mixed media.
Homework is directly linked to classwork and supports their learning and helps to develop the students understanding of the current topic. It is used in class to further develop and refine ideas.
In Year 9 Art is an opted for subject area where pupils develop drawing and material skills, and learn how to approach the exam assessment objectives at GCSE. All students are taught the same core skills in order to raise their ability levels and understanding, in preparation for the beginning of coursework in Year 10. Class work is project based and students will use A4 sketchbooks to complete all work.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Details:
AQA GCSE Fine Art
All sketchbooks the pupils develop form the coursework for their GCSE. Students work through the year on short half projects, being given the opportunity to further extend skills in a wide range of media and build upon prior learning.
Art history becomes increasingly important as a quarter of their GCSE marks relate to this area, and time is spent on discussion and understanding of their own and others' work. Pupils work in quality sketchbooks.
Year 11 comprises of three projects, and the exam, taking a term each to complete. Trips to Delapre Aboratum, Pitt Rivers museum Oxford and London are an integral part of the course and add to the students wider understanding.