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Art and Design Curriculum, Topics and Themes 2015-16

Across years 4 to 8 the pupils will be working through a series of thematic projects. These will cover the foundations of a visual vocabulary and facilitate imaginative and creative journeys. They will make links and connections with the work and practices of artists, designers and craft persons and explore a variety of both two and three-dimensional techniques. Emphasis is on careful observational drawing, development of ideas, and successfully realising outcomes within varied time scales depending on the individual pupil’s skills and abilities.

Year 4 Curriculum.

Topics and themes.

Chagall and the circus .(Surrealism).

Objectives: To discuss and evaluate works of Art, to stimulate imagination, develop drawing skills, explore colour and composition and acquire varied techniques.

Butterflies and flowers. (Patterns in nature).

Objectives: To develop awareness to pattern, symmetry, camouflage and design. Explore and experiment with colour techniques and light effects.

Rousseau and the jungle. (Creatures & environments).

Objectives: To discuss and evaluate works of Art, to stimulate imagination, develop drawing, painting and collage skills, alongside an understanding of composition.

Year 5 Curriculum.

Objectives: To develop analytical approaches to drawing exploring tone, texture, form pattern, surface, composition and colour.  To experiment with imaginative ideas, painting, modelling and three dimensional design.

Topics and themes.

Prehistoric and Medieval Art. (Dinosaurs & fantasy beasts).

Objectives: To develop analytical approaches to drawing exploring tone, texture, form pattern, surface, composition and colour.  To also experiment with imaginative ideas, painting, modelling and three dimensional design.

Van Gogh, landscapes and buildings. (Expressionism).

Objectives: To discuss and evaluate works of Art and experiment with mark-making and expressive drawing and painting techniques. To investigate natural and man-made structures observing light, movement, feelings and emotional responses.

Portraiture, nature and Surrealism. (Leonardo da Vinci & Arcimboldo).

Objectives: To practice the principles of portraiture, exploring symmetry, proportion, & form. To investigate the shapes, patterns, forms and colours of nature and create an imaginative composition in paint and collage techniques.

Seasonal designs. (Cards, gifts, fashions, competitions and posters).

Objectives: To stimulate imaginative and creative practices in mixed media techniques (Mother’s Day, Easter, Exhibitions, Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas).

Year 6 Curriculum.

Topics and themes.

Gustav Klimt, decoration and symbolism. (Art Nouveau).

Objectives: To discuss and evaluate works of Art, decode symbols and patterns and create decorative designs. To acquire imaginative and creative approaches to painting, collage and mixed media techniques.

Egyptian Art, Pharaohs and Goddesses. (Ancient civilizations).

Objectives: To develop figurative drawing exploring proportions, distortions, pattern and adornment. To develop ideas, creating a design and decorative object in clay and embellishment techniques.

Exotic birds and flowers. (Franz Marc & endangered species).

Objectives: To discuss and evaluate works of Art and the plight of endangered animals. To develop drawing, painting, collage and composition skills.

Seasonal designs (Cards, gifts, fashions, competitions and posters)

Year 7 Curriculum.

Topics and themes.

Primitive, multicultural and Modern Art. (Cubism and Expressionism).

Objectives: To discuss links and connections between tribes, cultures and Modern Art movements. To develop observational drawing skills demonstrating an awareness to shape, form, texture, colour, experimenting with cubist and expressionist compositions and techniques.

Sea-life and Surrealism. (Organic and man-made objects).

Objectives: To reinforce observational drawing and colour techniques through structured and experimental exercises. To explore imaginative and surreal ideas, creating three dimensional designs in mixed media techniques.

Seasonal designs (Cards, gifts, fashions, competitions and posters)

Objectives: To stimulate imaginative and creative practices in mixed media techniques.

(Mother’s Day, Easter, Exhibitions, Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas)

Advanced programme of study and scholarship trials.

Portraiture (proportion, symmetry, structures, muscles and features).

Anatomy (figurative structures, form, muscles, movement, structure and force).

Natural and man-made forms (shape, pattern, colour, structure and composition).

Creatures (proportion, structure, anatomy, movement, form, texture and colour).

Art historical/cultural links and connections to the above themes

Collected images, written notes and thoughts and gallery visits.

Year 8 Curriculum.

Topics and themes.

War, peace and tribes (Society and cultures). Picasso, Gertler and Graffiti Art.

Objectives: Discuss links and connections between Art and life. Decode paintings, symbols and meanings. Explore abstract ideas, compositions, colour, and paint techniques. Experiment with lettering.

Spiritual and environmental Art (Angels, gargoyles & the Green man). Medieval and Celtic Art.

Objectives: Discuss links and connections between Art and nature. Observational drawing from Medieval and Celtic stone artefacts, exploring tone, texture, and colour. Imaginative compositions and creative outcomes in clay, collage and paint techniques. 

Pollution, recycling and fashion. Pop Art and Surrealism.

Objectives: To stimulate imagination, creativity, invention and originality. To work as part of team and generate and make designs. Collect resources, recycling ideas, fashion designs and material exploration.

Seasonal designs. (Cards, gifts, fashions, competitions and posters).

To stimulate imaginative and creative practices in mixed media techniques (Mother’s Day, Easter, Exhibitions, Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas).

Art Scholarship course.

(Advanced programme of study and scholarship course part 1 - Year7)

Scholarship course part 2 – Year 8.

Sculpture project.

Research, drawings and 3D.

Two painting projects/ (Canvases) and

Preparation..

Drawings, ideas, material & techniques composition ideas.

Art historical links/ research.

Sketch book work (mixed media).

Still life compositions.

(Monochrome and colour).

Evidence of gallery visits and Art Historical research.

Experiences gained through the content and presentation of the Art and Design courses:

  1. Develop confidence in abilities.
  2. Stimulate curiosity, imagination, creativity and inventiveness.
  3. Give opportunities for the development of good practice and working habits.
  4. Enable pupils to work individually and to be able to co-operate in group activities when appropriate.
  5. Give opportunities of basic creative concepts to all students.
  6. Appeal equally to both boys and girls of all cultural and religious backgrounds and abilities.
  7. Involve the use of safe and considerate working practices.
  8. Give opportunities for pupils to communicate their ideas to others.
  9. Contribute to a broad, balanced school curriculum.
  10. Be involved with a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.
  11. Offer opportunities to develop personal interests and preferences in creative activities.
  12. Involve developments and practices in creative approaches that are current as well as historical.
  13. Give opportunities for personal development.
  14. Give an understanding of creative approaches in a broad range of cultures.
  15. Provide the opportunity to go onto further or more detailed study of the Art and Design.
  16. Offer stimulation, challenge and enjoyment.