KS3 Curriculum Guide
The Art department consists of three teaching bases plus the ‘Resource Area’ which houses books, videos, television, video recorder, computer, scanner and various stimulus material.
In the Years 7-9 Art course various media and techniques in two and three dimensions are covered including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and computer graphics. Pupils work from direct observation, imagination and from their own experiences. In their assignments they apply line, tone, form, colour, shape, pattern and texture. Pupils undertake tasks which encourage the use of imagination and experimentation leading to personal lines of investigation. Looking at the work of artists and designers enables pupils to extend their critical vocabulary and develop an appreciation of their artistic heritage. In Year 8, pupils complete a half term module studying Art in society through ICT - building their skills in different programmes.
ICT is integrated into all subjects in Years 7 - 9. In addition to this pupils study ICT in Science in Society (in Year 7) and in Art in Society (Year 8).
Assessment aims to be formative and ongoing. It involves discussion and negotiation of both the processes and projects being developed.
All work is marked according to the school marking policy as outlined in the school planner.
Home learning assignments are given an effort grade ranging from A - E with a constructive and/or encouraging comment.
Self and peer assessment are valuable tools used in the department to help pupil's increase their understanding and future skill development
This is set every fortnight and generally complements aspects of study. It may take the form of studies from direct observation, collages, technical exercises, research about artists and art movements or collections of resources like photographs and examples of a style or techniques being investigated.
Beyond the Classroom
Year 7 pupils visit Old Leigh on Curriculum Day and see the work of local artist, Sheila Appleton, but pupils from all year groups will have the opportunity to work with local artists who will be either leading projects or working alongside members of the department to give the students an insight into how a professional artist works and makes a living.
At present the department offers workshops after school including pottery.
How Parents Can Help
Parents can support this course by ensuring that pupils have a 2B pencil for drawing and an old, large shirt or baggy T-shirt to protect their clothing. Obviously pupils may wish to purchase additional materials as they discover their particular forte. Parents may also be able to encourage pupils to visit art galleries and museums and to use the library.
The department is always looking for articles of interest which may be used as a resource to stimulate the pupils, e.g. hats, mirrors, natural forms like shells, driftwood, plants etc.
Likewise any materials that can be donated will be much appreciated e.g. card, paper, fabric etc.
Parents are welcome on Gallery Visits and excursions and should let the department know if they are available to help out.
All pupils are encouraged to give of their very best but when problems occur teachers are ready to listen to concerns and offer advice. “Workshop sessions” are available for pupils needing extra help and the resource centre is an extra facility to enable pupils to succeed.
Parents will be notified of any concerns either by letter or phone and are given the opportunity to discuss matters more fully in person.
Subject Leader for Art – Emyr Williams
If you have any queries or wish for further information about Art please contact Emyr Williams..