Art

Year 7

Students in Year 7 receive one hour of art a week with the following aims:

1. To give students confidence and competence in making and understanding in art.
2. To develop practical and intellectual skills.
3. To enhance aesthetic awareness, discrimination, understanding and enjoyment in art in our own and other cultures.
4. To value and constructively judge their own work and the work of others.
5. To develop students’ imaginative and expressive abilities.

Throughout Year 7, students will focus on the building blocks of art (the formal elements) and complete two projects linked to identity: ‘Self Portrait’ and ‘Heraldry’.

Year 8

Students in Year 8 receive one hour of art a week with the following aims:

1. To give students confidence and competence in making and understanding in art.
2. To develop practical and intellectual skills.
3. To enhance aesthetic awareness, discrimination, understanding and enjoyment in art in our own and other cultures.
4. To value and judge constructively their own work and the work of others.
5. To develop students’ imaginative and expressive abilities.

Throughout year 8, students will complete projects on the following topics which build on the skills taught in Year 7 : Jungle, Urban Art, Japanese Pop Art and Culture.

Year 9

Students in Year 9 have two hours of art GCSE a week. During one lesson each week, students will undertake different still life tasks which explore a range of different media and techniques and, where appropriately, linking to artists’ work. In the second lesson, students undertake project work based on ‘Art of Another Culture’ and an issue based theme where they learn to develop their own ideas and outcomes.

GCSE art and design aims to provide students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities. The course aims to enable students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of art and design; to build creative skills through learning and doing; to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working; and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts in societies and cultures. The course aims to develop students’ skills in time management, organisation and independent working. 

The coursework and homework in Year 9 contributes to the students’ Unit 1 portfolio of work which is worth 60% of their overall GCSE grade.

Year 10

Students in Year 10 have two hours of art GCSE a week. For one lesson a week, students will undertake different still life tasks which explore a range of different media and techniques and, where appropriately, linking to artists’ work.  In the second lesson, students complete outcomes for an issue based theme and start their final extended project   (the personal investigation) where students choose a past examination question as their topic of study which simulates the examination experience and prepares students for the final GCSE examination. 

GCSE art and design aims to provide students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities. The course aims to enable students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of art and design – to build creative skills through learning and doing; to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working; to develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures. The course aims to develop students’ skills in time management, organisation and independent working. 

The coursework and homework in Year 10 contributes to the students’ unit 1 portfolio of work which is worth 60% of their overall GCSE grade.

Year 11

Students in Year 11 receive two hours of art each week within which students complete their personal investigation unit (60% of GCSE) by the end of term 1. In term 2, students undertake the controlled assessment practical task (unit 2) which is externally set by the exam board which accounts for 40% of their final grade. The final outcomes are produced in a 10 hour exam in May. 

GCSE art and design aims to provide students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities. The course aims to enable students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of art and design – to build creative skills through learning and doing; to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working; and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures. The course aims to develop students’ skills in time management, organisation and independent working.