Art and design

Key Stage 4

Aims of the curriculum

The fundamental aim of the art department is to raise standards by helping students to develop an enquiring mind and the technical skills to express themselves confidently, creatively; with feelings and imagination. Art is one of the best areas of the curriculum to lead this approach and the skills students learn here can be applied to all their other studies and to the rest of their lives.

Curriculum overview

Year 9

Work will be topic based and cover portraiture and still life. Students will work on drawing and painting ready for GCSE projects, honing their skills in materials and techniques and will produce practice canvasses and keep sketch books. Homework forms an integral part of the course.

Year 10

  • Visit to the Black Country Museum to gather ideas for a project.
  • Graphics based project building upon skills studied in Year 9. The project begins with an educational visit for students to gather ideas.
  • Students will keep a sketchbook and complete a final piece of work for this project.
  • Students are given ten hours to complete a final piece of work for this project.
  • Students will then work on an exam question set by the examining body. This will involve completing a sketchbook and a final graphics piece.
  • Students completing all work will be given the opportunity for their work to be entered for a GCSE qualification.
  • Homework is essential to support coursework during Year 10.

Year 11

  • Drawing and painting project based upon a visit to the Botanical Gardens and a study of natural forms.
  • Entry for the exam for this project is compulsory and all students will be expected to complete both coursework and examination components.
  • Homework is essential to support coursework during Year 10.

Teaching methods and student organisation

  • Year 9: 2 x 1 hour lessons of art per week.
  • Year 10: 3 x 1 hour lessons of art per week.
  • Year 11: 2 x 1 hour lessons of art per week.
  • Students are taught in mixed ability groups.
  • Materials are provided for students with the exception of sketchbooks and canvases. Students will be expected to buy a total of three sketchbooks and canvases over the three year course.
  • Students are expected to contribute towards educational visits at around £15.00.
  • Art involves a lot of hard work due to its practical nature. Students must be prepared to work a lot at home in their own time. Art builds students’ confidence, communication and expressive skills

Progression after Key Stage 4

Students gaining at least a grade C at GCSE may progress to AS level and then on to A level.

Additional classes and extra curricular activities

The department run after school sessions one night per week and students interested in attending these to catch up or do extra work should see their Art teacher. Students are welcome to work in the department before and after school and at break and lunchtimes. Individual staff run sessions on different days. Saturday and holiday sessions are also run near to exam times.

How can you help your child?

Parents can help their children by ensuring that they are spending time on sketchbook homework each week and making sure they are up to date with work. Students are regularly issued with sheets detailing what work they should have. Holidays are a good time for students to complete large work or catch up on sketch books and holidays also provide opportunity for gathering sketches or visiting galleries, if away anywhere interesting. Owning some of their own art materials can be beneficial for students, such as paint, brushes, pastels, crayons etc. and the majority of students do their final works on canvases, which can be found at The Works or Hootys. Canvases are also available to purchase in school.

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Curriculum concept map or supporting file for Art and Media – Year 9