The KS3 curriculum aims to develop student’s confidence, knowledge and understanding of Art using core principles, techniques, and exposure to a variety of art materials. In addition to developing visual literacy to help understand symbolism and meaning in both Art and the world around them. Art and Design in all its forms should enable students to develop cultural awareness, personal creativity, and expression as well as the
ability to develop analytical thought. In key stage 3 students complete a drawing, painting and 3D unit of work in each year to develop and build on their skills. This development is underpinned by the elements of art which are discussed, used, and revisited throughout KS3.
During year 7 students receive one lesson a week in Art and will focus on developing fundamental understanding and core principles of Art through guided projects that allow students to build a foundation of knowledge for further study. Students will explore the work of artists and movements whilst building a bank of subject specific terminology to analyse and evaluate artwork. In addition, students will start to explore colour theory and the key elements of Art whilst experimenting with the uses and capabilities of materials such as watercolour, clay and pencil. Students will use directed improvement and reflection time to ensure that skills are developed and embedded in their practice in year 7 and beyond.
During year 8 students have one lesson of Art a week and begin to explore a wider range of artistic creation and materials such as mixed media, graphic and 3-Dimensional design creating connections to career prospects and the wide-ranging scope of Art and Design. Themes, materials, and processes developed in Year 7 underpin students’ knowledge and progress.
The year 9 curriculum aims to act as a springboard for students developing their own artistic voice and vision. Students will receive three lessons a week in Art and will focus on building a deeper understanding of materials and techniques through guided projects and short workshop sessions that allow students to gain confidence in their application and uses for further study. The focus for the Yr.9 programme of study is to encourage confidence and understanding of the four AQA assessment objectives. The projects are designed to provide a solid introduction to how projects are delivered at GCSE level and provide insight into how an artist works from ‘project launch’ to final outcome, culminating in students developing a body of work that will begin to build their portfolio for unit one of the GCSE course.
Exploring and building a foundation knowledge of how the elements of art are used to create a wide range of Art and design.
Exploring the elements of art through the lens of patterns of the world
• 2D & 3D shape
Developing a foundation knowledge of clay, its uses and where it comes from. To design and create a clay tile
Building a foundation knowledge of clay
• Clay tiles
• The science of clay
• Mark making
• Practice of drawing skills through drawing technique and observational drawing
Learning to conduct effective research and investigation through Art history. Culminating in visual expression of knowledge in the form of a personal composition.
Developing appreciation and understanding of different art styles and movements
• Art history – student choice
• Developing design ideas
• Building on knowledge of the elements of art
Enrichment and Extra-Curricular
Students can access a wide range of additional resources through the student art site to help develop their own emerging interest in Art and Design, such as careers, art books and tutorials, links to useful websites and gallery information. Students are invited to apply to become an Arts leader which aims to promote The Arts both in school and the local community through engagement in developing exhibitions, performances, and competitions. In addition, P7 options offer a range of enrichment such as Ceramics, community art project and Art club. Options for P7 change termly