Art

In art and design, students explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art and design, students have opportunity to reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.

Topics covered in Art are detailed below

Unit 1- Brilliant BugsThis project is an introduction to Art focussing on the formal elements of Line, Tone, Shape/Form and pattern. The unit will take students through the skills, knowledge, pace and work ethic expected at Key Stage 3 Art. The theme of the project is Brilliant Bugs and it begins by developing basic skills concerned with drawing such as shading and tone, drawing from observation and mark making techniques. Students will then work their way through the creative process by recording from observation, experimenting with materials and techniques, researching and being inspired by the work of artists, craftspeople and designers to go on to develop their own original ideas that can then be adapted and refined to realise a final piece. The project will introduce the 4 GCSE Assessment Objectives- Develop, Refine, Record and Present to Year 7 students in an accessible way linking with the Art KS3 National Curriculum. The project is structured to give students a consistent set of basic skills whatever their previous Art experience as well as nurturing their confidence, independence and creativity.
Unit 2- Amazing AfricaThe theme of the project is Amazing Africa focussing on the formal elements of: Colour Texture and Pattern. Students develop skills in paint mixing and application, using pattern as decoration, mark making techniques drawing from observation and clay relief. Students will then work their way through the creative process by recording from observation, experimenting with materials and techniques, researching and being inspired by the work of artists and cultures to go on to develop original ideas that can then be adapted and refined to realise a final piece. The project will cover the 4 GCSE Assessment Objectives- Develop, Refine, Record and Present to Year 7 students in an accessible way linking with the Art KS3 National Curriculum. The project is structured to give students a consistent set of basic skills whatever their previous Art experience as well as nurturing their confidence, independence and creativity.
Unit 1- FantabeastIn this unit Students consolidate their skills in, drawing using shading and tone, colour mixing and blending paint. Students are introduced to new materials and techniques learning how to present their work in dynamic, creative and impactful ways linking to GCSE presentation. Students develop their skills of communication; the ability to analyse, examine, discuss and communicate ideas about other artists work relating these ideas to the development of their own work using subject specific vocabulary. Students develop knowledge of artistic process, researching, using IT to manipulate and create images, working from their imagination, experimenting with materials and techniques, planning and generating their own imaginative ideas. Students learn how to construct a landscape composition, identifying foreground, middle and background and creating a focal point.
Unit 2- Crazy CakesIn this unit, related to ‘Pop Art’, Students build on their knowledge of texture and relief. Students develop and expand their observational drawing skills and their knowledge of media and techniques. Students learn how to represent texture, both physical and representational and how to construct 3D forms using cardboard, creating a textured cake sculpture. Students develop their literacy skills; the ability to analyse, examine, discuss and communicate ideas about artists work relating these ideas to the creation of their own work using subject specific vocabulary, referencing GCSE assessment objectives and process. Students learn how to generate ideas from their imagination, artist work and primary and secondary research. Students have opportunity to independently research, develop, and plan ideas to generate final piece of work.
Unit 1- Creative Cultures - Part 1Students have shown an interest in continuing with Art as a GCSE option, this project will take them through the skills, knowledge, pace and work ethic needed to complete a successful unit of work before making their final choice. They will be guided through the 4 Assessment Objectives- Develop, Refine, Record and Present.
Unit 2 - Creative Cultures – Part 2The first theme of the project is Aboriginal Art, this will encourage students to learn about and be accepting of other cultures and beliefs. It will develop their ability to independently explore ideas, feelings and meanings and make sense of them in a personal way, resulting in them producing their own creative work. They will analyse the work of others in order to make connections with the experiences of other artists as represented in Aboriginal Art. They will develop new techniques and ways of working and be encouraged to experiment creatively, reflecting on their work and refining it in order to produce high quality final pieces. Students will expand their knowledge of relief printing, using more sophisticated ‘lino-cutting’ techniques.
Unit 1 Coursework & Unit 2 Set Task - Themes provided by the Exam Board.GCSE Art and Design offers an inspiring programme of study, which will challenge students to refine and develop practical art skills, understanding of visual imagery and creative thinking. Students will have 3 lessons per week over the duration of the two years and the course is made up of 60% coursework and 40% final exam.

For more information about Art in the Curriculum contact the Head of Faculty – Joanna Chapman. Email jchapman@roundhill.bepschools.org