Our Sixth Form open evening is on Thursday 7th November.

Art, Craft and Design

Topics studied in KS3 Art

Year 7

  • Landscape and the work of David Hockney.
  • Portrait and the work of Pablo Picasso.
  • Still life, exploring drawing technique.

Within all topics students will have the opportunity to experiment with different processes and media to create outcomes for each project. Homework is set to enhance the classwork and to allow elements of independent research into the artists studied.

Year 8

  • Still life and Pop Artists.
  • Landscapes and print techniques.
  • Portrait and the Teacher commission portraits.

Within all topics students will have the opportunity to experiment with different processes and media to create outcomes for each project. Homework is set to enhance the classwork and to allow elements of independent research into the artists studied.

Year 9

  • Portraits and the work of Tim Burton.
  • Still life and Cubism.
  • Landscapes and drawing ‘En Plein Air’.

Within all topics students will have the opportunity to experiment with different processes and media to create outcomes for each project. Homework is set to enhance the classwork and to allow elements of independent research into the artists studied.

Assessment

  • Assessing formally 3 times a year for using the green sheet assessment and feedback.
  • Throughout the year students will self and peer assess using WWW (What went well?) and EBI (Even better If?) to evaluate their work and set targets.
  • Teachers will utilise verbal assessing regularly in each lesson.

Learning beyond the classroom

  • Looking at the work of others and their social, emotional and cultural impact.
  • Continuous practise of drawing skills.
  • Experimenting with other materials as much as possible.

Teachers of KS3 Art

  • Mrs J Fenwick – Head of Art
  • Mrs H Webb – Teacher of Art
  • Miss K Jackson – Teacher of Art and Head of Careers

In GCSE Art & Design we cover the AQA Art and Design endorsement looking at painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and/or alternative media.

Topics studied in KS4 Art

Year 10

  • Identity
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Year 11

  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park continued…
  • Mock exam theme set by the department.
  • Externally set exam from the exam board AQA.

Assessment

  • Consistent verbal feedback throughout the course
  • Peer and self-assessment
  • Formative comment and grade after every topic, indicating progress
  • Coursework is completed from the start of Year 10 to the end of January of Year 11 – 60% of final grade
  • Preparation for and completion of the externally set exam – 40% of final grade

Learning beyond the classroom

  • Following Thirsk School Art Department’s Pinterest Boards
  • Attending extra-curricular trips
  • Drawing from observation on a regular basis as well as for coursework purposes
  • Visiting Art galleries  to experience primary sources

Teachers of KS4 Art

  • Mrs J Fenwick – Head of Art
  • Miss K Jackson – Teacher of Art and Head of Careers

Topics studied in KS5 Art

Year 12

  • exploring the disciplines of fine art such as painting, printmaking, mixed media and sculpture
  • following projects based in still life recording, portraiture and landscape.
  • studying mixed media, oil painting, printmaking and 3D materials

Year 13

  • completing coursework which is on unit, this is thematic and chosen by each student
  • completing practical coursework undertaken as two sections and a personal study

Assessment

  • over the course students will receive constant verbal feedback and be expected to take part in peer & self-assessment
  • students can monitor their skills using the tracking sheet in every book which will be completed by their teacher at the end of every project
  • after each topic students will receive a formative comment and grade indicating their progress

Learning beyond the Classroom

  • following Thirsk School Art Department’s Pinterest Boards & registering
  • attending extra-curricular trips
  • drawing from observation on a regular basis as well as for coursework purposes
  • visiting art galleries regularly to experience primary sources

Teachers of KS5 Art

  • Mrs J Fenwick – Head of Art
  • Miss K Jackson – Teacher of Art and Head of Careers