Art

Art

We aim to develop creative and imaginative abilities to communicate ideas with some purpose and meaning, develop investigative, experimental and interpretative capabilities and encourage students to become more confident in using visual and tactile elements

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 The aims of the Art Department

In the art department, we aim to:

    • develop creative and imaginative abilities to communicate ideas with some purpose and meaning in Art, Craft and design.
    • develop investigative, experimental and interpretative capabilities to improve practical skills of control when using materials, tools and techniques.
    • increase critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art, craft and design in different times and cultures.
    • encourage students to become more confident in using visual and tactile elements to record what is seen, felt and thought.

 

Facilities

The department boasts three well equipped art rooms with light boxes, specialist furniture, computers, scanners, laser printers and we have a set of 32 laptops. Digital cameras have been recently purchased and photography has been re-introduced as an after school activity.

We have facilities for printmaking, Screen printing, kiln firing and batik work. All rooms have high quality displays of student work and project boards.

 

Teacher training

The department works in close partnership with Birmingham City University to train teachers throughout the academic year. We normally accommodate two trainees in term one and one trainee for the remaining two terms. This partnership is highly successful.

 

Curriculum

Art is taught to all Year 7, 8 and 9 students. The Department has adapted Schemes of Work in line with the National Curriculum and QCA requirements. Schemes of Work are updated regularly and projects are innovative and challenging for the students.

 

Year 7

Topic Overview
Observational Drawing: Whats in a building
  • Introduction to the Formal Elements
  • How to draw from observation
  • Understand how artists / designers create artwork
Print Project: Collograph and Monoprinting
  • Use printmaking techniques to create artwork
  • Understand how artists / designers create artwork
Painting: Whats in a Building
  • Introduction to colour theory
  • How to use and apply paint and colour theory knowledge
  • Understand how artists / designers create artwork

Year 8

Topic Overview
James Jarvis in Crowd
  • Character design
  • Develop 3D skills using plasticene
  • Applying a concept (stereotype) to artwork
  • Understand how artists / designers create artwork
  • Understand the relevance of art in the real world (Advertising)
What's in a Portrait: Self Portrait Observational Drawing
  • How to draw from observation to create a self portrait
  • Introduction to Symbolism
  • Introduction to Vincent Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo
What's in a Portrait: Comic Con Painting
  • Character Design (Superhero/alter ego)
  • Developing painting skills
  • Applying a concept to artwork
  • Understand the relevance of art in the real world (Film/Comics)
 
www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse

Year 9 Autumn Term

Topic Overview
Street Art Project
  • Developing photography skills
  • Learn how to create a stencil
  • Develop observational drawing and painting skills
  • Introduction to Alessio-B and Shepard Fairey
  • Understand how to create a final outcome

Year 9 Spring Term

Topic Overview
Street Art Project
  • Developing photography skills
  • Learn how to create a stencil
  • Develop observational drawing and painting skills
  • Introduction to Alessio-B and Shepard Fairey
  • Understand how to create a final outcome

Year 9 Summer Term

Topic Overview
Preparation for Controlled Portfolio
  • Understand how to create and develop a concept
  • Further development of photography skills
  • Introduction to new materials: masking fluid/spray paint/carbon paper
  • Lino cut

Year 10 Autumn Term

Topic Overview
Preparation for Controlled Portfolio
  • Understand how to create and develop a concept
  • Further development of photography skills
  • Introduction to new materials: masking fluid/spray paint/carbon paper

Year 10 Spring Term

Topic Overview
Figures in the City: Controlled Portfolio - 60% of GCSE grade
  • Create a portfolio or work based on the AQA Assessment objectives

Year 10 Summer Term

Topic Overview
Figures in the City: Controlled Portfolio - 60% of GCSE grade
  • Create a portfolio or work based on the AQA Assessment objectives

Year 11 Autumn Term

Topic Overview
Figures in the City: Controlled Portfolio - 60% of GCSE grade
  • Create a portfolio or work based on the AQA Assessment objectives

Year 11 Spring Term

Topic Overview
AQA Exam Paper: 40% of GSCE grade
  • Create a portfolio or work based on the AQA Assessment objectives
  • Preparation and participation in the AQA GSCE Art exam paper

 

Enrichment Opportunity

In Year 9 an enrichment opportunity is offered to students working at level 5a and above to be entered for OCR Entry level Art and Design. This provides a pathway for GCSE candidates and allows students who are unable to study Art at Key Stage 4 to achieve a qualification at the end of year nine.

Exhibition

The department exhibits at the annual Roots schools art exhibition held at Leicester University and students from the college have been awarded prizes from the judging panel.

Student art work is on display throughout the college.

Gifted and Talented

Year 10 students are invited each Easter, through the Gifted and Talented Programme to apply for a place on a holiday drawing workshop at De Montfort University. Our students are always successful in securing places.

The department offers annual trips to sculpture parks, galleries and museums.

 

 

Visiting Artists

Visiting artists are encouraged and the department regularly offers workshops to Year 9, 10 and 11 students. The most recent artists delivering workshops: Philip Cox (Nottingham sculptor), Jennifer Collier (Manchester textile artist), Stephen Wright (Leicester painter) and the Leicester Print workshop (wood cut printing and collography prints.

 

 

 

Art Department

Head of Department:

Mrs Gurprit Kaur Wilkinson

Gurprit.Kaur-Wilkins@judgemeadow.org.uk

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