Art and Design
Students can select an Art and Design option. They will do Art and Design for two periods (one block of time). This allows them to be absorbed in the art making process and allows them to make significant progress. We will explore a wide variety of media in all three terms. They will learn basic drawing skills in term one. Painting skills / learn and be inspired from a wide range of artists and designers in term two. In term three they will learn to make in a range of media. It is recommended that any child taking Art obtain a sketch book from the shop at the school reception. A set of sketching pencils, coloured pencils, water colour paint and brushes will help with homework and classwork.
Students can select an Art and Design option as part of the applied curriculum or as an art option.
They can select; Art, Craft and design, graphics, illustration, fashion illustration or photography option which is taught over a block of three periods in the resilience curriculum. These options are all taught by trained Art teachers and will allow the children to build up a variety of skills to develop confidence and a wide range of knowledge and skills in the subject. The Art, Craft and design option allows them to become familiar with lots of materials and techniques, explore both drawing and making in a variety of media. The graphics, fashion illustration and illustration courses will allow a variety to be be explored to teach graphic style skills. The photography course will teach basics about camera use, artists and manipulation of photos through Photoshop. .All these courses will give a thorough grounding in Art and Design allowing them to progress to a pre option Art option which will be directly linked to the key stage four courses which are Three dimensional Art and Design, photography, Art, Craft and Design and textiles.
In the Art and Design creative option we give them opportunities to develop their skills further and extend skills from year one. They will be learning to use a wide range of media and working with a wide range of artists and designers. In term one they will continue to build drawing skills using a wide variety of materials, including developing observational drawing skills, in term two they will develop painting skills, including using a wide range of mixed media. In term three they will do a making project which allows them to develop skills to make ideas and they will use a wide variety of media. The course is a broad course which allows students to develop the skills to progress to the higher level GCSE courses offered in school. It is recommended that any child taking Art obtain a sketch book from the shop at the school reception. A set of sketching pencils, coloured pencils, water colour paint and brushes will help with homework and classwork.
Students can select a pre option which is two periods a week. This is taught alongside the GCSE course and similar projects are offered to the year 9 students to give them a real flavour of the course ahead. Project titles are: What’s inside your head, Mask making, Insects, Imaginary buildings, Natural and manmade and Day of the Dead. We do not do the same project every year because we want to keep the staff feeling free to develop new, fresh and interesting new work to keep your interest to a maximum. Throughout the year the students will work in a wide range of media and developing knowledge of different media such as pencils, coloured pencils, pastels, paint, collage, wax, ink, clay, card, etc. They will be shown GCSE standard work and sketch books to inspire them and giving them an understanding of the standards. Term one and term two they will spend the time doing a two dimensional project but are given a free choice of media to select in the way that the GCSE students would be asked to. In term three they will do a making project using a wide range of media. It is recommended that any child taking Art obtains a sketch book from the shop at the school reception. A set of sketching pencils, coloured pencils, water colour paint and brushes will help with homework and classwork.
In key stage four the courses are run over two years.
Art, Craft and design.
This course offers a broad based art course which allows all students to explore a variety of media throughout the course. On this course you will develop recording skills of drawing, you will learn to make using a variety of materials and learn to develop projects thoroughly using a wide variety of media. This course offers a great route into Art college, enabling you to develop a varied portfolio to secure your entry into Art college. We teach different projects every year such as What’s inside my head, Music, Cubism, Imaginary Buildings, Nature and Manmade. There are four assessment objectives, all equally weighted. You have to look at different artists to help inspire work and ideas, collect research to develop your ideas, use a wide variety of media to explore ideas and develop a final solution.
Three dimensional Art and Design GCSE (AQA).
We teach a variety of different projects on the three dimensional course allowing the students to explore art through a wide range of materials. The projects we run are interlocking containers, mask making, Cubism, recycling and Stella. We will use a wide variety of materials to explore the ideas. There are four objectives, all are equally weighted which should allow you to develop your ideas, by collecting images and ideas, using a wide variety of media, getting inspiration from artists and designers, and producing a final solution. It is recommended that any child taking Art obtains a sketch book from the shop at the school reception. A set of sketching pencils, coloured pencils, water colour paint and brushes will help with homework and classwork.
Photography GCSE AQA
In Photography Art and Design you will produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more area/s including theme-based photography (portrait, architecture, still-life, and identity). Whilst exploring documentary photography, photo-journalism, narrative photography, experimental imagery, photographic installation and new media practice.
You will produce a portfolio of work demonstrating research into both past and present photographers and artists. With this research you will deconstruct the meaning behind the various images and experiment with various techniques and processes. This will enable you to show creativity and imagination in your own work, undertaking practical tasks through the use of ICT and in your portfolio.
Tracey Whitehead – Head of Department
Art teachers run after school period 7’s with a variety of years Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Support Your Child – Useful links and advice
A great way to introduce art to your child is to visit galleries and exhibitions. Visit the local galleries the Hepworth in Wakefield, Leeds City art gallery, the Sculpture park in Wakefield. If you get an opportunity to visit degree shows, these can provide a rich and stimulating environment to see a wide range of work in a concentrated area. There are many online sites such as the Tate, national gallery websites, and pinterest which is a very good visual resource.