All pupils study Art and Design at KS3. Throughout their time studying this subject the curriculum has been created to inspire and develop pupils’ individual creativity. Pupils will have the opportunity to work with a range of different mediums and techniques to build upon in this skills based subject.
The curriculum has been designed to equip pupils with the knowledge and skills needed to progress on to GCSE. As pupils progress they will think more critically and creatively to develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and Design. The Art department have a big emphasis in supporting pupils to find their own creative style. This can include mediums within fine art, graphic communication, photography and textiles. Art is a truly subjective subject and we encourage pupils to express their own creativity, opinions and views within their outcomes. Pupils are encouraged to take creative risks, and explore and develop ideas in order to create a creative 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.
Cultural Capital and Extra-Curricular Opportunities
The art curriculum has been designed to educate pupils on how the subject reflects and shapes our history as well as contributing to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. This is embedded throughout trips and different schemes of learning in both KS3 and KS4 where pupils research into different artists, cultures, history and social issues.
All pupils are encouraged to visit art galleries and museums to extend their learning. The Art department also plan opportunities for pupils in all years to gain new experiences and further develop their creative skills by attending trips to art galleries and by taking part in our enrichment curriculum. We run a weekly Arts Club after school, whilst also allowing pupils to make use of our ‘open house’ policy during lunchtimes, during which time pupils can use the facilities and develop their imagination. Each academic year the school also hold an ‘Arts Week’ where all pupils are able to participate and get involved in a variety of projects and activities.
‘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: