Teacher: Mr Paul Bartlett Email
Department: ART, DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
GCSE Exam Specification: WJEC Eduqas GCSE in ART AND DESIGN
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
The schemes of work in KS3 are designed to progressively develop students’ skills and abilities across years 7 and 8. In each year group there are projects that provide every student with the opportunity to complete painting, printing, 3D sculpture, ceramics, mixed media and collage. As students move through the years the techniques become progressively more difficult and specialised. For example, the year 7 colour theory project covers basic colour theory and colour mixing and in year 8 those techniques are developed further linking to world art enabling students to gain an in-depth understanding and respect for different cultures’ artworks.
Year 7 focuses on foundation skills, ensuring that all students have a basic level of ability and understanding of basic drawing & painting concepts. Year 8 builds upon and uses this prior learning and understanding by developing an appreciation of world art which can then be used to be creative, adventurous and imaginative. The aim of these years is to nurture student confidence and understanding of a variety of different art by the time they reach KS4.
Both Year 7 & 8 homework provides an opportunity for students to experience a range of different mediums through the Independent Learning Tasks (ILT’s). These homework projects are set to run during the course of each half term and enable students to develop their creative skills and knowledge outside of the classroom environment.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
The GCSE course title is Art Craft & Design. It is designed to promote learning across a variety of experiences and through various processes, tools, techniques, materials and resources to generate different kinds of evidence of working and outcomes. The emphasis is on an increased breadth of approach commensurate in demand with the depth of other specialist titles.
In key stage 4 the schemes of work are designed to empower students with the knowledge and understanding of how to fully meet the assessment criteria of the selected examining board so that they can achieve the highest grade possible. For the exam they are given questions that are linked to a THEME therefore one of the coursework units is taught as a THEME and this will guide students through the creative process linking with the assessment objectives from the examination board.
At the beginning of year 9 students are guided through techniques and skills in a structured way. As the year progresses the students develop confidence and so are given more and more autonomy with their work so that should they choose it at A-level, they are fully prepared and independent learners. The coursework projects are structured but they are designed to allow students the freedom to develop their own individual style, explore their own areas of interest and develop a visual form of self-expression.
British Values in Art
Students may explore moral, social viewpoints, justice and values in the visual images they develop. They may also represent hierarchies in society. Recent themes students have explored are: the built environment, man-made vs nature, fears and phobias, psychological illness, families, female identity, other cultures and faiths.
Students are encouraged to explore not only visual images and communication but also wider social and contextual issues of a range of themes exploring not on British society but also other cultures around the world.
Investigating and using art work from different cultures around the world e.g. Aboriginal and African art. Students may choose themes researching and producing visual work reflecting upon issues.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
In Art: Investigating and using art work from different cultures around the world e.g. Aboriginal and African art. Students may choose themes researching and producing visual work reflecting upon issues.
KS4 Revision Resources
Art Craft & Design Websites