Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)
In art lessons, students develop skills of creativity and of working independently, collaboratively and proficiently. Year 7 topics include sewing, perspective drawing and 3D construction.
In Year 8, architectural perspective drawings are produced in the early terms, building on students’ knowledge from the previous year, followed by recycled art productions from different materials. 3D construction models are constructed to understand methods of building in miniature.
In Year 9, the main theme is sculpture. Students have to create their own art pieces, using Papier Mâché, wax sculpture, wire figures and glass painting. Students research each technique online for inspiration and go on a field trip to a Sculpture House, where they observe the techniques of creating sculptures using different materials such as porcelain, mud, cement and fibre.
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 under painting and related media subjects a student could include, landscapes, figure studies, portraits, the natural and man-made environment, still life, artifacts, abstract notions or feelings, personal experiences and visual ideas inspired by literary sources.
Candidates take two components. Component 1 is an internally set assignment which is marked by Cambridge International. There is no question paper for this. Student’s research, develop and realise a project from one area of study in the subject content from a theme set by the teacher. 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 which is marked externally. Component 2 is an externally set assignment which is marked by Cambridge International. There is a question paper for this. Students will produce their supporting studies during the preparation period, after receipt of the paper and before the supervised test. Students explore and develop supporting studies in response to the starting point, producing work leading to a final outcome that is produced during the supervised test of 8 hours’ total duration. They may, but do not have to, explore the same area of study for Component 1.
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;
- AO1 - Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
- AO2 - Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
- AO3 - Develop ideas through investigation, demonstrating critical understanding.
- AO4 - Present a personal and coherent response that realises intentions and demonstrates an understanding of visual language.
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.