Subjects

Art

The Art Department at Wickersley boasts an array of high quality work from students at all Key Stages. Our aim is to prepare students for success from the time when they enter Y7 right through to Y13. As such our curriculum is both supportive and challenging while giving students every opportunity to develop creatively and independently.

Overview of KS3

Year 7

In Year 7 students have one lesson per week. Throughout Year 7 the students are taught how to control a range materials and how respond to different Artists and Cultures, including developing their own designs for final outcomes. Year 7 students will explore still life projects using both oil pastel and paints, they develop a clay tile in response to Aboriginal Art, explore a range of 2D element studies and make a surreal landscape in response to a ‘cakes and sweets’ theme.

In Year 8 students can opt to study Art for the whole year (1 lesson per week).

 

Year 8

In Year 8 students build on the skills they have learnt in Year 7. Students will cover a range of projects ranging from drawing and painting to ceramics and card construction. Students firstly complete a cultural project based on mask making. Here the students use research to design their own mask and then use different methods of card construction to develop a mask that is bold and filled with exaggerated features. The ‘Sea Life Ceramics’ project is an exciting project where students are really tested with developing a thumbpot vase embellished with different textures you would find in or around the sea. Students then complete a Jungle project that consists of animals, textures, patterns and plant-life found in the Jungle. To complete Y8, students develop work based around illustration. Once students have explored a wide range of illustrators and illustrations, they develop their work further into designing their own character and storyline.

 

Year 9

In the Year 9 Art and Design Suite students will continue to build on the technical specialisms of Art and Design across all three subjects, Fine Art, Graphics and Textiles. Students will learn about the importance of research and the presentation of sketchbook study sheets alongside the need for a strong technical skill.  

Y9 Textiles

In Textiles students will explore a variety of Textile techniques using a range of methods and materials similar to that of both contemporary and traditional artists. Students will learn how to make decorative pieces using a range of creative processes. 

Year 9 students will respond to the work of practitioners to draw and record observations. Experimental work will cover ideas and a range of textiles and mixed media techniques including: Stitching and embellishment, printing and dyeing of fabric, felting, hand embroidery, machine embroidery and fabric manipulation.

Y9 Graphics

Year 9 Graphics is designed to give students the chance to develop and extend their creative and technological abilities, whilst showing them the type of work that ‘real-life’ Graphic Designers do. This course is a very practical and creative course, and builds on the graphics skills and knowledge gained throughout Year 7 and 8. What will I study in Year 9? Year 9 Graphics projects are designed to cover the several areas of graphic communication, which might include: • Advertising and Branding • Packaging Design • Illustration and character design • Typography Example projects include the Urban Style Footwear Branding Project, and The Movie, Game or Book Relaunch/ Promotional Project.  

Fine Art at Y9
At the beginning of Y9, students will make a series of Urban studies in response to Artists research where students will explore both technical and expressive ways of working. From this, students will extend their work linking to design ideas and the use of composition.
 
Students will then go on to follow a series of workshop based lessons to help develop their technical skill in the 2D elements of Art for example: pen and ink, painting, drawings and oil pastel work. During this time students will learn about the content needed to make successful study sheets, different ways of presenting their work and how to annotate the development of their work.

Overview of KS4

Students who opt to study GCSE Fine Art have two lesson per week. AQA GCSE Fine Art is divided between 60% portfolio (Component 1) and 40% Externally Set Assignment (Component 2).

In Years 10 and 11 students build upon their skills and knowledge obtained at KS3, particularly Year 9, and are given a range of starting points and themes to consider when they begin to develop their portfolio.  At the beginning of the course all students will complete a series of workshop based lessons following the theme of natural form. Here students will cover disciplines like drawing, mark-making, line drawing, paintings, artists research, colour pencil studies, oil pastel, presentation skills and annotation.

 

Component 1 – The portfolio

For the portfolio students must include A sustained project developed in response to a subject, theme, task or brief evidencing the journey from initial engagement with a range of idea(s) to the realisation of intentions. This will give students opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding from across their course of study. Students can choose to do either one or two sustained projects.

AND

A selection of further work resulting from activities such as trials and experiments; skills-based workshops; mini and/or foundation projects; responses to gallery, museum or site visits; work placements; independent study and evidence of the student’s specific role in any group work undertaken.

Current projects include:

  • Natural form
  • Urban
  • Possessions
  • Diary
  • Coastal
  • Clothing
  • Toys
  • Cakes and Sweets
  • Human Condition
  • Fantastic and Strange

 

Component 2 – The Externally Set Assignment 

The Externally Set Assignment is set by the exam board AQA who provide students with seven different starting points and the students must select one only. This project (Component 2) must cover all four assessment objectives with evidence of drawing activity and written annotation. This project must be a full and sustained project from initial research to realisation of a final piece in a 10 hour exam session.

ESA will be available to students and teachers from the first school week of the January term and will run through to approximately the end of March beginning of April giving the students roughly 9-10 weeks on preparation time. Students must stop work on their preparatory studies as soon as the first period of supervised time starts however students may refer to the prep work during exam time but not to amend or add to this at all. Work made during the 10 hours will be marked as Assessment Objective 4.

 

Overall

All projects are assessed and graded using the AQA assessment criteria. Students have regular contact with their teacher through weekly individual tutorials where the student and teacher plan their projects and discuss ways forward with their project.

A qualification in GCSE Fine Art can lead on to an A Level qualification in the subject which could in turn lead to further education and employment in such areas Art Historian, Art Journalist, Art Administrator, Art Teacher /Lecturer, Occupational / Art Therapist, Printmaker, Industrial / Commercial Artist, Exhibition Officer / Organiser or Art Gallery Manager / Supervisor.

Long Term Plans

YEAR 7
Half Term 1Half Term 2Half Term 3Half Term 4Half Term 5Half Term 6
PORTRAITS

 

Artists
Picasso

Materials
Oil Pastels and collage

Skills and Techniques
Facial Proportion. Distortion.
Colour mixing and blending.
Collage Techniques.

Outcome
A3 or A2 portraits.

OBSERVATIONAL DRAWING TECHNIQUES

 

Artists
Lisa Milroy/Andrea Joseph

Materials
Pencils pens, ink.

Skills and Techniques
Observational drawing Proportion.
Mark making and annotations.

Outcome
Study sheet based shoes drawn from observation and Artists research.

OBSERVATIONAL DRAWING TECHNIQUES

 

Artists
Still Life studies/ Cezanne/Graffiti Artists.

Materials
Greyscale pencils, Colour pencils.

Skills and Techniques
Observational drawing Proportion.
Blending, colour mixing, tonal changes, annotation, mark making.

Outcome
Study sheet based natural form drawn from observation and Artists research.

PAINTING TECHNIQUES

 

Artists
Cezanne.

Materials
Pencil colour pencil, Paint.

Skills and Techniques
Observational drawing and painting.
Composition – Still Life
Use of brushes controlling paint.
Painting with palette knives

Outcome
Still life Painting.

STORY MAKING/ DESIGNS/3D AND CERAMICS

 

Artists
Aboriginal Art.

Materials
Pencils, paint
Clay equipment and tools.

Skills and Techniques
Interpreting messages and meanings.
Cultural meanings reflected in Art.
3D carving joining building.
Properties of clay.

Outcome
3D Aboriginal ceramic tile with supporting designs and stories linked to the Aboriginal culture.

COLLAGE

 

Artists
Hundertwasser/
Joel Penkman

Materials
Collage
Pencils
Paint
Oil Pastels

Skills and Techniques
Political Art.
Campaigning for Green rights.
Different application of paints

Outcome
Landscape-based on cakes and sweets using Hundertwasser’s style.

SPORT- COMPOSITION

 

Artists
Artists relating to London Olympics

Materials
Oil Pastels and collage

Skills and Techniques
Observational drawing Depth – 3 parts of Composition

Outcome
Composition of objects relating to sport with an expressive background.

YEAR 8 – Art & Design
Half Term 1Half Term 2Half Term 3Half Term 4Half Term 5Half Term 6
2D TRIBAL MASKS
and small 3D prototypesArtists
African and Tribal ArtMaterials
Pencil, Colour Pencil, Card, newspaper, and sugar paper

Skills and Techniques
Facial Proportion. Drawing. Accuracy.
Colour mixing and blending.3D making techniques.
Tribal pattern and decorationOutcomes
2D Tribal Art study sheets,
2D Design ideas,
3D Tribal maquettes.
3D TRIBAL MASKS

 

Artists
African and Tribal Art Card.

Materials
Newspaper, tissue and sugar paper, Paint. Collage

Skills and Techniques
Colour mixing and blending.
3D making techniques.
Collage Techniques.
Tribal pattern and decoration.

Outcome
Large-scale 3D Tribal Masks.

JUNGLE

 

Artists
Henri Rouseau
Catherine Able
Marcia Baldwin

Materials
Pencil inks paint. Collage

Skills and Techniques
Observational drawing.
Composition
Watercolour painting.
Ink control.
Project development.

Outcome
Colourful composition based on jungle plants and wildlife.

JUNGLE

 

Artists
Henri Rouseau
Catherine Able
Marcia Baldwin

Materials
Pencil inks paint. Collage

Skills and Techniques
Observational drawing.
Composition
Watercolour painting.
Ink control.
Project development.

Outcome
Colourful composition based on jungle plants and wildlife.

3D CERAMICS

 

Artists
Mimi Matelot

Materials
Pencils pens,
Collage,
Clay,
Glazes.

Skills and Techniques
Observational drawing Proportion.
Mark making
3D clay work
Glazing techniques

Outcome 1
Study sheet based on Ceramic Artists research.

Outcome 2
Shells study page drawn from observation.

Outcome 3
Glazed ceramic tile or pot based on Sea Life and research above.

ILLUSTRATION

 

Artists
Beatrix Potter, Quentin Blake, Roald Dahl, George Law, Jon Burgerman

Materials
Pencil inks paint.

Skills and Techniques
Observational drawing.
Composition.
Watercolour painting.
Storytelling/
messages and meanings.
Annotations.
Review of Design Ideas.

Outcome
Colourful final piece with students’ own character and storyline.