The Art courses in this key stage are based on the National Curriculum programme of study and include:
· Exploring and developing ideas
· Investigating and making art, craft and design
· Evaluating and developing work
· Developing knowledge and understanding.

Emphasis is placed on the development of basic skills related to two and three dimensional work. Drawing is regarded highly and pupils are set regular homework tasks to develop this skill. During the three years of this key stage, pupils will experience a variety of materials and approaches to art within drawing, painting, printing, sculpture and ICT based projects.

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Key Stage 3 Overview

Understanding the historical context for art, craft, design and architecture: Students are given regular opportunities to analyse and evaluate art, craft, design and architecture in relation to context (social and cultural) and provided with opportunities for personal response through independent research and collaborative class discussion. During the course students will have opportunities to apply knowledge gained from analysing the work of artists, craftsmen and designers to develop and refine ideas (style/concept etc.).

Creativity: Students explore a range of techniques to record observations. They are introduced to processes that develop creative thinking through images, sketches and annotations of intention / interest. They develop the skill to refine an idea through a process of: experimentation – evaluation – improvement, leading to a final resolution. Personalised responses are encouraged and links identified to new learning (both conceptual and technical).

Skills focus: Students are taught a range of techniques through a range of media and core skills are repeated in order to increase proficiency. Drawing is fundamental to proficiency within the visual arts for notating observations and ideas in visual forms. Students build understanding of materials and quality of application through regular practice, experimentation and reflection on progress.

Year 7

Predominantly focused on observational drawing, colour / pastel techniques and a design based project.

Year 8

Predominantly focused on painting and fine art techniques leading to a fine art based project focus.

Year 9

Predominantly focused on personalised project development, experimentation with media techniques and printmaking.

To view the Department of Educations curriculum guidelines for Art & Design – please click here