Key Stage 3: Years 7-8

Art at key stage 3 is fully compliant with the National Curriculum, allowing students to be creative, explore ideas and record their experiences.  During Key Stage 3 pupils are introduced to the basic skills and theories of Art including colour theory, drawing, texture, pattern and form. They will have the opportunity to experience a variety of different techniques and materials ranging from painting, printmaking, 3D clay sculpture, collage and mixed media. Throughout the course students will evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design. The work of a variety of  Artist’s or cultures will be studied, encouraging students to understand the cultural and historical development of Art and how this can inspire their own work. Each unit has a clear scheme of work which sets out what the project entails, how the students will be assessed and what the homework’s will be.

Key Stage 4: Years 9, 10 and 11

At KS4, students follow the AQA Art and design specification where assessment is based upon the 4 objectives of research, cultural understanding, outcome and development of ideas. Students work on a personalised learning programmes, identifying and working to their strengths in the most appropriate media. Students are encouraged to use the facilities and expertise available within the department in their own time, be it lunchtime or after school.
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GCSE Art Specification: AQA Art and Design 8201/C and 8201/X

Careers using Art:

Art prepares students for careers in Architecture, graphic design, 3 dimensional design, landscape architecture, illustration, animation, gaming design, fashion design, advertising, set design, publishing, web design, furniture design, art therapy, art history and teaching, museum and curator work as well as generally nurturing their creative side, problem solving skills and many more transferable skills that would be useful in a variety of fields.