Art

An ability to draw, sculpt or create any form of visual artwork is to have an ability to speak a universal language.  Draw a flower on a piece of paper and any person from any nation could understand what you have drawn.  

The study of Art and Design fosters students’ natural creativity and curiosity of images whilst developing technical skill in a variety of materials and processes.  Art and Design encourages students to explore the potential of materials and communicate their personal ideas.  

We are now living in an incredibly visually rich world where Facebook, smartphones and plasma screen TV’s are a part of the fabric of everyday life.  The study of Art and Design merely highlights how important the visual world is to us.  In an age where even the most complex factual information is just a click away, subjects that promote students originality and creativity are important – well we think so!  You can’t ‘Google’ how to come up with an original artistic idea.

Year 7
Year 8
Key Stage 4

Our KS3 curriculum is designed to build students confidence in handling a range of materials and processes whilst fostering their natural ability for creativity and experimentation.  We want our students to take creative risks and be ambitious about their ideas. There are extra-curricular activities for each year group, encouraging enthusiasm and an enjoyment of the subject.

What will my child learn about in Art this year?

Discovery:

Students will be discovering how to use line and tone effectively when drawing; will explore experimental mark-making techniques and use their iPad to create digital drawings.

Celebration:

Students will focus on the celebration of colour within Art and Design and refer to a number of artists who have prioritised coloured in their work.  This will culminate in a rainforest campaign poster.

Creativity:

Students will review their creative poster design ideas before spending several lessons completing their painting.

Balance:

Students will create collage based artworks where the students will explore the balance of how much, or how little, detailed information is needed to create a balanced collage.

What type of homework will be set?

There will be extended homework set each term and will explore the following skills:

  • ‍Recording (observational drawing)
  • Research (investigating artists, designers and art movements)
  • Experimental (developing skills and techniques at home)
  • Imaginative (personal response relating to the project)
  • Homework deadlines are important as what a student is asked to do at home, is usually used in the next lesson.

How will my child be assessed in Art this year?

Students will complete 4 major assessments linked to the individual IMYC themes.  Students will receive regular written and verbal feedback throughout the year, both of which will be recorded in their year 7 sketchbook.  In addition, students will frequently be asked to reflect on their own learning highlighting strengths and areas for development.  

How can I support my child’s learning at home?

Provide basic art equipment to support homework tasks (pencils, colouring pencils, felt tip pens, glue scissors, tape).

Encourage your child to practise observational drawings and take an interest in their extended homework tasks.

Visit free art galleries in your spare time to enhance their knowledge and appreciation of art: Leeds City Art Gallery, Bradford Cartwright Hall, Dean Clough Gallery (Halifax), Sheffield Millennium Gallery, Bradford Photography Museum, Salts Mills (Saltaire), Hepworth Museum (Wakefield).

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Our KS3 curriculum is designed to build students confidence in handling a range of materials and processes whilst fostering their natural ability for creativity and experimentation.  We want our students to take creative risks and be ambitious about their ideas. There are extra-curricular activities for each year group, encouraging enthusiasm and an enjoyment of the subject.

What will my child learn about in Art this year?

Risk:

Students will look at artists who have broken the existing mould and how they took risks to produce art that was not socially or commercially acceptable.  This task considers the impact of taking risks with artistic techniques and the elements of art.

Interpretation:

Students will undertake a joint Music and Art project exploring storyboarding, film music and sound effects.

Identity:

Students will explore their identity by focusing on their favourite foods and brands and produce a number of different artworks using a range of materials.

Structure:

Students will work as part of a team to construct a sculpture.

What type of homework will be set?

There will be extended homework set each term and will explore the following skills:

  • ‍Recording (observational drawing)
  • Research (investigating artists, designers and art movements)
  • Experimental (developing skills and techniques at home)
  • Imaginative (personal response relating to the project)
  • Homework deadlines are important as what a student is asked to do at home, is usually used in the next lesson.

How will my child be assessed in Art this year?

Students will complete 4 major assessments linked to the individual IMYC themes.  Students will receive regular written and verbal feedback throughout the year, both of which will be recorded in their year 7 sketchbook.  In addition, students will frequently be asked to reflect on their own learning highlighting strengths and areas for development.  

How can I support my child’s learning at home?

Provide basic art equipment to support homework tasks (pencils, colouring pencils, felt tip pens, glue scissors, tape).

Encourage your child to practise observational drawings and take an interest in their extended homework tasks.

Visit free art galleries in your spare time to enhance their knowledge and appreciation of art: Leeds City Art Gallery, Bradford Cartwright Hall, Dean Clough Gallery (Halifax), Sheffield Millennium Gallery, Bradford Photography Museum, Salts Mills (Saltaire), Hepworth Museum (Wakefield).

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Exam Board: AQA

In Art, we aim to:

  • Introduce students to a variety of learning experiences which encourage the development of skills, through the use of appropriate media, processes, techniques and technologies.
  • Develop student’s knowledge, understanding and skills in the development of their personal work informed by first hand experiences and appropriate secondary sources.
  • Understand how as individuals we can benefit from creating and appreciating art, craft and design.
  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • Be encouraged to progressively develop their own strengths and interests in the subject and increasingly follow their own lines of inquiry.
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  • Know about great artists,craft-makers and designers and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding through sustained practical application of skills
  • Use a range of techniques to record their observations as a basis for exploring their ideas.
  • Develop ideas through investigations informed by selecting and critically analysing sources.
  • Apply understanding of relevant practices in the creative and cultural industries to their work.
  • Refine ideas a work progresses through experimenting with media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • Analyse and evaluate their own work and that of others in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work.
  • Use visual language critically as appropriate to their own intentions and chosen areas of study.

Ultimately, we aim to develop creativity,independence and individuality through enjoyment from learning about art, craft and design in the world around us. This will allow our students to make a positive contribution to wider society and prepare them for life in a diverse community.

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Butcher Hill
Leeds
LS16 5EA

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Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Butcher Hill
Leeds
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