An ability to draw, sculpt or create any form of visual artwork is to have an ability to speak a universal language. Draw a flower on a piece of paper and any person from any nation could understand what you have drawn. The study of Art and Design fosters students’ natural creativity and curiosity of images whilst developing technical skill in a variety of materials and processes. Art and Design encourages students to explore the potential of materials and communicate their personal ideas. We are now living in an incredibly visually rich world where Facebook, smartphones and plasma screen TV’s are a part of the fabric of everyday life. The study of Art and Design merely highlights how important the visual world is to us. In an age where even the most complex factual information is just a click away, subjects that promote students originality and creativity are important – well we think so! You can’t ‘Google’ how to come up with an original artistic idea.
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Our KS3 curriculum is designed to build students confidence in handling a range of materials and processes whilst fostering their natural ability for creativity and experimentation. We want our students to take creative risks and be ambitious about their ideas. There are extra-curricular activities for each year group, encouraging enthusiasm and an enjoyment of the subject. What will my child learn about in Art this year? Discovery Students will be discovering how to use line and tone effectively when drawing; will explore experimental mark-making techniques and use their iPad to create digital drawings. Celebration Students will focus on the celebration of colour within Art and Design and refer to a number of artists who have prioritised coloured in their work. This will culminate in a rainforest campaign poster. Creativity Students will review their creative poster design ideas before spending several lessons completing their painting. Balance Students will create collage based artworks where the students will explore the balance of how much, or how little, detailed information is needed to create a balanced collage. What type of homework will be set? There will be extended homework set each term and will explore the following skills: Recording (observational drawing) Research (investigating artists, designers and art movements) Experimental (developing skills and techniques at home) Imaginative (personal response relating to the project) Homework deadlines are important as what a student is asked to do at home, is usually used in the next lesson. How will my child be assessed in Art this year? Students will complete 4 major assessments linked to the individual IMYC themes. Students will receive regular written and verbal feedback throughout the year, both of which will be recorded in their year 7 sketchbook. In addition, students will frequently be asked to reflect on their own learning highlighting strengths and areas for development. How can I support my child’s learning at home? Provide basic art equipment to support homework tasks (pencils, colouring pencils, felt tip pens, glue scissors, tape). Encourage your child to practise observational drawings and take an interest in their extended homework tasks. Visit free art galleries in your spare time to enhance their knowledge and appreciation of art: Leeds City Art Gallery, Bradford Cartwright Hall, Dean Clough Gallery (Halifax), Sheffield Millennium Gallery, Bradford Photography Museum, Salts Mills (Saltaire), Hepworth Museum (Wakefield). KS3 Projects
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Our KS3 curriculum is designed to build students confidence in handling a range of materials and processes whilst fostering their natural ability for creativity and experimentation. We want our students to take creative risks and be ambitious about their ideas. There are extra-curricular activities for each year group, encouraging enthusiasm and an enjoyment of the subject. What will my child learn about in Art this year? Risk Students will look at artists who have broken the existing mould and how they took risks to produce art that was not socially or commercially acceptable. This task considers the impact of taking risks with artistic techniques and the elements of art. Interpretation Students will undertake a joint Music and Art project exploring storyboarding, film music and sound effects. Identity Students will explore their identity by focusing on their favourite foods and brands and produce a number of different artworks using a range of materials. Structure Students will work as part of a team to construct a sculpture. What type of homework will be set? There will be extended homework set each term and will explore the following skills: Recording (observational drawing) Research (investigating artists, designers and art movements) Experimental (developing skills and techniques at home) Imaginative (personal response relating to the project) Homework deadlines are important as what a student is asked to do at home, is usually used in the next lesson. How will my child be assessed in Art this year? Students will complete 4 major assessments linked to the individual IMYC themes. Students will receive regular written and verbal feedback throughout the year, both of which will be recorded in their year 7 sketchbook. In addition, students will frequently be asked to reflect on their own learning highlighting strengths and areas for development. How can I support my child’s learning at home? Provide basic art equipment to support homework tasks (pencils, colouring pencils, felt tip pens, glue scissors, tape). Encourage your child to practise observational drawings and take an interest in their extended homework tasks. Visit free art galleries in your spare time to enhance their knowledge and appreciation of art: Leeds City Art Gallery, Bradford Cartwright Hall, Dean Clough Gallery (Halifax), Sheffield Millennium Gallery, Bradford Photography Museum, Salts Mills (Saltaire), Hepworth Museum (Wakefield). KS3 Projects
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What will I learn? At Abbey Grange we follow the AQA GCSE Fine Art specification which allows students to develop their ideas in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and collage/assemblage as their primary mediums. Students are very much encouraged to tailor their project ideas to their individual strengths and interests, resulting in work of a highly personal nature. In years 9 and 10, students will be given the opportunity to extend their art skills by undertaking a series of practical workshops and assignments under several project themes. Students will be expected to support their classwork with regular homework assignments. Later in year 10 and moving into year 11, students will be developing their own projects based on broad starting points giving students the opportunity to develop their ideas into areas of strength and interest. Examples of previous projects have included: The Everyday, Portraiture, Music, Natural forms, Emotions, Dance, Conflict, Urban Landscapes etc. How will I be assessed? Students are assessed against four equally weighted (25%) assessment objectives. Assessment Objective 1 = DEVELOP – Develop your ideas relating your work to the work of other artists, designers or crafts people. Assessment Objective 2 = REFINE – Refine your ideas through the experimentation and selection of appropriate materials and resources. Assessment Objective 3 = RECORD – Record your ideas in form that are appropriate to your artistic intentions including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture etc. Assessment Objective 4 = PRESENT – Present your ideas in the form of a final piece(s). This can be in any art material or combination of art materials. Course Structure The GCSE AQA Fine Art specification is split into two parts. Part 1 (Coursework) and Part 2 (Externally Set Task). Coursework (60% of final grade) – Students must complete more than one project of work covering all four assessment objectives and present a selection of this work for internal and external moderation (AQA). The coursework unit is on-going from September in year 10. Externally Set Task (40% of final grade) – Students are presented with a range of starting points to use as inspiration for their own art project. Students must ensure that they cover all four assessment objectives in the development of their project ideas. Students complete their final piece (PRESENT) over a two day period where they are off timetable working in the Art department. The Externally Set Task Exam Paper can be given out to students from January 1st. What could I move onto? Whether you chose to pursue a career in art or not, the subject offers much in terms of skills that you acquire and develop which are highly sought after by colleges and employers alike. In a world where even the most complex factual information is merely a click away, the ability to conceive and develop an idea with originality is highly prized. The traditional pathway for students wishing to pursue their interest in Art and Design is to enrol in an A-Level course and then onto an Art Foundation course post-18 before starting and undergraduate degree. At Abbey Grange we offer both A-level Art and Design and A- level Photography. The skills that students gain from studying Art lead naturally to career paths including: Artist, Art Teacher, Fashion Designers, Web Designers, Illustrators, Photographers, Jewellery designers, Arts therapist, Arts worker, Animators, working in the film industry, careers in Marketing and Advertising and many more. KS4 Projects
Exam Board: AQA Course title and type of qualification: GCSE Fine Art Links & Resources
Abbey Multi Academy Trust, c/o Chapter House, Abbey Grange C of E Academy, Butcher Hill, Leeds, LS16 5EA Tel: 0113 275 7877 Fax: 0113 275 4794 info@abbeygrangeacademy.co.uk Company No.: 07705552