Art

Head of Faculty: Mrs D Cunningham

Heads of Departments

Mrs D. Cunningham – Head of Art

Ms E. Lanney – Head of Music

Mr A. Walker – Head of Drama

Art and design vision statement

As a department, the art team’s vision is to want to excite students to think, create, use their imagination and develop their individual skills. We want to inspire students to be creative and have confidence in their own ideas and artistic progress. We want students to believe in the imagination and where it can take us and that everyone has the potential to be creative. We expect students to participate to the best of their ability, but we understand that developing skills takes time and practice and that taking risks is challenging but we want students to be confident to take risks and experiment. The Art department strives to challenge all students individually and allow them to access a wider breadth of art history, cultures and genres than they would usually experience.

Subject: Art

Head of Subject: Mrs D Cunningham

In key stage 3 pupils are taught Art, Drama and Music in mixed ability classes. Pupils receive 1 hour per week of each subject area. Assessments are completed every half term to track and monitor pupil progress. Feedback is provided to students in terms of the skills they are working towards or have mastered. Targets for further improvement are then shared with students.

Art homework is completed in a school sketchbook. There is one main task set each half term with an opportunity for an additional task to be worked on.

At Key Stage 4 Art is taught as a GCSE option. Students that opt to take Art in Key Stage 4 have 3 hours per week. Students are set in mixed ability classes.

Students follow the AQA art and design course 8201. For this qualification students will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examination in the summer of Year 11. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. With feedback being related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course. Students are expected to spend at least one hour per week in their own time continuing with their assignments.

Throughout their time at Kirkby, students are taught the following key skills:

  • Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources
  • Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes
  • Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses
  • Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language

Overview of the Art Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the table below:

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 Theme: 2D shapes. 

  • Base Line Test
  • 2D shapes.
  • Drawing techniques.
  • Shading techniques.
  • Written response.
Theme: Shapes and robots. 

  • Robot compositions.
  •  Measurement.
  • Written response.
Theme: Colour theory. 

  • Colour wheel.
  • Paining.
  • Drawing.
  • Complimentary colours.
  • Harmonious colours.
  • Warm and cool colours.
Theme: Tessellating patterns and Colour theory. 

  • Drawing tessellating patterns.
  • The work of others – Escher.
  • Colour theory.
  • Painting.
Theme: Bugs and insects. 

  • Developing ideas
  • Illustration.
  • Mixed media.
  • The work of others.
  • Drawing techniques.
Theme: Composition. 

  • Composition.
  • Mixed media.
  • Illustration.
  • Drawing.
  • Painting.
8 Theme: Buildings and perspective. 

  • Front on perspective.
  • Drawing skills.
  • Painting.
  • Developing ideas.
Theme: Buildings and perspective. 

  • One point perspective.
  • Drawing skills.
  • Painting skills.
  • The work of others – LS Lowry.
Theme: Local history architecture. 

  • Liverpool architecture.
  • Local history.
  • Two point perspective.
  • Drawing skills.
  • Painting skills.
Theme: Rainforest compositions. 

  • Paper craft.
  • Cutting.
  • Painting.
  • Colour pencil.
  • Construction.
  • Illustration.
  • Developing ideas.
Theme: Macro Rainforest compositions. 

  • Rainforest composition.
  • Construction.
  • Developing ideas.
  • Artist reference – Rousseau.
Theme: Aboriginal art. 

  • Cultural connections.
  • Boomerangs.
  • Story telling through symbols.
  • Pointillism.
  • Painting.
9 Theme: Under the sea 

  • Exploring ideas.
  • Developing drawing techniques.
  • Developing media skills.
Theme: Under the sea 

  • Compositional ideas.
  • Drawing techniques.
  • Applying media skills to create a composition.
Theme: Landscapes and art history. 

  • Artist reference – Fauvism.
  • Impressionism.
  • Composition.
  • Drawing skills.
  • Painting skills.
Theme: Landscapes and art history. 

  • Artist reference  – Post Impressionism.
  • Composition.
  • Drawing skills.
  • Painting skills.
Theme: Art through different cultures. 

  • Art history and cultures.
  • Experimenting with equipment.
  • Experimenting with ideas.
Theme: Art through different cultures. 

  • Composition.
  • Knowledge of other cultures.
10Art
  • Assignment one – fruit.
  • Assessment objectives to be covered –
  • Artist reference, developing ideas, experimenting with equipment.
  • Assignment one – fruit.
  • Assessment objectives to be covered –
  • Artist reference, developing ideas, experimenting with equipment.
  • Assignment one – fruit.
  • Assessment objectives to be covered –
  • Artist reference, developing ideas, experimenting with
  • equipment.
    • Assignment one – fruit, personal response.
    • Assessment objective to be covered –
    • AO4.
    • Composition,
    • Drawing Skills.
    • Media skills.
Assignment one – fruit, personal response. 

  • Assessment objective to be covered –
  • AO4.
  • Composition,
  • Drawing Skills.
  • Media skills.
Assignment two – Mixed media. 

  • Assessment objectives to be covered –
  • Artist reference, developing ideas, experimenting with
  • equipment.
10Photo
  • Introduction 1 – Front cover, Photoshop basics: Fill your head project.
  • Assessment objectives to be covered –
  • developing ideas, experimenting with media
  • Introduction 2 – Camera and Photoshop basics
  • alphabet photography
  • Assessment objectives to be covered –
    • developing ideas, experimenting with media and techniques
    • Assignment one – Natural forms Photography.
    • Assessment objectives to be covered –
    • Artist reference, developing ideas, experimenting with media
      • Assignment one – Natural forms Photography.
      • Assessment objectives to be covered –
      • developing ideas, experimenting with media
      • AO3 Presenting ideas
      • AO4 personal response
        • Assignment one – Natural forms Photography.
        • Assessment objectives to be covered –
        • developing ideas, experimenting with media
        • AO3 Presenting ideas
AO4 personal response Assignment 2 – Surreal and experimental Photography : 

  • Joiner photography
  • Assessment objectives to be covered –
  • Artist reference, developing ideas, experimenting with media
11Art
  • Assignment two – Mixed media.
  • Assessment objectives to be covered –
  • Artist reference, developing ideas, experimenting with equipment.
    • Assignment two – Mixed media.
    • Assessment objectives to be covered –
    • Artist reference, developing ideas, experimenting with equipment.
    • Personal response. Composition,
    • Drawing
    • Skills.
    • Media skills.
    • Externally set task
      • Assessment objectives to be covered –
      • Artist reference, developing ideas, experimenting with equipment.
      • Personal response. Composition,
      • Drawing Skills.
      • Media skills.
      • Externally set task.
      • Design personal response.

Complete 10 hour exam (spread over two days) to produce the final piece/personal response.

  • Complete all coursework.
  • Complete all work.
  • Mount work.
  • External examiner’s visit.
11 Photo Assignment 2 – Surreal and experimental Photography: Surreal Portraits 

  • Assessment objectives to be covered –
  • Artist reference, developing ideas, experimenting with media
    • Assignment 2 – Surreal and experimental Photography
Surreal Portraits / Double exposure 

  • Assessment objectives to be covered –
  • developing ideas, experimenting with media
  • AO3 Presenting ideas
  • AO4 personal response

 

Externally set task 

  • Assessment objectives to be covered –
  • Artist reference, developing ideas, experimenting with equipment.
  • Personal response. Composition,
  • Camera and Media skills.

 

Externally set task. 

  • Design personal response.
  • Complete 10 hour exam (spread over two days) to produce the final piece/personal response. 
  • Complete all coursework.
  • Complete all work.
  • Mount work.
  • External examiner’s visit.

Links to GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for GCSE Art is– 8202

GCSE Art Specification (2018 entries)

GCSE Art Specification (2017 entries)

Additional Information

Students are able to work in the art room in their own time. Equipment is available for students to complete work at home.

Teaching Staff

Mrs D Cunningham Head of Faculty and Subject
Mr J Williams Teacher of Art