In key Stage 3 the work completed is intended to develop knowledge and confidence using a variety of different materials and concepts. During Year 7 students are taught basic skills in a series of mini projects. These projects are based around the visual elements, focusing on line, tone, form and composition. Students then move onto looking at colour and pattern and create a series of work which will give them experience and confidence with materials.
Year 8 will start to challenge their deeper thinking within art and how to develop and build on their skills. The students explore a variety of artists and create 3D sculptures showing clear influence. This year includes a lot more reflection on a variety of art styles and techniques to build confidence, independent learning and the use of constructive criticism to enable self-progression.
Year 9 is much more independent; students will direct a lot of their own learning and work confidently with different materials. Students complete three projects throughout this year, they will build upon their critical skills unpicking different pieces of art work to develop their understanding and continually develop their own skills and techniques.
The AQA GCSE Art, Craft and Design is a broad course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and new media. Students will develop appropriate use of colour, line, tone, texture, shape and form using different approaches to recording images, such as observation, analysis, expression and imagination to produce their own portfolios of work.