Art & Design
Art & Design Curriculum Intent
Through teaching a coherent and engaging curriculum, we aim to instil a lifelong passion for learning and creativity in all pupils. Through the exploration, interpretation and expression of knowledge and skill, pupils will develop a genuine appreciation for how traditional and contemporary Art, Craft and Design has shaped our culture and society.
Throughout key stage three and four, pupils will be explicitly taught how to effectively plan, monitor and reflect on their own creative practice. This ensures that pupils become resilient, proficient learners who can confidently articulate and execute their intentions, whilst demonstrating a critical comprehension of their own practice and the creative world around them.
‘Real World’ learning opportunities are an integral part of the enriched Arts curriculum at All Hallows, where pupils gain valuable experience of working alongside inspirational artists and designers from a broad range of disciplines on exciting projects and masterclass workshops. Pupils’ cultural capital is further enhanced through regular trips to galleries, exhibitions and higher education institutes of excellence. This inspires and motivates pupils to invest in their Arts education, with the prospect of a future within a creative industry.
There are two full time members of staff who deliver the Art Curriculum: –
- Mr Bignell (Head of Art)
- Miss Chambers (Teacher of Art)
- Mrs Blackledge (Arts Technician – Part Time)
The Art and Design department comprises of two purposefully designed classrooms and a large open plan area which is ideal for large scale work, sculpture, and clay. The open plan area also contains six computers with Adobe Photoshop, a printer, Art library and a kiln.
Key Stage 3-4 Curriculum
The repetition of ‘RARR’ (Research, Analysis, Respond and Review) is systematically and explicitly taught, throughout key stage 3, in order to embed the process deep within teaching and learning. Pupils will develop their proficiency of using ‘RARR’ as they progress through year 7-9. At key stage 4, this process will be deeply embedded within pupils’ practice, allowing pupils to independently explore and express their creative intentions.
Throughout each term ‘one off’ lessons will be used to spark pupils’ imaginations, encourage them to be adaptable and introduce them to current events/exhibitions in the
Art world. This will also include teaching some of the extra-curricular content within a timetabled lesson to motivate pupils to participate and/or sample the extra-curricular activities on offer.
Pupils will creatively record their work in their sketchbooks, to promote personal reflection and ownership. Each term will focus on either an Art/Design/Craft individual, movement, culture or theme. Pupils will produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences in sketchbooks, journals and other relevant media.
Please see the Art curriculum PDF documents below for further information
GCSE AQA Art, Craft and Design (Course Code 8201)
Component 1: Portfolio. What will pupils be assessed on?
Pupils will create a portfolio of work that shows explicit coverage of the four assessment objectives: Develop, Refine, Record and Present. A pupil’s portfolio of work must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the pupil’s course of study. This equates to 60% of a pupil’s final grade.
Non-exam assessment (NEA) is set and marked by the school and moderated by AQA during an on-sight school visit in the summer term.
Component 2: Externally set assignment. What will pupils be assessed on?
Pupils will respond to one of seven starting points from an externally set assignment paper. Pupils will complete a ten-week preparatory period, in which pupils will interpret their starting point, take inspiration from a range of artists and explore and experiment with relevant media, processes and techniques. This is then followed by ten hours of supervised time, in which pupils will create their personal response relative to their preparatory work. This equates to 40% of a pupil’s final grade.
Non-exam assessment (NEA) set by AQA; marked by the school and moderated by AQA during an on-sight school visit in the summer term. For more information, please click on the following link AQA Art Craft and Design
Monday’s Year 7-9 Art Workshops 3.05-4.00pm
Wednesday Year 10-11 GCSE Art Workshops 3.05-4.00pm
Throughout the year pupils will have the opportunity to take part in ‘Real World’ learning activities including visits to local and national exhibitions as well as working alongside inspirational artists and designers from a broad range of disciplines on exciting projects and masterclass workshops.