Art

“I found that I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for”

Georgia

Art is delivered following the National Curriculum and pupils learn the key components and techniques of the subject such as basic drawing, painting, craft and design techniques; evaluating and analysing designs; researching artists and understanding the historical and cultural development of their forms. 

All learners are supplied with a sketchpad to record their Art ‘Journeys’ over the school year. These sketch pads are crucial in recording progress, skills, experimentation and imagination. They allow our learners to develop their ideas and to show progression in their artistic ability. We also implement a cross curricular method to the subject, incorporating ICT skills, English, Humanities. 

Learners are able to work on live projects and with practising artists, this is an area that we will continue to develop to allow our students to develop an insight into real life projects. We recognise and celebrate the work children bring into school from home, which shows the skills they have learnt being utilised. 

We enter students to gain a range of qualifications based on their suitability; these include Arts Award Discover, Explore and Bronze; WJEC Creative, Media and Performance Arts (Including units on painting and drawing, ceramics, textiles, 3D and printmaking); AQA Unit Awards; AQA GCSE Arts, Craft and Design.

Art Curriculum Overview

Art in Primary

Basic Drawing Skills

We use Art units of work provided by Hamilton Trust, designed specifically for primary pupils, to ensure our lessons consistently meet the aims of the national curriculum.

Topics include:

KS1 – Seasonal Changes Weather Art, Colour Chaos, The Oceans Collage, Let’s Sculpt!, Introducing Print, Inspiration from The Greats

KS2 – Seasonal Changes Weather Art, Famous for More than Five Minutes, Collage – Meet the Designers, Sculptors, Block Printing, River Art inspired by Monet

Art in Year 7

Basic Drawing Skills

Year 7 Art curriculum is formed around 5 mini projects concentrating on basic art skills, techniques and how to be inspired by artists. The first project concentrates on learning basic drawing skills, how to shade, add tone and mark make. This leads to observational drawing and how to ‘Look, think, draw’ through a mini shell project using the skills learnt. We also look at the formal element pattern and how to form them in order to create a
‘Zentangle’ shell design.

Colour Theory

Colour Theory is recapped looking at the colour wheel and its meaning. We practice how to blend and mix primary and secondary colours and experiment with harmonious and opposite colours. We learn how to paint colour strips, gradually changing the colour from one tone to the next. This helps the pupils when they create abstract landscapes in the style of artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Robert Delaunay.

Carle and Gaudi

The last two projects are artist based; we create 2D and 3D work in the style of the illustrator Eric Carle creating a collaged 2D butterfly and a 3D butterfly. The collage paper is made and decorated by the pupils before they cut and stick them into a butterfly pattern. The last project is the Gaudi Fish project looking at Antonio Gaudi and his famous mosaics in Barcelona, from this we create cardboard and paper mâché fish with a mosaic style to decorate.

Art in Year 8

Journey to School

Year 8 Art Curriculum is formed around 3 projects that follow a sequence of lessons starting with initial research, artist/culture research pages, creating mood boards to inspire ideas, developing ideas, experimenting with art materials and creating a final piece of art with a specific theme. We start the year focusing on the artist Hundertwasser and the project ‘Journey to School’. We look at symbols, patterns and colour and create work in the style of the artist. After experimenting with art materials and what they can do the pupils design stamp ideas with the theme ‘Journey to school’.

African Art

The second project is African Art – Patterns and 3D Masks. We research African Art and tribal patterns, develop designs using a range of materials and use safe print to create repeated patterns using printing inks. African masks are researched, designs created and then 3D techniques are used in the form of cardboard and paper mâché to create a final mask.

3D Bug Project

The final project is the 3D bug project. In small groups the pupils will draw a range of bugs in 2D and later design and make a large-scale 3D bug using willow and tape. They will then use tissue paper and paste to add colour, pattern and texture.

Art in Year 9

Journey to School

Year 9 Art Curriculum is formed around 3 projects and encourages pupils to use an artist/culture as inspiration and begin to form their own style using a range of art materials and techniques. The first project is the Pop Art – In the style of… project. We research Pop Art and create work in the style of Jasper Johns, Andy Goldsworthy and Roy Lichtenstein. The work created will be in both 2D and 3D techniques.

Surrealism and Abstract

The second project is Surrealism and Abstract Art. For surrealism we look at the artist Ben Heine and his surreal images created through photos and drawings collaged together. We then create our own surreal work in the style of the artist. The Abstract Art project is based around the work of Pablo Picasso and his imaginative portraits, we create work in 2D leading onto a 3D Abstract portrait using card and paper mâché.

Flannimals

The third project is Flannimals – Aliens Vs Monsters based on the book ‘Flannimals’. The pupils will research the different creatures from the Flannimals book and then develop a range of aliens or monsters in their own style. These monsters are then taken from 2D drawings and turned into 3D visualisations using clay and glazes.

Art in Year 10

Amazon Rainforest Masks

Year 10 Art Curriculum is based on accreditations in either WJEC entry levels or BTEC level 1 Art and Design.

For both of these accreditations the pupils will begin with a 3D Carnival Mask project using the theme of the Amazon Rainforest. The pupils are encouraged to complete this project using set tasks which are: Mood board research for the Amazon Rainforest accompanied by a page of drawings/paintings taken from their research. The second mood board focuses on carnival masks, looking at a range of celebrations and traditions where masks are used. We then begin to make a range of 3D models based on our Amazon Rainforest drawings, e.g. how to make flowers/plants from wire, paper mâché, card and clay. We experiment with different techniques and evaluate the outcomes, thinking about what has worked well and what needs to improve. A range of developed designs for masks are created using the technique and style of the pupil’s choice, the one they feel strongest using. A final mask design is then created and is made in 3D using the technique of the pupil’s choice. This project helps the pupils to work with independence and make decisions about creative ideas. Throughout the project the pupils will take photos of their work and create a progress diary showing their work developing.

Colour Theory is recapped looking at the colour wheel and its meaning. We practice how to blend and mix primary and secondary colours and experiment with harmonious and opposite colours. We learn how to paint colour strips, gradually changing the colour from one tone to the next. This helps the pupils when they create abstract landscapes in the style of artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Robert Delaunay.

Abstract Art

The last project will be Creating an Art Image – Abstract Art using painting and drawing techniques. Looking at a range of Abstract artists and their techniques the pupils will develop and create a final 2D piece of work using a subject of their choice in an Abstract way.

 

Art in Year 11

Amazon Rainforest Masks

Year 10 Art Curriculum is based on accreditations in either WJEC entry levels or BTEC level 1 Art and Design.

For both of these accreditations the pupils will begin with a 3D Carnival Mask project using the theme of the Amazon Rainforest. The pupils are encouraged to complete this project using set tasks which are: Mood board research for the Amazon Rainforest accompanied by a page of drawings/paintings taken from their research. The second mood board focuses on carnival masks, looking at a range of celebrations and traditions where masks are used. We then begin to make a range of 3D models based on our Amazon Rainforest drawings, e.g. how to make flowers/plants from wire, paper mâché, card and clay. We experiment with different techniques and evaluate the outcomes, thinking about what has worked well and what needs to improve. A range of developed designs for masks are created using the technique and style of the pupil’s choice, the one they feel strongest using. A final mask design is then created and is made in 3D using the technique of the pupil’s choice. This project helps the pupils to work with independence and make decisions about creative ideas. Throughout the project the pupils will take photos of their work and create a progress diary showing their work developing.

Colour Theory is recapped looking at the colour wheel and its meaning. We practice how to blend and mix primary and secondary colours and experiment with harmonious and opposite colours. We learn how to paint colour strips, gradually changing the colour from one tone to the next. This helps the pupils when they create abstract landscapes in the style of artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Robert Delaunay.

Abstract Art

The last project will be Creating an Art Image – Abstract Art using painting and drawing techniques. Looking at a range of Abstract artists and their techniques the pupils will develop and create a final 2D piece of work using a subject of their choice in an Abstract way.