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Art & DESIGN

 

I paint flowers so they will not die.
--Frida Kahlo

Contact

Head of Art and Design: Mrs C Dainton - daintonc@harpergreen.net 

Subject overview

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A team of passionate creators, the Art and Design team at Harper Green are continually looking for ways to better express ourselves, and our vibrant curriculum is, we believe, reflective of our fascination with the human capacity for creativity.

Our art and design curriculum 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.

As pupils progress, we equip them with the skills needed to think critically, which in turn helps them to develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.

They become increasingly competent in considering the societal impact of art, reflecting upon how art and design reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

 Key Stage 3 overview

We follow the national curriculum for art and design at Key Stage 3.

Our young people will be taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their execution. They will develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgments that can inform their own work.

 

Year 7 

Half Term 1 and 2

Half Term 3 and 4

Half Term 5 and 6

Skills School

Cultural Pattern

Birds

This project is extremely important as students' experience of art and design can really vary in different primary schools, so this allows us to get a good baseline of individual experiences and skillsets.

 

Skills and Knowledge:

  • During this project, students will be introduced to the world of art and design and will explore

    • the idea of art movements,
    • the formal elements,
    • colour theory.
  • Students will learn basic art techniques such as:

    • creating tone,

    • colour blending,

    • painting skills,
    • colour mixing,

    • how to shade 3d forms

    • to use line to create texture and pattern.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • During this project, students will be introduced to the artwork of two different cultures.

    • Nigerian art
    • Hindu art.

 

  • During the first stage of the project, learners will explore the artwork of contemporary Nigerian artist Laolu and will explore Nigerian pattern and mark making.

 

  • In the second stage of the project, students will explore Hindu pattern, and will develop their design skills to design a decorative elephant design.
  • Pupils will learn how to create a tissue paper trapping to develop their mixed media skills.

     

     

Skills and Knowledge:

  • During this project, students will analyse and evaluate the work of illustrator Hannah Davies.

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    Students will explore and develop their skills in illustration and pattern making, and will practice their drawing skills by completing a series of observations.

  • Students will create their own response to the artist's work, by designing and creating a 3D decorative bird.

Assessment: 

  • Baseline art and design assessment to judge starting points post-Key Stage 2.
  • End of unit learning checkpoint

Assessment: 

  • Three learning checkpoints.

Assessment: 

  • Three learning checkpoints.

Year 8 

Half Term 1 and 2

Half Term 3 and 4

Half Term 5 and 6

Hundertwasser

Pop Art Portraits

Doodle Art

Skills and Knowledge:

  • During this project, students will be introduced to the artwork of Hundertwasser and will be introduced to unconventional architecture. 

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    Students will develop their design skills and will learn how to make a clay tile using basic clay techniques. 

  • They will learn how to use clay sculpting and mark making tools and slip.

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    Pupils will be introduced to the crayon and Indian ink resist method of colouring clay. 

Skills and Knowledge:

  • During this project, students will be introduced to the Pop Art movement, in particular, the artwork of famous Pop Artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

  • They will learn about portraiture including how to draw facial features and the proportion of the face.

  • Students will experiment with paint and mixed media techniques to create two original portraits in the style of Pop Art.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • During this project, students will be introduced to the contemporary art trend of Doodle Art.
  • They will engage with the artwork of Vexx and will explore contemporary craft makers and fabric stuffies on Etsy.
  • Students will design and create a fabric stuffie, developing their fabric painting and stitching skills.

Assessment: 

  • Three learning checkpoints.

Assessment: 

  • Three learning checkpoints.

Assessment: 

  • Three learning checkpoints.

Year 9

Half Term 1 - 3

Half Term 4 - 6

 Sweet Treats

 Under the Sea

Skills and Knowledge:

  • During this project, students will analyse and evaluate the work of collage artist Nancy Standlee and cardboard sculptor Pattianne Stevenson.

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    Students will explore and develop their skills in the mediums of:

    • collage,
    • clay,
    • pen,
    • pencil,
    • pencil crayon
    • cardboard. 
  • Students  will create their own responses to the artists' work  by designing and creating:

    • a collage,

    • a 3-D cardboard cake sculpture

    • a cardboard cake.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • During this project, students will be introduced to the textile technique of Indonesian batik.  

  • They will look at the contemporary batik artist Kay Shaffer and explore:

    • hot wax,

    • crayon batik

    • stitching and embellishment techniques.

       

  • Pupils will follow the design process of designing and sampling to design a bag inspired by the theme of Under the Sea.
  • Students will apply their understanding to create an original bag final piece.

 

Assessment: 

  • Three learning checkpoints.

Assessment: 

  • Three learning checkpoints.

 Key Stage 4 overview - 

For students who wish to develop their art and design education, we offer two possible avenues at Key Stage 4, between which students are able to choose. Both are the GCSE qualification in Art and Design, though one avenue focuses on Art, Craft and Design while the other has a Photography focus.

While both options offer an excellent grounding to prepare students for future art and design study, they are also an excellent choice for students who simply enjoy flexing their creative flair. 

 Kay Stage 4 GCSE - Art, Craft and Design

 This course promotes learning across a variety of experiences and through various processes, tools, techniques, materials and resources to generate different kinds of evidence of working and outcomes. Emphasis is on an increased breadth of approach.

The context of practice, rather than the breadth of activities and/or range of media employed, determines whether a student’s work can be described as art-based, craft-based and/or design-based.

Please look at the AQA specification for more information about the Art, Craft and Design GCSE course content

 Year 10

 

Half Term 1-3

Half Term 4-6

  • Day of the Dead
  • Urban Manchester

Skills and Knowledge:

 

  • During this project, students will learn about the Mexican Day of the Dead Festival.
  • They will engage with a range of artists both historical and contemporary.
  • Pupils will apply their knowledge of the Day of the Dead festival and the artist Ray Dust to design an original final piece design on wood using mixed media.
  • During this project, students will broaden their knowledge of the city of Manchester.
  • They will consider all the aspects of the city including fashion, music, architecture, street art, history and famous Mancunians.
  • They will combine their research and ideas about Manchester with their artist research to create an independent final textile piece. 
  • Students will be encouraged to show independence in their choice of artwork and direction.

Assessment:

  • Full examination in January 2022 - Students will be assessed on the topics studied during Term 1.

  • Learning checkpoints

Assessment:

  • Learning checkpoints

Year 11

Half Term 1-2

Half Term 3-4

Half Term 5

  • Urban Manchester

Students will work through the externally set examination during this period of time. Further details will be shared with students prior to the examination period.

No new content will be taught; students will work on refining and improving their coursework.

Skills and Knowledge:

 

Students will continue their work on the Urban Manchester project (see Y10 HT4-6)

Assessment:

  • Learning checkpoints

    Key Stage 4 GCSE - Photography

 This course has a narrower focus than the Art, Craft and Design avenue, focusing solely on the skillful use of light-sensitive materials such as photographic film, or digital methods of development and production to create static or moving images.

  Please look at the AQA specification for more information about the Photography GCSE course content

 

 Year 10

 

Half Term 1-3

Half Term 4

Half Term 5-6

  • Photography skills and experimental photography 
Expressive portraits
  • Naturally abstract

Skills and Knowledge:

 

  • During this project, students will

    look at key skills within photography and will link these to artists to develop their skills further.

  • Students will explore and develop their skills in the techniques of:

    • Rule of thirds,

    • Aperture,

    • Focal points,

    • Leading Lines,

    • Photoshop skills,

  • Students will create their own responses to the artist's work by analysing the artist's style and by completing artist studies and edits in the style of the artist. Artists:
    • Slinkachu,
    • Catherine Yass,
    • Sam Safoy,
    • Catherine Yass
    • Tigran Tsitoghdzyn

Skills and Knowledge:

 

  • During this project, students will 

    look at a portrait photographer who focuses on portraits.

  • They will work independently to select and respond to the artist work.

  • Students will explore and develop their skills in the DSLR camera techniques and will build on the skills learnt in the last project.

  • They will develop further their skills on Photoshop.

  • Students will create their own experimental editing techniques by using a number of physical editing techniques.

  • These will include:

    • sewing,

    • painting,

    • weaving,

    • collage

    • cello tape transfer.

  • Artists:
    • Aline Houde-Deboit,
    • Marianne Taylor,
    • Warhol,
    • Lin Osborn,
    • Emily Blincoe

 Skills and Knowledge:

 

  • During this project, students will look at a number  of photographers  who focus on natural forms.
  • They will continue to explore and develop their skills in using DSLR cameras and photoshop building in complexity since the previous projects.
  • They will create their own response to the artists work by analysing the artist's style through artist studies and editing their own photos in the artist's style.
  • Artists:
    • Karl Blossfeldt
    • Erwan Frotin
    • Craig Cramer

Assessment:

  • Learning checkpoints

  • Full examination in January 2022 - Students will be assessed on the topics studied during Term 1.

Assessment:

  • Learning checkpoints

 

Assessment:

  • Learning checkpoints

Year 11

Half Term 1-2

Half Term 3-4

Half Term 5

Colour

Students will work through the externally set examination during this period of time. Further details will be shared with students prior to the examination period.

 

No new content will be taught; students will work on refining and improving their coursework.

 

Skills and Knowledge:

 

  • During this project, students will be introduced to, and explore, a number of photographers who focus on colour.
  • They will work independently to select and respond to artists' work.
  • Pupils will explore and develop their skills in using the DSLR camera and will build on the skills learnt so far.
  • They will build upon and develop new photoshop editing skills.
  • Pupils will create their own responses to the artists' work by taking their own photos and editing them in the style of the artists.