The overarching theme of the curriculum is to explore the formal elements of Art and Design; it is essential to provide students with a sound understanding of the formal elements and equip them with the key skills needed to make good progress. Starting with Key stage 3 this is achieved through the investigation of tone, line, colour and shape. Students are given the opportunity to explore a wide range of wet and dry media, whilst investigating and responding to the work of relevant artists, designers and craftspeople. Students are familiarised early with the GCSE Assessment Objectives, giving them a good understanding of how to be successful and meet the necessary criteria.
As students progress through the key stages, these key skills are built upon and further developed as the units of work increase in challenge. Students continue to explore a wide range of media and develop knowledge and understanding of materials, processes and techniques – such as press printing, sculpture and drawing from life. Students are taught how to annotate and analyse their work and that of their peers, encouraging them to constantly move their work forward and be open minded.
Every unit has been structured in a way that gives all students equal access and opportunities for success and allows the students to communicate the type of Artist that they consider themselves to be; this provides students with the opportunity to marry skills covered in KS3 with personal expression.
The Art and Design curriculum has been devised to ensure that the creative integrity of the students is upheld and showcased within the exam board frameworks. Our aims are that students are given a wealth of skills within their lessons and in a wider extra-curricular context to allow them to effectively communicate their intentions. It is also essential that students have ample opportunities to develop analytical and soft skills within their artistic education and have in addition to the academic components of the course a creative outlet to find their voice and use constructive criticism to support progress.