Yr7 – Students are introduced to a wide variety of media through a series of focused projects. Areas of study will include perspective, animation, abstract art, modelling, portraits, mask making and landscapes.
Students will have the opportunity to work with paint, clay, Modroc, pastel (oil and chalk), helping them build a skill set that will enable them to access more challenging projects as they progress through school.
Yr8 – We continue to provide the students with access to a wide range of media, introducing spray painting and stencilling to the list of techniques used in year 7.
Year 8 students work through a series of projects looking at Pop Artists. These projects are designed to help them develop their understanding of Art and Design. They will work on collage, repeat printing, and then animation, before completing a short photography project based upon the work of David Hockney. During the summer terms students will have the opportunity to look at the graffiti work of Banksy and attempt some controlled spray paint art work using stencils.
Yr 9 – We focus on three dimensional art across the first half of the year, refining skills needed to create large monsters or dinosaurs using Modroc. We then continue to work with clay, making tiles, faces and bowls. Students will learn about the processes needed to fire and add colour to their work using the kiln.
In the second half of the year the students are introduced to some of the coursework elements of the OCR Entry Level certificate in Art and Design. They are able to choose between a number of themed areas for study and work on individual pieces that meet the coursework requirements.
Pupils in Key Stage 4 have the option to study Art in greater depth, with a view to taking the OCR Entry Level examination. The course allows students to work in a particular themed area of study, exploring different mediums and using a range of artists and their ideas to create a portfolio of work. The portfolio and a final exam piece in year 11 combine for the final submission for grading.
Students are offered a greater level of technical support through this qualification. Staff are aware that some students become proficient in one particular style of working. As a consequence we continue to try to broaden their horizons in years 10 and 11, giving them time to experiment with media that they are less comfortable with.