Art

The art curriculum at Ark Putney Academy aims to encourage and provide visual literacy and develop student confidence in material exploration and practical responses. It is also enables every student to gain an understanding of how art and design continues to shape and inform the world we live in today.

Year 7

Content Assessment
Term 1-2: Line and colour 

Student learning consists of:

  • Colour Theory
  • Colour mixing (painting)
  • Complementary colour patterns
  • Artist research and response: Sir Terry Frost
  • Sketchbook presentations
  • Analogues colour paintings (final piece)

Term 2-3: Pattern and decoration

Student learning consists of:

  • Natural and man-made patterns
  • Islamic Tessellations
  • Geometric tessellation outcomes
  • Artist research and response: M C Escher
  • Decorative art: What is it? Decorative art final piece
Each term, teachers assess the following areas to achieve a more holistic understanding of where each student is at in their progress: Written and visual research (homework), Understanding of topic, Skill acquisition, presentation and creative independence.

 

Year 8

Content Assessment
Term 1-2: Natural Forms

Student learning consists of:

  • Exploring the formal elements of tone, form and texture
  • Observational pencil drawings of natural forms
  • Sketchbook presentations
  • Artist Research and Response: Georgia O’Keeffe (painting)
  • Shading techniques: Hatching, Cross-hatching, Stippling (pen)
  • Artist Research and Response: Katie Scott

Term 2-3: Landscape and Perspective

Student learning consists of:

  • Linear perspective (1 point and 2 point)
  • Atmospheric perspective (painting and collage)
  • Sketchbook presentations
  • Perspective through mark-making
  • Artist research and response: Van Gogh

Artist Research and response: David Hockney

Each term, teachers assess the following areas to achieve a more holistic understanding of where each student is at in their progress: Written and visual research (homework), Understanding of topic, Skill acquisition, presentation and creative independence.

 

Year 9

Content Assessment
 Portrait and Identity 

Student learning consists of:

  • Exploring the formal elements of tone, form, texture and shape
  • Understanding the proportions of the face
  • Self-portrait (tonal drawing)
  • Revisiting shading techniques: Hatching, Cross-hatching, Stippling (pen)
  • Sketchbook presentations
  • Artist research and response: Nancy Standlee (Collage) and Tom Phillips (text-based outcomes)
Each term, teachers assess the following areas to achieve a more holistic understanding of where each student is at in their progress: Written and visual research (homework), Understanding of topic, Skill acquisition, presentation and creative independence.

 

KS4 (Year 10 & Year 11)

Content Assessment
Students will complete two coursework projects/themes and one externally set assignment. 

Each coursework project/theme is chosen by their class teacher. Students are then provided with a variety of practical workshops to build confidence in their personal responses. This includes the exploration of but is not limited to:

  • Painting (Watercolour/acrylic)
  • Drawing (pencil/pen, chalk, charcoal, oil pastel)
  • Print-making (lino, mono)
  • Collage
  • Observational drawing
  • Photography

GCSE themes that have been studied in the past are: Society, Apart and/or Together, Surfaces, Reflection, Collections and Barriers.

Pearson Edexcel: Fine art 

Coursework: 60%

ESA (externally set assignment): 40%

 

KS5 Art/ Photography (Year 12 & Year 13)

Content Assessment
Coursework 1 Sep-May : Abstraction

Coursework 2 May - Dec: Students select their own theme from past exam papers, such as: Inside, Outside and In-between, Transformation, Similarities and Variations

Throughout the two year course, Art and Photography students are provided with workshops that help build skills in:

Photography:

  • Camera settings and technical development (lighting, depth of field, focus, movement, composition)
  • Paper manipulation (collage, weaving etc)
  • Editing software (Adobe creative suite)

Art:

  • Drawing and Painting (realistic, expressive, abstract)
  • Photography
  • Collage
  • Print-making
  • Developing and refining the use of art mediums (Acrylic, Oil paints, Oil pastels, Chalk and Charcoal, Pencil, Pen,

ESA: Students are then set an externally set assignment, which they are expected to respond to from Feb-May of Year 13.

Pearson Edexcel: Fine Art/Photography

Coursework: 60%

(13% of this is awarded to the Personal Study)

ESA (externally set assignment): 40%