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Curriculum Intent

In Art, our curriculum intent is to promote creativity, which in turn directly enhances learning by increasing motivation, deepening understanding and promoting wellbeing. Students will become knowledgeable of a range of artists and make judgments about their work in informed and reasoned ways, increasing their knowledge of how to effectively evaluate others’ work in order to develop their own. They will apply this research and experiment with techniques employed by artists from a range of eras, which will support them developing their own style and improve their ability to handle materials.

From Year 7, our curriculum requires students to learn three different genres of art each year including Pop Art, Mixed Media, African Art and Observational Drawings. This allows students to learn a range of techniques, styles and artists which acts as a basis for preparing students for GCSE. This way of teaching allows students to become independent in a range of different media and allows them to make informed decisions about which media and styles they work best with and how to best refine these media independently. Students will make informed choices about which style, techniques and media they enjoy most, promoting a love of learning and opportunity to progress independently.  

As well as developing creativity and ideas, students will learn to refine their designs and increase their execution. They will also have the opportunity to experiment with a range of media including acrylic paint, tonal pencil, mixed media and relief work, which in turn will allow them to invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

This term, we are currently studying...



Why this? Why now?

Year 7

Aboriginal Project

Students will learn about the history of Aboriginal art. The students will use continue to develop their knowledge on the colour theory through different materials.

Students will use this knowledge through geometric shapes and patterns showing thought to the layout.

Year 8

African Project

Students will learn about the history and geographical culture of Africa and how different materials and techniques have been applied and how it has influenced artists around the world.

Students will be applying and embellishing cardboard relief techniques through proportion and symmetry.

Year 9

Skull – Charcoal and chalk

Students will be developing their observational skills and recording to a large scale using a range of materials.

Students will use their previous knowledge on tone to help build up depth on their recordings.

Year 10

Coursework - personal investigation

Students are continuing to build on their skills they have learnt in Term 1. Students have chosen their own personal theme and are exploring multiple pathways to create a final outcome.

Year 11

Coursework and Exam Prep

Students will be entering their exam preparations. Using the skills they have learnt from Year 10 to term 1 Year 11, students will prepare for the exam after the April half term.

Qualification information:

Curriculum content:

Attached are the curriculum maps which outline the sequence we use in order to structure our learning. If you would like to support your child's learning, we have attached links to Oak National Academy who provide lessons, activities and resources for commonly taught topics. Please use the curriculum map for this subject before visiting:

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