Mr A Hewitt Subject Leader for Art
Miss C Thompson Teacher of Art
Introduction to Key Stage 3 Art
"Art is made to disturb, science reassures". Georges Braque
When the artist George Braque said this, he was implying that the function of art is to shake up and challenge the established way. Without this challenge nothing changes. Art is therefore a primary force for change, whether that is simply in the way things look or the way in which we look at the world. We hope to train our students to be the ‘changers’ of the future. We do not believe that ‘being good at art’ is something you are born with. We believe that anyone, under the right circumstances, can learn the skills needed ‘to be good at art’.
Topics students will study
In Year 7 you will learn basic drawing skills, such as drawing with different media, sketching out a drawing using simple measuring techniques and using shading to make objects look 3D. You will be shown how to handle paint in a controlled way. You will be taught about colour and how it can be used. You will be introduced to printmaking and clay-work. You will make drawings, prints, paintings and sculptures. You will keep a sketchbook.
In Year 8 you will build on your previous year to get better at drawing, painting and sculpture. You will learn how to use perspective in drawing; you will use computer art programmes to manipulate images. You will use stencils to make screen-prints. You will produce clay sculptures. You will look at artists such as Shauno, Gwan Osang, Andy Warhol and computer game artists. You will paint large portraits. You will keep a sketchbook.
In Year 9 you will look at Banksy and make spray painted walls using stencils. You will produce mixed media work based on aerial photographic views of your area. You will be taught how to make a sculpture using wire and modroc. You will improve your drawing skills and keep a sketchbook.
How students will be assessed
Work is assessed for effort and for attainment. Formative assessment will be given throughout the life of a project. All major pieces are marked and grades are used to give students levels on the school levels system in order to monitor progress.
There are many lunchtime and after school Art clubs for all year groups.