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     

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).

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.

 

In Year 9 students can opt to study Art for the whole year (1 lesson per week).

This year is a springboard in preparation for Year 10. Students continue to build on the 2D elements of Art and begin to understand the importance of the presentation of study sheets alongside the need for a strong technical skill. Students begin to develop a better knowledge of Artists research and how to annotate preparation work and design ideas. This course also encourages students to develop work independently.

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.

 

YEAR 7
Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half 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 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
2D TRIBAL MASKS
and small 3D prototypes

Artists
African and Tribal Art

Materials
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 decoration

Outcomes
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.

 

YEAR 9
Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
DRAWING SKILLS AND MIXED MEDIA

Artists
Kark Blossfeldt

Materials
Greyscale pencil
Coloured Pencil
Oil Pastel

Skills and Techniques
Observational drawing.
Working from secondary images.
Accuracy.
Tonal blending and shading to show 3D form.
Mark making to show surface textures.

Outcome
GCSE style study sheets in sketchbook showing 3 studies in the different materials

Subject Matter
Shells
Pen
Inks
Cocktail sticks
Wax
Watercolour paint

Skills and Techniques
Accuracy.
Shape and form.
Highlights and lowlights.
Mark making to show texture.

Outcome
GCSE style study sheet in sketchbook showing studies in the different materials.

PAINTING SKILLS INFLUENCED BY ARTISTS

Artists
Marcia Baldwin

Materials
Paint-ready mixed and Acrylic.

Skills and Techniques
Accuracy
Paint and brush control

Outcomes
Paintings of animals based on those by Artist Marica Baldwin.

Subject matter
Shells
Pen
Inks
Cocktail sticks
Wax
Watercolour paint

Skills and Techniques
Accuracy
Shape and form
Highlights and lowlights
Mark making to show texture

Outcomes
GCSE style study sheet in sketchbook showing studies in the different materials

URBAN ENVIRONMENTS

Artists
Eva Folks
Paul Kenton
Lisa Borgiani

Materials
Ink
Drawing sticks
Cardboard
PVA
Paint

Skills and Techniques
Accuracy
Perspective
Tone
Paint and brush control
Printing
Line and texture
Colour mixing
Mark making

Outcomes
GCSE style study sheet in sketchbook showing studies.

A range of urban drawings, paintings and prints in response to the Artists different techniques.

PERSONAL OBJECTS

Artists
Andrea Joseph

Materials
Pencils
Pens
Watercolour

Skills and Techniques
Observational drawing – own objects.
Drawing from secondary and Artists research.

Outcomes
GCSE style study sheet in sketchbook showing studies in the different materials.

PAINTING – FOOD &TOYS

Artists
Wayne Theibaud and Vic Vicini. Deborah Cauchi, Ria Hills, Debra Sissons,

Materials
Pencils
Pens
Watercolour

Skills and Techniques
Observational drawing.
Drawing and Painting from Artists research

Outcomes
GCSE style final piece.
This project will cover a selection of the GCSE Assessment Criterion to help develop students awareness of ideas, independence and use of the different materials.

EXPRESSIVE PORTRAITURE

Artists
Louise Jover and
Giacometti

Materials
Pencil
Pen
Paint
Collage
Chalk
Charcoal

Skills and Techniques
Proportion
Accuracy
Expressive mark making
Illustration
Collage and mixed media techniques

Outcomes
Expressive Portraits with links to poems or song lyrics using techniques inspired by different artists.