Art

Exam Board: AQA
Exam Board Website:  AQA – Assessment and Qualifications Alliance externallink

Art Curriculum Summary
Year 7

During Year 7, students are introduced to a range of different techniques and processes and learn about the elements of art (line, shape, space, form, tone, texture, pattern and colour) through various themed projects. They develop the habits and skills that enable them to think and work with increasing independence, the ability to problem solve, evaluate and express themselves artistically.

Themes:

  • Self Portraiture and Identity
  • Realism vs Abstract Art
  • Tools, Collections and Memories
  • Aquatic Life

Artists: Kehinde Wiley, Frida Kahlo, Wassily Kandinsky, Jim Dine, Michael Craig Martin, Vincent Scarpace and Helen Wells.

Key skills: Observational drawing and other drawing methods (grids, gestural, imaginative), proportion and scale, using tone to create 3D form, negative space, painting, colour theory, colour mixing, composition, mono-printing, chalk and charcoal, analysing and comparing artists and their work, pattern, collage, pen and ink, and mixed media.

Independent Learning: Within each project, students will be set image research to develop independent influences, written analysis to develop depth of understanding, refinement of class work to improve the quality of outcomes and creative outcome tasks related to the projects where students can practise skills learnt in class independently.

Year 8

During Year 8, students build upon their previous experience by learning more key art skills as well as revisiting those previously learnt to embed knowledge and aim for mastery. They develop their confidence in experimenting with different materials and techniques, and further explore how to personalise design ideas and outcomes to express the world around them.

Themes:

  • Organic Mechanic – Steampunk – Nature vs Machines
  • Grotesques & Guardians – Religious decoration
  • Cut out and collage – Illustration poster design

Artists: Kerby Rosannes, Helen Wells, Henri Matisse, Rex Ray, religious architecture and Johnson Tsang.

Key skills: Observational drawing, design process, experimentation, pattern drawing, proportion, portraiture, mark-making, shape, composition, photography, typography, analysing artists and their work, pattern, pen and ink, multi-media work, ceramic sculpture and collage.

Independent Learning: Within each project, students will be set image research to develop independent influences, written analysis to develop depth of understanding, refinement of class work to improve the quality of outcomes and creative outcome tasks related to the projects where students can practise skills learnt in class independently.

Year 9

During Year 9, students develop their knowledge of how the elements of art work in combination and have the opportunity to work more independently to experiment and demonstrate their understanding of the subject in preparation for Visual Arts GCSEs.

Themes:

  • Organic Forms
  • Portraiture
  • Word and Image

Key skills: Observational drawing, two-point perspective, monoprinting, dry point etching, linocut, ceramics, multi-media, photography, scaling drawings using grids, hand drawn typography, printmaking, composition, colour theory, colour mixing, painting, analysing artists and their work, pattern, sewing and textiles.

Year 10

GCSE Art & Design: Art, Craft & Design

GCSE Art & Design: Photography

GCSE Art & Design: Textile Design

During Year 10 and 11, for all titles, students work on their Unit 1 – Portfolio of work (60% of GCSE). It will show explicit coverage of the four assessment objectives. It will include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study.

Recent Themes:

  • Art, Craft & Design: The Natural World, Expressive Portraiture, Architecture and Food.
  • Photography: Basic DSLR & Computer skills, Alive! – Toys, Distorted Portraits, Abstract, Close-up.
  • Textile Design: Natural Textures, Circles.

From January of Year 11 onwards pupils begin their Unit 2 externally set assignment preparation (40% of GCSE – aka ‘Exam Project’). The exam board AQA release a yearly paper with a number of themes/starting points. Students choose one to respond to. Preparatory work is completed during the Spring term in sketchbooks or sheets and work culminates with a 10 hour supervised time period in which to create final outcomes.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206

https://www.instagram.com/swanmoreart

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/swanmoreart/

Year 11

 

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