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Willows High School

Art

Name: Miss A Jones
Email: Angharad.Elkes-Jones@willows.cardiff.sch.uk
Twitter: @Willows_Art

Students study Art in KS3 in years 8 and 9. Our aim is to develop pupil understanding, investigating and knowledge using Art skills, techniques and processes and through studying Artists and Craftworkers. Developing pupil literacy and numeracy is also a  department focus.

Key Stage 3: Years 8-9

The theme of the year 8 project is ‘Shades Of The Sea’ which runs throughout year 8 enabling pupils to fully develop their practical Art skills, techniques and research skills. Pupils work collaboratively with English at the start of the project, writing Japanese poems in their English lessons and using Art materials and techniques to illustrate them in The Autumn and Spring Terms. In the Summer Term the project is developed into 3D work: re-cycled Mystical Sea Creatures.

Autumn

  • Basic Art Skills:
  • Observational drawings- focus on Art Formal Elements: line, shape and detail
  • Tone, shading  and blending techniques in black and white and in colour
  • Collage technique
  • Welsh Artist: Kyffin Williams

Spring

  • 2D Work :Colour theory:
  • Primary and secondary colours in paint
  • Painting techniques -  blending colours, adding texture, adding detail
  • Using: Wide variety of art materials and techniques
  • Japanese Artist : Hokusai

Summer

  • 3D work: Construction
  • Research mystical creatures using Internet
  • Design and make your own 'mystical Sea creature' out of re-cycled materials
  • Re-cycling Artist: Michelle Stitzlein

Year 8 ( 3 lessons a fortnight)

Autumn

  • Basic Art Skills:
  • Observational drawings- focus on Art Formal Elements: line, shape and detail
  • Tone, shading  and blending techniques in black and white and in colour
  • Collage technique
  • Welsh Artist: Kyffin Williams

Spring

  • 2D Work :Colour theory:
  • Primary and secondary colours in paint
  • Painting techniques -  blending colours, adding texture, adding detail
  • Using: Wide variety of art materials and techniques
  • Japanese Artist : Hokusai

Summer

  • 3D work: Construction
  • Research mystical creatures using Internet
  • Design and make your own 'mystical Sea creature' out of re-cycled materials
  • Re-cycling Artist: Michelle Stitzlein

Year 9 (4 lessons per fortnight)

The theme of the year 9 project is ‘Celebrity Pop Art Portraits’ which runs throughout year 9. The emphasis is on more independent thinking and on more in depth and individual out comes in the pupils’ Art work and final pieces.

Autumn

  • Portraits and self-portraits
  • Proportion of faces
  • Pop Art portraits
  • Artist: Picasso and Lichtenstein
  • Materials: Pencils,  coloured pencils , acrylic  paints, water colour paints

Spring

  • Aboriginal Art: techniques used
  • Experimentation of materials: oil pastels, coloured papers , tissue papers( collage) , charcoal,

Summer

  • Ideas developed for final piece
  • Final 'Pop Art Celebrity Portrait' using mixed-media
  • Written evaluation

Assessment

Students are assessed at the start of each year ( baseline assessments) to determine which level they are on. They are then continually assessed during lessons and a formal assessment is done at the end of each final piece of work at the end of each term. These assessments cover all three Art skill areas: Understanding, Investigating and Making. Students' baseline assessments, class and homework, will be used to decide which level they are working at. Classes are taught in ability sets.

How can I help my son/daughter?

  • Encourage him/her to do extra Art work at home.
  • Visit local and national Art Exhibitions in Art Galleries and Museums.
  • Loan books about Art / Artist from local libraries and read them with your son/daughter.
  • Do Art activities at home with your son/daughter.
  • Enrole your son/daughter on Art courses / Art Activities on weekends and school holidays. ( many are free )
  • Encourage your son/daughter to take part in After School Art Clubs run in Willows.

Key Stage 4:  BTEC + GCSE

Art is taught in two areas at KS4: Art and Textiles.

Art and Textiles use the Exam Board: WJEC GCSE Art and Design and WJEC Level 2 Qualification in Creative and Media.

There are two courses that are run within Art and Art / Textiles: GCSE and Qualification in Art and Creative Media. Both courses are very practical and cover a wide variety of Art materials, techniques and processes from drawing and painting through to printmaking and 3D work. Contemporary and historical artists are used to influence pupil outcomes.

Art and Textiles GCSE is split into two areas: Coursework = 60% and Exam = 40%. The Art Qualification in Creative and Media course  = 3 Units of work.

Art GCSE: Themes covered are still-life and a personal project titled ‘Ordinary / Extraordinary’.

Textiles GCSE: The theme is Body Art inspired Bags and a personal project titled ‘ Order / and or Disorder’

The Art Qualification in Creative and Media course theme: Art = Surreal Masks / shoes and Textiles = Body Art inspired Bags

Extra-Curricular Activities

After School Art Club for All Years twice a week.

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