Art and Design

Year 7

The beginning of year 7 is an introduction to new areas of skill. Students then move on to a Music Into Shape project wherestudents explore colour, pattern and decorative art techniques making studies from abstract artists’ work and attempt tasks that will improve and equip them with skills needed to complete a successful final outcome based on their own response to a pieces of music. The summer term finishes with a mixed media project, where students synthesize their new art based skills to produce an A2 work that displays these skills through still life observations.

Year 8

This is a 3-part project showing students how from the starting point of a poem an idea can be developed through a range of media and techniques, creating a name banner over the period of the term. Students then move on to an architecture project. They will also be encouraged to investigate architects both past and present and experiment with creating 3D shapes of their own, ultimately designing and creating a collograph for printing or a unique stained glass window for hanging.

Year 9

Students studying GCSE Art and Design will commence the autumn term with a study of portraiture. This research contributes to a final realisation of a mixed media portrait observation. The spring term introduces different styles of Architecture and gives students the chance to explore interesting architectural features, such as doorways, patterns, gargoyles, stained glass and unusual designs. Students will then go on to create a 2D or 3D response to their studies and produce a sculpture in card and papier mâché or a clay tile. The summer term consists of a variety of art historical studies and observations selecting and experimenting with new media.

Years 10 and 11

Students investigate the theme of the human figure through the exploration of portraiture, looking at a variety of artists that have used distortion. They will explore line, tone, colour, shape and proportion before developing individual pieces based on their own identity and based on the artists they have studied. There then follows a term of study as preparation on the exam theme and a mock exam. This is intended as a broad project, which will give students the chance to build on existing skills and also to learn new techniques and processes relevant to the theme. Students will have the opportunity to work extensively from first hand observation, looking at collections in the British Museum and graphic designers. They will have the opportunity to work in a range of different media and disciplines. Pupils will also be encouraged to explore and gain an understanding of the context, culture, history and meaning of objects/ collections and to research various artists, designers and crafts persons.

Years 12 and 13

The A Level course develops the techniques and processes relevant to the theme of nature and exploitation. Students have the opportunity to work extensively from first hand observation and work in a range of different media and will also be encouraged to explore and gain an understanding of the environment, context, culture, history and meaning of objects and to research various artists, designers and crafts’ persons.

Students complete a personal contextual study of colour and colour theory and its history. Students then work in a range of different media to explore how colour can be manipulated, its context, culture and history in order to produce a unique response to the criteria.