Independent day school
for girls 3 - 18 and boys 3 - 11
with boarding for girls from 9

Art and Design

Year 7 Curriculum

Autumn Term

Aboriginal art painting project – a series of studies leading to painting inspired by pattern and motifs found in Aboriginal art based on the theme of rock pools.

Areas covered:

  • Using a sketchbook
  • Collecting and recording information from different sources
  • Observational drawing from primary sources
  • Exploring and using art from a range of cultures and contexts to inform ideas
  • Colour mixing with paint
  • Markmaking with paint
  • Developing a composition
  • Refining and developing work.

Rod puppet sculpture project – creating a sculpture of a rod puppet using found or recycled materials. The costume will be developed in textiles technology lessons.

Skills covered:

  • Exploring and using craft and design from a range of cultures and contexts to inform ideas
  • Using paper wading to make sculpture
  • Manipulating materials for 3D construction
  • Collecting resources
  • Using materials imaginatively to realise ideas
  • Recording and developing ideas in a sketchbook
  • Refining and developing work.

Spring Term

Texture and printmaking – explore tools and techniques for markmaking leading to a relief print based on the theme of pets.

Areas covered:

  • Drawing techniques to describe texture
  • Exploring different media to describe texture
  • Observational drawing skills from primary and secondary sources
  • Working from photographs
  • Relief printmaking processes and history
  • Making and developing a design for a relief print
  • The colour reduction process
  • Cutting and proofing a print
  • Inking up and printing editions
  • Presentation of prints.

Colour – A series of activities exploring ‘colour’ as a theme to include basic colour theory and colour mixing.

Areas covered:

  • Understanding the colour wheel
  • Complementary colours
  • Warm and cold colour
  • The work of Matisse
  • Colour collage
  • Group work
  • Colour symbolism
  • Colour box mixed media sculpture
  • The work of Monet and his garden at Giverny.

Summer Term

Still life painting – still life painting in response to the work of Matisse focussing on pattern and colour.

Areas covered:

  • Still life through the ages
  • Arranging a still life
  • Composition
  • Colour mixing
  • Refining and developing work
  • Building up paint.

Ceramic fish – explore tools and techniques for markmaking in clay leading to a ceramic sculpture based on the theme of fish.

Areas covered:

  • Introduction to sculptural ceramics
  • Drawings to explore the different form and pattern of fish
  • Pinch pots
  • Creating structure with clay
  • Using research to inform practical work
  • Rolling out slabs
  • Tools and techniques for markmaking
  • The firing process
  • Applying a glaze.

Year 8 Curriculum

Autumn Term

Insect sculpture project – a series of studies leading to wire and found materials sculpture of a dragonfly inspired by Art Nouveau and the sculptor Ptolemy Ellrington.

Areas covered:

  • Using a sketchbook
  • Collecting and recording information from different sources
  • Observational drawing focussing on texture and markmaking
  • Art Nouveau and the use of motifs, in particular the dragonfly
  • The jewellery of Rene Lalique and sculptures of Ptolemy Ellrington
  • Using inks to draw with
  • Using photomontage
  • Using found materials
  • Drawing for sculpture
  • Manipulating wire
  • Developing ideas and refining and developing work.

Spring Term

Picasso and cubism painting project – an independent research project about Picasso and cubism followed by a cubist still life painting of bottles.

Areas covered:

  • Exploring and understanding the different phases of Picasso’s work and the development of cubism
  • Using tone to describe form in drawing
  • Abstraction in art
  • Drawing ellipses
  • Drawing symmetrical and geometric object
  • Developing pictorial composition
  • Using paint tonally
  • Colour mixing with a limited palette
  • Drawing reflections
  • Recording and developing ideas in a sketchbook
  • Refining and developing work

Summer Term

Perspective drawing and relief printing project – learning how to use one and two point perspective, leading to a colour reduction lino print inspired by the work of printmaker James Brown.
Areas covered:

  • Drawing 3D lettering
  • Drawing lettering in one and two point perspective
  • Applications of perspective
  • The work of pop artists Ed Rushka and printmaker James Brown
  • Graphics in art
  • Developing a design using a catchphrase
  • Planning colour reduction in printing
  • Cutting and printing with accuracy
  • Exploring colour ways in printing
  • Presentation of prints.

Year 9 Curriculum

Autumn Term

Spirals and swirls in nature – a series of studies collecting and recording spirals and swirls in nature leading to layered painting inspired by the work of Melinda Hackett.

Areas covered:

  • Using a spider diagram in art
  • Making a mood board
  • Collecting and recording information from different sources
  • Observational drawing focussing on structure, form and pattern
  • Using primary resources
  • Melinda Hacket’s use of layering in paint
  • Transparency and opacity in paint
  • Laying large washes with watercolour
  • Techniques for markmaking
  • Imaginative use of pattern and shape
  • Using research to inform ideas and refining and developing work.

Spring Term

Pop art food sculpture project – research about the 60’s art movement Pop Art leading to a giant sculpture based on food and confectionery.

Areas covered:

  • Exploring and understanding Pop Art and its associated artists
  • The use of scale and location in the work of Claes Oldenburg
  • Drawing for sculpture
  • Collecting resources
  • Planning and recording ideas
  • Selecting and using materials for construction in sculpture
  • Using modroc and plaster
  • Recording and developing ideas in a sketchbook
  • Refining and developing work
  • Surrealism and Op art.

Summer Term

Perspective drawing and relief printing project – learning how to use one and two point perspective, leading to a colour reduction lino print inspired by the work of printmaker James Brown.

Areas covered:

  • Drawing 3D lettering
  • Drawing lettering in one and two point perspective
  • Applications of perspective
  • The work of pop artists Ed Rushka and printmaker James Brown
  • Graphics in art
  • Developing a design using a catchphrase
  • Planning colour reduction in printing
  • Cutting and printing with accuracy
  • Exploring colour ways in printing
  • Presentation of print.

Year 10 & 11 GCSE Art (optional subject)

Examination Board: EXEXCEL
Specification Number: 5FAO1

Why study art at GCSE?

Art is a form of communication and expression: a visual language with the construction and interpretation of both personal and cultural meanings. It provides a creative experience for each candidate supported by the following aims:

Aims

  • To develop awareness of the natural and man-made environment and to enable you to research and explore ideas, materials and techniques for project work
  • To develop an understanding of the work of artists, craftspeople and designers, by visiting exhibitions, and linking their work to your own
  • To develop your special attitudes and interests, helping you to gain confidence and develop a sense of adventure and achievement.

Course Details

You will be given the opportunity to explore the following materials / processes in your work to select appropriate methods to produce a finished piece with:

  • Painting and drawing with pastels, charcoals, acrylic paints, watercolours, inks, gouache and other similar materials
  • Collage – photomontage, fabric, found materials, types of paper
  • Printmaking – lino, screen, mono and collograph
  • Clay – modelling and slab construction
  • Construction – papier maché, wire, plaster, modroc, card, wood and paper
  • Mixed media – tie-dying/painting, found/discarded/recycled materials and any combinations of the above.

Examination Details

Terminal examination 40%

Coursework/ Controlled assessment 60%

Coursework

Coursework will form 60% of the course and is made from a selection of the work produced from the duration of the course. Below is an example of the topics covered during the course.

Year 10

Nature: Weird and wonderful

The emphasis will initially be on collecting information and using sketchbooks effectively. A visit to Banham Zoo gives pupils the opportunity collect information first hand. Pupils will then choose an option from a multiple choice brief from which to develop their finished piece.

Examples:-

  • sculptural mask based on birds and feathers
  • book cover design for a children’s book
  • painting exploring scale and texture
  • a large scale sculpture of a small natural form such as a flower
  • stamp design

Teapot sculpture

A mixed media sculpture project whereby pupils will be asked to design a teapot sculpture based on a chosen theme such as Alice in Wonderland. In contrast to the previous project this is a much more hands on project which will be recorded as it progresses rather than planned in advance.

Year 11

Multiple choice starting point

Pupils select from a choice of three topics to develop a response and will work with increasing independence on this project and identify an approach for a piece of work in a medium of their choice, selecting from a wide range of artists and practices.

Terminal examination

A multiple-choice starting point from which to develop a project in and media.
Examples of starting points:

  • force
  • found materials
  • order and/or disorder
  • shoes and footwear

After GCSE

Art GCSE requires students to be resourceful in researching, developing and completing their own individual projects. This subject fits well with other creative subjects, but it can also be a valuable curriculum-broadening subject.

Careers which involve art include:

  • professional artist/designer
  • work in the theatre, set or costume design
  • fashion or textile design
  • art therapist
  • art teacher
  • working in art galleries and museums
  • interior design
  • architectural work
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