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Art

Art at Framingham Earl aims to nurture the creativity and confidence of our young people and to equip them with the artistic skills and understanding necessary for all students to find pride and enjoyment in their work.

All students study Art in Years 7, 8 and 9. At the end of Year 9 students have the option to continue to study an Arts subject, with the option of taking either Fine Art GCSE or Art Textiles GCSE.

Through Years 7, 8 and 9 students engage in nine art projects, acquiring increasingly sophisticated skill sets in the disciplines of painting, textiles, and ceramics as they progress. All projects take a key artist or art movement as its starting point, making broader cultural and historical links relevant to the artist or art movement being studied. Each project ends with a final piece, which will make use of the key techniques and ideas that have been learnt throughout the project.

All projects are assessed holistically – this means that each assessment will be based on a student’s sketchbook, homework and final piece as a complete body of work.

The skills, behaviours and patterns of working learnt in Key Stage 3 are the qualities that will enable all our young people to be excited, inquisitive and confident artists. These qualities set them up seamlessly for further study of the subject at GCSE or A level.


Key Stage 3

Year 7

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term

Formal Elements – Mark Making and Texture

Project and final piece in response to the ideas of tone and texture explored in the work of artists such as Aaron Siskind and Margaret Mellis.

Spring Term

Formal Elements – Line, Shape, Colour and Pattern

Project and final piece in response to the ideas of line, shape, colour and pattern explored in the work of artists such as Sonia Delaunay, Henri Matisse, Bridget Riley and Josef Albers.

Summer Term

Formal Elements – Scale, Space and Form

Project and final piece in response to the ideas of scale, space and form explored in the work of artists such as Antony Gormley, Barbara Hepworth, Ettore Sottsass, Phyllida Barlow and Yayoi Kusama

 

Year 8

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term

Pop Art

Project and final piece in response to the ideas of popular culture explored in the work of artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist and Dorothy Grebenak.

Spring Term

Cubism

Project and final piece in response to the ideas of Cubism and multiple viewpoint explored in the work of artists such as Pablo Picasso, Maria Blanchard and Juan Gris

Summer Term

Landscape

Project and final piece in response to the ideas of post impressionism and expressionism explored in the landscape work of artists such as Gabriel Munter, David Hockney, Vincent van Gogh

 

 Year 9

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term

Objects and Vessels

Project and final piece in response to the concept of vessels explored in the work of artists such as Magdalene Odundo, Hans Coper, Giorgio Morandi and Rachel Whiteread.

Spring Term

Abstraction and Architecture

Project and final piece in response to the ideas of abstraction and architecture explored in the work of artists such as Anni Albers, Hildegard Joos, Alexander Rodchenko and Lazlo Moholy-Nagy.

Summer Term

Words and Action

Project and final pieces in response to the idea of art as a vehicle for change explored in the work of artists such as Corita Kent and Bob & Roberta Smith

 


At GCSE we follow the AQA specification. The Fine Art and Art Textiles courses are both 100% project-based with students carrying out three projects over the two years. Each project culminates in a 10-hour exam in which students make a final piece. All work students make in Year 10 and 11 counts towards their final GCSE grade.

Taking part in trips is strongly encouraged at GCSE. We visit Southwold early on in Year 10 to gather photography and drawing for our Land, Sea and Sky project; for our later projects, we offer the opportunity of London gallery trips.

All students exhibit their work as part of their studies, with our Year 10 exhibition being a highlight of the Art Department calendar.

Key Stage 4 ART

Year 10

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term

A Sense of Place – Buildings and Structures mini project

Surfaces mini project

Working at grade based on assessment of project so far.

Spring Term

A Sense of Place – Landscape mini project Refining Ideas and Final Piece

Assessment of finished project and final piece.

Summer Term

Coursework Project 2

Choosing a theme and Responding to artists

Working at grade based on assessment of project so far.

Year 11

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term

Coursework Project 2

 

Refining Ideas and Final Piece

Assessment of finished project and final piece.

Spring Term

2021 – Coursework Project 2

Further Developing, Experimenting and Refining of Ideas.

 

2022 – ESA Project

Choosing a theme and Responding to Artists

Working at grade based on assessment of project so far.

Summer Term

2021 – Coursework Project 2

Final Phase

 

2022 – ESA Project

Refining Ideas and Final Piece

Assessment of finished project and final piece.

 

Key Stage 4 ART TEXTILES

Year 10

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term

A Sense of Place – Surfaces mini project

Buildings and Structures mini project

Working at grade based on assessment of project so far.

Spring Term

A Sense of Place – Water mini project Refining Ideas and Final Piece

Assessment of finished project and final piece.

Summer Term

Coursework

Project 2

Choosing a theme and Responding to artists

Working at grade based on assessment of project so far.

Year 11

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term

Coursework

Project 2

Refining Ideas and Final Piece

Assessment of finished project and final piece.

Spring Term

2021 – Coursework

Project 2

Further Developing, Experimenting and Refining of Ideas.

 

2022 – ESA Project

Choosing a theme and Responding to Artists

Working at grade based on assessment of project so far.

Summer Term

2021 – Coursework

Project 2

Final Phase

 

2022 – ESA Project

Refining Ideas and Final Piece

Assessment of finished project and final piece.

 

Website for Art GCSE Specification

 

 

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