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

  • The start of the A’ Level course provides students the opportunity to explore a broad range of processes and techniques such as painting, printmaking, mixed media and sculpture. The topics are designed to extend existing skills and develop understanding of new techniques and processes.
  • The second part of the year encourages students to set their own theme for an independent project which they develop with teacher support, this prepares them for the Personal Investigation completed in Year 13.

YEAR 13

  • Students set their final theme for their Personal Investigation and complete an independent unit of work which includes a written personal study and forms their A’ Level coursework.
  • The second half of the year prepares students for the external exam which allows them to choose from a variety of themes set by the exam board.

ASSESSMENT

  • Over the course students will receive constant verbal feedback and they will be expected to take part in peer & self-assessment.
  • There are several assessment points throughout the year where students will receive a formative comment, current and predicted grade indicating their progress.

LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

  • Following Thirsk School Art Department’s Pinterest Boards and other on-line resources.
  • Attending extra-curricular trips.
  • Drawing from observation on a regular basis as well as for coursework purposes.
  • Visiting art galleries and local exhibitions regularly to experience primary sources.
  • Listening to artist talks.

TEACHERS OF KS5 ART

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