Key Stage 3
The KS3 Art curriculum at Bishop Luffa is designed to develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills and technical ability and knowledge, within the context of broadly-based cultural studies. Projects include thematic enquiries such as Jon Burgerman and contemporary cartoons (Year 8) or Dali, Magritte and Surrealism (Year 9) as well as skills led projects such as Fabulous Beasts – Wire sculptures (Year 7), Expressive Portraits (Year 8) and Mask Making (Year 9).
Skills are built upon incrementally during the Key Stage. In Year 7, emphasis is upon developing pupils’ command of line, colour, pattern and shape. In Year 8, we introduce the concepts of form and texture and use mark-making and tonal techniques to extend the skills learnt in Year 7. Year 9 sees a move towards understanding composition, design and perspective: techniques to help pupils realize their ideas effectively through the challenging contexts of abstraction and Surrealism. Whilst setting high standards and expectations, we are, throughout KS3, concerned to offer a varied curriculum which offers all children the opportunities to experience success and fun in their work.
Assessment is conducted according to National Curriculum Standards with a baseline being established in the first term of Year 7, allowing us to accurately track progress and perceive the potential of individuals, tailoring our delivery to their needs. Pupils will undertake a variety of homework tasks to support their creative classwork. Three to four projects are completed each academic year and levels are awarded upon the evidence of a body of work; to allow for assessment of the development of a range of skills. Formative assessment is conducted regularly, both written and verbal, taking the form of advice upon how to improve skills and understanding whilst celebrating achievement.
Key Stage 4
Picasso believed ‘Every child is an artist’ and we agree! We live in an increasingly visual world where artists such as you are vital to producing exciting and thought provoking work. The creative industries make an overwhelming contribution to our country’s economy. Art students might go on to be employed as illustrators and fashion designers, work in marketing or in advertising as creative thinkers. Maybe you’ll be an architect, a web designer, a special effects designer on a film or even a gallery owner! Or maybe you’ll follow a more traditional route and go on to be a Fine Artist: a Painter or a Sculptor exhibiting your work across the world. The opportunities for Art students are endless. Creative thinking is something that only you can do; a computer can’t think imaginatively but you can, which will make you a highly desirable candidate ready for any creative career. The Art Department is like a studio, a buzzing hive of activity where like-minded students love to come and make Art together.
Outline of syllabus content
You will be closely supported through the first term and build up key skills. In your lessons you will create work in a wide range of media including photography, large-scale drawings, collage and painting so that you can find where your strengths and interests lie. Then the fun really begins as you make your own choices about which artists inspire you and how you’d like to make work. You can paint, print, use digital media and photography, or make 3D work/sculpture. As a department we have a range of specialisms so whatever you want to create, there will be someone to show you how!
You will complete two coursework projects. Each has a theme such as ‘Identity’ or ‘Close Up’. Each theme is open-ended and is designed to allow you to respond in a personal and independent way. You will move through each project, just like an artist. You will begin by looking at the work of others to give you inspiration, then develop ideas of your own and finally create an impressive final piece which might be a painting, a sculpture, a photograph or whatever you want it to be!
You will complete two Coursework projects which together contribute 60% of your GCSE. The remaining 40% of your GCSE will come from your exam. In this you will choose one theme from a choice of seven that the exam board will give you. You will work through the theme in exactly the same way as a coursework project; the only difference is that for the exam you will use the ten hour period which comes at the end, to produce your final piece. The ten hours are split into two full days in the Art department. Students thoroughly enjoy their Art exam which allows them to work without interruption on something very special.
For further details follow this link - GCSE Art and Design exam specification