KEY STAGE 3
In Year 7 the timetable for Art operates on a ‘carousel’ system alongside Drama and Music, with students studying one subject at a time and rotating approximately each half term. This reduces the number of teachers that students need to get to know at any one time and allows deeper learning to take place.
In Year 7 we study: Formal Elements and Self Identity.
Students join us in Year 7 with a variety of art experiences and we always take this into account when planning the projects. Our aim is to make art fun but also to offer high quality art lessons that engage, inspire and challenge our students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. We also encourage our students to think critically to develop their understanding of art. Through our schemes of learning we aim to ensure that all our students are given opportunities to produce creative work, explore their ideas and record their experiences.
As an art department, we passionately believe in giving students access to a wide range of art media. We want them to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art techniques and as such our projects are planned to incorporate lots of experimentation with materials that students may not have used before. Making mistakes and trying new things is all part of the fun of art and the learning experience.
For more detailed information about the projects that we cover, please take a look at the Schemes of Learning for Year 7:
In Year 8 we study: Urban Art, Fauvism, Cubism and Gargoyles.
Year 8 is an exciting time when students build on the skills that they learned in Year 7. The timetable for Art continues to operate on a ‘carousel’ system alongside Drama and Music, with students studying one subject at a time and rotating approximately each half term.
The projects that we cover become slightly more challenging than in Year 7, although our philosophy remains the same. We want our students to explore a full range of art media and techniques – in two and three dimensions – and to understand the wide variety of art processes that are on offer. Each teacher decides on two schemes of learning which are appropriate for their art specialism, but also for their specific group. These all tie in with the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3 art.
For more detailed information about the projects that we cover, please take a look at the Schemes of Learning for Year 8:
Year 9 Art is a transitional period between Year 8 (Key Stage 3) and Year 10/11 (Key Stage 4). Students opt for art if they have loved their Key Stage 3 experience are passionate about the subject and want to get better. If they wish to drop art at the end of Year 9, they can do so.
Schemes of Learning and assessments fall in line with the GCSE specification (OCR) and students are offered a bit more freedom to explore their own ideas. As with Year 7 and 8, exploration of media is embedded within the projects. Students are taught about a variety of printing and painting techniques and are also encouraged to work on a clay/3D topic. The complexity of processes increases as does the scale of work and there is a much greater challenge in Year 9. The course aims to give our students an exciting and realistic experience of art at a more advanced level.
For more detailed information about the projects that we cover, please take a look at the Schemes of Learning for Year 9:
KEY STAGE 4
Year 10 & 11 – GCSE
We offer GCSE Art and Design (OCR). The course is designed to encourage learners to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding along with creativity and imagination. Students show this through their responses to a range of exciting projects.
The course provides an opportunity for students to take a personal interest in why Art and Design matters and to be inspired and changed by studying an exciting set of projects.
Our course offers opportunities for students to experiment and take risks with their work whilst developing their own style. We want students to actively engage in the creative process of art, in order to develop as effective and independent learners, and critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
Aims of the GCSE course
- become confident in taking risks and learn from experience when exploring and experimenting with ideas, processes, media, materials and techniques
- develop critical understanding through investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills
- develop and refine ideas and proposals, personal outcomes or solutions with increasing independence
- acquire and develop technical skills through working with a broad range of media, materials, techniques, processes and technologies with purpose and intent
- develop knowledge and understanding of art, in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures
- develop an awareness of the purposes, intentions and functions of art, in a variety of contexts and as appropriate to learners’ own work
For more detailed information about the projects that we cover, please take a look at the Schemes of Learning for Year 10 & 11:
Course content and assessment
- 60% Coursework Portfolio – practical art work and written analysis done in school and at home in Years 10 and 11 on the theme of ‘Self Identity’
- 40% Set Task – an independent unit of work responding to starting points set by the exam board, culminating in a 10-hour ‘exam’ session where students can complete a final realisation
This is a portfolio of work produced from a centre- or learner-set starting point leading to final personal outcome(s).
The portfolio will consist of a project, theme or course of study. Presented in an appropriate form, for example, sketchbooks, digital presentations, mounted sheets, maquettes, illustrated written work.
There is no restriction on the scale of work produced or the timeframe for undertaking the work but students should carefully select, organise and present work to ensure that they provide evidence of meeting all four assessment objectives.
Set task (controlled assessment)
For this component, an early release paper will be will be given to Year 11 students from the start of January. The paper will give students a choice of five themes, each with a choice of written and/or visual starting points or stimuli. From this paper, learners are expected to choose one option for which they will generate an appropriate personal response of one or more personal outcome(s) within a 10-hour supervised time period.
The art clubs continue to after school four times each week and we are open for drop-in tutorials every lunchtime. Also see the art website – mytonart.weebly.com. The site offers lots of ideas and tips regarding assessment at GCSE.
A level Art