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; Three dimensional Art, graphics, fashion illustration or a drawing and painting 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 three dimensional option allows them to play, experiment and develop skills with many three dimensional media types. The painting and drawing option allows them to work with many different types of paint but covers more two dimensional Art and Design processes. 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 and General Art and Design.
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 year 10 the courses are run over two years in year 11 it will be run over one year.
Year 10 or 11 GCSE (One Year Course):
We teach three different courses at key stage four GCSE (AQA) General Art and Design, Photography and three dimensional Art and Design.
Art and Design GCSE (AQA). We run the general Art course in a more two dimensional way. Teaching 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).
Will have two projects in term one and two from a range of projects like interlocking containers, mask making, Cubism, Vintage art and Stella. We will then make using a wide variety of to explore the idea. 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 year 10 the course is run over two years in year 11 it will be run over one year. 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.