Art & Design

Head of Department - Ms L. Connolly

The fundamental aim of the Art department is to promote the creative development of all students in order that they achieve their full potential. We are committed to offer the students the opportunity and experiences which are challenging, interesting and motivating. They are able to use their own interests, knowledge and experiences as a basis for development. We celebrate their achievements through exhibitions and competitions.

The GCSE course is geared towards the requirements and demands of the AQA GCSE syllabus. Pupils are encouraged to respond to starting points with their own individual and personal ideas which they are to develop through sustained and independent study to a suitable outcome. Pupils are encouraged to work using their own initiative, utilising the skills and practices of the previous years in order that they become fluent in the art making process.

The practices of conducting independent research and recording ideas are vital, particularly in preparation for the art exam. Both skills are to be undertaken regularly as part of directed homeworks and should be continued independently if pupils are to realise their full artistic ability.

Students will:

  • Display an exhibition of their work
  • Submit their portfolio
  • Present their sketchbooks containing all their homework, annotations and ideas
  • Sit a 10-hour practical exam and include this final piece and its planning work in their exhibition.

“This course requires dedication and commitment and is very rewarding”

At KS3 all pupils are expected to research, experiment, explore and design ideas within their sketchbooks

Year 7

Pupils are expected to do (Drawing) (Mixed Media Collage) (Painting) (3D Construction)

ABILITY Mini Project

SEVEN ART ELEMENTS

To understand ability (First two lessons) Analysis Q+A - BASELINE

Basic understanding of Art elements - Colour wheel, line, shape, space, tone, value and texture.

Optical illusions / blending.

OBJECT AND VIEW POINTS

 Looking at different artist’s representation. Still Life / Mixed media (Paul Giovonopolous) / Cubism.

SHARED VIEWS

Artists

History, Aboriginal Art

Painting / Story Telling
Variety of artist techniques / mixed media

Year 8

Pupils are expected to do (Drawing) (Mixed Media Collage) (Painting) (Printing) (Sculpture)

PORTRAITS

Self-image / Portraits (Portrait Artist research and development - Chuck Close)

Drawing skills/ Painting/ Grid Technique

ARCHITECTURE

Looking at architecture – (Guadi / Hundertvasser)

Mosaic design / variety of media

FLORA AND FAUNA 

LANDSCAPES

Dale Chiuly – Glass Artist (Colour)

Observational Drawings/ Painting & Mini sculptures

Landscapes – Bob Ross etc.

Year 9  Pupils are expected to do (Drawing) (Mixed Media – Collage) (Illustration) (Sculpture)

SET DESIGN

FOUNDATION PROJECT

Set designs for the play – Painting – Backdrops

Observational studies / mixed media etc.

DAY OF THE DEAD Mini project

AO1 – Developing Ideas through investigations – Artists

AO2 – Refine work / experimenting with different media

AO3 – Record ideas – observational drawings / plans

AO4 – Personal response - Painting
GCSE PROJECT 1 – ANIMALS /
SET OWN PERSONAL PROJECT

AO1 – Developing Ideas through investigations – Artists

AO2 – Refine work / experimenting with different media

AO3 – Record ideas – observational drawings / plans

AO4 – Personal response - Painting
Year 10 PERSONAL PIECE (AO4)

AO1 – Developing Ideas through investigations – Artists

AO2 – Refine work / experimenting

AO3 – Record ideas

AO4 – Personal response

CONT. DEVELOP / REFINE PORTFOLIO (AO4)
GCSE PERSONAL PROJECT 2 (AO1)
GCSE PERSONAL PROJECT 2 (AO2)
GCSE PERSONAL PROJECT 2 (AO2 & AO3)
GCSE PERSONAL PROJECT 2 (AO3 & AO4)
Year 11 PERSONAL PIECE (AO4)

AO1 – Developing Ideas through investigations – Artists

AO2 – Refine work / experimenting

AO3 – Record ideas

AO4 – Personal response

Enrichment

Art club is available to all students every lunch time. This can be utilised as a homework club or for any personal topics you would like to follow.

Students have the opportunity to take part in many internal and external competitions; DOT Art, Photography, CHET young Artist of the year, Archdiocese competitions, local Art competitions and our annual Art exhibition.

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