Aims of the curriculum
The Key Stage 3 art curriculum focuses primarily on the development of drawing skills, from observation work to expressive pencil studies. Students then build upon these skills, approaching painting and 3-dimensional works to give students a wide range of skills. Students are expected to keep a sketchbook.
Term 1 - Observation drawing and tone
Term 2 - Gargoyles (tonal and sculptural work)
Term 3 - Mondrian trees and colour mixing
Term 1 - Flesh tones and portraiture
Term 2 - Artist studies: Jasper Johns, Gustav Klimt
Term 3 - Day of the Dead sculptural project, Art Movement study: Orphism
Teaching methods and student organisation
In Year 7 students work on developing skills through individual pieces of work. In year 8, the work becomes more theme based with longer projects. Students receive one hour of Art per week.
Progression after Key Stage 3
Students may opt to continue with their studies in art at GCSE level.
Additional classes and extra curricular activities
The department run after school sessions for an hour on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays every week for students to extend their skills or catch up with work. A Year 7 art club also runs on a Thursday after school. All students are welcome to work in the department before and after school and at break and lunch times.