All pupils study Art at Key Stage 3. The curriculum has been created to inspire and develop pupils’ individual creativity. Pupils have the opportunity to work with a range of different mediums and techniques throughout Key Stages 3 and 4.
The curriculum has been designed to equip pupils with the knowledge and skills needed to progress to GCSE. As pupils progress they will think more critically and creatively to develop a more rigorous understanding of Art.
The Art department has a big emphasis on supporting pupils to find their own creative style. This can include mediums within fine art, graphic communication, photography, clay and textiles. Art is a truly subjective subject and we encourage pupils to express their own creativity, opinions and views. Pupils are encouraged to take creative risks, and explore and develop ideas, in order to create a body of work. This is an essential life skill as well as teaching pupils how to look at things aesthetically and develop technical knowledge and skills.
|Year||Autumn 1||Autumn 2||Spring 1||Spring 2||Summer 1||Summer 2|
|7||Introduction to Art||Influences & Sculpture||New rotation – Repeat Introduction to Art x2
New rotation – Repeat Influences & Sculpture x2
|8||Portraits & Type||Inspired by Nature||New rotation – Repeat Portraits & Type x2
New rotation – Repeat Inspired by Nature x2
|9||Art History and Fine Art Workshops||Fine Art and Clay Workshops||Art Textiles Workshops||Graphic Communication and Photography Workshops||#togetherwecreate|
|10||Skill building workshops component 1||Art Textiles component 1||Graphic Communication component 1||Refine and develop component 1||Sustained project
Starting point set internally
|11||Continuation of sustained project
Starting point set internally
Choice of starting points set by exam board AQA
|12||Component 1||Component 2||Summer exhibition|
|13||Component 1||Component 2||Summer exhibition|
Key Stage 4 Course
AQA Art, Craft and Design
Key Stage 5 Course
AQA Graphic Communication
AQA Art Textiles
Cultural Capital and Extra-Curricular Opportunities
Pupils are encouraged to visit galleries and museums to extend their learning. The Art department plans opportunities for pupils to gain new experiences by planning trips and an exciting enrichment programme after school with topics changing termly. GCSE pupils are able to make use of the ‘open house’ policy during break, lunch and afterschool to use the facilities and get extra support. Each academic year the school also holds a #togetherwecreate week where pupils participate in a variety of projects, workshops, trips and guest speakers linked to art.
‘Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.’ Pablo Picasso.
Key Stage 3
The KS3 schemes of learning are very skills focused to enable pupils to learn the skills needed to take forward into GCSE. Supporting pupils in finding their own creative style is an essential part of the curriculum. Pupils will use a range of media such as paint, pencil, clay, printing, digital media and photography and use these to investigate with different techniques to record, observe and explore ideas within a portfolio of work. Pupils will analyse and evaluate their work as well as the work of others from range of periods. Pupils will also look at different cultural influences to build a greater cultural awareness and enhance pupils outcomes. To support pupils choosing their GCSEs the department organise assemblies, talks and workshops to build a deeper understanding of the relevance art; how it fits into the world and career prospects the subject can offer. In the UK, the creative industries are one of the leading industries and contribute a great deal the UK economy. (1 double lesson a week for 12/13 weeks, on rotation with Food and DT)
Project 1 Introduction to art: History of art, art movements, visual elements, shape, tone, colour, texture, pattern, line, form, artist studies, observational drawings, printing, colour theory. mediums.
Project 2 Pop Art: Art movements, artist studies, branding and advertising, colour theory, Ben-day dots, modern life, popular art.
Project 1 Portraiture: Linking ideas to a theme, visual elements, proportions of the face, grid method, photo manipulation, artist studies, typography, final outcome.
Project 2 Inspired by nature: Natural forms, artist studies (Jason Scarpace), painting techniques, observational drawings, primary and secondary sources
- The Fourth Plinth Schools Awards
- Afterschool Arts Club
- Lunchtime open house policy
- SHS Arts Festival
- School trips to art galleries and museums
Google classroom is used throughout as a hub for resources. Articles, websites, videos and general art inspiration is posted for pupils to help enrich their art knowledge. Other general websites include: