Art & Design

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“Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination.  It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences, and is a unique way to understand and respond to the world and to communicate with others”

Through the Art and Design curriculum pupils learn about the place and role of art, craft and design in life today, as well as in different times and cultures.  In particular art and design offers pupils opportunities to:

  • experiment with and use colour, form, shape, space, texture and pattern
  • explore different materials and processes
  • respond to and communicate what they see, feel and think, on their own or working with others
  • value and assess their own and others achievements

The art curriculum is divided into these areas:

  • developing and applying ideas – including drawing, painting & sculpture
  • being an independent artist
  • art in context / history

Pupils will work from the programmes of study outlined in the National Curriculum.  All work will be adapted according to the needs of the pupils.

These are some of the areas and skills we study:

Nurture: All About Me Portraits, Collage, Jackson Pollock, Mondrian, Multi Media photography, Miro, Drawing and Painting, Portraiture: Picasso Visit Sudley Gallery

Year 7: Colour mixing, colour wheels. shading, mark making, pencil pressure, patterns,  OpArt,   Vasarely . Leaf Printing, Clay & 3D modelling; Animals & Habitats, Work towards an Arts Council  Arts Award certificate: visit to the Willamson Gallery (Wirral) local artist exhibition   Seasons & Storytelling in Art.  Pre Raphaelites & visit Walker Gallery

Year 8: Dutch Art – inc Van Gogh. – growing own sunflowers. Body Proportions, Mucha, Pottery. Visit Lady Lever, Port Sunlight: Mark Making & tone drawing. Pastels, texture, charcoal , 3D Perspective drawing, Isometric drawing, Islamic Art. Famous landscape painters & visit local parks.  French Art & Architecture.

Year 9:  Masks from around the world: multimedia work  Japanese prints inc. Hokusai  & Kabuki Theatre.  Printmaking.   Dot Art Competition.  Individual piece of work created and submitted for local competition for Y9 only, with on-line voting and winning piece in an exhibition,   Book Illustration. Body Proportions,  Pottery  Surrealism – studying & recreating/re-imagining surreal pieces Manga & Anime.   Pop Art &  Roy Lichtenstein or work around a suitable current  exhibition & then visit Tate gallery  Dot art winner to Art College Ceremony.

Key Stage 3 pupils will have the opportunity to produce work around key events e.g. Hallowe’en, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, helping with scenery / decoration for Christmas Panto , Easter and also to pursue their own project of personal interest to them. They will also develop their skills of still life drawing – including body & face proportions and photography and digital editing.

Key Stage 4 – Units of work:

Pupils will work towards an Entry Level Award, Certificate or Diploma in Creative Media & Performance Arts as part of the WJEC Entry Pathways Creative Media & Performing Arts Course: (6006) The teacher will select from these units:

6306 – Ceramics

6307 – Graphic Design

6308 – Painting & Drawing

6309 – Photography

6310 – Printmaking

6312 – 3 Dimensional Studies

6313 – Present an Art Evaluation

6314 – Plan, Advertise, Present Exhibition

Most pupils will also be given the opportunity to study for a WJEC  GCSE in Art, Craft & Design (C650QS).  They will study themes based on culture, architecture, natural forms and contemporary artists.  Pupils are encouraged to work independently developing their ideas and utilising a wide range of techniques.

Supporting pupils on the autism spectrum.

We use a range of multi-sensory teaching and learning styles.

  • Intensive, structured and purposeful teaching.
  • Clear, unambiguous and explicit instructions and teaching strategies.
  • Use of repetition to consolidate.
  • Re-teaching in different contexts and in different ways, not assuming that the pupil has understood because they have repeated or demonstrated something.
  • Using a communicative form that the pupil understands and can use to convey ideas to others i.e.: visual, audio or kinaesthetic learning, giving students the opportunity for learning to be achieved through experience of the world.
  • Giving opportunities for learning with a personal meaning that is interesting and motivating.
  • A high level of adult support and tuition.