Art and Design 2018-02-13T13:56:15+00:00

Art and Design

Team Leader: Ms K. Sankey

All pupils will study art in Year 7 and 8 and many then choose to study Art and Design (Fine Art) GCSE or Art and Design (Textile Design) GCSE.

Art and Design is a practical and creative subject that aims to develop the fine art skills of pupils alongside building their knowledge of different artists’ works.

Pupils learn to produce portfolios of work that aim to demonstrate:

  • Varied use of different medium and media
  • Independent and creative ideas presented showing thought processes
  • Show understanding of how artists’ work has influenced their own work.
  • Pupils learn basic drawing and painting skills and techniques.
  • They are encouraged to develop these skills in producing pieces of work that reflect their understanding of the world around them.
  • Pupils are encouraged to build upon these basic skills and develop them using sculpture, Photoshop and other medium that suit the final outcome.

Curriculum Overview:

Key stage 3:
Pupils develop a portfolio of work that is broken up into topics. Each project is assessed on individual pieces and pupils are given regular feedback and advice to act upon. Pupils also produce homework projects for each topic that gives them the opportunity to use any media or medium they wish to e.g. video, Photoshop, photography, printing etc.

Year 7 topics include:

  • Introduction to observational drawing and different types of shading.
  • Braque and Picasso cubist still-life.
  • Introduction to the painting techniques and understanding the use of colour.
  • Van Gogh Still-life paintings.

Year 8 topics include:

  • Two point perspective and optical illusions.
  • Creating work based on the artist M.C. Escher.
  • Developing portraiture looking at realistic pencil portraits, painted cubist portraits.
  • David Hockney Photoshop landscapes.

Key stage 4:

AQA Art and Design (Fine Art) GCSE

Art and Design (Fine Art) is a highly successful subject at Kettlethorpe High School.

  • Pupils are encouraged to develop a portfolio of work based around the three key subjects in art; still-life, portrait and landscape.
  • Pupils are given starting points to create pieces of work that show their understanding of different artists’ and cultures’ work.
  • Art skills and techniques are explored, pupils have access to cameras, Photoshop, acrylic paint, inks, pastels etc.
  • Pupils are encouraged to be independent and creative in their final outcomes.
  • Work is mounted and presented with annotation. This is worth 60% of the total marks for the pupil’s grade.
  • An external task is worth 40%, where the pupils investigate a question using their acquired art skills and techniques and produces a final piece for assessment.

AQA Art and Design (Textile Design) GCSE

  • Pupils are encouraged to work on skills based and sustained projects to develop a portfolio of work using textiles, photography and still life.
  • Pupils are given starting points to create textiles work that show their understanding of textile techniques and different artists’ work.
  • A wide range of textile skills and techniques are explored, including mixed media, embroidery, dyeing, printing, painting, weaving and felting.
  • Pupils are encouraged to be independent and creative in their final outcomes.
  • Work is mounted and presented with annotation. This is worth 60% of the total marks for the pupil’s grade.
  • An external task is worth 40%, where the pupils investigate a question using their acquired art textile skills and techniques and produces a final piece for assessment.

How to support pupil learning:

Art department is usually open after school most evenings for pupils to come and do extra art work.

Visits to art galleries, museums and exhibitions are an excellent way to encourage a love of and engage with the vast Art and Crafts world out there. Parents can also support their child by:

  • taking an interest in your child’s Art work and ensuring that they are spending an appropriate amount of time on it.
  • encouraging your child to visit exhibitions, galleries, museums, watch programmes on TV etc.
  • encouraging any form of art work for pleasure (drawing, painting, photography, textiles).
  • providing Art materials at home for them to use and explore.
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