"Creativity takes courage", Henri Matisse
Art is part of very popular and vibrant faculty at Whitcliffe Mount. Schemes of work are constantly reviewed and developed to ensure our teaching is relevant, exciting and reflective of current practices. We focus on both skills and creativity, looking at historical and contemporary artists to ensure our students have a broad and interesting art education.
The Art department is led by Mrs E Bevan (Director of Learning for ADT). She is supported by specialist Art and Design teachers, Miss J Barker and Mrs A Jeffs, alongside technician, Mrs L Lister.
Key Stage 3
Students receive two 60 minute lessons over the two week timetable. With not a moment to lose, we use starters to create graphic books, art history guides or to supplement objectives. Then we fill our lessons with learning skills, such as printmaking, collage, painting, drawing and 3D work, as well as asking students to explore their creativity by developing their own ideas and final outcomes in diverse areas of art such as Pop Art, Asian Art and Cubism.
In Year 7 we introduce students to the basic concepts of how to create a drawing using shading and how to mix and apply paint. There will be a varied range of experiences from primary school but this course will give them all a basic grounding and allow for progress and for more able students to challenge themselves. Students will be using artists’ work to help develop their own, looking at the work of Georges Seurat, Vincent Van Gogh and Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
Following on from this students learn how to understand a major art style, for example, Asian art, and be able to identify the patterns, motifs and colours that are key to the style. They then look at how they can use Asian Art to develop their own ideas and designs. They produce relief prints and shadow puppets using their learned knowledge of the subject.
In Year 8 students build on their knowledge of observational drawing and understanding of a major art movement by studying Pop Art and the work of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Peter Blake. They produce paintings and relief prints in a Pop Art style.
Year 8 students go on to study ‘Stories in Art’, for example, by exploring Aboriginal Art. During this project students begin to develop their work in 3D. They identify and then create work in clay using the formal elements, such as colour, pattern and line.
In Year 9 students experiment with a diverse range of media to develop their understanding of the formal elements. Students follow the ‘Under the sea’ brief to explore line, colour, tone, texture, shape and form using materials such as paint, chalk, charcoal, wire, foil relief, and clay.
The second project in Year 9 is a Graphics project which is similar in layout and language to the BTEC unit that is externally assessed unit. This is to ensure students are aware of the requirements they will need should they choose to go forward to study the subject at BTEC level. Students will understand there are different periods and styles of Art throughout history, be able to identify styles of Art they like and use these to develop their own work combining words and pictures.
Throughout KS3 students are encouraged to be able share resources, to clean up after themselves and others and to be able to respect others’ opinions and act on advice in the Art classroom.
Key Stage 4
What is the subject about?
The Art and Design BTEC gives learners the opportunity to develop a range of different art and design skills and techniques, such as drawing, painting, textiles, computer work, digital photography, clay and 3D. Students are also encouraged, through their practical participation in a range of disciplines, to develop their people, communication, planning and team working skills. They will also have a wider understanding and appreciation of Art and Design.
Students achieve a Level 2 qualification, which will enable them to progress onto a Level 3 qualification and employment; helping them to develop a range of working skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes, that are essential for successful performance in working life.
How am I assessed?
Students in Year 10 and 11 receive five 60 minute lesson over the two week timetable. 75% of the Art and Design BTEC is coursework, so students will be continuously assessed. Ways to improve their work will be fed back both written and verbally, enabling them to have a clear understanding of what they need to do in order to achieve their potential. Students are not set, and are able to work independently, working to a brief but encouraged to follow individual pathways throughout the course.
In June of Year 10, 25% of the course is externally assessed, and this will take the form of a project. Students will have to explore and investigate an externally set brief with their teacher’s support, and then complete a 10 hour exam in which to independently produce a final outcome.
Don’t worry; students don’t sit the 10 hours all in one chunk!
Where could this subject take me in the future?
Initially, a BTEC in Art and Design can lead students to Level 3 qualifications, such as another BTEC or A’ Levels (and not necessarily in Art!) However, if students decide to pursue Art further, they will discover it is one of the largest employment industries in the UK. Everything you live in, wear, drive, sit on, sleep in has been designed by someone!
Careers in Art include animation, graphic design, photography, fashion, textiles, architecture, entertainment, design, product design, craft, ceramics, theatre, illustration and computers.
Each brief includes all the information that student require to complete each unit of work including an extensive list of sources of information. Suggested artist and practitioner research, places to visit, books and websites are listed at the end of each brief.
Project Task Lists:
These demonstrate the order that each unit of work should be carried out in the students sketchbooks.
Supporting Visual Research and other documents are available to students on eCliffe.
After School Clubs
Art Club for KS3 runs on Tuesday and Thursday after school. Projects are as interesting and individual as the students who attend. A chance for students to explore their creativity by playing Art games, entering competitions and taking part in a variety of exciting projects.
Revision and support
The Department organises catch-up, intervention and revision classes throughout the year for students studying Art and Design.
KS4 Achieve Sessions - Tuesday and Thursday 2.45-3.45pm
Art rooms are also available for KS4 students to catch up on their coursework after school on Wednesdays.
The Art Department runs trips to The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and often joins forces with the Drama Department for a ‘24 Hour Arty People’ trip to London during the summer term.