Art


Head of Department: Mrs Joanna Bowden
Faculty Staff: Mr Simon Duffy teacher of Art and Photography
Support Staff: Mrs Cindy Jackson Art Department Technician
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 at The New Sixth

Art at Saint Gregory’s seeks to give students a firm foundation in the key skills of Art and Design. A broad range of media is covered including drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. The use of photography and digital media is also encouraged. Students learn about Art from different cultures and develop their knowledge of Art History within a variety of themed projects.

The aim is to be as creative as possible in order to produce work which is unique and personal, whilst still showing a connection to what they have learnt from others. Art can form a powerful tool for self-expression and pupils are encouraged to celebrate what is important to them in the work they create.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Students follow a course of study in Year 7 that seeks to lay a good foundation in the key skills of drawing, mark-making, shading and colouring, and have opportunities to experiment with a wide variety of media including clay.

Their learning and development continues into Year 8 where students are introduced to the work of artists from other cultures and backgrounds. Students experiment with techniques and processes and further enhance their key skills in drawing from observation, adding realism and depth to their work.

In Year 9, students study genres of art such as Expressionism and Pop Art, developing their own themes and outcomes within their context of study.

Year 7


Terms 1 & 2
Topic 1: Line and Texture
Topic 2: Tone and Colour

Terms 3 & 4
Topic 1: Colour continued
Topic 2: Clay masks

Terms 5 & 6
Topic 1: Henri Rousseau
Topic 2: Henri Rousseau

Year 8


Terms 1 & 2
Topic 1: Aboriginal Art
Topic 2: Aboriginal boomerangs

Terms 3 & 4
Topic 1: Bugs
Topic 2: Bugs

Terms 5 & 6
Topic 1: Native American Art
Topic 2: Native American Art

Year 9


Terms 1 & 2
Topic 1: Expressionism
Topic 2: Expressionism

Terms 3 & 4
Topic 1: Pop Art investigated
Topic 2: Pop Art 3D relief work begins

Terms 5 & 6
Topic 1: Continuation of Pop Art reliefs
Topic 2: Giorgio de Chirico

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Course Code: GCSE Art and Design AQA 4200
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-4200

This course offers students the opportunity to work across a broad range of media including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and digital media linked with photography.

The course encourages candidates to develop their own work with reference to other artists in our own and other cultures; within a historical perspective and responding to current ideas.

Gallery visits, contextual studies and suggested courses of independent study, including using the internet, help candidates in personal research for their sketchbooks.

Year 10


Terms 1 & 2
Topic 1: Still Life
Topic 2: Still Life

Terms 3 & 4
Topic 1: Still Life
Topic 2: Still Life

Terms 5 & 6
Topic 1: Environment project
Topic 2: Environment project

Year 11


Terms 1 & 2
Topic 1: Environment project
Topic 2: Environment project

Terms 3 & 4
Topic 1: Exam
Topic 2: Exam

Terms 5 & 6
N/A

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

Course Code: A Level Fine Art AQA 2200
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/as-and-a-level/art-and-design-2200

Students who take this course:
Students will normally have gained at least a Grade 6 in Art GCSE and are passionate about the subject. They will be encouraged to take their work forward in a personal way. They may be considering a career in the creative industries. Students might go on to an Art Foundation course, then on to related courses at university.

Course Description:
Students follow a wide ranging course making a personal response, exploring the world through the visual arts in 2D and 3D media, using photography, print-making and sculpture. Gallery and studio visits connect students with the work of other artists. Over the course students build up a portfolio of work before taking an assessment set by the exam board.

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences employing a range of traditional and new media, processes and techniques appropriate to their chosen areas of study. Knowledge of art, craft and design will be developed through research, the development of ideas and through making, working from first-hand experience.

For more information on this A Level course, click here.

Enrichment and Links:

Gallery trips are organised to give students the opportunity of seeing art first hand. This broadens their cultural awareness and deepens their appreciation for the work of others.

After attending such trips, students are often inspired to follow new lines of enquiry in their own work.

After-school Art is offered for GCSE students and further help and guidance can be offered during this time in order to help with coursework and practical Art skills.

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