Study around the formal elements; line; tone; texture; colour; shape, form. Processes include drawing with a range of media, clay modelling, collage, painting, designing.
- Investigating tones and using them to represent 3D forms.
- Clay modelling.
- Investigating and applying textures
- Composition skills
- Painting skills
In Year 8 and 9, the curriculum is more theme-based, whilst continuing to look at materials and techniques. Pupils have some freedom to select materials appropriate to their idea.
Year 8 themes include:
- Architecture (slab-build clay work.)
- Painting techniques on a theme, e.g. ‘Storm at Sea’.
- Styles of Realism, e.g. in landscape.
- Topical Poster
- Year 9 themes include:
- Contemporary life and personal concerns (coil-build pots).
- Composition and painting, e.g. ‘Environment’, ‘Fashionable’.
- Drawing from observation.
- Picasso and Cubism
Throughout the key stage, there is also the study of artists and art styles appropriate to the particular topics.
Key Stage 4
Currently, the Art Department is offering the latest BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Art and Design. The course offers a broad range of study in Art and Design, building on the lower school experience. Students have the opportunity to further develop skills in a variety of media, research the work of artists and art movements, and work to real-life scenarios. Units of Study include Visual Arts Briefs and Photography Briefs.