Curriculum

ART & DESIGN

Our Art and Design curriculum provides pupils with the opportunity to demonstrate imagination and creative flair. Pupils are able to develop and refine their drawing and observational skills through sketching a range of everyday objects and primary images and making their work personal.

Pupils have the opportunity to experiment with and select methods and approaches, synthesise observations, ideas and feelings to create compositions for paintings, collages, textiles and other creative responses. They are encouraged to explore their artistic styles by studying a range of artists and their ‘drawing and making’ styles.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • Mix Media: colours, black & white, textures, surfaces, digital, photography, raw, print making, lino printing
  • Colour Theory: primary, secondary, understanding application, tone, contrast, theme
  • Artist Study
  • Print Making
  • Textiles: basic needle handling, stitching techniques, selecting fabrics
  • Sketching: application, tone, techniques, lines
  • Lino Print: colour, inks, textures
  • Observational Drawing: lines, tones, pictures, techniques
  • Kandinsky
  • Pointillism
  • Negative space
  • African art
  • Illustration: Drawing, colour, digital, hand design
  • Colour Theory: primary, secondary, understanding application, tone, contrast, theme
  • Drawing: lines, tones, pictures, techniques
  • Sketching: application, tone, techniques, lines
  • Print Making
  • Textiles: design pattern, sew, stitch creative design, embellish using beads/sequins/cotton/ buttons, Fabric painting technique, silk painting technique, design bags and paint
  • Painting
  • 3D Design
  • Mix Media: colours, black & white, textures, surfaces, digital, photography, raw, print making, lino printing
  • Aboriginal art
  • Islamic pattern
  • Chalk
  • Oil pastels
  • Pop art
GCSE Option Choice: Art, Craft and Design
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Illustration
  • Observational sketching
  • Textiles
  • Painting
  • Water colour drawing
  • 3D design
  • Graphic design
  • ‘Shade’ project
  • ‘Journey’ project
  • How sources relate to individual, social, historical, environmental, cultural, ethical and/or issues based contexts
  • How ideas, themes, forms, feelings and concerns can inspire personally determined responses that are primarily aesthetic, intellectual or conceptual
  • Students to develop ideas and intentions relevant to fine art
  • Students must choose a project inspired by topics covered in previous years
  • Coverage of the four assessment objectives
  • A sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions
  • A selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study
  • Evidence of drawing activity and written annotation
Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: AQA GCSE Art and Design (8201-8206)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.