Art

Teaching British Values through Art

Throughout the course students will develop an understanding of the issues surrounding what it is like to be a Londoner and a British citizen. Each year will introduce them to various ways to look at these topics. For example:

Year 7: We look at myths and Stories, bringing urban myths so that students start to question commonly held beliefs about Britain and their world.

Year 9: The students study the city of London (their home) from the Art department; studying the skyline and ever changing weather; making drawings and paintings using a variety of materials.This helps them to identify with their city.

Year 10: They do a project based on the theme of Society. In this they look at, and respond visually to, issues effecting themselves and Britain today and historically. They will research and develop their own ideas based on the theme of Society.

 

All APA Students Will Have Four Areas of Study

  1. Thematic (e.g. Self, Emotions): Students are encouraged to develop an awareness of their self and their place in the world. These can also develop an awareness of Spiritual and Moral wellbeing as well as issues to do with H+S. Structured tasks lead to a greater individual choice as students move from year to year.
  2. Contextual Research: To help with the development of skills and personal themes. The study of artists, designers and other cultural references to understand how best to use materials to enhance the work. To gain a knowledge of art and design and its place in society.
  3. Skill/Formal Elements: Use of formal elements and exploration of materials. Development of skills in Drawing, Painting, Collage, 3D, New Technologies and Printmaking.  Exploring materials to make the right choices. Every student should be using these skills at least once during each year. Observational drawing and the use of primary source imagery such as their own photographs must be encouraged.
  4. Analysis and Evaluation: Student are encouraged to formalise understanding through analysis and evaluation (written, oral and visual).

 

Year 7

The Yr7 students arrive at APA from a variety of schools and backgrounds. The first project is to assess the skills they have acquired and give every student a firm base on which to grow. We look at the formal elements (line, tone, colour, form, etc.) to create that solid base for all students.

Term 1: Self and colour

In term one year 7 it is important that we recognise that students arrive at the school with different experiences of art education. The projects in year 7 aim to build each individuals core skills and help them to develop as artists and create with confidence.

The students will study line, tone, colour and making. There will be a focus on accuracy and detail to improve motor skills. The study of the work of other artists and cultures, both from the past and contemporary, will be integral to this. New technologies will be used to reinforce research and the development of ideas.

The homework project focuses on the work of the artist Michael Craig-Martin. Students will be asked to study leaves, plants and seed pods looking for detail. They will explore possibilities using colour and composition.

 Term 2: Stories, Myths and Legends

In them two the students will study the meaning of myths and legends and discuss how we use stories. They will research ancient Myths, but also discuss modern myths/conspiracy theories. They will then use this to develop their own mythological creature based on a contemporary theme.

They will explore the formal elements of line, tone, colour, texture and form. New technologies will be used to develop ideas.

The development of their ideas will include group work, eventually leading to a sculptural final piece.

The homework for this project will involve researching into various myths and legends as well as collecting and drawing from images.

Term 3: Tesselation

In term three the students will explore pattern and colour. They will investigate Islamic tessellation and the work of M.C. Escher.  They will create their own tessellated designs using the 2D design package, which will eventually be laser cut out of coloured Perspex.

In this project the formal elements of line, colour, composition and shape will be explored.

The homework will include research into relevant artists and cultures and exploring tessellation and pattern further.

Year 8

Natural forms

In year 8 students study how artists and designers have used natural forms to create. They will study a variety of natural forms, exploring mark-making, texture and shading to create form. Drawing from observation will be integral to this project; teaching students to observe detail and understand how to create the illusion of three dimensions.

The homework project is based on studying Surrealism. Students will explore to create imaginatively by developing their own observed work.

The classwork and homework will be then used to develop sculptural ideas. This allows the student to create and produce independent work that will eventually lead to a three dimensional piece.

Term 1: Natural Forms.

Term 2: Perspective – The students will study Perspective through the use of scale, tone and maths. They will be encouraged to use perspective creatively and also by observing their environment.

Term 3: Landscape and Figure– The students will study figures within an environment; making decisions about composition, light and scale.

Year 9

Mannerism

This project pushes students to explore challenging avenues for their work. Perspective, Foreshortening and Scale will be integral to the work they produce. They will explore how to use mathematical devices to create; perspective, foreshortening, proportion and grids for enlarging will be used to produce work of a challenging scale, composition and depth.

New technologies will play a part as will the use of traditional two and three dimensional materials.

The homework project will explore distortion and reflection. Students will be asked to use some of the skills, learnt in the lesson, to draw distorted reflections from observation (metal kettles, Christmas baubles, etc.).

Term 1: Mannerism.

Term 2: Portraits and Masks – The students will study portraiture and use colour to explore emotion. They will use their research to work towards mask designs that they will eventually make. This encourages students to read emotions and develop empathy.

Term 3: Adorn, Embellish and Decorate – Students will research and develop ideas looking at the Applied Arts. They will be expected to work on a range of ideas geared towards decoration. Projects could include lettering/typography, clothing and furnishing.

GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art)

EXAM BOARD: EDEXCEL

There are four assessment objectives (25% for each) that the students need to adhere to. These are:

AO1: DEVELOP AO2: REFINE AO3: RECORD AO4: PRESENT

Year10/11

Unit 1: Coursework (60%)

Part 1: Work and Leisure (Realism and Impressionism)

This is a skills based project exploring materials and developing motor skills. Students will explore drawing, painting, printing and making. Artist research, analysis and evaluation will be integral to the success of the work.

The students will develop ideas looking at composition, materials, composition and scale. They will work towards a fully realised outcome produced over 10 hours in the Spring Term of year 10.

Part 2: Society (Classicism and Romanticism)

In this project students will investigate the different approaches that artists take to representing the world we live in. The theme of SOCIETY is deliberately aimed to mirror the type of question the students will be given in Unit 2 by the exam board. This allows them to investigate independently and with a greater scope for diverse responses. There will be a trip to London galleries.

The students will investigate their own, personal, responses their world. They will explore materials and analyse artists that to help them to successfully develop ideas. The final piece should be produced over approximately ten hours during the Autumn Term of year 11.

Unit 2: Externally set assignment (40%)

This exam paper will be given to students in the January of year 11. It is set by the exam board (Edexcel) and allows the student to prepare a work-journal of research leading to a ten hour examination in May.

The students need to use the experience gathered over the previous two years of GCSE to help them develop ideas, explore materials, analyse, evaluate and work towards a final piece. They will then exhibit the work for internal marking and external verification by the exam board. As with the coursework, students will be judged on the four Assessment Objectives.

Year 12/13

AS Level Fine Art

Exam board: EDEXCEL

There are four assessment objectives (25% for each) that the students need to adhere to. These are:

AO1: DEVELOP AO2: REFINE AO3: RECORD AO4: PRESENT

 

Unit 1: Coursework (50%)

The introduction to the coursework acts like a mini-foundation course. Students will study how a variety of artists respond to the world around them. They will be encouraged to respond in their own way and start to explore a personal theme. There will be a trip to London galleries.

Students can experiment with a variety of materials and will be encouraged to take risks with their work and independently move forward. They should produce a work-journal of ideas, development, analysis and evaluation leading to the production of a final piece in a Mock Exam.

The coursework unit will be completed early in January.

Unit 2: Externally set assignment (50%)

This exam paper will be given to students in the January of year 12. It is set by the exam board (Edexcel) and allows the student to prepare a work-journal of research leading to an eight hour examination in May.

The students need to use the experience gathered over the previous term of AS to help them develop ideas, explore materials, analyse, evaluate and work towards a final piece. They will then exhibit the work for internal marking and external verification by the exam board. As with the coursework, students will be judged on the four Assessment Objectives.

A Level Fine Art

Unit 3: Coursework (60%)

There are two components in this A2 unit; the Practical Work-Journal and the Personal Study. The Personal Study encourages the students to analyse and evaluate the work of artists, designers and craftspeople in depth. For the practical journal they will be encouraged to respond in their own way and start to explore a personal theme. There will be a trip to London galleries.

Students can experiment with a variety of materials and will be encouraged to take risks with their work and independently move forward. They should produce a work-journal of ideas, development, analysis and evaluation leading to the production of a final piece in a Mock Exam.

The coursework unit will be completed early in January.

Unit 4: Externally set assignment (40%)

This exam paper will be given to students in the January of year 13. It is set by the exam board (Edexcel) and allows the student to prepare a work-journal of research leading to the twelve hour practical examination in May.

The students need to use the experience gathered over the previous years of AS and A2 to help them develop ideas, explore materials, analyse, evaluate and work towards a final piece. They will then exhibit the work for internal marking and external verification by the exam board. As with the coursework, students will be judged on the four Assessment Objectives.