Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)
In art students develop skills of creativity and learn how to work independently, collaboratively and proficiently.
In Year 7 the topics include drawing skills, self-portraits, bugs and sculpture, sweet things and an exam piece. Students will explore content and mediums such as acrylic paint, watercolour, sculpture, textiles and collage.
In Year 8 the topics include perspective and architecture, three dimensional construction, micro patterns and recycled art, animation and an exam piece. Topics will build on students’ knowledge from the previous year, developing skills and technique in content areas. The areas taught are sculpture using a mixture of materials, photography, video art, painting and drawing.
In Year 9 the topics include portrait and Day of the Dead, wire sculpture and natural forms, surrealism relating to dreams and an exam project. The students will be given an exam paper and they will choose one question to answer. The topics build on all skills and techniques learnt from key stage 3. The content areas include sculpture using diverse materials, drawing, painting and textiles. Students will use a variety of mediums such as pencil, wire, pencil, ink, paint and mixed media.
All Students will research each topic by studying the history, looking at artist profiles and exploring techniques. Students will go on field trips relevant to the topic area, visiting exhibitions in Yangon.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)
The syllabus for IGCSE Art is varied and interesting for learners. It encourages a range of skills, stimulates aesthetic awareness, knowledge and critical understanding of Art, and provides opportunities students to develop a whole range of expertise. Crucially, an individual and independent outlook is encouraged at all times. The syllabus is designed to accommodate a wide range of abilities.
The syllabus content covers a broad spectrum of study including painting and related media, printmaking, three dimensional studies, photography, digital and lens based media, graphic communication and textile design. There is a wide range of subject matter for which students could submit their work. For example, underpainting and related media subjects a student could include, landscapes, figure studies, portraits, the natural and man- made environment, still life, artefacts, abstract notions or feelings, personal experiences and visual ideas inspired by literary sources.
Candidates take two components, component 1 is obligatory and consists of a broad based assignment which is marked externally, students have unlimited preparation time to produce supporting studies, then candidates take an eight hour controlled test. Component two is a design based assignment which consists of unlimited preparation time and a controlled eight-hour test. Component three is a critical and historical assignment whereby candidates produce a folder of 1500-2000 words alongside illustrative material. Component four is a coursework assignment which is internally marked by teachers and externally moderated. Candidates produce a portfolio of up to four sheets (eight sides) of maximum A2 Artworks along with a final outcome whereby candidates produce an ultimate creation in their chosen medium.
Candidates are encouraged to develop a range of skills including ability to record direct from observation, ability to identify and solve visual problems, creativity, visual awareness, cultural understanding, develop imagination, develop confidence, enthusiasm , independence, ability to experiment with a variety of techniques, ability to express knowledge of a working vocabulary relevant to the subject interest , ability to investigate, research, and express practical and technical skills which aid independent learning.
Students will be assessed on the following objectives; A01- gathering, recording, research and investigation, A02- exploration and development of ideas; A03- organization and relationships of visual and/ or other forms A04- selection and control of materials, media and processes; A05 personal vision and presentation. Students will receive a grade outcome from between grade A-F.
Students can use a wide range of media e.g. painting and drawing, graphic media, printmaking, non- traditional media, new media, mono- printing, clay work, Sculpture, ceramics, and a wide range of other processes.
The study of Art and design is fundamentally linked to a number of important issues and gives each student an awareness of spiritual, moral, ethical, social, legislative, economic and cultural matters which are important for the development of each individual for life.
Long Term Plans
The long term plans set out the programmes of study for the whole academic year and enables parents to see the topics being studied term by term.