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Art

So much of life requires creativity. Art lessons involve learning of a wide range of different skills including developing drawing and designing skills, learning new techniques using a broad range of materials, creative thinking, analysing and problem solving as well as the very important skill of perseverance. Art develops observation skills to really notice what is all round you in the environment. It also encourages pupils to think for themselves as there is more than one way of thinking about Artwork.

 

At Moulton School, Art Teachers have created projects that build on pupil’s skills and knowledge throughout the Key stages. Pupils will gain experience of drawing, painting, photography, sculptures, ceramics, mixed media as well as digital art using photo-shop.

 

Our three highly experienced specialist Art teachers benefit from the facilities of a dedicated arts block that has recently been refurbished. Alongside three teaching rooms, the arts building provides the teachers with a dark room, a kiln room and a sixth form room.

 

 

Key Stage 3

At Ks3 all pupils have 2 hours of Art during the two week timetable. Pupils produce the majority of their work in an A4 sketchbook, which they need to purchase from their Art Teacher for £1 in September.  They study a project a term and are assessed on different skills within this project at half term and at the end of the term.

 

In Year 7 they study;

  • Project 1:- In the first term, pupils will start learning basic drawing skills observing man-made and natural objects from direct observation and gaining an understanding of the visual elements of Art, which they will build upon throughout all their projects. These include line, shape, colour, tone, texture, form and space. Pupils are also encouraged to talk and write about the work of Artists and start to use Art specific vocabulary.

  • Project 2:- After Christmas pupils are introduced to techniques for drawing accurate portraits. They gain an understanding of the work of Fauvist Artists through discussion, written analysis and exploring their use of colour and painting style. Pupils learn how to apply the skills and understanding they gained in the first project of the visual elements of Art to creating realistic portraits.

  • Project 3:- The landscape project broadens pupil’s skills using a wide range of techniques including sgraffito, wax resist and relief printing. They also learn about composition and perspective in their own drawings and photography. The Artist and Architect Hundertwasser is the inspiration for using bright colours and patterns in the outcomes for this project.

 

In Year 8 they study;

  • Project 1:- Pupils explore the theme of “Life and Death” through observation drawings of still life objects such as animal skulls. Pupils are encouraged to work collaboratively as well as individually in this project to study a selection of Artists that include skulls in their work such as Georgia O’Keefe and Paul Cezanne. Pupils continue building on their skills and understanding of the visual elements of Art as well as their ability to draw what they see accurately rather than what they imagine objects to look like.

  • Project 2:- The African Mask project develops drawing skills using a wide range of materials exploring shape, pattern and detail. Pupils take inspiration from cultures they have researched to design their own original mask that they develop to a clay or card relief outcome. This project enables pupils to gain an understanding of Art in a wider context, not just Western Art.

  • Project 3:- The last project in Year 8 pupils are introduced to the world of Design. There is a choice of tasks that involve graphic design, fashion design and product design. Pupils create their own company logo and present their design ideas creatively using a range of techniques and processes including photo-shop.

GCSE

At GCSE students follow the AQA course. Pupils who have chosen Art as a GCSE option, have 5 lessons in the two week timetable, usually taught by one teacher. There are 2 major projects during each year. Pupils produce the majority of their work in an A4 sketchbook, which they need to purchase from their Art Teacher for £1 in September.

 

In year 9 the aim is to provide pupils with the experience of developing skills and confidence using a wide range of materials and techniques.

  • Project 1:- The first project explores colour and pattern in the work of Artist Frank Stella. The focus of the first few lessons is increasing precision and control using materials such as chalk and oil pastels, collage, paint and mono-print. Pupils will also take inspiration from Frank Stella’s use of overlapping compositions in their observation drawings and photography. Lessons using Photoshop will enable pupils to manipulate photographs and add bright bold colours using colour fill tools and free hand drawing.

  • Project 2:- The second project in Year 9 takes inspiration from Interior Design company ‘Timorous Beasties’ who create wallpaper and soft furnishings covered in repeating patterns of unappealing insects such as fleas, bees and moths. Pupils develop their drawing skills focussing on shape, detail and tone using a range of materials. New techniques are introduced to this project including wire sculptures and polystyrene printing.

 

In Year 10 pupils complete 2 major projects that will be submitted at the end of Year 11 as coursework. They may additionally purchase a spiral bound A4 sketchbook for £2.50 from their Art Teacher.

  • Project 1:- The first project in Year 10 is still life and Cubism. A variety of objects and compositions are explored providing pupils with plenty of opportunities for developing drawing skills further. There is a mock exam prior to Christmas where pupils produce a 5 hour piece of work selected by the Teacher.  A broad range of techniques are taught including relief printing, collage, clay, mix-media and photo- joiners.

  • Project 2:- The second project focuses on the environment and in particular sections of the ground. Pupils study a group of Artist’s called ‘The Boyle Family’ who recreate random sections of the ground. Techniques and skills explored in this project include observation drawing, photography, photo-shop, clay, printing, card relief, and acrylic painting.

Extra Curricular

We run a number of clubs during lunch hours and after school including key stage 3 arts clubs, photography clubs for all ages and a series of after school clubs run by individual teachers for GCSE students to produce extra work.