General Introduction

In Art and Design, students will work with traditional and new media to develop confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. The study of artists and designers is strongly embedded in the curriculum and students will learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures and they will understand the contexts in which they were made. Students reflect critically on their own and other people’s work; they learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. Multi-stage projects, deadlines which cover several weeks of work at a time, and open ended outcomes all encourage students to act independently and take responsibility for their own progress – functional skills that are critical to successful adult life.

KS3 Overview

Students will study 3 projects throughout the year which will give them the opportunity to experience a range of disciplines which include many aspects of Fine Art. Students will receive a 15-minute lesson prep task every lesson. This is for them to practise what they’ve learnt or prepare them for their next lesson. Students will also receive 1 assessed homework task per project. Students are assessed on their artist analysis essays (50%) and sketchbook with final outcome (50%).

KS4 Overview

Students can choose to specialise in Art. Students produce 2 coursework units over Year 10 and Year 11 with an introductory year in Year 9 (worth 60%), and 1 exam unit (worth 40%). They will be assessed on 4 areas; artist analysis, experimentation, recording and final outcomes, all with equal weighting. Once the title of their project is given, students are then encouraged to explore the topic in more depth and to build on their creative skills through learning and doing. It is important for students at this level to explore their own interests in ways that are both personally relevant and developmental in nature.

Stretching Students

It is our expectation that all students will continue their learning outside the classroom. Students are welcome to use the art rooms at lunch and after school. Art workshops will enhance students’ experience of various techniques that they may have tried in lessons. For high achieving students who have chosen Art GCSE, there will be extended opportunities throughout the year.