- Hours per week: 2
- Subject Code: 7Ar / 8Ar / 9Ar
“In art pupils explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artifacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art pupils reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.”
As the curriculum key concepts in art-making are creativity and competence, students explore, experiment and investigate art materials and processes and they are encouraged to take risks, be expressive and to push their ideas to achieve a strong sense of resolution.
Students also develop the skills to analyse and develop a critical and cultural understanding of art by studying influencing artists and exploring the role of the artist and designer in a cultural context.
The Art units are designed to provide students with a range of experiences in drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. The students are taught to research, experiment and record their art-making process in an Art Journal which develops into a very treasured personal diary of their art experiences.
Year 7 Units
- Natural Forms
- Elements and principles of Art
- Observational drawing, painting and sculpture
Year 8 Units
- Still Life
- Observational drawing, painting and printmaking
Year 9 Units
- Cultural Identity
- Observational drawing, painting, sculpture and photography
Assessment is based upon exploration, creativity and competence and critical and cultural understanding. The National Curriculum levels are applied to research, ideas and planning, use of materials, resolution, presentation, understanding, application and evaluation.