The art department consists of three specialist art teachers and an art technician. As a department we work hard to refresh and develop the curriculum each year to meet the needs of all learners.
KEY STAGE 3 OVERVIEW
Throughout Key Stage Three pupils progress through a vibrant curriculum which offers drawing, painting, printmaking and 3D studies. Please refer to the Year 7, 8 and 9 pages for more detailed information…
Year 7 pupils are taught about Colour Theory and the Elements of Art, and Pop Art. The projects allow pupils to experiment with all media, and practice drawing and painting skills.
Baseline Assessment – Each student will undertake the baseline assessment, which will help us to assess their skills coming into St. Gregory’s , and how we can best challenge each student to improve their skills. There will be a drawing, painting, and colour pencil assessment.
Project One – Colour Theory and Elements of Art. Lessons cover colour wheel, colour mixing, observational drawings, exploring new media (e.g. oil pastel). Pupils investigate all the elements line, tone and form, colour, texture and pattern. Specific art skills of painting, and use of equipment is embedded in scheme. Students will create a painting, based on the work of Tom Phillips.
Project Two – Pop Art – Working in the style of various Pop artists, pupils develop an awareness of the art movement. They create group paintings, and work in a variety of media throughout the project.
Year 8 focuses on identity and portraiture. Pupils investigate German Expressionism and produce a self-portrait lino print and Fantasy Masks with the outcome of either an individual or group mask.
Project One - German Expressionism – Lessons cover critical and contextual studies, mark making, expressions, emotions, identity and portraiture. Pupil’s work in a range of media and using photography develop a German expressionist lino self-portrait.
Project Two – Fantasy Masks – Lessons cover art history of masks, cultural differences and use of imagination. Pupils are encouraged to use inspiration from research to create a fantasy mask. Teachers decide whether classes work individually, in pairs or in groups to create a 3D mask.
Year 9 is set out to prepare for GCSE. As pupils make their options this year we like to deliver projects following the Assessment Objectives of GCSE to help pupils with their GCSE decisions.
Project One – Drawing Skills– Pupils are brought back to basics to develop all skills covered throughout KS3 in preparation for GCSE. Pupils are challenged in their drawing using a wide range of media.
Project Two – Workshops – Pupils will have workshop style lessons, which will cover skills including: Press printing, Body Art design, Graffiti and Typography.
KEY STAGE 4 OVERVIEW
For GCSE the department follows the OCR exam board’s Art and Design Specification. The Assessment Objectives are; Develop, Experiment, Record and Present. In this specification pupils present two units after a two-year course, a portfolio of work worth 60% and a set task beginning in January in Y11 worth 40%. Pupils will attend exhibitions and workshops during the two-year course. Projects may be set in any order it is up to specific teacher and availability of resources. Pupils will attend the school visit to the Tate Modern and Tate Britain, to help inspire Exam themes. The Art Department offer two courses at Key Stage Four – Fine Art and Photography. Please refer to the Year 10 and 11 pages for more detailed information…
Project One – Still Life/Autobiography – Pupils will create a GCSE project based on the theme, in which they learn all the skills they need to successfully pass their GCSE. They will be taught various techniques, including Photoshop skills and mounting of work for assessment, and develop skills previously learned, in preparation for Project Two.
Project Two – Animals (Portfolio) – Pupils will begin their Portfolio Project, which makes up 60% of their grade. They will explore the theme ‘animals’, by researching a wide variety of artists, and develop their drawing/media skills through observational drawing. During this project, pupils will also visit Paradise Wildlife Park, for first hand research. This project will continue over the Summer with independent work, and will go into Year 11, and finish by the Christmas holidays.
Project One – Texture and Pattern – Pupils will create a GCSE project based on the theme, in which they learn all the skills they need to successfully pass their GCSE. They will be taught various techniques, including Photoshop skills, darkroom skills, and working in the style of photographers. They will learn how to use the photography studio, and to work the lighting, and will be shown how to mount work for assessment.
Project Two – Book Covers – Pupils will create a GCSE project based on the theme, in which they will develop all the skills they have previously learned. They will focus on Graphic Design elements, and will learn how photography is used in different career paths.
Portfolio – Pupils will continue their ‘animals’ project, developing ideas and techniques to use for their final piece, which will be created in a 10 hour controlled assessment.
Set Task – Pupils choose a question from the exam papers, handed out from 1st January, and will have approximately 10 weeks to work through the assessment objectives to produce a realisation of the theme they chose.
Portfolio - Pupils will evaluate their Y10 Projects, and will choose one to develop into their Portfolio. They will develop their studies, ideas and techniques further, and create a final realisation in a 10 hour controlled assessment.
Set Task – Pupils choose a question from the exam papers, handed out from 1st January, and will have approximately 10 weeks to work through the assessment objectives to produce a realisation of the theme they choose.
KEY STAGE 5 OVERVIEW
For AS and A-Level the department follows the New OCR Fine Art Specification, for first teaching September 2015. The table above shows the breakdown of the courses on offer. Pupils are encouraged to visit galleries independently but will also attend the yearly visit to the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, and Tate Britain. The Art Department offer three courses – Fine Art, Photography and Printed Textiles. Please refer to the Year 12 and Year 13 pages for more detailed information…
Fine Art, Photography and Printed Textiles
Workshops – Students will create a portfolio of works in a variety of workshops, delivered by all 3 art department staff. The running theme of the workshops is ‘Portraits’, and through these workshops, students will experiment with different ways of creating art, and explore their strengths and personalities.
Any of the pieces created can be used towards their Set Task unit, if it is relevant to their new theme.
Set Task - Pupils choose a question from the exam papers, handed out from January 1st, and work through the assessment objectives to produce a realisation of the theme they chose. This project is worth 100% of their final grade.
Fine Art, Photography and Printed Textiles
Personal Study – Pupils will develop a theme or topic that from their AS Studies, and they develop a personal response through a wide range of outcomes. Alongside this project, students must write a 1000-3000 word essay related to their theme. In this essay, they can investigate the work of several artists who are inspiring their project, or a technique or process.
Set Task - Pupils choose a question from the exam papers, handed out from February 1st, and work through the assessment objectives to produce a realisation of the theme they chose.