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Art and Design enables students to become creative thinkers and teaches them transferable skills that benefit all areas of their studies. Our students work in a highly a stimulating environment where their work is valued and celebrated.
 

The Art and Design department has excellent facilities and highly skilled teachers who are able to provide a wide variety of expertise across all of the Art and Design disciplines. As a result Knole Academy has a national reputation as a centre of excellence in visual arts.

AIMS:

- Give our students the opportunity to express themselves creatively in order to fulfil their potential.

- Develop students with enquiring minds who observe, experiment, challenge and analyse.

- Encourage an understanding of the meaning, significance and contribution of Art, Design and Technology in society.

Key Stage 3

Curriculum Overview:

Lesson structure:  One hour lessons per week

Throughout Key Stage 3 we explore the work of different artists and designers, as well as a range of cultures.

We also use visits to galleries and museums, and run workshops with visiting artists to develop students' critical and contextual understanding.

Year 7:

Term 1 – Natural Forms; Observational drawing, painting, colour theory.
Term 2 – Illustration; Narrative, collage, painting.
Term 3 – Portraits and Pattern; Proportion, contextual studies, drawing.
Term 4 – Still Life; Critical contextual studies, drawing, painting.
Term 5 – Grand Picnic; Design, sculpture, contextual studies.
Term 6 – Landscapes; Mark making, mixed media, perspective.

Year 8:

Term 1 – Animals; Drawing, painting, composition.
Term 2 – Colour and Pattern; Colour theory, design, contextual studies.
Term 3 – Street Art; Pattern, printmaking, digital media.
Term 4 – Architecture; Drawing, photography, collage.
Term 5 – Features and Faces; Drawing, mixed media.
Term 6 – Maori mythology; Sculpture, critical contextual studies, painting.

Homework:

A homework project is set alongside each project, to help develop subject knowledge and skills. The independent homework projects have been designed to allow students to explore artists and cultures that interest them, whilst also giving them the opportunity to write about artwork and improve technical skills.

Key Stage 4

Curriculum Overview:

Lesson structure: Two one hour lessons per week

Course titles:

AQA GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art)
AQA GCSE Art and Design (Graphic Communication)
AQA GCSE Art and Design (Textile Design)

We offer three Art based options for Key Stage 4; Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Textile Design.

In each of these options we develop students’ critical and contextual understanding and encourage them to explore the work of different artists and designers and develop their own practice.

The GCSE is comprised of two components that are completed over the three years of the course.

Component 1: Portfolio

For this unit, students explore the different elements of art, recording observations and developing ideas in an imaginative way.

They are expected to use as many different media as possible, to record their ideas and experiment with different techniques.

The portfolio must include both:
1.  A sustained project.
2.  A selection of further work.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment

The exam board provides a separate, externally set, assignment for each title, each with seven different starting points.  Students must select and respond to one starting point.  They will reference the work of other artists and demonstrate their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and understanding.  Their work must include evidence of drawing activity and written annotation.

The outcome for this component is produced in a 10 hour final exam.

GCSE Assessment:

60%  - Portfolio
40%  - Externally set assignment

Key Stage 5

Curriculum Overview:

Lesson structure: Five one hour lessons per week

Course titles:

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Fine Art (9FA0)
Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Graphic Communication (9GC0)
Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Textile Design (9TE0)

We offer three Art based options for Key Stage 5; Art and Design, Graphic Communication and Textiles.

In each of these options we develop students’ critical and contextual understanding and encourage them to explore the work of different artists and designers and develop their own practice.

A Level Art and Design/Graphic Communication

Year 1

SKILLS BUILDING PROJECT

This initial project enables students to explore media and techniques that will go on to form the basis of their personal investigation. It incorporates two major elements: supporting studies and practical work.

Component 1: Personal Investigation

This is a thematic enquiry, exploring and responding to a theme. It incorporates two major elements: supporting studies and practical work.

Students produce a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on the themes and ideas they have explored.

Year 2

Component 1: Personal Investigation

Students produce a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points.

Students are expected to produce an extended piece of writing showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment

This unit responds to the theme set by the exam board. Students will produce final outcome(s) extending from their supporting studies in response to the externally set assignment over fifteen hours, under examination conditions. They are expected to show refinement of practise and outcomes.

A Level Assessment:

60% - Personal Investigation
40% - Externally Set Assignment

 

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