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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

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term

Formal Elements

Mark Making and Texture

Project and final piece in response to the photography of Aaron Siskind and the abstract expressionist work of Lee Krasner.

Spring Term

Formal Elements

Line, Shape and Colour

Project and final piece in response to the work of key 20th century artists using line, shape and colour as key elements of their work.

Summer Term

Formal Elements

Space and Form

Project and final piece in response to the sculpture of Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.


Year 8

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term

Pop Art and Packaging

Project and final piece in response to the work of pop artists Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.

Spring Term

Picasso and Cubism

Project and final piece in response to the work of Picasso and the Sainsbury Centre’s permanent collection of non-western cultural artefacts.

Summer Term

Landscape and Colour

Project and final piece in response to the work of key landscape artists from the past 200 years.


 Year 9

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term

Still Life

Project and final piece in response to the work of still life artists Wayne Thiebaud, Giorgio Morandi and Rachel Whiteread.

Spring Term

A Taste of GCSE

Students are given the opportunity to choose their own starting points for two mini projects this term and to experience some of the key features of GCSE Art Textiles.

Projects and final pieces in response to their chosen starting points.

Summer Term

A Village called Shipden

Project and final piece in response to the work of environmentalist sculptor Jason DeCaires Taylor and concept artist and ILM art director Aaron McBride.

Key Stage 4

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.

Year 10

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term

Land, Sea and Sky

Artist research and responding to artists.

Working at grade based on an assessment of the project so far.

Spring Term

Land, Sea and Sky

Developing own ideas and final phase.

Assessment of finished project and final piece.

Summer Term

Coursework Project 2

Artist research and responding to artists.

Working at grade based on an assessment of the project so far.


Year 11

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term

Coursework Project 2

Developing own ideas and final phase.

Assessment of finished project and final piece.

Spring Term

ESA Project

Artist research and responding to artists.

Working at grade based on an assessment of the project so far.

Summer Term

ESA Project

Developing ideas and final phase.

Assessment of finished project and final piece.

 

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