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Art and Design

Curriculum Overview

In Key Stage 3, students study a range of topics which allows them to investigate a range of artists and the use of different media including both 2D and 3D.

In Year 7, students study the basic principles of art, learning about tone, line, texture, composition etc. Students learn how to use a variety of media under the theme of ‘natural forms’, students study artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and are encouraged to make connections with her work then develop their own ideas for a final piece. In their second project, students look at self-portraits across time, place and culture. They investigate relevant artists then develop ideas for a final mixed media self-portrait.

In Year 8, the initial project introduces students to Perspective in Art. Students will explore 1 point and 2 point perspective then create their own ideas and a final piece. The next project is investigating Aboriginal Art. They begin by exploring symbols, patterns, colours found in Aboriginal Art. Then gain an understanding of the key aspects of Aboriginal culture and the important role of art. Students will then choose a creature that they will use as an icon for an aboriginal style image. They will design and create an Aboriginal –style painting.

In Year 9, students are introduced to the Surrealism. They explore a variety of artists work then develop ideas for their own Surrealist piece of Art. Later in the year, they further hone their core art skills and are encouraged to work more independently on a project that is all about Sheffield. They explore iconic Sheffield architecture and appropriate artists that leads to the creation of a large montage. In addition, they undertake preparatory work for GCSE courses and all gain experience of using digital imaging software such as Photoshop and Illustrator.

Year 10 and 11 - GCSE Fine Art and GCSE Photography (3 hours each week)

GCSE Fine Art students undertake 3 coursework projects and a final major project. The coursework projects are structured in a way that will allow them to choose and work with their own individual theme. The time for each project is split into four, with each period being focused on one of the four assessment objectives. This structure encourages them to be more independent and ensures that they are fully prepared to undertake the exam at the end of their course. Each student is expected to undertake one hour’s homework each week. This time should be used to complete any unfinished pieces and to start new investigations. By the end of the course, students will have gained knowledge of a wide range of artists’ and designers’ work. Furthermore, they will be confident in techniques such as drawing, painting, printmaking, papier-mache, clay, photography, animation and computer graphics.

GCSE Photography students explore the Visual Elements such as Line, Shape, Pattern, Texture, Composition and Colour. They learn how to use all the different camera controls, lighting techniques and how to manipulate images in Photoshop. They then carry out projects where they research and respond to a wide variety of Photographers' work. The 4 coursework projects are - Nature, Movement, Out of Place and Messages. There is a final major project at the end of the course.

Extended learning


KS3 Art Club Wednesday - U10 2.55 - 3.55

KS4 Art and Photography - Extended learning once a week 3pm - 4pm

KS4 Lunch Time Art Club - Wednesday / Thursday / Friday

Art Enrichment:

Each year, to broaden students' knowledge and understanding of Art and Design, we invite artists to work with both KS3 and KS4 classes. In addition, we take students out of the art rooms on enrichment trips art local and national galleries.

Art Homework

What kind of homework do we set?

KS3: Each half term, students are expected to complete 3 independent learning projects linked to their current classwork

Year 10 and Year 11: Although students are sometimes set task specific homework they are asked to ensure every task they start in lessons is completed in their own time. In the case of students who are able to complete work to the best of their ability inside lessons individual extension work can be set.

What are the timescales for homework completion?

KS3: Competition homework project run every half term.

Year 10 and Year 11: If specific homework tasks are set then the deadline will be clearly laid out for the students to record in their homework planners.

How often is homework set?

KS3: Half termly projects.

Year 10 and Year 11: Students will be expected to complete one hour of independent Art work each week.

What resources are there to help students with their homework?

KS3: Resources will be displayed on the Art homework display board, including key websites/books that might help.

Year 10 and Year 11: The Art rooms are available for students to use and gain support after school. These sessions take place on Monday to Friday 3pm - 4pm.

Who are the key staff we can contact?

Mr Ingham Head of Art or Mrs J. Wilson Teacher of Art.