Art

At Kingsmead the Art Department is recognised as a vibrant and exciting place to study, where work of the highest quality is celebrated, shared and enjoyed.

We have high standards and expectations.

Students enjoy the subject and the environment is positive and productive with good relationships between students and teachers.

We offer an open door policy where students are invited to work at break, lunchtime and after school with the support and guidance of their teachers.

The school works with the wider community and local schools on Arts projects and produces exciting work that is displayed around the school and in the local community.

We also enjoy visits from Artists and take regular trips to Art Galleries to supports students' wider understanding of the Arts

KEY STAGE 3

At Key Stage 3 the course is divided into three termly units in each year.

Year 7
Term 1 – An Introduction to Art; practices & refines students drawing skills. A series of observational drawings will be made from natural forms to develop an understanding of the importance of drawing. Drawings will be made from imagination & observation, with line & experimental, exploring shading and shading techniques. Developing understanding of composition & to learn solid, blending & shading colouring skills.

Artists: Van Gogh, Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti, Patrick Caulfield, Lisa Milroy & Michael Craig Martin, Henri Matisse.

Materials & Equipment: Natural forms including shells & peppers, Graphite, Chalk & charcoal, Pen & Ink, Coloured pencils, Block paint, Tracing paper. A4 Black sketchbook.

Term 2 – Manga and Anime Project: The origins and characteristics of manga and anime will be explored during this project. Students will learn how to draw an accurate self-portrait, before being introduced to the work of a wide variety of manga/anime artists. They will then incorporate the styles of these artists into creating their own character. They will develop their understanding of use of colour, learning how to create stylised drawings.

Artists: Takashi Murakami, Akira Toriyama, Eiichiro Oda, Masashi Kishimoto, Osamu Tezuka

Materials & Equipment: Pencils, Coloured pencils, block paint, tracing paper, A4 Black sketchbook.

Term 3 - Expressionism Project: Expressionism and abstract art will be explored in a project that focuses on how colour and mark can be used in art to express emotion. Exploring the relationships between music, sound and colour manipulating materials as a form of expression. Work will develop into a series of 2D drawings and a 2D clay tile.

Artists: Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Frank Stella.

Materials & Equipment: Music, Oil pastels, Paper, cardboard, art straws, tissue paper, clay, paint. A4 Black sketchbook

Year 8
Term 1 - Figures Project: Workshop based lessons will explore how artists represent the Figure, with a focus on sculptural media to create a Giacommeti inspired tin foil figure, a clay figure inspired by Gormley and a paper mache figure inspired by the work of Nikki De Saint Phalle. Reference will be made to the work of Keith Haring to develop a sense of movement and colour in their work whilst considering how sculpture can be placed in the environment. Observational figure drawing will form the assessed work. (Work will form the coursework unit for the OCR Accredited certificate for PVA students).

Artists: Keith Haring, Nikki De Saint Phalle, Antony Gormley, Alberto Giacometti.

Materials & Equipment: Paint, Clay, Foil, Paper Mache, Kitchen roll, weights. A4 Matt Black Sketchbook.

Term 2 – Entry Level Certificate - Externally set Exam paper students will choose from a choice of Titles set by the exam board to produce a body of preparatory work. Students will work from observation where possible, looking at relevant artists and in a range of media.

Two Day Exam: Selected students will sit a two day exam to produce a final piece relevant to their chosen theme to a scale of A3

Materials & Equipment: appropriate still life objects, paper, textured/coloured papers, pencils, coloured pencils, chalk & charcoal,

Term 3 – Identity Project: Students will explore their identity, making an observational drawing of their hand, developing to a study of their finger print & from this a portrait made up of finger prints referencing Marcus Harvey & Chuck Close. They will create a typographic portrait using key words related to their identity and learn how to correctly draw the proportions of the face, developing a mixed media self portrait with elements of collage and watercolour inspired by Natasha Sazonova

Artists: Da Vinci, Escher, Van Gogh, Marcus Harvey, Natasha Sazonova, Chuck Close, Picasso, Martina Shapiro, Frida Kahlo,

Materials & Equipment: Ink pad, Watercolour, oil pastel, Tracing paper,

PVA
Year 7
Students complete the Bronze Arts Award. This consists of 4 parts: An art’s activity, a presentation about their arts Hero or Heroine, an Arts trip and an opportunity to teach their peers an arts lesson.
Students are taught a variety of techniques and work in a range of media to support this body of work.

Year 8
Students complete the OCR Entry Level Certificate. Work in the first Term supports the Figures Project and offers students the opportunity to develop skills and work further.

Artists: Keith Haring, Nikki De Saint Phalle, Antony Gormley, Alberto Giacometti.

Exam Prep and Exam: Externally set Exam paper students will choose from a choice of Titles set by the exam board to produce a body of preparatory work. Students will work from observation where possible, looking at relevant artists and in a range of media.

Two Day Exam: Students will sit a two day exam to produce a final piece relevant to their chosen theme to a scale of A3

Materials & Equipment: appropriate still life objects, paper, textured/coloured papers, pencils, coloured pencils, chalk & charcoal,

Artists: As appropriate to paper.

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KEY STAGE 4

At KS4 many students choose to follow Art at GCSE, students are entered for a qualification in Art & Design from OCR Examining Board. In Years 9/10 students are introduced to a wide range of techniques and skills as part of the surfaces project.

Term 1: Students build on their prior drawing skills whilst exploring a wide range of media. Students research both contemporary and historic artists to support their investigations.

Term 2: The above skills are further practiced and improved with a portraits project, students learn about proportions and develop their painting skills.

Term 3: Students start work on their coursework worth 60% of their final grade, this takes the form of a personal portfolio, work on this portfolio continues into Year 11. For the personal portfolio, students work on a theme of their choice from a range of suggested titles. Students work with a range of media, making connections to artists to produce a portfolio demonstrating their skills and leading to a personal informed and meaningful response.

Year 10/11

Term 1: Students continue with their coursework/portfolio work.

Term 2: Students start work on exam preparation based on a choice of externally set titles. They sit a ten hour exam over two days where they will work in the Art rooms to produce a final and informed final piece.

Photography GCSE

Term 1 - Students start work on their coursework worth 60% of their final grade. This is based on Portrait Photography. Students analyse the work of a number of Portrait Photographers, before developing their ideas further. Students edit their photographs both digitally and physically.

Term 2: Students start work on exam preparation based on a choice of externally set titles. They sit a ten hour exam over two days where they will work in the Photography rooms to produce a final and informed final piece.

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Art A-Level students are offered a scheme of work that encourages them to discover and explore their own creativity. Students explore the theme through observational drawing, painting and sculpture. Our students work is of a very high standard and students benefit from an open space within the dept where they can work outside of timetabled lessons.

In Year 13 students complete a personal investigation of their own choice and are supported with opportunities to attend portfolio days. At the end of term two Students start work on exam preparation based on a choice of externally set titles. They then sit a practical exam over a period of days where they will work in the Art rooms to produce a final and informed final piece.

Photography A-Level

Photography A-Level is a popular subject where students in YR12 explore the theme of ‘Portraits’, ‘Still Life’, ‘Circles and Stripes’ and ‘Sense of Place’ looking at a number of different photographers who have explored these themes within their work. Students explore how to use their camera and how to manipulate pictures using ICT.

In Year 13 students complete a personal investigation of their own choice based on the idea of problem solving and they produce a 'Related Study' to run alongside this, where they explore the influence of a photographer on their own work. At the end of term the students start work on exam preparation based on a choice of externally set titles, where they then sit a practical exam over a period of days and work in the Art rooms to produce a final and informed final piece.

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