Art curriculum

YEAR 5

Y5. Autumn Term 2018

Britain Seen from the North, Tony Cragg 1981

The students will start with the topic Found Objects.

They will practice their observational drawing using the objects they have found.

They will learn how famous 20th century artists considered objects in their work, looking at British artists such as Anthony Gormley, Bill Woodrow and Tony Cragg. The students will have group discussions on the colour choices and style in which artists worked.

They will produce a large-scale heavy weight paper composition following the work and style of their favourite artist.

Suggested Visit

The Tate Modern

Y5. Spring Term 2019

Image courtesy of Sandra Cohen Rose and Colin Rose

This term the students will be learning how to develop tessellating shapes to form interlocking repeat patterns.

They will look at the elegant Art Deco designs from the 1920s for inspiration.We will expect them to analyse these patterns and then apply this knowledge to develop their own designs.

Image courtesy of Adam Cuerden

The second part of this design project will be an exploration of Japanese Shinto art and its relationship with nature.

The brief they must then fulfil is to design a Koinobara carp kite which will be coloured using a palette the students have derived from the seasons.

Art Deco Suggested Visits

The V&A Museum

Spanning the boom of the roaring 1920s through to the bust of the Depression-ridden 1930s, Art Deco drew on timeworn traditions while simultaneously celebrating the modern, mechanised world. This extraordinary blend of tradition and progress, combined with a lively eclecticism, is found throughout the V&A's Art Deco objects.
Art Deco at V&A

Eltham Palace, Greenwich, London

Experience the decade of decadence at Eltham Palace as you are transported back to the 1930s. Created for millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, Eltham Palace is part showpiece of Art Deco design and 1930s cutting-edge technology, and part medieval royal palace. Bring your family and make yourself at home, try on clothes, play games and listen to music, as a guest of the Courtaulds.
Visit Eltham Palace and Gardens

Y5. Summer Term 2019

Image courtesy of Coco Sato

We will be exploring 3D design, starting with a paper engineering project.

The students will investigate a variety of folds and design possibilities. They will then be set project to design a Father's Day Card.

Image courtesy of istolethetv on flickr

The final project for this year has a theme of Collections and Curiosities.

Collections and Curiosities Suggested Visits

Joseph Cornell(December 24, 1903 – December 29, 1972) was an American artist and film maker, one of the pioneers and most celebrated exponents of assemblage. He was largely self-taught in his artistic efforts, and improvised his own original style incorporating cast-off and discarded artifacts.
More about Joseph Cornell

Sir John Soane's Museum, London

The Soane Museum is the extraordinary house of Sir John Soane, one of the greatest English architects, who built and lived in it more than a century and a half ago. The museum has been kept as it was at the time of his death nearly 180 years ago. It displays his collection of antiquities, furniture, sculptures, architectural models, paintings – including work by Hogarth, Turner and Canaletto – and over 30,000 architectural drawings. It's a vast, extraordinary collection, full of curiosities and surprises.
Sir John Soane's Museum

YEAR 6

Y6. Autumn Term 2018

Image courtesy of Prof saxx

Year 6 will study the formal elements of line, tone and texture.

Each element will form part of an illustrated concertina book based on an imaginary character which will journey through their learning.

In the second part of term students will discover pigments from the time of the cave paintings at Lascaux. They will make their own paints and understand the link between a culture and its colours.

Cave Suggested Visits

If you are inspired to go underground there a some caves nearby:
Visit Chislehurst Caves
Visit Reigate Caves

Or you could go further afield and explore the wonderful world of Wookey Hole caves in Sussex:
Visit Wookey Hole Caves

Y6. Spring Term 2019

Image courtesy of Luke Price

Year 6 will take part in preparations for the school's celebration of the Chinese New Year, developing their own animal masks and headdresses.

The students continue to develop their design skills through a project based on time. They will design, cut and print their own stencil design for a working clock.

Chinese New Year Suggested Visits

On the 5th February 2019 in the West End of London the Chinese New Year celebrations are the largest outside Asia, with parades, performances and fireworks.
Chinese New Year celebrations in London guide

The V&A Museum

The V&A has one of the most comprehensive and important collections of Chinese art outside East Asia, with pieces dating from 3000 BC to the present day.
Chinese art at V&A

Y6. Summer Term 2019

This term Year 6 will study 3D portraiture.

They will learn about the structure and proportions of the head and work with clay to produce a large sculpted head. As part of this project the students will visit Dorich House, the former home and studio of the sculptor Dora Gordine.

Sculpture Suggested Visits

Dorich House Museum

One of London's hidden gems, Dorich House Museum at Kingston University is located a Deer's Leap from Richmond Park, along Kingston Vale in South West London.
Dorich House Museum

Watts Gallery Artists' Village

The Watts Gallery Artists' Village is a unique Arts & Crafts gem nestled in the Surrey Hills.
Watts Gallery Artists' Village

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park

If you find yourself heading north on the M1 stop into The Yorkshire Sculpture Park and discover the 'true home of British sculpture'.
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Surrey Sculpture Society

Nearer to home, the Surrey Sculpture Society has a diverse range of exhibitions throughout the year.
Surrey Sculpture Society

YEAR 7

Y7. Autumn Term 2018

Image is of painting of circus with black boxes on top to isolate compositional elements

The dynamics of visual form and developing an understanding of colour.

In the first half of term the students will study composition in a variety of artworks. Through this they will gain understanding of the formal elements and how an artist can manipulate these to express their aims.

They will study energy, balance and phrasing, and how placement of shapes and tones can create the effects of both 2-D and 3-D space. Drawing skills will be taught and practised in this project.

In the second half of term the students will study colour mixing, gaining an understanding of harmonies and relationships through using small ranges of colour.

We will explore relative warmth and coolness, intensity and neutrality, and tonal values by painting from direct observation.

Y7. Spring Term 2019

Thematically based Print Design Project This project will bring together an understanding form and colour.

Students will :

  • Research and investigate their subject and make drawings.
  • Use an understanding of the elements of design and a range of materials to develop
  • their own design.
  • Develop their understanding of forms of symmetry and tessellation.
  • Create their own coloured print design.

Y7. Summer Term 2019

Recycle, reuse… and make Art. Assemblage Sculptures.

This term year seven will focus on 3-D work.

They will look at work by Picasso, Louise Nevelson, Tinguely and Edouard Martinet to find inspiration to make their own assemblage sculptures.

This project encourages spontaneous creativity and humour as the students explore unexpected juxtapositions in their collection of found objects.

YEAR 8

Y8. Autumn Term 2018

OBSERVATIONAL ANIMATION

Using their powers of observational drawing as a basis, Y8 will be introduced to several animation techniques which will inform their ability to produce great character animation, and help them to bring their animated environment alive.

As they are introduced to these ideas and techniques and we work on them in class time, they will be developing their ideas for their own animation.

Y8. Spring Term 2019

PRINTMAKING COLLABORATION

Working together to reinterpret a masterpiece in print. Analysing the landmark graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman the students will evaluate the essence of the work and apply this knowledge to develop their own interpretation of a story from World War 2.

Working with the English department, where the students will be studying "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas", the students will plan a section to illustrate which will join together with their classmates work to create a large scale printed response to the subject matter.

Suggested Visit

The House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, London

Y8. Summer Term 2019

Image courtesy of Pedro Ribeiro Simoes

Considering the theme of balance the students will look at the beautiful kinetic art of the 20th Century sculptor Alexander Calder.

Combining skills of art and engineering, Year 8 will design and construct a mobile from everyday materials. They will be asked to visually balance form, colour and design within their physically balanced sculpture.

Alexander Calder Suggested Visit

You can see an Alexander Calder mobile at the Tate Modern.
Alexander Calder at Tate Modern

YEAR 9

Y9. Autumn Term 2018

Self portrait Kathe Kollwitz, Public Domain

Year 9 students will spend the the first half of this term considering ways of drawing and ways of seeing.

The practical and theoretical work will develop their analytic and reflective skills and encourage them to consider the context as well as the aesthetics of the art that we will be studying.

In the second half of term Year 9 will be studying the work of book illustrators such as Jeffrey Alan Love.

Illustration Suggested Visit

House of Illustration

The UK’s only public gallery dedicated to illustration and the graphic arts, founded by Sir Quentin Blake and opened at the heart of King’s Cross in London.
Learn more about House of Illustration

Y9. Spring Term 2019

Colour Theory and Mosaic

Having added to their knowledge of colour theory with an understanding of analogous colours and the relative value of colours, this term Year 9 will be applying that knowledge to a mosaic design project.

Mosaic, the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of coloured glass, stone, or other materials has been around for 4000 years, and Y9 will study the history of this art form before developing their own design inspired by the patterns in Science and Nature.

Practical and planning skills will be in the forefront of this project as they learn how to cut tiles, layout mosaic designs and apply them to a ceramic surface to create decorated planters and pillars for our school gardens.

Suggested Visit

Sculptures and mosaics: The National Gallery, London

The first picture that greets visitors to the National Gallery is not an Old Master, nor an Impressionist. Nor does it even hang on a wall. Set into the floor of the first landing in the Gallery's Portico entrance is 'The Awakening of the Muses', a marble mosaic laid in 1933 by the Russian-born artist Boris Anrep (1885-1969)
Sculptures and mosaics at The National Gallery

Y9. Summer Term 2018

The final term of Year 9 will be a cross curricular film project in collaboration with the humanities department.

Having spent time developing a proposal the students will structure a film comprised of both found footage and self shot footage that supports and eloquently presents their point of view. They will be looking at the work of film maker Adam Curtis amongst others.

Kevin Adam Curtis (born 26 May 1955) is a British documentary film-maker. Curtis says that his favourite theme is "power and how it works in society", and his works explore areas of sociology, psychology, philosophy and political history. Curtis describes his work as journalism that happens to be expounded via the medium of film. His films have won four BAFTAs. He has been closely associated with the BBC throughout his career.

YEAR 10 and 11

Y10–11. Art and Design: Fine Art GCSE

From September of Y10 to January of Y11, students are working towards completing their unit 1 coursework portfolios that make up 60% of their GCSE grade. The unit 1 project topics have been Natural Form and Portraiture.

Based on the principles of “Look, Understand, Reflect and Produce” the portfolios take the following form.

The Natural Form project is completed in Y10 and comprises of contextual research in to relevant art history, with artist studies, visual analyses of their work; primary source research into natural and organic form, where the students are expected to work from life and use a variety of materials; finally the students produce personal responses in the form of drawing, painting or other media.

At the end of the spring term of Y10 there is a 10 hour mock GCSE exam, during which the students will complete their personal response to the natural forms set theme. This outcome and portfolio is then marked by the art department staff and the student is given detailed feedback and a mark as part of an ongoing continual assessment.

In the summer term of Y10 the students move on to the second topic of study, portraiture. This produces a portfolio full of research, experimentation, critical reflections and personal responses inspired by their own interests from the provided starting point. Students are encouraged and guided to present meaningful and indepth research that puts their own ideas into a critical and cultural context.

Throughout this course the students are supported to further their technical painting and drawing skills as well as acquiring new skills through experimentation and refinement of work.

At the end of the winter term of Y11 there is a second 10 hour mock GCSE exam, during which the students will complete their personal response to the portraiture set theme. This outcome and portfolio is then marked by the art department staff and the student is given detailed feedback and a mark as part of an ongoing continual assessment.

In the January of the final year of Y11, the students are given their externally set theme from the exam board. This provides the starting point for their final portfolio which forms their unit 2 submission (worth 40% of their GCSE grade). They then have the spring term to research, explore, reflect and experiment in preparation for their final pieces which will be produced during their 10 hour GCSE exam in May.

Portfolio – Year 10 Portraiture Portfolio Work

Portfolio – Year 10 Portraiture Final pieces

Y10–11. Photography GCSE

From September of Y10 to January of Y11, students are working towards completing their unit 1 coursework portfolios that make up 60% of their GCSE grade. The unit 1 project topics have been The History of Photography and The History of Film.

The History of Photography project is completed in Y10 and comprises of contextual research in to relevant art history, with artist studies, visual analyses of their work; teacher led technical workshops into pinhole cameras, cyanotypes, exposure, shutter speed, focus, and photoshop; finally the students produce personal responses in the form of photographs, cyanotypes or other media.

At the end of the spring term of Y10 there is a 10 hour mock GCSE exam, during which the students will complete their personal response to the portfolio set theme. This outcome and portfolio is then marked by the art department staff and the student is given detailed feedback and a mark as part of an ongoing continual assessment.

In the summer term of Y10 the students move on to the second topic of study, The History of Film. The students learn the history of film from local artist Eadweard Muybridge to contemporary filmmakers. They explore the concepts of film structure, genre, camera angles, storyboards, filming, sound design and editing.

This produces a portfolio full of research, experimentation, critical reflections and personal responses inspired by their own interests from the provided starting point. Students will work in groups and make short films based on their own evolving ideas. Students are encouraged and guided to make their films in line with the research and development they have made in their sketchbooks, and that puts their own ideas into a critical and cultural context.

Throughout this course the students are supported to further their technical photography and film making skills as well as acquiring new skills through experimentation and refinement of work.

At the end of the winter term of Y11 there is a second 10 hour mock GCSE exam, during which the students will complete their personal response to the portfolio set theme. This outcome and portfolio is then marked by the art department staff and the student is given detailed feedback and a mark as part of an ongoing continual assessment.

In January of Y11, the students are given a unit 2 exam topic (worth 40% of their GCSE grade). They will have a final term to learn new skills, and to prepare the research and development of the project. At the end of the spring term they will sit a 10 hour GCSE exam during which they will complete their personal response to the set theme.

YEAR 12 and 13

Y12–13. A Level Art and Design: Photography

From September of Y12 to January of Y13, students are working towards completing their unit 1 coursework portfolios that make up 60% of their A Level grade.

They also produce a 1,000–3,000 word illustrated essay in support of their areas of personal research, this is completed by the end of the winter term of Y13.

Based on the principles of “Look, Understand, Reflect and Produce” the portfolios take the following form.

The first portfolio project is completed in Y12 and comprises of contextual research in to relevant art history, with artist studies, visual analyses of their work; teacher led technical workshops into advanced photography techniques, animation, Photoshop, After Effects, editing and sound design; advanced critical and analytical written responses are recorded in their sketchbooks; finally the students produce personal responses in the form of photographs, animation, film or other media.

At the end of the spring term of Y12 there is a 15 hour mock A Level exam, during which the students will complete their personal response to the portfolio set theme. This outcome and portfolio is then marked by the art department staff and the student is given detailed feedback and a mark as part of an ongoing continual assessment.

In the summer term of Y12 the students move on to the second topic of study. This produces a portfolio full of research, experimentation, critical reflections and personal responses inspired by their own interests from the provided starting point. Students are encouraged and guided to present meaningful and indepth research that puts their own ideas into a critical and cultural context.

The research, analysis and idea development will be expected to be at a much more advanced level than the GCSE submission.

Throughout this course the students are supported to further their technical photography and filmmaking skills as well as acquiring new skills through experimentation and refinement of work.

At the end of the winter term of Y13 there is a second 15 hour mock A Level exam, during which the students will complete their personal response to the portfolio set theme. This outcome and portfolio is then marked by the art department staff and the student is given detailed feedback and a mark as part of an ongoing continual assessment.

In the January of the final year of Y13, the students are given their externally set theme from the exam board. This provides the starting point for their final portfolio which forms their unit 2 submission (worth 40% of their A Level grade). They then have the spring term to research, explore, reflect and experiment in preparation for their final pieces which will be produced during their 15 hour A Level exam in May.

Portfolio – A Level Art and Design: Photography Final pieces

Y12–13. A Level Art and Design: Fine Art

From September of Y12 to January of Y13, students are working towards completing their unit 1 coursework portfolios that make up 60% of their A Level grade.

They also produce a 1,000 - 3,000 word illustrated essay in support of their areas of personal research, this is completed by the end of the winter term of Y13.

Based on the principles of “Look, Understand, Reflect and Produce” the portfolios take the following form.

The first portfolio project is completed in the first two terms of Y12 and comprises of contextual research in to relevant art history, with artist studies, visual analyses of their work; teacher led technical workshops into advanced drawing, painting, printmaking, and other media techniques; advanced critical and analytical written responses are recorded in their sketchbooks; finally the students produce personal responses in the form of painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking or alternative media.

At the end of the spring term of Y12 there is a 15 hour mock A Level exam, during which the students will complete their personal response to the portfolio theme. This outcome and portfolio is then marked by the art department staff and the student is given detailed feedback and a mark as part of an ongoing continual assessment.

In the summer term of Y12 the students move on to the second topic of study. This produces a portfolio full of research, experimentation, critical reflections and personal responses inspired by their own interests from the provided starting point. Students are encouraged and guided to present meaningful and indepth research that puts their own ideas into a critical and cultural context.

The research, analysis and idea development will be expected to be at a much more advanced level than the GCSE submission.

Throughout this course the students are supported to further their technical painting, drawing and printmaking skills as well as acquiring new skills through experimentation and refinement of work.

At the end of the winter term of Y13 there is a second 15 hour mock A Level exam, during which the students will complete their personal response to the portfolio set theme. This outcome and portfolio is then marked by the art department staff and the student is given detailed feedback and a mark as part of an ongoing continual assessment.

In the January of the final year of Y13, the students are given their externally set theme from the exam board. This provides the starting point for their final portfolio which forms their unit 2 submission (worth 40% of their A Level grade). They then have the spring term to research, explore, reflect and experiment in preparation for their final pieces which will be produced during their 15 hour A Level exam in May.

Portfolio – A Level Art and Design: Fine Art Final Pieces