Art and Design


Subject Overview

Art and Design develops students’ skills in a range of art techniques and processes using line, colour, texture and form. These are not just technical skills, but skills in seeing and expression from an aesthetic perspective.  The subject also develops in students a historical and cultural perspective of a variety of visual art forms, including painting, printing and sculpture.  It explores ideas about what makes art aesthetically pleasing or satisfying, and it develops capacity for judging and explaining judgements, as well as being able to participate in broader philosophical conversations about, for example, what constitutes art.  Art enables students to respond and create in a personal way.


Year 7

‘Sensations’ Project - Students learn about the formal elements of art and how to how to apply these to their own designs and when analysing the work of artists from different times and places. The project is a drawing based project, using a range of mixed media to develop confidence in mark making and recording observations. The Pop Art movement is used as a contextual source of inspiration combined with observational studies of packaging of food and drink products.

 ‘Fantastic & Strange’ Project - This project allows students to learn about expressive masks, gargoyles and contemporary   sculptors, before designing and creating their own 3D outcomes working with clay. 

‘Portraits’ - Using a variety of styles and the work of contemporary artists such as Sarah Beetson, Chila Burman’s and Shepard Fairey as starting points, students explore the role of portraiture in art. They learn about proportions of the face, develop drawing skills and work with collage stencils and mixed media to produce their own portrait outcome.


Year 8

‘The Ocean’- In this project students use drawing, painting and ceramics to explore the theme of the ocean and create art with an environmental message.

‘Abstract Art’ – Students explore shape, form colour and mask making in this project, developing their responses to abstract art to produce a sculpture outcome.

‘Skylines’ – This project focuses on the built environment and introduces students to perspective drawing, printmaking and mixed media techniques.


In Year 7 and 8 students are assessed on their progress in four key areas: Researching and analysing artworks; experimenting with a variety of materials and techniques; drawing for different purposes and creating a personal response showing skills and contextual understanding.


ART GCSE (AQA Specification)

 Coursework: Students create a portfolio of work consisting of 2 extended projects. The course content will cover drawing,   printing, painting, sculpture and ceramics skills. Current project titles being explored are ‘Natural Forms’ and ‘Identity’.   Students  respond to set themes producing a sketchbook showing contextual links, recording of imagery, drawings and   photographs. They develop ideas through experimentation with different media and design work. Each project culminates   with students creating a personal and meaningful response, making connections with the work of other artists.

 Coursework is worth 60% of the final mark.

 Exam: A controlled test is undertaken at the end of the course when candidates are required to demonstrate their ability to   respond independently to a theme set by the Exam board. They have a ten week period to research and develop their own   ideas in response to their chosen theme. Students are required to complete their final outcome during a 10 hour period.

 Exam work is worth 40% of the final mark.


 A LEVEL ART AND DESIGN (AQA specification):

Component 1: During the first term all students will use the theme of ‘Portraits, Structures and Still Life’ as a starting to develop foundation skills in drawing, printmaking, painting, mixed media and sculpture. This first unit enables students to understand the process of researching and developing an idea. During the spring term students select a theme or concept of their own choice to develop as a ‘personal investigation’. They explore critical and contextual studies, recording through observation and developing ideas through further exploration of print-making, ceramics and painting. At the end of this unit students produce final pieces as a conclusion to their research and experimentation. Students are required to write a supporting essay of 1000-3000 words showing their analytical and contextual understanding.

 Coursework is worth 60% of the final mark.

 Component 2: Students research and develop ideas in response to an AQA set task and produce a finished piece. During the   unit they have to produce a final piece of work under exam conditions within a 15 hour time period.

 Exam work is worth 40% of the final mark.


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