Art

The Art Department encourages students to explore, enjoy and develop their creative thinking and artistic skills. This is primarily achieved through Assessment Objectives which offer a wide range of opportunities to experience the rich and varied approaches to making and appreciating art, craft and design. Further opportunities are available in the form of the key stage 3 Art Club led by the pupil Art Leaders and GCSE/B-Tec skills workshops after school. Visit us @NoadswoodArt

We believe art is an invaluable experience in a student’s education. It offers them the opportunity to be creative learners and thinkers, to have a sense of individuality and a freedom of expression. This enables the development of self-worth, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Art can also provide a platform for individual learning and is often seen as an enjoyable part of the student’s day.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 & 8

Year 7 and 8 students attend two 60 minute lesson per fortnight. They have the opportunity to experience a range of techniques including painting and drawing, researching art and artists, printmaking and sculpting with clay.

Students learn the basic skills that will help them develop their own creative abilities and enable growth in their enjoyment and appreciation of art, craft and design.

Year 7 & 8 Art & Design is divided into modules (assessment objectives). Each module focuses on a different area of assessment and creative focus. This enables pupils to get to grips with various techniques, process and materials. The AOs are as follows:

Year 7 AO1: Developing drawing skills
Year 7 AO2: Exploring and making with clay
Year 7 AO3: Exploring printmaking
Year 8 AO1: Developing and progressing drawing skills
Year 8 AO2: Developing and progressing printmaking skills
Year 8 AO3: Exploring and making 3D card construction

Year 9

Pupils who have opted to take Art in Year 9 will begin their studies following the same pathway irrespective of whether they are studying GCSE or BTEC. Initially all pupils are taught via phases of “skills workshops” which will enable them to develop and apply the skills and knowledge for their chosen pathways. They will then move on to study a 2D and 3D unit. During their 6 lessons a fortnight, Year 9 pupils explore and investigate the following themes: Drawing, 3D, Abstraction and composition, stenciling and printmaking, and collage.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Art & Design consists of a portfolio of work and an externally set test. The portfolio makes up 60% of the final grade with the test contributing 40%. Students’ portfolios must include more than one extended collection of work or project selected from work undertaken during the candidate’s course of study. The portfolio should show associated work of two or more of the following endorsements: Applied Art, Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Textile Design, Three-Dimensional Design or Photography. Preparation work plays an important role in the development of ideas and the creative process, and contributes to the grade awarded. This allows students to explore and experiment with media, designs and ideas before producing a final piece.

Some pupils follow the BTEC First Art course. This course is more modular and portfolio based and consists of 4 units, one of which is an externally set assessment worth 25% of the overall grade. This Level 2 qualification is equivalent to GCSE Art & Design.

The Art Department uses AQA for its GCSE course and PEARSON for its BTEC First course.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is it that is so amazing about your subject?

The kids, the art and the endeavour. The courage, the enthusiasm, the risk taking. The smiles, the mess, the discussion. The sense of achievement or pleasant surprise with what we have made.

What is it that you guys do so well?

We create an environment where all pupils can create and make art that provides challenge where necessary but also nurtures talent and builds resilience and creative curiosity. Our learners enjoy exploring a wide range of aspects of Art and design. We provide the building blocks for pupils to harness their innate human ability of expression and visual creativity.

Why do students enjoy your subject so much?

We believe that pupils enjoy Art because it is an invaluable experience in a pupil’s education. Pupils recognise the opportunity to be creative learners and thinkers, to express a sense of individuality and a freedom of expression. Pupils develop self-worth, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Art can also provide a platform for individual learning and is often seen as an enjoyable part of the student’s day. Pupils like the idea that you can have 25 correct but different answers to a starting point.

What support do you offer?

A qualified art specialist teaches each class. We foster an environment of resilience and offer an open department after school for any pupil who wishes to continue to work on their artwork. Our Frog pages are fully loaded with support materials and links to exciting resources and the department is fully stocked with a wide range of media to support in the making of art, including computers, digital editing software, high quality photography equipment and fine art equipment. All pupils of all abilities are supported in everything we offer. We also offer an after school art club for Year 7 and 8.

How rich is the curriculum (e.g. what do you offer)?

From day one we offer a wide range of experiences in Art & Design. From learning a host of drawing techniques, to creating art using painting, printmaking and sculpture. We investigate techniques, processes, media and theories in art; and explore the work of other artists and art movements. We also endeavour to work cross-curricular with the English department enhancing their learning on a text they have studied. Pupils progress through the years and build on their knowledge to continue to grow and enhance their skills. If pupils choose to continue with Art at Key Stage 4 they have the choice of four pathways: BTEC Art & Design and GCSEs in Fine Art, Photography or Textile Design. Year 7s have three one hour lessons a fortnight.

Why are we so proud of Noadswood Art?

We are proud of the fantastic work our pupils make on a daily basis, that Art is seen as a subject where pupils can express themselves creatively and apply the things that they have learnt. We pride ourselves in the great relationships we build with all our learners and foster an environment where everyone can make eye-catching, creative and often deeply personal works of art.

What courses do you offer?

In Year 7 pupils, receive three one-hour lesson where they will learn drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking as well as art movements and art theories. We offer four courses at Key Stage 4. BTEC Art & Design and three GCSE endorsements. Fine Art, Photography and Textile Design. Pupils opt in Year 9 where they all study a foundation year, giving them the opportunity to explore a wide range of techniques, processes and approaches to creating art, and sampling each GCSE specialism in order for them to make a choice in Year 10.

What does science look like in Year 7?

The three one-hour art lessons are practical beginning with developing drawing skills and moving onto clay sculpture and painting and colour theory. These are supported with artist research and sketchbook work.

When does GCSE begin?

Pupils who have opted for Art begin in Year 9 with all studying a foundation year where they are taught higher-level approaches and techniques that are more practical. Much of this work is developmental and helps pupils decide which endorsement to specialise at GCSE. BTEC pupils will follow the same route in Year 9, which will support them when working through their vocational units.

Why is Art important?

Art is an invaluable experience in a student’s education. It offers them the opportunity to be creative learners and thinkers, to have a sense of individuality and a freedom of expression. This enables the development of self-worth, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Art can also provide a platform for individual learning and discovery.

Will my child enjoy art?

Children of all ages and abilities enjoy art especially if they like practical lessons using a wide range of equipment and materials.

What do students go on to do with Art

So many pupils from Noadswood have gone on to work in one of the many fields of art and design. Architects, fashion designers, illustrators, curators, graphic designers, product designers, photographers, PR. Even pupils who haven’t gone on to study art have utilised the skills and knowledge in other fields.