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Art

Curriculum aim

Art strives to enable all to be creative and to express yourself in a creative way. Students are encouraged to follow pathways which push and develop core skills, artistic appreciation, expression and understanding. Students have access to a wide range of media, resources and influences within the Art department. We believe that everyone can be artistic and we encourage students to perform and express themselves throughout their study of Art.

Key Stage 3

During Year 7 your child will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of projects which will encourage them to explore and develop their drawing skills, art appreciation, cultures and techniques. They will explore different media and materials and will be encouraged to develop their own working style as well as to contribute to the lesson through discussions and research. They will produce work for at least three projects each covering areas of the Art curriculum and will take skill-based assessments looking at pushing their personal skills and technical practice.

During Year 8 your child will have the opportunity to continue their artistic development through a variety of projects and media development. They will be encouraged to explore techniques, media, historical as well as cultural art which will develop their ability and appreciation for the subject and push expectations through assessment and evaluation. They will produce work for three projects each covering different aspects of the Art curriculum leading up to Key Stage 4.

Curriculum map:
 Year 7Year 8
Half-term 1Formal drawing skills: ObservationFormal skills:
Pop art still life
Half-term 2Formal drawing skills: CompositionFormal skills:
Pop art still life and clay work
Half-term 3
Formal drawing skills: CompositionPortraiture: Proportion, scale and form
Half-term 4
Colour theory: Fauvist landscapesPortraiture: Artist stylisation
Half-term 5
Cultural analysis: Aztec studiesArtist analysis: animals and artists
Half-term 6
Cultural analysis: 3D sculptural practiceArtist analysis:
Animals and sculptures

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Students will study Art for one hour per week at Key Stage 3.

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 Key Stage 4
GCSE Art
Key Stage 4
GCSE Photography
Half-term 1Fragments project: Development and artist studiesInvestigation brief: Core skills and photography analysis
Half-term 2Fragments project: Development and artist studiesInvestigation brief: Core skills in practice and working to a design brief
Half-term 3
Fragments project: Planning for outcome and final pieceHockney brief: Landscape and layering.
Outdoor skills
Half-term 4
Rainforest project: Observational skills and media developmentHockney brief:
York landscapes: Working to YCC brief
Half-term 5
Rainforest project: Artist studies and personal researchMulti media brief:
Photography in two mediums
Photographerโ€™s analysis and tests
Half-term 6
Rainforest project: Planning for outcome and final pieceMulti media brief:
Photography in two mediums
Personal investigation and outcome

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In Year 9, students will receive two lessons a week, in Year 10 three lessons a week and in Year 11 two lessons a week.

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GCSE Art and Design

This gives all students who opt for it a continuation of Art appreciation and exploration. It is designed to develop and broaden artistic experience and relates all work to practical, hands-on approach.

This course is split into two elements โ€“ coursework, which is worth 60% of the overall marks and an externally set exam project, which is worth 40%.

Students will explore and develop different drawing approaches, media and Art techniques.ย  This course recaps previously learned skills and introduces new media and exploration of ideas and techniques. They will look at the work of artists and other cultures as well as research and produce work based upon themselves and their interests.

Pupils will complete at least three coursework projects and enter 45-hour equivalent of studies for their assessment. They will then prepare for and take a 10-hour exam based upon an externally set paper.

This course is for those who wish to specialise in Art and the work relates to a practical working environment and is based upon creative briefs designed to expand and increase skill and subject knowledge. Each project specialises in a different form of Art/media, prepares students for A-Levels and creates good links with further education.

GCSE Photography

This gives all students who follow it the experience, appreciation and skill set used in photography today. Students will look at the techniques and processes of the past and present; the influence of photographers from the past to current practitioners; and put their own theories and development into practice.

Students will complete at least four coursework projects leading to a final exam brief which will culminate in a 10-hour exam.

This course is for those who wish to specialise in Photography and the work relates to practical, skills based development and progression of personal techniques and outcomes designed to build up subject knowledge, appreciation and personal ability.

GCSE Photography follows the same marking criteria as GCSE Art.

Career pathways

Post-16 students will be able to move on to A-Level, BTEC or Foundation courses. From there they may wish to access a range of degree courses relating to everything from Fine Art, Digital Media, Illustration, Photography, Game and Media design to name but a few. Both Art and Photography are useful in many career pathways and these GCSE courses are an ideal starting point for those considering a career in the Arts.

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Extra-curricular Activities

There are various Art and Photography Clubs on offer:

  • There is an Art Club on most evenings except Tuesdays which is generally staff training.
  • Lunchtime clubs are available if organised with subject teacher.
  • KS3 runs on a Friday after school for those with a passion for trying out new materials or working to personal themes and ideas.
  • KS4 โ€“ Year 9 and 10 Runs on Mondays. Students can work on personal studies and ideas or get support in current project work.
  • Year 11 โ€“ Runs on Thursdays. Students can work on personal studies, portfolio work, project and exam development.
  • Photography โ€“ Runs on Wednesdays and will give individual students more experience of Photography media, the chance to work to own projects and have more use to the academyโ€™s resources.
  • There is an Art Club on most evenings except Tuesdays which is generally staff training.
  • Lunchtime clubs are available if organised with subject teacher.
  • KS3 runs on a Friday after school for those with a passion for trying out new materials or working to personal themes and ideas.
  • KS4 โ€“ Year 9 and 10 Runs on Mondays. Students can work on personal studies and ideas or get support in current project work.
  • Year 11 โ€“ Runs on Thursdays. Students can work on personal studies, portfolio work, project and exam development.
  • Photography โ€“ Runs on Wednesdays and will give individual students more experience of Photography media, the chance to work to own projects and have more use to the academyโ€™s resources.
Keep in touch

Subject Lead for Art & Design is Mr Wilson who can be contacted by email at m.wilson@valeofyorkacademy.orgย 

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School will be open next Thursday for GCSE results day from 9am! One more week and the wait is over! #fingerscrossed