Art is taught by:

Ms A Owen Curriculum Team Leader
Ms E Bennett-Brown Part-time Art Teacher
Mr S Humphreys Art Teacher
Ms J Pardo-Zamora Part-Time Art Teacher
Ms A Vickers Art Teacher & Technician

Art is the ability to create a piece of work using senses, emotions and intellect. The Little Ilford School Art department recognises this and therefore tries to evoke a sense of imagination and originality from the students. Students take part in a wide range of projects including dot paintings, high-level canvas pieces, mosaic sculptures, self-portraits, landscape drawings and many more. Some of the work created is phenomenal and most of it is then displayed in the art department classes and around the school. The Art department not only tries to bring out a sense of creativity from the students, but also a personal element to the work. A lot of the work created by students has a touch of sentimental value, something that cannot be copied or labelled generic.

KS3

Curriculum content and aims

In Key Stage 3, students develop their visual and tactile skills through a range of drawing and painting activities, collage and printmaking, and three dimensional work in a variety of media.  They explore and develop an understanding of different cultures, and study a range of traditional and contemporary art movements, which are used to stimulate their own ideas.

The curriculum teaches the following skills:

  • Research
  • Develop
  • Plan and Create
  • Present
  • Evaluate

Details of studies per year

In Year 7, term one focusses on observational drawing skills investigating the different drawing approaches used by artists and working in a variety of media. In term 2 the focus is on ‘Fauvist Art’. In term 3 ideas for sculpture are developed and students focus on producing a 3 dimensional outcome.

In Year 8 students focus on extending observational drawing and painting skills linked to contemporary artists, and develop 3D skills including food sculpture

Home learning (frequency and expectations)

Home learning assignments will be published on Show my homework.
Students in year 7 and 8 will have 6-week homework projects.

How parents/carers can support their child

Parents can help their children with their art work in more ways than they think. Although art may be a subject which does not require homework in the form of writing. Parents can sit down with their child and research different forms of art, contemporary artists, great artists and objects which relate to them. All of this can inspire the child and cause them to think deeper about their work. Extra-curricular activities such as a jewellery club and art club are held for the gifted and talented as well as master classes with contemporary artists.

KS4

The course taken in KS4 is Edexcel GCSE Art and Design

Curriculum content and aims

At GCSE level we aim to provide a high-quality art and design education that engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

Details of studies per year

Year 9

Year 9 students begin one of the first coursework topics which is Still life. This includes drawings/paintings, artist research and then a final piece on canvas which is a collection and representation of what has been learned throughout the unit.

Year 10

In year 10 the students progress to the 3D sculpture coursework unit, from this the students research artists and from the artists they develop their own ideas through observational drawing and by making personal connections with the work of artists. At the end of the unit the students produce a final piece.

Year 11

In Year 11 the creativity continues as the students begin the final unit, Landscape. The final piece of work is an externally set exam. The exam is ten hours long and is run over two days. Students are expected to complete a painting or sculpture over these two days. Throughout the process of learning in the art department, students are pushed to meet deadlines, manage their time efficiently and to organise work effectively to enhance their chances of achieving their potential. Some of the work created is phenomenal and most of it is then displayed in the art department classes and around the school. The art department not only tries to bring out a sense of creativity from the students, but also a personal element to the work. A lot of the work created by students has a touch of sentimental value, something that cannot be copied or labelled generic.

How are they assessed.

There are 4 assessment criteria:

Assessment Objective 1 is about developing ideas from a starting point to a final piece. This is done through mind-mapping, sketches and studies related to the work of other artists, designers and craftspeople. You need to analyse and understand these contextual sources, and develop your ideas in a personal way.

Assessment Objective 2 is about refining your ideas through selecting and experimenting with appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes. There are various ways of using these to develop ideas and create a personal response.

Assessment Objective 3 is about recording your ideas, observations and insights, which can be in visual, written and other forms. You should work from a range of experiences and stimulus materials, as each of these could lead you to different ways of developing your ideas. You should reflect upon your work, and consider what you have achieved at each stage and what you will do next.

Assessment Objective 4 is about presenting a personal, informed and meaningful response, from your initial research through to the final piece. You need to demonstrate analytical and critical understanding as you respond to your theme.

Home learning (frequency and expectations)

Home learning assignments will be published on Show my homework.

Students in year 9, 10, and 11 will be expected to spend at least one hour a week working independently in their sketchbook.

Name of person in the art department who parents can contact if they need more information about the art syllabus: Mrs Bennett-Brown

How parents/carers can support their child

Encourage your child to take an interest in Art outside of the classroom, many newspapers now have culture and art sections which will provide a constant stream of new images that may also be used in research. It is important that your child has the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of artworks by visiting galleries and museums to develop their understanding of the subject. There are many documentaries and films shown both on the television and online that would increase subject knowledge, particularly on BBC 4, More 4 and Sky Arts. In addition, your child will need access to art materials such as paints and brushes.

Possible careers include

Art Critic Fashion Illustration
Advertising (Visual Communication) Graphic Artist
Animation Graphic Design
Art Teacher Interior Design
Airbrush Artist Illustrators
Art Dealer Museum Director
Art Consultant Monogram Artist
Cartoonists Photographer
Desktop Publishing Painting Restorers
Engraving Print-makers
E book Cover Artist Sculptors
Fashion Designer Sketch Artists
Freelance Artist Set Design
Fine Art Photography Video Game Design
Fine Artist Web Design

How parents or other members of other public can find out more about the curriculum/syllabus you are following.

http://www.artcoursework.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/art/

GCSE Bitesize Art and Design - £6.99

Contact the Art department to view exemplar work.

Useful websites:

Tate Britain

National Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery

Tate Modern

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