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Art at Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 all students study two hours of Art per week. The course includes a diverse range of artistic styles including traditional styles such as Renaissance Art along with more contemporary styles including Cubism, Abstraction, Impressionism, Pop Art, Street Art and Digital Art. Designing and creating is integral to the syllabus and students are encouraged to create in a safe and supportive environment.

Students are given termly projects which focus on various themes and within those parameters students are given free choice of individual subject matter. Throughout the course students are introduced to the work of a range of artists which complement and inspire creative responses related to each project. Lessons follow the national curriculum with clear objectives and learning outcomes.  Students are encouraged to develop confidence with using critical language to discuss their own work and that of others. Students are also encouraged to develop their personal learning and thinking skills through participation, research, reflection and self-management tasks.  We encourage an enthusiasm for Art, the development of skills, an awareness of techniques and an understanding of other artists and cultures. Activities will involve; drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpture, computer art and critical analysis.

Throughout Key Stage 3 students will study:

  • Self-Portrait: Basic proportions combined with Post-Impressionist painting in the style of Vincent Van Gogh
  • Landscape: Colour mixing, painting brush-skills in the style of Vincent Van Gogh
  • Composition and Space: colour mixing, limited palette, shape, form & composition
  • Pop Art- Painting and sculpture response.
  • Multicultural Art – Masks
  • Animals in Art- Illuminated lettering, line drawing and printmaking in the style of Albrecht Durer, Graphic posters about endangered animals, Cubist drawing and sculpture response.

Student work is displayed around school to celebrate success and demonstrate the exciting and skilful work created by students of all ages. Students are encouraged to attend lunch, after school and holiday workshops to improve skills and techniques.

Year 9 students are given the option of studying Art for one year prior to selecting Art as a GCSE option. This shorter course provides a taster and the opportunity to develop work which may be included in the GCSE portfolio. Throughout the course students will be taught how to apply traditional skills to create thoughtful, exciting and original responses which reflect their own personal interests to fit a theme.  Students will explore a diverse range of artistic styles including traditional, cultural and modern Art. Activities will involve; drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpture, computer art and critical analysis.

Students will also be given the opportunity to attend Art exhibitions to develop their knowledge of Art history and contemporary practice.

Student work is displayed around school to celebrate success and demonstrate the exciting and skilful work created by students of all ages. Students are encouraged to attend lunch, after school and holiday workshops to improve skills and techniques.

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