Art & Design
Art Department Team
Mr. P. Knowles (Head of Department)
Mrs. J. Burnett
Mrs. P. Small
Mrs. S. Dicks (Tech)
The Art Curriculum
Key Stage 3
The Art and Design schemes of work at KS3 are designed to give a wide breadth of study both in terms of technique and knowledge. The techniques and skills cover a range of media in 2D and 3D work. At the same time, the pupils are exposed to works of other artists, craftspeople and designers of the present and the past and from other cultures.
The following themes and projects are studied:
Pupils are introduced to basic principles of observational drawing technique and use of a variety of 2D media.
Pupils work to a design brief and collect relevant imagery. Exploration of a variety of media and introduce Typography, Egyptian Art and Hundertwasser. The final outcome will be an A2 decorated folder.
Mixed Media Fish Project:
Pupils explore mixed media through drawing, painting, collage and relief printing, with reference to; Images of sea-life, Minoan wall friezes, Paul Klee, Matisse and Rouseau. Environmental issues are incorporated within the project.
Personal and Cultural Identity Masks:
Pupils are introduced to African and Pacific masks and the representation and understanding of faces in different cultures including our own. Ideas are developed in both 2D and 3D using paper, card and papier-mache. Pupils are shown how to modify and refine their work through use of exemplar material and evaluations.
Exam: Natural Forms:
As preparation, students will collect and record relevant information for the exam. Their exam work must show good planning and a final outcome that shows evidence of skill, knowledge and understanding of the media used as well as composition and observational awareness.
Natural Forms Bas Relief:
Pupils complete a range of observational drawings from looking at natural forms, using a variety of materials and techniques. Pupils will experiment with surface design techniques, mixed media collage including the use of papier-mache, to select and develop a final artefact. Pupils will be introduced to the work of Georgia O’Keefe, Andy Goldsworthy, Eugene Grassett and examples from African and Mexican Art.
From a choice of Artist, pupils select, draw and annotate examples, then select and develop an area of their chosen painting into an A2 mixed media design.
3D Head - Cubism:
Pupils observe, collect and record imagery of head shapes from primary and secondary sources. Relevant imagery studied includes examples from Picasso, Braque, Naum Gabo African sculptural examples. The final outcome will be a 3D decorated head design made out of card.
Exam: Still Life
As preparation, pupils will collect and record relevant information for the exam, including looking at the work of a selected artist. Their exam work must show good planning and a final outcome that shows evidence of skill, knowledge and understanding of the media used as well as composition and observational awareness.
Pupils will be introduced to a range of 2D and 3D media through the making of a bas-relief frame design with reference to contemporary self-portrait work. Pupils will also be taught how to manipulate their own digital image through use of ICT paint programme. The final piece will be a decorated frame design incorporating their own manipulated image.
Natural Forms – Big Paintings:
Through directed observational drawings of natural forms, pupils explore and record their observations in pencil and other media, then select, enlarge and develop design into A1 Design using appropriate mixed media.
Pupils observe, collect and record imagery of heads and faces from primary and secondary sources. Relevant imagery studied includes examples from Picasso, Giacometti, classical sculpture, and contemporary face and head imagery. Using a variety of media and techniques pupils will arrive at a composition and design of nine faces.
Heroes and Villains Decorated Bowl Design:
Pupils are introduced to observational figure drawing techniques. Ideas and issues surrounding the portrayal of heroes and villains are explored through the use of myths and stories. Pupils discuss and explore the concept of heroes and villains and arrive and their own representation. Pupils look at examples from contemporary media as well as comic book characterisations, war art propaganda and the representation of the Saint George and the Dragon story in different societies.
Pupils select and record images appropriate to their exam choice. The preparation work is then used as the basis for their timed exam. In their evaluation, pupils need to show understanding of their selected artist and contrast and compare with their own work.
GCSE Art & Design
Examination Tiers of Entry:
Paper 1 60%
Paper 2 40% Externally set. Eight week preparation period and 10 hour examination
Study Areas Include:
Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Graphic Design, Printmaking, Ceramics, Mixed Media, Research and Presentation Skills, ICT use and understanding art work from other artists times and cultures.
Important Aspects of the Course:
Establishing, developing and improving a wide range of drawing, painting and making skills using 2d and 3d techniques and materials. Improving independent research skills and use of sketchbook. Working to a design brief. Improving analytical, critical and evaluation skills. Attending extra sessions after school to support particular project work. Planned trips include visits to The British Museum, The Tate Modern, Kew Gardens and Box Hill, near Dorking to support project work.