“Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.”
Art is a powerful tool that helps the students become aware of the world they live in, whilst nurturing cultural awareness and creativity. Students explore, develop and refine new skills, ideas and experiences. Throughout the study of Art students will receive a variety of experiences using a range of general art and design media and techniques. The subject develops creative and imaginative abilities and practical skills for engaging with, communicating and expressing original ideas. A cultural understanding of how Art is used in different times, contexts and societies, is developed. Personal attributes including self-confidence, resilience, perseverance, self-discipline and commitment are also reinforced. At Atlantic we foster an inquisitive approach to encourage independent learning, aiming for each individual to strive and achieve their best potential.
We have also introduced textiles into the KS3 curriculum, in which pupils combine practical and technological skills through creative thinking and design/ manufacturing of products. We use art movements to help generate ideas.
Intent: Develop students to:
- Become visually literate: to use and understand Art as a form of visual and tactile communication
- Develop creative and technical skills so that ideas can be realised and artefacts produced.
- Develop aesthetic sensibilities and enable imported judgements about art.
- Develop imagination and pupils capacity to learn about and observe the world in which they live.
- Be able to articulate and communicate ideas, options, and feelings about their own work and that of others
- Value the contribution made by artists, craft workers and designers
- Develop enthusiasm about Art technology and encourage their capacity to enjoy art within society.
Key Stage 1
Pupils should be taught: To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space About the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
Key Stage 2
Pupils should be taught: To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space About the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work
Key Stage 3
The KS3 curriculum introduces key formal elements to students through a range of projects. These projects encourage students to work both alone and as part of the group. They are introduced to basic key skills using the formal elements, which are built upon throughout KS3 to ease transition to KS4 working. Each project is designed to enhance and build on initial skills taught, going into greater depth whilst encouraging creative thinking, risk-taking and confidence. These skills include tone, explorative drawing techniques, print, colour theory, plus general textiles and graphic skills.
- Natural Form – observational drawing and pattern.
- Natural Form – colour theory and mixing; different surfaces and media.
- Natural Form – Textiles project; mixed media, fabric composition.
- Textiles unit covering artists and composition
- Mexican Day of the Dead + Gargoyles.
- Faces, Portraits; Abstracts.
- Op Art & Graffiti unit in Textiles
Key Stage 4
Art and Design students develop their skills and knowledge by undertaking an in depth and varied course. Different aspects of Art and Design are delivered through a theme taken from the exam board, that can continue for the whole coursework component, while students explore different artists, ideas, drawing from observation, materials, processes and techniques heading towards final conclusions of ideas along the way. Students go on to complete coursework by developing a project that explores the four main areas of art and design in depth, which in turn cover the four assessment objectives. They go on to complete their course by producing an exam project in which they respond to one theme, in the form of an exam paper which covers a range of written and visual starting points and stimuli. Students will research, plan and develop ideas for their response to the theme and present all their work with annotation in their coursework book, through to the final outcome. Their work is then displayed for external examiners in an exhibition which is open to parents.
Surrealism. Exploring many artists; observational drawing, experimenting with techniques and process, different media whilst encouraging students to become independent; to seek and follow their ideas.
Surrealism coursework completion. Plus, Externally set exam paper for one term project, from Pearson’s Edexcel exam board, leading to exam days in a controlled exam environment.
The Art Technology Team
- Ms Board- Head of Orange Faculty
- Ms Dunstall – Head of Art technology
- Mr Blanthorn- Primary Art lead
- Ms French- Art technology technician