Art Curriculum Overview 2019/20

The grid below gives an overview of the curriculum for this academic year


Year 7

Throughout the curriculum in Key Stage 3, students will focus on the development of their creative skills by exploring and experimenting with ideas, materials, tools and techniques. They will investigate the work of artists and designers from the past and present. In order to further develop their ideas students will learn to analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others. Students are encouraged to take risks and learn from their mistakes.

In Year 7 students will draw from first hand observation, memory and imagination. They will learn about ways to use the elements of art and focus on colour theory. Students will learn how to use different techniques such as painting and printmaking. They will investigate the work of artists including the work of ancient peoples such as the Australian aborigines.

Year 8

In Year 8 students will focus on the use of pattern and texture. They will study natural and manmade objects and develop work using techniques such as painting, printmaking, low relief and mixed media. Students will learn about the art produced by people from other cultures.

Year 9

In Year 9, students will focus on ‘Personal Perspectives’ learning about ways that the elements of art can be used to show ideas and express feelings. They will learn how to create an illusion of space in their work using perspective. Pieces will be created in 2D and 3D using techniques such as painting, clay work and mixed media. Students will learn about some of the styles of modern art such as Surrealism.

Year 10

Students in Key Stage 4 will prepare for their GCSEs in either Art, Craft and Design or Graphic Communication. They will develop their ideas by investigating the work of artists and designers, recording from observation and researching widely. There will be opportunities to visit London galleries. Students will experiment using a wide range of media. They will make detailed changes to improve their work before developing a final outcome.

At the beginning of their year 10 Art, Craft and Design course students will complete a ‘mini foundation’ during which they will experiment with new processes and techniques. In the second unit they will produce a 3D response in clay to the theme of landscape. Students will begin the research for their major portfolio project ‘My Environment’.

Year 11

In the third unit students will produce a piece of work as a response to the theme of ‘My Environment’. They will visit a museum and gallery to research the work of artists and designers.. Students will continue to experiment and develop their skills using a range of media working towards a final outcome in either 2D or 3D. Students will begin to prepare for their GCSE exam during the Spring term and produce a final piece under exam conditions during the first half of the summer term.

In Graphic Communication students will initially produce responses to a series of mini briefs as they explore Graphic Design conventions including the personality of type, use of colour, composition and the work of designers and illustrators. Students will experiment with digital image making using Photoshop and Illustrator as well as producing hand rendered designs. They will produce designs for a range of products including logos, packaging, posters and magazines. Students will begin to prepare for their GCSE exam during the Spring term and produce a final piece under exam conditions during the first half of the summer term.


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