Our vision for art at Ashton Park:
Art as a subject is vast and includes many disciplines. It is also a subject which can be both practical and theoretical. We aim to give students a broad experience across a wide range of media and equipment, giving historical and contemporary context to the art we study. Our hope is that students will be able to master the core techniques and develop a visual literacy, but most of all we would like them to enjoy the subject and develop as a young artist.
Our KS3 Art curriculum is built around termly experiences in three main disciplines: Drawing & Illustration, Painting & Colour and Sculpture & Mixed Media.
Refinement of Knowledge: each project will enable our students to build their knowledge of the discipline and their knowledge of contemporary and historic artists within that.
Refinement of skills and application: each project will cover the core skills of line, shape, form, tone, texture, pattern, colour and composition across the faculty. (Art and textiles at KS3).
The structure of our curriculum
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
Drawing and illustration- Introductory drawing skills
Outcome is inspired by fish and underwater.
Painting and Colour - Colour theory concepts
Outcome is thinking about environment and ‘Our school’
Sculpture and mixed media - Working in relief
Outcome takes part in whole school display- ‘I am a small cog but play my part in the wider community’
|Drawing and illustration- 3D drawing
Building on your y7 work you will develop your drawing skills by learning to draw 3 dimensionally, with ellipses, contour shading and drawing with colour. This project also includes looking at zentangle work and patterns which will appear in backgrounds.
Outcome is based on indoor plants and leaves
Painting and Colour - Developing painting skills
Outcomes will be a realistic self-portrait and a Fauvist inspired portrait.
Sculpture and mixed media - 3D clay skills
Outcome will include a coil pot and additional linking 2D mixed media pieces
Drawing and illustration- Advanced drawing skills
Outcome is based on glass bottles
Painting and Colour - Advanced painting techniques
Outcomes will include tree work and ripe fruit, good enough to eat!
Workshops - Graphics and Perspective
Outcomes will be many and varied and reflect your own personal interests.
Assessment of the art curriculum
In art there is an ongoing process to assess whether students have learned the knowledge and understanding of our intended curriculum. Each large term our teachers will look through the student portfolios to assess whether the students are meeting our standards. We then make a judgement about whether the students are developing, secure or exceeding artists. In the table below you will find examples of work at each of these bands for the projects we have completed so far. This is a work in process and more examples will be added as we move through the year.
|Year 7 examples of the work we expect for developing, secure and exceeding students.||Year 8 examples of the work we expect for developing, secure and exceeding students.||Year 9 examples of the work we expect for developing, secure and exceeding students.|
|Year 7 Drawing & Illustration exemplar work (Term 1 & 2)||Year 8 Drawing & Illustration exemplar work (Term 1 & 2)||Year 9 Drawing & Illustration exemplar work (Term 1 & 2)|