Art Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3 is focused on developing skills and understanding through the formal elements of art; these are incorporated in to different themes in Years 7 and 8 which allow students to explore a range of materials, techniques and creative activities, key areas of focus are Natural forms, Multicultural Pattern, Tone, Portraits, Still life and Landscape. In Year 9 students are given more freedom to make independent choices with projects following a GCSE type structure. Relevant areas of Art History are studied within each project, allowing students to experience the work of a variety of artists from different genres; these are used as the inspiration for students’ own work. There is a strong emphasis on engaging with the work of other artists and for students to develop their critical analysis skills alongside their practical work.
Students will use a variety of starting points, work from observation and study the work of artists. These starting points will be developed over a number of lessons and they will be expected to collect ideas and information in sketchbooks and develop work in a thoughtful manner. There will be the opportunity to work in a variety of media which may include paint, pastel, inks, collage, 3D and printing.
Students receive formative feedback on classwork with the GCSE grading system being used as a basis for allocating “Working Towards” grades during each project at key assessment points, these will focus on different skills throughout the year. Students are encouraged to self-assess their work against set criteria and in response to this set personal targets for the development of their work.