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Art

 

subject overview

In Art and Design learners  focus on the formal elements of art and some basic principles of design; the building blocks of art.  They look at how the elements and principles are used in famous historical artworks and how these can be applied to their own work.

Learners are encouraged to develop their understanding of art through the analysis of their work and the work of others.  They learn to use specialist art vocabulary in order to explain their work and ideas.

Planned visits to galleries and other venues help to widen the experiences of learners and also provides contextual stimulus for the development of their own work and ideas.

Learners also learn about career opportunities within the creative industries and the contributions of those industries to the UK economy.

unit overview - Autumn term

Subject: Natural Forms – Introduction/Mind Map

Skills

  • Accuracy in mark making
  • Able to use media and materials in an appropriate way
  • Mastery of techniques and processes
  • Use of specialist art vocabulary to analyse and annotate and complete ‘My Intentions’ sheet

Knowledge

  • Recognise and name the formal elements : Line, Shape, Form, Tone, Texture, Pattern and Colour
  • Recognise artists, genres, art movements and their contextual values
  • Appropriate use of specialist art vocabulary
  • Health and safety

Rationale

  • Learners will develop their understanding of contextual issues.
  • Repetition of art techniques develops personal skills and confidence.
  • Specialist Art vocabulary is developed through the analysis of the work of others and through the annotation of own work.
  • These combined activities will help learners to develop their own awareness of the world around them, equip them with the tools to make their own value judgements and give them the confidence to express those viewpoints with clarity.

unit overview - spring term

Subject: Natural Forms -  Kew Gardens

Skills

  • Able to use media and materials in an appropriate way
  • Produce observational studies, including use of photographs
  • Mastery of techniques and processes
  • Use of specialist art vocabulary to analyse and annotate own work

Knowledge

  • Kew Gardens as historical, botanical and conservation site
  • Recognise artists, genres, art movements and their contextual values, from Kew Gardens
  • Appropriate use of specialist art vocabulary to explain visit

Rationale

  • Learners will develop their understanding of contextual issues relating to Kew, Marianne North, Shirley Sherwood.
  • Specialist Art vocabulary is developed through the analysis of the work of others and through the annotation of own work.
  • Learners become increasingly independent and can generate their own personal investigations and research.
  • Develop engagement through the visit to Kew Gardens and develop research which is relevant to intentions.
  • These activities will help to develop an appreciation of conservation, environment, botany and other green issues.  The protocols of attending galleries and other public spaces will also be of value.

unit overview - summer term

Subject: Natural Forms – Observational Studies -

Skills

  • Accuracy in mark making
  • Able to use media and materials in order to create primary observational studies of natural form objects
  • Mastery of techniques and processes to develop observational work, including use of photography/Photoshop
  • Selection of a variety of media and materials to create primary source observational studies
  • Use of specialist vocabulary to annotate own work in order to explain work and ideas

Knowledge

        Media and Materials – Use and selection of media, materials and equipment in an appropriate  and effective way

  • Relevant artist research – Contextual connections to support own developing work
  • Specialist Art vocabulary
  • Annotations to explain observational work

Rationale

  • Learners will try out different media and materials to develop their observational work, including photography and digital media.
  • Their work will be informed and supported by primary source material.
  • Specialist Art vocabulary is developed through the annotation of observational work and  other  studies.
  • Ideas and work are developed and improved from initial observational studies right through to a final piece design.
  • This will make learners look at things more carefully and to consider detail.  They will appreciate the value of close observation through their own experiences.

knowledge Organiser

A knowledge organiser is an important document that lists the important facts that learners should know by the end of a unit of work. It is important that learners can recall these facts easily, so that when they are answering challenging questions in their assessments and GCSE and A-Level exams, they are not wasting precious time in exams focusing on remembering simple facts, but making complex arguments, and calculations.

We encourage all pupils to use them by doing the following:

  • Quiz themselves at home, using the read, write, cover, check method.
  • Practise spelling key vocabulary
  • Further researching people, events and processes most relevant to the unit.