Art

Year 7

Art

Art is taught on a carousel of four lessons per week for two terms.

In Year 7 we will develop visual research skills across 2 project themes:

  1. ‘Vanitas and Still Life’. Scholars will develop observational drawing skills focusing on accuracy and tonal development.
  2. ‘The Day of the Dead’. Scholars will research and respond to art work made by Jose Guadalupe Posada and images from the Day of the Dead festival. Scholars will develop observational drawing skills, painting skills and 3D construction skills.

Year 8

Art is taught on a carousel of four lessons per week for two terms.

In Year 8 we will develop visual research skills across 2 project themes:

  1. ‘Food in Art’. Scholars will investigate the food sculptures of Claes Oldenberg and Wayne Thiebaud’s cupcakes before developing their own ceramic sculptures and colourful drawings.
  2. ‘Tropical’. Scholars will work through a GCSE creative process before planning and producing an Abstract acrylic painting.

Year 9

Year 9 Art is an Option and is taught for three lesson per week for six terms.

Terms 1 & 2: What are the Building Blocks of Art and Design? - Scholars will analyse how artists use the Formal Elements in their art work and apply these to develop their own observational drawing skills. We will investigate the work of van Gogh, Kathe Kollwitz, Martha Alf and Euan Uglow for inspiration.

Terms 3 & 4: Who is Henry Moore? - Scholars will research and respond to the reclining figure sculptures of Henry Moore and attend an exhibition of his work. The outcome of this project will be a semi-abstract figurative sculpture made from ceramic.

Terms 5 & 6: A Sense of Place - Scholars will investigate the landscape paintings of David Hockney, with particular focus on acrylic painting techniques and his use of colour to evoke a sense of place, before developing their own acrylic painting response.

Year 10

Year 10 Art is an Option and is taught for three lesson per week for six terms. Scholars will produce coursework for assessment as part of Unit 1 for the Edexcel GCSE in Fine Art (1FA0).

Terms 1 & 2: Portraits and Printmaking - Scholars will explore and experiment with 2D materials, techniques and processes to create a wide range of surface qualities in their art work. Artistic references include Tracey Emin and M.C. Escher.

Terms 3 & 4: Surfaces - Scholars will explore and experiment with 2D materials, techniques and processes to create a wide range of surface qualities in their art work. Artistic references include Juan Gris and Robert Rauschenberg.

Terms 5 & 6: Identity - Internally Set Project. The structure of this project will mimic the structure of the final assessment for GCSE Art. Scholars will learn how to investigate and respond to ideas about a set theme. They will be expected to more independently select imagery, techniques and artistic references to personalise the set theme. Suggested references include Brett Whiteley, Frida Kahlo and Yinka Shonibare.

Year 11

Year 11 Art is an Option and is taught for three lesson per week for six terms. Scholars will produce coursework for assessment as part of Unit 1 and all of Unit 2 for the Edexcel GCSE in Fine Art (1FA0).

Terms 1, 2 & 3: Order and Disorder – Mock Exam. We will visit the Tate Modern gallery to see ‘Soul of a Nation’and focus on Social Commentary in Art. Scholars will make individualised choices of artists to research and respond to, before developing a personalised response to the theme of ‘Order and Disorder’. Suggested references include Chuck Close, Ursus Wehrli, Jiri Kolar and John Stezaker.  

Terms 4, 5 & 6: Externally Set Project – Edexcel will release assessment materials in January for an as-yet-unseen project theme. Scholars will make individualised choices of artists to research and respond to, before developing a personalised response to the theme. In Term 6 there will be a 10 hour Controlled Assessment in which scholars produce their final piece for the project. Suggested references will be made upon release of the Externally Set Project.