Key Stage 3
Pupils in KS3 develop their skills through a range of projects based on either observation or an artist.
In year 7 they will develop their drawing so that they are able to approach tasks with confidence. Year 8 builds on these skills so that in year 9 they are able to use these to develop their own ideas and work independently.
The curriculum provides pupils with the opportunity to use 2D and 3D, develop their understanding of colour, pattern and form and analyse their own work and that of other designers, artists and crafts people.
Literacy skills are developed through the analyses of their own and others work as a crucial form of reflection, demonstration of intentions and understanding and how they record observations.
Key Stage 4
This GCSE course enables pupils to travel through a creative process learning about different materials and techniques. They are encouraged to take responsibility for their work through guided support. It promotes creativity and exploration of materials and process to inform the development of ideas.
Pupils are expected to produce two projects responding to a title, one coursework project worth 60% and an exam project worth 40% of the overall qualification. Each project requires pupils to explore the title and produce work as a result of researching information and visual starting points.
Year 10 gives pupils the skills and knowledge so they are able to approach the formally assessed elements of the course in year 11.
Pupils choosing to do GCSE art are encouraged to visit art galleries and look at the work of artists in their spare time. Every year group will go on a trip to a gallery so that they understand art in that context.
Key Stage 5
Building upon skills learnt at KS 4 pupils are expected to work independently to produce interesting work from visual starting points. The study of artists provides important stimuli for independent work and ideas so that pupils are able to develop their own style.
Students are required to complete 2 assessed components for AS Level and 2 components for A2 Level. Each component is worth 25% of the overall grade at the end of A2.
Students are expected to really focus on developing practical skills so that they are able to tackle more challenging work.