The Art & Design at Heritage Park
Art and Design is taught by class teachers as part of the topic work.
Key Stage 3
Art across KS3 and KS4 is taught in a specialist art room, by a specialist Art teacher.
In KS3, pupils are taught in class groups in the art room, most pupils having two lessons a week. A range of topics are covered, changing each year to avoid repetition, through which pupils learn:
- The ability to use visual elements (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, observations, ideas and their own personality.
- Drawing from observation, memory and imagination.
- Knowledge and understanding of the work of other artists and designers.
- Ways of looking at and enjoying art and design from different times and places.
- How to use a range of media such as clay, paint, photography and printing.
Work is assessed at the end of each topic against four areas:
- Generating Ideas: developing original and personal ideas from different starting points and through recording from observation, memory and imagination.
- Making: using and exploring different art materials and techniques
- Evaluating: Looking at the work of artists and using their understanding to develop their own work
- Knowledge: understanding how art processes can be used in different contexts to express ideas and emotions
Many pupils have the opportunity to take Entry Level Certificate at the end of Year 9.
Key Stage 4
Pupils study at GCSE level, with some taking the Short Course if timetabling limits the lessons they have available. Both courses help pupils to use their independence, initiative and originality to express ideas, emotions and interests. They are encouraged to see themselves as creative practitioners in their own right and to develop and widen the range of skills they bring from Key Stage 3. They are helped to develop the ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques inventively to realise intentions and make use of the unexpected.
Topics covered vary from year to year but will always include the study of a range of art and artists and the opportunity to explore different ideas, materials and techniques. There is usually at least one visit to a major art gallery during the two year course.
At the end of each topic, work is assessed using assessment objectives adapted from those of the exam board:
AO1 Develop ideas through researching and looking at a wide range of art and design and showing understanding of how and why it was made.
AO2 Refine ideas through experimenting and using different resources, materials, techniques and processes.
AO3 Record ideas, observations and insights through drawing, writing, photography and other appropriate means.
AO4 Present finished work which shows understanding and originality and which makes use of their experiments and research.
Over the course, pupils develop the skills needed to take further studies in art at some level.