Pupils in KS3 have a one hour lesson each week in mixed groups. Those who choose to study Fine Art for GCSE have 6 hours in year 10 and 5 hours in year 11 of lesson time spread over two weeks. 

Dragon water colour art work

KS3

Year 7: Students focus on … 

LINE, TONE  

Worksheets, sketchbook based. Pencil and pens. Line and tonal drawings of everyday objects. 

INSECTS 

Line and tonal drawings from A4 photographs. Use of a window viewer to enlarge. Variety of media.  

 

NATIVE AMERICANS Oil pastels and poster paint – working on a larger scale. HIEROGLYPHICS – water colours, ink pens. 

SIGNS and SYMBOLS 

Signs and Symbols continued, looking at ABORIGINAL symbols. Final development SPORT – small designs linked to chosen sport (ref to Olympic Pictograms) then larger designs. 

 

 

Year 8: Students focus on … 

LOOKING AT ARTISTS 

Sketchbook based. First study Michael Craig Martin. Overlapping line drawings of art room and personal objects. 

Velazques Las Meninas – individual research and transcriptions. Concentrate on presentation. Link to Picasso and then individual choice. 

PERSPECTIVE  

Drawing skills – single point, double point. Drawing buildings (extended home learning) Windows and doors. 

ARCHITECTURE

Larger scale and variety of materials looking at buildings/architecture.  

Floor plans and dream houses. 

Year 9: Students focus on … 

POP ART 

ROSENQUIST ‘I Love You With My Ford’. Favourite person, object, food. Planning sheet.  

 

Final outcomes – variation in materials, scale, theme. Paintings on canvas. 

YOUTH CULTURE  

self-chosen theme from working title. 

Identify themes/issues and how other artists have looked at them 

 

YOUTH CULTURE cntdself-chosen theme from working title – moving on to larger work, free choice of materials. Linked to Mental Health Awareness

KS4 (GCSE Art)

Course summary… 

OP ART

Overview of Op Art, study two named artists, present work creatively. 

Work presented in sketchbook. 

Overview of Op Art, study two named artists, present work creatively. 

Work presented in sketchbook 

Final outcome – Painted canvas, painting, drawing, mixed media, collage. 

Choice of materials and scale. 

 

 

MAJOR PROJECT 

 

Choice of themes – for example: 

  • Flora/Fauna 
  • Music in Art 
  • Sport. 

Choose one. Research artists who have been inspired by the above. 

Continue to develop your chosen theme. Use a wide variety of materials – experiment and vary the scale of your studies. 

Introduce drawings and photographs that you have taken that support your project. Write careful notes and annotations explaining your ideas. 

 

EXTERNALLY SET TASK 

 

Given to all candidates on the first week back in Spring Term of year 11 

Unlimited preparatory time leading up to the 10 hours Examination in May 2015 

 

Year 10: Summary of work completed, including time scales. 

Complete OP ART and start the MAJOR PROJECT 

Year 11: Summary of work completed, including time scales. 

Complete MAJOR PROJECT before Christmas Holiday, then concentrate on EXTERNALLY SET TASK 

Assessment

KS3: Summary how units/work is marked etc 

End of unit assessment and feedback – usually half termly. 

KS4: Summary how units/work is marked etc 

End of unit assessment and feedback – usually half termly. 

Homework

KS3: Pupils are given a variety of homework tasks linked to the current project. 

KS4: GCSE pupils are expected to work independently in their sketchbooks throughout the course. 

Extra-Curricular

The Art Room is available to students from all years at break and lunchtime every day. Priority is given to year 11 students during the ‘Externally Set Task’ period in Spring Term. 

When required there is the opportunity for further workshop time after school and during the Easter Holiday. 

Year 10 pupils are given the opportunity to work with visiting artists from Grassington Festival and have made a number of very successful large art installations displayed during the event. 

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