NORTH EAST WOLVERHAMPTON ACADEMY

Excellence through Endeavour

Art

  • Head of Subject: Miss S Johal
  • Year groups taught: Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13

Without Art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.

George Bernard Shaw

As Art teachers, we are often asked what Art is any good for? Although it is sometimes considered a waste of time,could you really imagine a world without Art? No creative advertisement signs? No pictures in children’s books? No designs on packaging? Try and imagine what life would really be like if Art did not exist, just how dull would the world be?

In the words of Michelangelo, ‘A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.’ Studying Art is a great way to develop imagination and become an independent thinker. Students learn about artists and art movements and how to analyse paintings and objects. They will solve problems of line, tone, colour, form and light plus develop technical skills in painting and drawing, culminating in the creation of original compositions.

Resources

The Art department is comprised of specialist Art staff and Art rooms, with interactive whiteboards, computers, cameras, Art software, Art equipment, Art media and informative Art displays.

Key Stage 3

Art in Key Stage 3 is focused on short projects which develop basic 2D and 3D skills. Students develop their understanding of topic related study, learning how to analyse imagery, evaluate the artwork of professional artists and the related art movements, in order to help them to create their own style.

Year 7

Structure of lessons
Art lessons in Year 7 are practical task orientated, within short topics. Each lesson has a strong emphasis on individual tuition with class discussions and practical demonstrations taking place regularly. Year 7 Art is a chance for students to learn basic skills and techniques and build their confidence working with a range of 2D and 3D materials. They will be introduced to art from different cultures as well as classic pieces, from both traditional and contemporary artists. This should hopefully ease students into the vast world of Art and allow them to be comfortable with the skills, so that they can start using their own creative imaginations as the year progresses.

Topics covered
Project 1 is entitled the ‘Introduction Project’. Students look closely at colour theory and start practicing their brush skills with both watercolour and acrylic paint. They learn how to mix primary, secondary and tertiary colours as well as creating their own tints and shades.  We also start to look at drawing and shading techniques and how to create tone, depth and texture using only a pencil.

Project 2 is entitled ‘Patterns from different cultures.’ We begin the project by examining what pattern is and how it is used in our everyday lives. Students then ‘visit’ a different part of the world each lesson and look at a part of their culture that uses pattern to create art. The pattern work includes Henna designs, Aboriginal art, Day of the Dead masks and African Kente cloth. Students create their own pieces based on this work and present their artwork as a mini booklet.

The skills students will learn this year are

  • Painting skills – accuracy and control, mixing colours, creating tints and shades
  • Basic drawing and shading skills
  • How to examine work from different cultures
  • Facts and information about artists and their work
  • You will also work with fine liners, crayons, drawing ink, felts and collage

Students are assessed by
Students are assessed by Baseline testing at the start of Year 7, to monitor skills and knowledge gained, prior to entry to the N.E.W. Academy. Individual feedback takes place throughout lessons in relation to expected levels and achievement and artwork is marked and graded, with comments written outlining ‘what worked well’ and ‘how artwork could be improved to raise levels’.

Year 8

Structure of lessons
Art lessons in Year 8 are practical task orientated, within short topics. Each lesson has a strong emphasis on individual tuition with class discussions and practical demonstrations taking place regularly. Year 8 Art is a chance for students to apply the basic skills learnt during year 7 and use a range of techniques and materials to begin creating their own pieces. They will begin to look at several artists and art movements in more depth and use this to inspire their own work. They also begin to evaluate their own and others work in more detail and begin forming opinions about different types of Art.

Topics covered
Project 1 in year 8, students create artwork based upon the imagery from the Fairground and Circus, using related artists such as Joan Miro, Piet Mondrian, Hundertwasser and Wassily Kandinsky.

Project 2 in year 8, students create artwork based upon the Surrealist Art movement and learn about the ideas and paintings of the Spanish, Surrealist Artist, Salvador Dali.

The skills Students will learn this year are

  • How to create interesting illustrated mind maps.
  • How to blend and create depth with coloured pencils.
  • Painting skills – accuracy & control / mixing colours.
  • More advanced drawing and shading skills.
  • Facts and information about abstract and surrealist artists.
  • You will also work with clay and learn how to make a clay tile.

Students are assessed by
Students are assessed by Baseline testing at the start of Year 8, to monitor the understanding of skills and knowledge that were learned in Year 7. Individual feedback takes place throughout lessons in relation to expected levels and achievement and artwork is marked and graded, with comments written outlining ‘what worked well’ and ‘how artwork could be improved to raise levels’.

Key Stage 4

Introduction

Students in Year 9 begin their GCSE Art course by developing and honing their skills in observational drawing, watercolour painting, pencil shading and rendering together with more in depth knowledge of Art history to enhance their understanding of Artists and Craftsmen through the ages. Year 10 signals the start of GCSE Project One where students learn how to structure their research and development skills, leading to the creation of a body of coursework and a final design. In Year 11, GCSE Art students create their second coursework Project plus their Examination Project, both of which will be submitted to the OCR Examiner for marking and moderation in the summer term.

  • Pathway: GCSE
  • Qualifications: GCSE Art: Fine Art Option
  • QAN Code: 500/4681/0
  • Examining Body: OCR Board

The skills and qualities Students need to succeed in this course are
The over-riding quality needed to study Art is a love for the subject. You will also need:

Year 9

  • Patience
  • Perseverance
  • Determination to succeed
  • Willingness to listen
  • Willingness to learn
  • Ability to keep practicing skills

Year 10

  • Independent learning
  • Research skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Ability to evaluate students own artwork
  • Ability to evaluate the work of other Artists
  • Ability to develop Artistic ideas and theories

Year 11

  • Understand the importance of working to Timescales
  • Analyse the structure of the OCR Examination Board grading criteria
  • Ensure that all four objectives of the grading criteria have been addressed
  • Create the quality of Artwork required to successfully complete the GCSE qualification
  • Create the quantity of Artwork required to successfully complete the GCSE qualification
  • Prepare for the successful undertaking of the GCSE Art Examination.

Students are assessed by

Year 9
Students are assessed at the start of the GCSE course in Year 9. Individual feedback takes place throughout lessons, in relation to anticipated minimum grades and achievement. Artwork is marked and graded, with comments written outlining ‘what worked well’ and ‘how designs and skills could be improved to further raise grades’.

Year 10
GCSE Art students in Year 10 are monitored and assessed against their expected sub level grade for each Term. Individual feedback takes place throughout lessons, in relation to anticipated minimum grades and achievement. Artwork is marked and graded, with comments written outlining ‘what worked well’ and ‘how designs and skills could be improved to further raise grades’. A Mock Exam is set and graded, using GCSE criteria.

Year 11
GCSE Art students in Year 11 are monitored and assessed against their expected sub level grade for each Term. Individual feedback takes place throughout lessons, in relation to anticipated minimum grades and achievement. Artwork is marked and graded, with comments written outlining ‘what worked well’ and ‘how designs and skills could be improved to further raise grades’. A Mock Exam is set and graded, to conclude the Coursework element of the GCSE.

Final Exam Components

The GCSE Art qualification comprises one Coursework Project = 60% and the Examination Project = 40%.

What might Students study after this?

On successful completion of the GCSE Art qualification, with students gaining a Grade C or higher, the AQA  ‘A’ Level Art: Fine Art option is the next pathway, followed by a Foundation Course at college and/or Degree Level study at University.

Possible careers

Studying Art at GCSE and A level is a stepping stone to a career in Design or Teaching. Many of the Art students at The N.E.W. Academy have furthered their studies by completing Foundation Courses at Art Colleges, but the majority have been accepted directly onto Batchelor of Honours Degree courses at Universities around the UK. Courses such as Architecture, Textiles, Fashion, Footwear, Lighting, Jewellery, Car, Furniture, Ceramics, Glass, 3D, Graphics and Interior Design are a popular choice, as are Fine Art Degrees which incorporate Sculpture, Printmaking, Painting, Drawing and Photography. There is always the option to follow each of these courses with a Master of Arts Degree in the specialist subject or a Post Graduate course in Teaching, if so desired. If the candidate is aiming to become an Art teacher then a specific Bachelor of Education in Art Honours Degree would be recommended.

For more information contact

Miss S. Johal or Mrs L. Swift