Art

Art is the opportunity to demonstrate imagination and creative flair. We believe this is a crucial element of any education, and must be included to produce well-rounded, young adults.

Tong’s Art Department aims to give pupils the confidence and enthusiasm to explore and develop creative ideas in an exciting, stimulating, working environment.

What students gain:

·        Knowledge and an understanding of art and design from different eras and cultures

·        Information about the world’s most influential artists, from the old masters to those living today

·        The skills to use a wide range of specialist 2D and 3D materials effectively

·        Confidence in their own ideas

·        The independence to develop their own creations and start finding their own style

Course details:

At Key Stage 3 in Years 7 and 8, Art is an integral part of the National Curriculum and is studied by all pupils for an hour a week, with additional homework and opportunities for after-school study for those who wish to learn, refine and develop new skills.

Students can then make an informed decision, together with their parents and teachers, whether they would enjoy completing  a three year GCSE course in Art and Design. An introductory year is studied in year 9 followed by two years of more extensive study in years 10 and 11.

KS5 is the A2 Fine Art course, for Post 16 students. Students are expected to produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more of the following areas: painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, land art, printmaking, installation, film, animation, television, video and photography. There is one  internally set coursework unit and one externally set exam units both studied in year 13.

How we teach:

In Years 7 and 8 we teach the students the basic skills needed to be able to confidently and effectively explore their ideas in a range of different media.  In KS4 and 5, we provide students with the freedom to develop the practical skills and embark on a successful artistic journey.

Course Content:

Art Department Course Content 2016 - 2017

Year 7

Students in year 7 are introduced to working with increasing confidence in a range of different media. The focus being to gain basic skills, knowledge and understanding of the subject. The work in year 7 is based around the theme of ‘Landscapes’ and the students are introduced to the work of two local artists David Hockney and Peter Brook.
Homework
Students complete a homework book reinforcing basic skills and understanding to support their classroom based learning

Year 8

Students in year 8 build upon the practical skills learnt in year 7 and develop their knowledge and understanding of the world of art. Their work is based around the theme of ‘Faces and Figures’ and they develop both observational and expressive skills in both 2D and 3D media as the year progresses.
Homework
Students complete a homework book reinforcing and developing basic skills and understanding to support their classroom based learning

Year 9

 Year 9 students are taught a foundation year to support GCSE studies in years 10 and 11. It is a initially a skills based approach where students are taught how to use media with skill and accuracy followed  by more in depth studies of the work of other artists and how to use these studies can be used to impact on their own practice.
Homework
Students complete a homework book reinforcing the basic skills needed for GCSE success.

Year 10 

 Students are introduced to the GCSE course gaining understanding of the course requirements, content and marking criteria. Project 1 is a Still Life project where students work initially from an observational starting point learning how to use a wide range of media with accuracy and skill. They initially study the work of Pop Artists and then can select another contemporary artist who has worked in a complementary style. This culminates in a large 2D mixed media board which is their final piece for the Still Life project.
Students then begin studying project 2 - ‘Portraits and Text’. They initially study the work of Jean Michael Basquiat are introduced to art work which combines images and text.
Students develop their 2D designs into 3D by making a clay head based on their studies.
Homework
Students are expected to complete work in the art department after school once a fortnight so they can access specialist materials. This should be for at least one hour of focussed study where they either complete unfinished classwork or developing their ideas further.

Year 11

 Year 11 students continue to study Project 2 ‘Portraits and Text’ learning how to work with great effect and skill combining a range of different ideas and images. Students study the work of American artist Barbara Kruger and a range of different portrait artists. They then combine all the different elements of their work to complete a final piece on a screen printed background.
In January students are given their externally set exam question and work on this until the 10 hour exam in April/May.
Homework
Students are expected to complete work in the art department after school once a fortnight. This should be for at least one hour of focussed study where they either complete unfinished classwork or develop their ideas further.
50% 2 coursework projects
50% examination project (10 hour exam)

Year 12

Students on The Fine Art A’s course are encouraged to work independently exploring their own ideas in a range of different media. The course is very individual and students are encouraged to work creatively on a theme of their own choice. Students can work in any of  the following areas or any combination of these – drawing, painting, photography, fashion, graphics, sculpture, printing, collage and textiles.
Homework
Students are expected to complete work either in the art department or at home for a total of 5 hours per week outside of timetabled lesson times. This should be focussed study where they either complete unfinished classwork or develop their ideas further towards the completion of a high quality A level project. This year is a preparatory year for the examination year in year 13. The work completed in year 12 does not count towards the final A level grade


Year 13

Students continue their learning journey becoming more confident, expressive and independent practitioners. They are expected to explore projects and ideas in greater depth and produce a well written detailed study of their work as it develops. A2 students should work with purpose and not be afraid to be experimental. They should have an increased awareness of the work of other artists both contemporary and traditional and their work should be completed with an awareness of this being evident.
Homework

25 % coursework project 25% written dissertation
50% examination project (15 hr exam)

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