Year 7 and 8 students study three projects, one each term. I, Me, Mine is an exploration of self-portraiture, developing drawing skills, use of facial proportions, basic painting and colour theory. In the Formal Elements of Art project students explore the use of line, tone, shape, colour and pattern in artist’s work , developing skills with different media, experiment with applying the formal elements and also look at 20th Century Art History. Finally, students learn about Perspective and Composition, developing knowledge and application of linear, visual, aerial perspective and foreshortening
In Chiaroscuro, students explore exaggerated tone in Art and Photography to create a still life drawing and experiment with printmaking to create a background for their still life. In Pop Art they develop knowledge of the Art movement, create a large Lichtenstein inspired artwork, refine painting skills and experiment with digital art inspired by Warhol. Finally, students learn about Sculpture and Contemporary Art, developing skills needed to make 3D artworks and learn about a range of modern artists that will inspire an abstract sculpture design.
Year 9 GCSE Art is a foundation year where students recap some of the fundamental skills needed to draw and paint, plus starting to learn how to develop independent ideas. There are three projects- Autobiography; a self-portraiture and identity project, primarily focussed on learning to create realistic portraits and use acrylic paints. Natural and Man-made; an experimental project where pupils explore a wide range of media including printmaking, oil pastels and mixed-media. Masterworks; a more independent project where pupils extend their investigative art skills and learn how to develop and refine a personal idea inspired by a chosen classic artwork.
Year 10 Art is all about students learning to take creative risks, deliver messages and meaning in Art and begin to find their own emerging style. It begins with Dada & Surrealism; exploring the absurd and unexpected through collage, sculpture, etching and painting. Propaganda Art; looking at the work of Shepard Fairey, Barbara Kruger and Grayson Perry to create a 2D and 3D piece that expresses personal views and opinions. A Sense of Place; learning how artists have been inspired by the world around them and developing landscape drawing and painting skills.
At the end of year 10 students begin preparation for a mock exam based on the previous year’s externally set theme, past themes have included Fragments, Reflections and Events. They sit the 5 hour mock exam in September of year 11. This is followed by Expressionism; pupils develop mark-making skills and expressive painting skills learning to become more confident with brushstrokes. Finally, the Externally Set Assignment; a theme set by the exam board, students have 10 weeks to prepare a project and final idea, then 10 hours in exam conditions to create their piece.