Art & Design
Our Art and Design department aims to provide an important outlet for the communication and expression of ideas, feelings, and beliefs as well as for physical, spiritual, and emotional development. Sequential learning experiences provide individuals with the necessary skills and confidence to embrace the arts throughout their lives.
Art at All Hallows is taught to all pupils at Key Stage 3 and is an option subject at Key Stage 4. Pupils are made aware of links to careers in the creative industries within each topic.
There are two full time members of staff who deliver the Art Curriculum:-
- Mrs Calland (Head of Art)
- Miss Chambers (Teacher of Art)
The Art and Design department comprises of two classrooms and a large open plan area which is ideal for large scale work, sculpture, and clay. This area contains 6 computers with Adobe Photoshop and a kiln. The department has a vast collection of books and resources.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Pupils in Key Stage 3 follow a rich and varied curriculum which encompasses a wide range of skills and techniques. Pupils have one lesson per week.
Year 7 Topics
Formal Elements and Natural Forms
Pupils learn about the formal elements to create a diverse and experimental range of outcomes including observational drawing, print, painting, collage, mark making and Ice trapping. Pupils learn about the work of other artists to inform their outcome.
Clay forms an integral part of this topic where pupils will develop a plaque inspired by their own heritage. Inspiration is taken from The Singh Twins.
Year 8 Topics
Pupils learn about architecture from different periods and develop work in response to the architect Zaha Hadid. A Gargoyle project forms the second half of this topic, where pupils further develop their clay modelling skills.
Within this topic, pupils study several artists who focus on insects within their practice. A series of outcomes using a variety of media and techniques will be developed from the information gleaned.
Year 9 Topics
Portraits – Pupils have the opportunity to create a variety of portraits in response to a range of artists. Personal identity is an intrinsic part of this topic.
Trainers and Hip- Hop Culture- The history of trainers and their link to the Hip Hop Culture is the main source of inspiration within this topic. Alongside drawing and media experimentation, a 3D model linked to a choice of artist is the intended outcome.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
Art, Craft and Design
Pupils have three lessons per week and follow the AQA Art, Craft and Design course which is a full GCSE. Component 1 (portfolio) accounts for 60% of the final grade and Component 2 (examination) makes up the further 40%.
*For the academic year 2021/22 there is no component 2, so the final grade is based on Component 1 only.
Two units of work are completed: –
Creative Human Anatomy- This topic is divided into small themes within the umbrella of Creative Human Anatomy.
The themes comprise of Cells, Macro Photography, Anatomical Models, Bones/skulls, and Hearts.
Cross-curricular links with science are undertaken.
The coast – This topic starts towards the end of Year 10 with a visit to the Sea life Centre in Blackpool and to various points along the Fylde coastline for photographic opportunities. A mini project is completed over the summer holidays in preparation for the remainder of the project.
The sub-divisions within this topic are:
Seascapes in response to an artist, Sea life, Shells and Coastal Structures
Observational drawing, media experimentation, digital manipulation, photography, painting, print, glass, clay, modelling, and critical studies form an integral part of the course. Appropriate artists are studied at each key stage. Pupils present development work in sketchbooks or on design sheets.
For this year only, pupils have a choice of continuing with’ The Coast’ for the remainder of the year or developing a Personal Project from February onwards
GCSE pupils enjoy a visit to the Sea Life Centre in Blackpool and various points throughout the Fylde coast for photographic opportunities
GCSE pupils take part in a visit to Salts Mill Gallery in Shipley. This is a visit to explore the work of World-renowned Artist David Hockney
Extra Curricular Activities
The Art department organises a wide range of extracurricular activities including the following:-
- KS3 Art club
- Visiting artist (dependent on Covid-19 restrictions)
- Adult workshops
- GCSE Art club
- Year 11 Intervention
- Exhibitions of pupils work both in school and at local galleries
- Art competitions within school, locally and nationally
- Pupils artwork is showcased on our Instagram page – @ah_artdept
Click the links below for year group curriculum information