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Art and Design

Why we teach Art and Design

Art education teaches how to interpret, to be critical, to use visual information, and how to make choices based upon it.  When pupils practise thinking creatively and solving problems, it will become more naturally a way of thinking, which will help them both in school and in their future life.  We aim to teach pupils to take time and care with their work, and to become thorough in how they observe the world.  Art provides challenges for learners at all levels.

Art can develop a pupil’s creativity and the skills learnt will be beneficial to a range of academic subjects.  For example, visual arts teach learners about colour, composition, perspective and balance; all concepts that are necessary in making and giving presentations (visual or digital).  At MVC we learn about artists, crafts-people and designers across many cultures, which can connect pupils to the wider world.

Art helps to develop fine motor skills and the use of both sides of the brain.  We aim to teach the mastery of techniques in art which in turn bolsters our pupils’ own confidence.  Some aspects of art education may give pupils a chance to step outside their comfort zone.

Art can be challenging, however, and pupils will also learn perseverance.  Many skills are revisited and practised several times during KS3, aiming to master and improve each time. This growth mindset will certainly matter as they grow, enter new phases of education and also in their working life where they may be asked to continually develop new skills and work through some aspects of their role that they find difficult.

KS3 Art

Overview of content

All KS3 projects are designed to test the pupils’ embedded learning of core art skills in art and design in preparation for GCSE.  The projects cover art from another culture, realism in art, and the art of popular culture, all linked to influential artist’s ideas and work.    Throughout each year group, we aim to show pupils how embedded learning in Art and Design can increase both their skills and creativity and act as a secure building block for future artistic study. We also want pupils to enjoy their creativity. 

We will cover the following:

  • Drawing skills – The key focus of the year is to increase confidence in drawing. Pupils will be learning the process of drawing including how to hold the pencil; how to use contour and tone to record shape accurately and how to build detail and texture in stages. They will also experience drawing with a range of materials and to both small and large scales.
  • The Formal Elements – Line, tone, perspective, proportion, composition etc. These skills are taught and consolidated over much of the year’s work. 
  • Paint and Colour – pupils will explore atmosphere, memory, emotion and feeling through mark making and colour mixing. They will develop a knowledge and understanding of different painting techniques and use of pastel, ink and pencil to express colour in a creative way.

Yr 7 Programme of Study

Half term

Topics studied; skills and knowledge

How this will be assessed

Autumn - 1

Baseline assessment – 2 weeks

Drawing Workshops -3 weeks

Seashore Project to include higher level drawing of shells and pebbles.

Homework research Project on the book of Shells by the Japanese Artist Utamaro – 6 weeks going into the next half-term

Through constantly reviewing sketchbook work including verbal feedback and half termly go4schools mark entry.

Final marking of each termly project will include marking and summary of achievement in sketchbook also noted in Go4schools.

The marks are based on creative development of project work over time, not one-off pieces of work.

Autumn - 2

Continuation and development of observational Seashore project

As above

Spring - 1

Egyptian Scarab Beetle Project – looking at the Art of Ancient Egypt and links between observational drawing, nature and taking these drawings into a range of media.  Cross-curriculum links with Geog/RE investigating another country/culture.                 

As above

Spring - 2

Continuation and development of Scarab Egyptian project with emphasis on personal creative growth and refinement of technique

As above

Summer - 1

The Art of Illuminated Manuscript and lettering design work project

Pupils will look illuminated manuscripts and also contemporary calligraphy artists such as Gemma Black alongside Book illustrators

As above

Summer - 2

Continuation and development of Illuminations Manuscript and Lettering Project

As above

Yr 8 Programme of Study

Half term

Topics studied; skills and knowledge

How this will be assessed

Autumn - 1

Indian Mehndi Art Project – looking at the art of Mehndi and links between observational drawing, nature and taking these drawings into interlocking patterns and motifs.  Cross-curriculum links with Geog/RE investigating another country/culture. Pottery will also be included in this project.

Through constantly reviewing sketchbook work including verbal feedback and half termly go4schools mark entry.

Final marking of each termly project will include marking and summary of achievement in sketchbook also noted in Go4schools.

The marks are based on creative development of project work overtime, not one-off pieces of work.

Autumn - 2

Continuation and development of Mehndi project with emphasis on personal creative growth and refinement of technique.

As above

Spring - 1

Aboriginal Art Project – looking at Aboriginal Art and links between observational drawing nature and taking these drawings into interlocking patterns and motifs.  Cross-curriculum links with Geog/RE investigating another country/culture. Pottery will also be included in this project.

As above

Spring - 2

Continuation and development of Aboriginal project with emphasis on personal creative growth and refinement of technique

As above

Summer - 1

Collections -The Art of Observational Drawing Project – Pupils will work on drawing objects, individually and collectively. Developing drawing, design and painting skills. Object collections will vary throughout the term.

As above

Summer - 2

Continuation and development of Collections Project

Collections Art project with emphasis on personal creative growth and refinement of technique.

As above

Yr 9 Programme of Study

Half term

Topics studied; skills and knowledge

How this will be assessed

Autumn - 1

Day of the Dead Art Project – looking at the art of the Mexican Day of the Dead and links between observational drawings. Pupils will look at the observational drawing of skulls by Leonardo De Vinci and then take their own drawings of skulls into interlocking day of the dead patterns and motifs.  Cross-curriculum links with Geog/RE investigating another country/culture. 

Through constantly reviewing sketchbook work including verbal feedback and half termly go4schools mark entry.

Final marking of each termly project will include marking and summary of achievement in sketchbook also noted in Go4schools.

The marks are based on creative development of project work overtime, not one-off pieces of work.

Autumn - 2

Continuation and development of Day of the Dead project with emphasis on personal creative growth and refinement of technique

As above

Spring - 1

Eye Project – looking at how to depict the human and animal eye. This project is aimed at refining a broad range of art and mixed media skills and reinforcing core skills.  Pupils will look at how a variety of artists have depicted the eye.

As above

Spring - 2

Continuation and development of Eye project with emphasis on personal creative growth and refinement of technique

As above

Summer - 1

Pop Art – Pupils will work directly from observation of Coke cans and bottles linking their work to work of Andy Warhol and others.

As above

Summer - 2

Continuation and development of POP Art project with emphasis on personal creative growth and refinement of technique

As above

Homework

1 termly project set on Go4schoools.

Learning outside the classroom

Visit museums and art galleries either local or national. Lions Yard and the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge are free to visit.

Watch skill-based videos on how to do art technics on YouTube

Parental support and extension

Encourage all forms of artistic creativity and discuss ideas with pupils.

Visit exhibitions with pupils

More information

Pupils will have a sketchbook for most work and this should be brought to all lessons. Also, all pupils can purchase an art pack cost will vary. Please email art teachers directly if you have any concerns or questions, sheeks@melbournvc.org and sward@melbournvc.org

KS4 Art 

Eduqas GCSE Fine Art (C651QS)

Overview of content

In GCSE Fine Art pupils are encouraged to become independent thinkers, creative artists and project planners. They are taught transferable skills, such as the ability to think creatively, produce refined skilled artwork, write analytically and evaluate effectively. They gain the ability to create their own artwork, reflect and refine their higher-level art skills, while becoming project managers of their own creative journey.  Art GCSE allows pupils to become problem solvers, and artistic creatives. It empowers pupils to value their own ideas, creativity and judgement while understanding the need to work within given exam structures, this makes them ideal employees.  A GCSE in Fine Art will enhance all areas of their future lives.

Programme of Study

Year

Half term

Topics studied; skills and knowledge

How this will be assessed

10

Autumn - 1

Introduction to GCSE Fine Art Coursework in SketchbookArtist Research

Teacher assessed, verbal feedback and go4schools through sketchbook review this will also include some peer to peer work

Autumn - 2

Coursework in SketchbookArtist Research and Observation

As above

Spring - 1

Coursework in SketchbookExperimentation with media and compositional ideas

As Above

Spring - 2

Further sketchbook and compositional experimentation and analysis

 

Summer - 1

Coursework in Sketchbook plus larger developmental workPlanning of year 10 exam piece

Ongoing assessment

Summer - 2

Coursework in SketchbookDevelopment of compositional ideas cover all assessment objective with planning for year 10 exam piece

Year 10 exam marked and standardised by Art department team marking

11

Autumn - 1

Continuation of coursework

Evaluated by teacher review of sketchbook development and larger pieces including planning

Autumn - 2

Year 11 mock

Marked and standardised through Art department team marking

Spring - 1

2022 Continuation of coursework

Teacher Assessed

Spring - 2

2022 Continuation of coursework

Teacher Assessed

Summer - 1

2022 Continuation of courseworkPlanning and developing of year 11 final composition

Teacher Assessed

Summer - 2

Period of Formal Examinations2021 All GCSE Fine Artwork is coursework based, future Exam structure for Fine Art GCSE has yet to be confirmed by exam board for the following year.

Coursework marked internally, standardised through team markingModerated externally by exam moderators

Homework

Two hours a weeks of sketchbook development work. This will be discussed individually with pupils.   HW time allocation will be set on Go 4 Schools, but teachers will personalise work to encourage pupils to progress.

GCSE Virtual Art Exhibition 2021

Pupils taking GCSE Fine Art at Melbourn Village College are exhibited their final pieces of work to the public online this year. Covid restrictions curtailed the annual exhibition hosted at The Plough in Shepreth, although we hope to return to this format next year. Every final piece has been framed and displayed in the main corridor of the school for staff and other pupils to enjoy. To give the amazing work a wider audience including proud parents and other relatives, the Art Department has turned the work into a virtual exhibition, which can be viewed here.

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