Art Curriculum Plans

Year 7 Autumn

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Formal Elements and Self Image

In this unit, students will gain an introduction to the basic components of the study of Art and gain the foundation and technical skills they will need to succeed in subsequent units.  They will learn to use shading and texture and form to achieve desired effects in a range of different medium.  Students will learn how to accurately draw their own self image.

Students are analytical in considering the effect of a range of technical skills in drawings and paintings. They can recognise and appraise the formal elements and principles of design.  Students will complete an A3 image based on self image using a full range of pencil shading, cross-hatching and stippling to a high standard.

Assessment will be completed by scrutinising sketchbook presentation of knowledge and skills and application.  A baseline test is performed in the first lesson. Throughout the term drawing and painting ability is also assessed and a final outcome under AO1 and AO4 will be presented.

Year 7 Spring

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Colour Theory, Cakes and Sweets and Intermediate drawing Techniques

These units are an introduction to using poster and watercolour paints accurately.  Brush work and careful colour mixing, using palettes and using colour theory correctly.  Non-representational art.  The project uses letter (and number shapes) to create abstract designs which become the subject of two A3 paintings.  Two paintings are attempted in this project.   Students will develop stronger drawing and shading skills specifically focusing on still-life when studying Intermediate drawing techniques.  This is a fully differentiated unit giving students the choice of which area of drawing to strengthen.  They will all work through set skill areas and will be able to challenge themselves to a higher level of mastery using the carefully selected resources available to them. 

Students will show a rounded understanding of colour theory by neat examples in their sketchbooks and fully completed paintings.  Students will use and control the brushwork ensuring paint is applied in a controlled and safe manner.  Sketchbooks will show good presentation skills and developed design ideas. Rapid progress tends to be made during this unit of work.  Students master weaker areas of their drawing skills and begin to develop a strong confidence in drawing and observation skills.  Sketchbooks will show worked up drawings in full proportion.  

Students will be assessed through two benchmark tests one for their drawing skills and the other for their painting skills showing their understanding of colour theory.  A written assessment will also be part of a holistic mastery of skills.

Year 7 Summer

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Fruit and Pattern 

Students will gain the experience of learning to see colours, lines, patterns in greater depth through observational skills.

Students will draw a selection of fruit which shows internal and external patterns and textures. Students will be able to show stronger observational skills and learn to bring more detail into their work. Work will have a more finished look and presented in a good manner.

The quality of the students work will be assessed through mastery of skills, involving colour theory, paint control and sharp prints presented in their sketchbook.Fruit and Pattern 

World Art

Students will gain experience of art around the world and explore art beyond the Western cultures. Students will look at Islamic and African Art as well as Inuit cultures which has shaped religions, myths and a different outlook on the world around us. Social, moral connections will be open for discussion and students will be asked to react in an artist creative manner towards challenging questions.

The art history we will be looking at will find connections and differences which students will be able to write about and explore in depth. This will be backed up by artistic renditions and reactions to the way others see the West and visa versa. Pride will be taken in producing group pieces of work as well as the beginning of more independent learning opportunities.

Students will be assessed through a completed final piece  and a research/speak and write critical studies assessment.

 

Year 8 Autumn

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Objects and Viewpoints, Henry Moore and Figurative Life Drawing

In this unit students explore familiar objects from different viewpoints as the starting point for their work.  They develop ideas by selecting and abstracting qualities of objects to use as the basis for a painting. They learn about the ideas and approaches of the Cubist painters and their influences and make connections with other artists who worked from still life. Exploring Henry Moore and his subway figures.  Focus on observing the human figure proportionally and developing ideas to recreate in clay.

Students will produce to a high standard and 3D relief collage using a variety of materials.  Ideas and research are presented well. Material control should be exceptional. Assessing AO2 Refinement and AO4 Final Piece.  The finished clay piece will represent a human figure. The finish will be of a high standard with clay smoothed well and good joins and painted/glazed.  Sketchbooks should be presented well with clear understanding of how the human figure is proportioned. Assessment AO1 and AO3.

Students will be assessed on technique and control of a variety of materials and a final outcome painting and 3D sculpture.  Critical studies on studied artists and speaking/writing. Presentation in sketchbooks.

Year 8 Spring

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Advanced Drawing Techniques and Expressive painting

This term students will draw at an advanced stage they are able to use reference points and angles to draw accurately and in the correct proportion.  Advanced Shading. This exercise takes you through shading a face from several light sources. Complex drawing requires you to bring all of your lessons together. You will need to use basic geometry to sketch guidelines, then measure these shapes using angles and reference points. You will develop detail then work out the angle of light so that you are able to shade accurately and skilfully.

The art of skilful drawing is a fundamental area within the arts and is a scaffold on to which all art rests.  Students will produce highly detailed skilful complex drawings of still-life objects such as plants etc. which build on to the Intermediate drawing techniques learnt in year 7.  Work will be far more accomplished, and the confidence level of the student should be at a high level.

Students will be assessed through two benchmark tests one for their drawing skills and the other for their painting skills showing their understanding of expressive painting.  Assessment of critical artist studies and sketchbook presentation.

Year 8 Summer

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Surrealism

Students will explore this famous movement and learn to understand the manifesto of the Surrealists. Students will study key Surrealist contributors such as Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, De Chirico and others. Students will build on key skills and above all extend their creative imagination.

Students will produce work in the style of the Surrealists to a highly finished standard. One piece will be an A2 size piece of work, whilst collage will also be looked at. Students will analyse in depth the work of key artists surrounding this celebrated movement.

Students will be assessed on their critical studies and analysis skills.  Quality of digital images using Photo Serif computing programme and development and refinement of image.

Recreating Landscapes

Students will have first hand experience of painting and drawing plein air in the style of the Impressionists. Students will need to overcome the problems and issues which arise from their experience.

Students will work up sketches and studies of the outside landscape and incorporate the use of perspective into their work. Students will produce highly finished pieces celebrating their capabilities and their learning throughout the year.

Students will be assessed on technique and material manipulation. They will need to show control of paint in their final landscape piece.

 

Year 9 Autumn

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Component 1 Unit 1: Natural Forms

 

Students will learn about the process behind creating an outstanding portfolio and how it is important to build a clear journey of discovery for the artist and the viewer.  They will become familiar with the assessment criteria and how to make the appropriate progress in order to improve. Students will begin their GCSE with studies of natural forms incorporating all attainment objectives.

Students will complete their 1st unit with will help to aid understanding and knowledge of the attainment objectives as well as producing quality work and analysis which will support their coursework portfolio.

Assessing will be completed under AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4 as a full mini portfolio unit.  Key skills are presentation, recording of ideas, development, refinement and experimentation and lastly a final outcome.

Year 9 Spring

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Component 1 Unit 1: Natural forms (complete). 

 

Component 1 Unit 2: Impressionism. This unit is a second attempt to improve on the GCSE attainment objectives.  Students should be more confident in applying new skills learned in Unit 1.

Students will complete a full unit of work for their portfolio and learn about the process behind creating an outstanding portfolio and how it is important to build a clear journey of discovery for the artist and the viewer.  They will produce their final outcome from their research and become familiar with the assessment criteria.  Students learn how to make the appropriate progress from constructive criticism in order to improve.  Unit 2 is an in depth look into Impressionism which allows students to expand knowledge of key artists from this era, but also a chance to improve the quality of their portfolio. 

Students will complete their 1st unit with a final outcome.  Students ensure all attainment objectives are applied to their highest ability.  There should be a clear artistic journey linking the objectives smoothly and coherently towards a final outcome. Students reflect on their practice and begin unit 2 Impressionism.

Students respond to feedback to improve their work. They work independently to research and practise methods and demonstrate this in their portfolios. Portfolio work is of a high quality and demonstrates knowledge of the attainment objectives.  Students will need to use subject specific language all through their portfolio work with outstanding spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Assessing will be completed under AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4 as a full portfolio unit.  Key skills are presentation, recording of ideas, development, refinement and experimentation and lastly a final outcome.

Year 9 Summer

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Component 1 Unit 2: Impressionism

Students will gain knowledge of the Impressionist movement and build on their painting skills. They will use a variety of limited colour palettes in order to achieve this. They will study and analyse the key artists and motivation of this remarkable movement.

Some students may have briefly studied impressionism in primary school but would not have spent time analytically working using the art specific language and learning the history behind the rise of the Impressionist era. Students will be producing prints and paintings in relation to this subject.

Assessing will be completed under AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4 as a full portfolio unit.  Key skills are presentation, recording of ideas, development, refinement and experimentation and lastly a final outcome.

 

Year 10 Autumn

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Component 1 Unit 3:  Introduction to self directed study and mock exam via German Expressionism

 

Students will learn how to answer an exam question. They will also reflect on their practise and create another unit for their coursework this time based on German Expressionism.

Students will show their understanding of all the attainment; they will demonstrate in depth analysis of a variety of artists and will also show sound development and refinement skills on a theme based on the other units.

Assessing will be completed under AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4 as a full mini portfolio unit.  Key skills are presentation, recording of ideas, development, refinement and experimentation and lastly a final outcome.

Year 10 Spring

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Component 1 Unit 3: German Expressionism

Component 1 Unit 4: Surrealism and Mock Exam

The German Expression unit is a printing unit which focuses on enhancing print techniques.  Students learn how to effectively apply skills to promote experimentation of materials.  In unit 4 Surrealism students have an opportunity to work within an exam timeframe.  The mock exam will be used to boost portfolio work for component 1.

Students will show their understanding of all the attainment objectives; they will demonstrate in depth analysis of a variety of artists and will also show sound development and refinement skills.  By now students should be confident with the creative process and will know what higher levels of work look like.  Visual examples supplied by the exam board will always be made available to students and discussed why and how improvements in the personal portfolio can be made.  

Assessing will be completed under AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4 as a full portfolio unit.  Key skills are presentation, recording of ideas, development, refinement and experimentation and lastly a final outcome.  Feedback and a mock exam will give chance for portfolio improvement.

Year 10 Summer

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Component 1 Unit 4: 

Surrealism

Students will learn how to answer an exam question in the true allotted time under the theme of Surrealism. Students will develop and enhance their practical preparation skills to create a range of original final pieces. They will also reflect on their practise and create another unit for their coursework portfolio. 

Students will show their understanding of all the attainment objectives with high quality observational studies, in depth analysis of a variety of artists and will also show sound development and refinement skills on the theme of Surrealism. Mock exam result showing progress.  This should be the strongest unit.

Students will be given a mock exam. Assessing will be completed under AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4 as a full portfolio unit.  Key skills are presentation, recording of ideas, development, refinement and experimentation and lastly a final outcome.

 

Year 11 Autumn

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Final refinement of coursework portfolio

Students will focus on the coursework component developing and applying understanding of the ways in which meanings, ideas and intentions relevant to fine art can be communicated using visual and tactile elements, such as: colour; line; form; tone; texture; shape; composition; rhythm ; scale; structure and surface.

Portfolios are of a high standard, exhibiting the ability to use a range of fine art techniques and processes appropriate to students’ personal intentions, and to use a range of media and materials with as appropriate to students’ personal intentions.

Assessing will be completed under AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4 as a full portfolio of work.  Key skills are presentation, recording of ideas, development, refinement and experimentation and lastly a final outcome.

Year 11 Spring

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Component 2

Externally Set Exam Paper (Theme TBC from Pearson Exam board)

Students will be given 12 weeks to prepare for a 10 hr exam.  In the 12 weeks students will cover AO1, AO2 and AO3.  In the 10 hr exam students will produce their final outcome AO4.

Students should ensure they show a range of techniques and a creative journey which flows through the theme provided by the exam board.  Recording and observation should be based on research and inspiration from artists.  Their final outcome or response will be an original piece of work.

Students should aim to produce a high quality response to the exam question to the best of their ability.  The sketchbook preparation will be creative with high quality recording. Ideas will be thoroughly developed through artistic research.  Levelled visual references from the exam board will be available for use and revision booklets will also be available.

Final exam (Externally set component 2) and Portfolio (Component 1) will be assessed as a group and with an external moderator.  Assessing will be completed under AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4.  The key skills are presentation, recording of ideas, development, refinement and experimentation and lastly a final outcome.  Marks to be sent to the exam board.