Art and Technology

As a department, we place creativity firmly at the heart of the subject. We aim to equip students with the skills and knowledge to enable them to make informed decisions and to be able to express their ideas visually. In Years 7 and 8, students are allocated one hour of Art each week and one hour of Technology, moving around the Design carousel.

In Year 9, students are taught Art, Graphics, Resistant Materials and Textiles through lessons as part of a carousel with Computing.

Art

KS3

In Year 7, students are taught the visual language of Art and Design through the promotion of skills, knowledge and understanding. Art themes such as Portraiture, Landscapes and Art movements are introduced to encourage students to recognise, employ and appreciate the formal elements: Tone, Line, Shape, Pattern, Colour, Texture and Form. Students are given the opportunity to work with a variety of materials using different tools and techniques which include paint, collage, printmaking, ICT, clay and sculpture. They are introduced to the use of sketchbooks and are encouraged to use them to record observations and gather resources to help stimulate and develop imaginative ideas. In Year 8, students have the opportunity to build on skills, understanding and knowledge of Year 7 and to reinforce their visual vocabulary.  The Year 9 Art course enables pupils to draw on skills by recording observations, analysing and evaluating images, objects and artefacts and by developing and exploring ideas.

Year 7
Initially in Year 7 we introduce students to tonal gradient, shape and form. Student will move towards creating still life observations focusing on mark-making, structure and proportions.
A term will be devoted to investigating colour and Op Art. Students will learn how colour theory is used in Art to create a sense of mood and how many artists have used colour as a stimulus to create optical illusions through Art. In the final term we will investigate landscapes and cityscapes using atmospheric perspective and one-point perspective. Students will learn how devise a depth of field using the rules of perspective.

Year 8
Students will revisit drawing shapes and forms from primary observation. The project will then move towards recording the figure using gestural drawing following their visit to the National Gallery with English. In the second term students will develop artwork based on mythical or religious narrative with the characters depicted as superheroes in the style of a modern comic strip. In the final term students will investigate drawing insects and bugs and explore a range of print-making techniques. Students will create a range of embellishments using patterns from the structure of insects as inspiration. The project will offer students an opportunity to learn how to create monoprints, polyboard prints and stencils.

Year 9
During Year 9 Art will be taught on a carousel basis meaning that each group will be offered a more concentrated timetable of two lesson each week for 10 weeks. The timetable will be shared between Art, Design & Technology and Computing. The Art curriculum offer will fully focus on embedding learning in preparation for GCSE Art should students opt to take the subject. The topic theme is ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and will explore portraiture producing both as two-dimensional and three-dimensional outcomes.

KS4

Students will complete the GCSE in Art and Design.

Students will be expected to develop knowledge and understanding of the following methods and materials throughout the 2 year course:

  • form, tone, texture and shape
  • the different purposes of mark-making
  • the relationships between hues, tints, tones and value
  • the use of a range of tools and surfaces such as brushes, knives, sponges, fingers and rags, papers, card, canvas
  • some of the following materials – graphite, wax crayon, oil pastel, soft pastel, aquarelle, charcoal, ink, chalk, conté crayon, paint and dyes
  • work in one of the following – figurative, representational, abstract
  • contextual connections between their work and the work of others, extracting and using meaningful information
  • technical skills in an appropriate range of media. 

The course is assessed through controlled assessments and a final examination.

Year 10 and Year 11
Students learn how to develop, refine and observe art based on the theme The Elements. Students record using a range of media such as print-making, stencilling and painting in order of develop ideas in preparing for their 10 hour controlled assessment which they will sit over the course of March.
 
Students will explore the theme Past, Present and Future at the end of year 10 into 11 before the exam-paper is released. This project is more concise in nature and offers students an opportunity to focus on exploring few medias, however, in more depth than the previous unit. Again, in this instance students will have 10 hour to complete their controlled assessment which is a final piece for the project.
 
Year 11
The final project title is released by the exam-board at the start of January. Students develop a range of preparatory studies based on the exam title and relevant artists. The project culminates in students sitting a 10 hour exam over two days which is assessed alongside the preparatory work.
 

Design Technology

KS3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum in Design Technology covers four specialisms: Resistant Materials, Graphics, Food and Textiles. Each specialism exposes the students to a range of materials, skills and techniques which they will apply and develop during Key Stage 3 and beyond. We teach students how to think about, design and plan for making; how to develop ideas, and write and speak with an academic Design and Technology approach. They will model and develop excellent skills through mini designing and making projects including bookmark making, a pop-up book project, a ‘Day of the Dead’ inspired cushion project and USB cover project.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum in Design Technology covers four specialisms: Resistant Materials, Graphics, Food and Textiles. Each specialism exposes the students to a range of materials, skills and techniques which they will apply and develop during Key Stage 3 and beyond. We teach students how to think about, design and plan for making; how to develop ideas, and write and speak with an academic Design and Technology approach.

In year 7 and 8 students will cover all 4 specialisms on a rotation through Food, Textiles, Resistant Materials and Graphics. They will model and develop excellent skills through mini designing and making projects.

In year 7 the projects include a pop-up book and a fridge magnet project whilst focusing on key skills in both Food and Textiles to create a range of dishes and samples

In year 8 projects include a ‘Day of the Dead’ inspired cushion project, a fridge magnet project and a mobile phone holder project with a focus on proteins in Food. 

In year 9 students will become specialists in Product Design (encompassing Graphics and Resistant Materials) and Textiles Technology, with 2 hours of learning a week on a 10 week carousel. Students will develop practical sewing skills to produce an applique drawstring bag in Textiles. In Product Design students will design and a make pewter key ring or item of jewellery as well as developing the packaging to go alongside this.

KS4

Students will complete the GCSE in Graphic Products.

This course enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of graphic and modelling materials.

Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. They will be encouraged to learn to use, understand and apply colour and design through images, to develop spatial concepts, and to understand graphic materials and their manipulation. They will design and make product(s) using graphic media and new technologies to prepare them for the world of work.

This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment and therefore a reflective proportion of curriculum time will be used to prepare for this element.

The course is assessed through controlled assessments and a final examination.

Students will complete the GCSE in Graphic Products.

This course enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of graphic and modeling materials.

Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. They will be encouraged to learn to use, understand and apply colour and design through images, to develop spatial concepts, and to understand graphic materials and their manipulation. They will design and make product(s) using graphic media and new technologies to prepare them for the world of work.

This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment and therefore a reflective proportion of curriculum time will be used to prepare for this element.

The course is assessed through controlled assessments and a final examination