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The study of Art is a creative and exploratory journey. The Art Department aims to provide an exciting and stimulating learning experience. Projects are designed to stretch and challenge our learners, encouraging independent and creative development.

The schemes of work are constantly reviewed and improved to cater for all learning levels and skills.

KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM

YEAR 7

Year 7 attend one Art lesson per week.

Introduction to the elements of art and design. Pupils are introduced to line and tone, exploring different drawing skills and mark-making. They study the drawings of other artists including Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Joan Miro.

They develop their drawing skills into print making, collage and mixed media outcomes, through small workshop tasks.

Main project: ‘Spirals’- Pupils work from this starting point to produce personal outcomes to the theme.

Year 7 carry out three Standardization Tests in the first half of the autumn term.

  1. Observational drawing test- First hand observational study exploring line and tone;
  2. Art history research test- Critical thinking;
  3. Imagination test (‘Metamorphasising Cube’)

Pupils are assessed on the following criteria:

  • Assessment Objective 1: develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding;
  • Assessment Objective 2: refine ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes;
  • Assessment Objective 3: record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions, in visual and/or other forms;
    Assessment Objective 4: present a personal, informed and meaningful response, demonstrate analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral and other elements.


ASSESSMENT AND CURRENT GRADE:

Year 7 pupils receive one homework per week which is marked using the assessment criteria above, and also SIR marked in accordance with Cressex School marking policy.


YEAR 8

Year 8 attend one Art lesson per week.

Year 8 carry out one Standardization Test in the first half of the autumn term:

  1. First hand observational tonal study of tree bark.

Project 1: ‘Trees’- Pupils explore the tree drawings and paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. They also explore the work of Ann Baldwin, and Kimberley Conrad, producing experimental tree drawings, prints, collage and mixed media pieces. This project also explores Japanese tree art.

Project 2: ‘Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Juan Gris versus Roy Lichtenstein’ Cusbist portraiture-  Pupils explore the work of these three Cubist artists and the Cubist Art Movement. They learn how artists are influenced by others and in particular how Pop Artist, Roy Lichtenstein explored Cubism. They are also introduced to African masks, which inspired Picasso. Pupils experiment with and develop their own Cubist portraiture responses, using collage and three dimensional relief techniques.

Pupils are assessed on the following criteria:

  • Assessment Objective 1: develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding;
  • Assessment Objective 2: refine ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes;
  • Assessment Objective 3: record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions, in visual and/or other forms;
  • Assessment Objective 4: present a personal, informed and meaningful response, demonstrate analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral and other elements.

ASSESSMENT AND CURRENT GRADE:

  • Year 8 pupils receive one homework per week which is marked using the assessment criteria above, and also SIR marked in accordance with Cressex School marking policy.

 

YEAR 9 KS 4 -  AQA GCSE ART,CRAFT AND DESIGN COURSE

Year 9 attend three lessons of Art a week. There is one booster/workshop session, after school, per week plus 2 day booster/workshop sessions during half-term holidays.

Pupils work through experimental and developmental workshops, exploring the theme of natural forms. They experiment with various materials, media, techniques and processes alongside Artist research and critical analysis. Pupils build up their skills in drawing, painting, collage, print-making, felting, three dimensional relief work, packaging design, and digital photography/manipulation.

Project 1: ‘Tree bark’- mixed media response- 2D/3D unit

Pupils are assessed on their Portfolio work (Component 1) using the following criteria:

  • Assessment Objective 1: develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding;
  • Assessment Objective 2: refine ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes;
  • Assessment Objective 3: record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions, in visual and/or other forms;
  • Assessment Objective 4: present a personal, informed and meaningful response, demonstrate analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral and other elements.

ASSESSMENT AND CURRENT GRADE:

  • Year 9 pupils receive one homework per week which is marked using the assessment criteria above, and is also SIR marked in accordance with Cressex School marking policy.
  • Pupils visit the Tate Modern, London, in the Winter term.


YEAR 10 KS 4 - AQA GCSE ART,CRAFT AND DESIGN COURSE

Year 10 attend three lessons of Art a week. There is one booster/workshop session after school per week plus 2 day booster/workshop sessions during half-term holidays/Easter/Christmas and the beginning of the summer holidays.

Component 1: Portfolio ( 60% of final GCSE mark)

Project 2: ‘Tree bark and fungi’- Free-form ceramic wall art response to the theme

Pupils work through experimental and developmental workshops, building up their skills from the Year 9 project, exploring the theme of ‘tree bark’. They experiment with various materials, media, techniques and processes alongside artist research and critical analysis.

Project 3: ‘Speed’ – 2D/3D Unit

Pupils work through experimental and developmental workshops to produce an individual and independent personal response to the theme.

Pupils are assessed on their Portfolio work (Component 1) using the following criteria:

  • Assessment Objective 1: develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding;
  • Assessment Objective 2: refine ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes;
  • Assessment Objective 3: record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions, in visual and/or other forms;
  • Assessment Objective 4: present a personal, informed and meaningful response, demonstrate analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral and other elements.

ASSESSMENT AND CURRENT GRADE:

  • Year 10 pupils receive one homework per week which is marked using the assessment criteria above, and is also SIR marked in accordance with Cressex School marking policy.
  • Pupils visit the Tate Modern, London, in the Winter term.

 

YEAR 11 KS 4 - AQA GCSE ART,CRAFT AND DESIGN COURSE

Year 11 attend three lessons of Art a week. There is one booster/workshop session after school per week plus 2 day booster/workshop sessions during half-term holidays/Easter/Christmas and the beginning of the summer holidays.

Component 1: Portfolio ( 60% of final GCSE mark)-

Project 4: ‘Assemble’- 2D/3D Unit

Pupils work through experimental and developmental workshops to produce an individual and independent personal response to the theme.

Component 2: External Exam (40% of final GCSE mark)-

Pupils receive the GCSE Art, Craft and Design exam paper in the January of  Year 11. They choose one starting point theme, out of seven choices from the exam paper. They explore and develop the theme, individually and independently, through to a final idea. Pupils work through Assessment Objectives 1,2 and 3, with Assessment Objective 4 being their final personal response to the exam. This exam preparation work (lessons/homework and booster sessions) runs from January until April and is worth 60% of the final exam mark. The 10 hour (worth 40% of the final Component 2 mark) exam runs over two school days and is held in the third week of April.

Pupils are assessed on their exam work ( Component 2) using the following criteria:

  • Assessment Objective 1: develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding;
  • Assessment Objective 2: refine ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes;
  • Assessment Objective 3: record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions, in visual and/or other forms;
  • Assessment Objective 4 (final Exam artwork): present a personal, informed and meaningful response, demonstrate analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral and other elements.

ASSESSMENT AND CURRENT GRADE:

  • Year 11 pupils receive one homework per week which is marked using the assessment criteria above, and is also SIR marked in accordance with Cressex School marking policy.
  • Pupils’ work is marked three times per half term, using the assessment criteria above and is also SIR marked in accordance with the Cressex School marking policy.

Pupils visit the Tate Modern, London, in the Winter term.

Rewards and competitions

The Art Department runs several competitions, both internally and externally during the school year. There is our annual Christmas card competition.  Year 10 took part in the ‘Masks’ Awareness Programme ( in participation with Bucks Open Studios), which resulted in one of our pupil’s exhibiting her artwork at The Gateway Centre, Aylesbury. A selection of pupils' work from Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 is submitted to the Buckinghamshire Art Society Young Artist Award.

The Art Department provides opportunities for pupils to exhibit and celebrate their work with ‘Artist of the Month’ Award . We reward outstanding work with achievement points, Art prizes and achievement certificates. Pupils are encouraged to engage fully with their creative abilities by opening up the Art Department every break and lunchtime for our drop-in Art Club.