Art and Design

Art Department Aims

The Art Department aims to give students confidence in their own creative abilities and self-expression in a wide range of media and disciplines.  Students also study a wide range of artistic styles and movements, individual artists, designers, and art in a range of cultures.  Specialist terms and techniques are also studied. As a department, we believe whole heartedly every child and young person is given the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts irrespective of natural ability and background.


Key Stage 3 Art and Design Curriculum Overview:

Year 7  (3 projects)

An Introductory mark making course during the first term helps students expand the variety of mark making they use with a strong focus on drawing. The course is experimental, intuitive and encourages students to develop the skills needed to realise their intentions. Artists and craftspeople looked at include Cy Twombly and the Nuba Tribe.

The second terms focus is colour theory, how colours interact and how artists use colour to create work. More emphasis is placed on the use of different media to allow the students to realise their intentions through the exploration of colour. Artists in focus include Sonia Delaunay, Marc Chagal and Pablo Picasso.

Constructivism is the last project with an exploration of 2D design, mono-tone portraiture, photo montage and collage being some of the techniques. Selected artists for this final part of the year include Hannah Hoch and Shepard Fairey. Students are taught basic skills throughout the year and given lots of opportunity to develop independently, building on and developing personal artistic skill and creativity.


Year 8  (3 projects)

The first term helps students to develop and expand their existing knowledge and skills of drawing and colour theory with a project based on comics and character design. The initial focus is on the history comics and the development of character design through to contemporary comic artists including Kieth Haring, Jon Burgerman and Tim Burton.

The second terms focus is natural forms and the natural word with a strong emphasis on developing more advanced skills that are key to attainment in Art. Photography is introduced for the first time along with monoprint and poly-print. Artists in focus include Georgia O’Keefe, Andy Smalls and Karl Blossfeldt.

Students look at ‘Cultures’ for the last project with an emphasis on American Indian design and the Middle East and Asian craft of Mehndi. The main aim for this term is to explore Art from different cultures and to allow the students the freedom to develop their artistic skills and imagination by creating larger scale pieces, with materials and techniques negotiated by the students to suit their needs.


Year 9 (Carousel)

Students continue to look at culture at the start of year 9 (through carousel groups) with a project based on China and Japan, then move onto POP Art and Graffiti.

In Year 9 there is a real focus on developing and refining quality processes and techniques so students can produce more mature work in preparation for GCSE. To develop this ethos, the department continues to focus on large scale work where more time is given to refine and access the quality needed to produce work at GCSE level.

Students use a wide variety of media and techniques to support their learning. Chine Colle, poly-print, photography and mixed media are to name but a few.


Key Stage 4 Art and Design Curriculum Overview:

AQA GCSE Art and Design (8202)
AQA GCSE Art and Design 8202 - Specification

Year 10/11

GCSE students begin building unit 1 of their portfolio from September in year 10 until December in year 11. Unit 1 portfolio equates to 60% of the Art GCSE with unit 2 (from January until May in year 11) being 40%.

Students study the ‘General Art Course’ from the AQA exams board during year 10 with themes of ‘Natural Forms’ and ‘Masks and Cultures’. During these courses students use a fast variety of media and again the course is based around developing excellence in skill, knowledge and understanding. An independent project with final ‘making’ exam is studied at the end of year 10 to initiate the students into the higher-level thinking, planning and making needed to be successful at GCSE Art in year 11.

In Year 11 study, the ‘Mock Project’ runs from September until December and requires the students to produce a body of work to a selected question or ‘theme’ and also has a ‘making’ exam at the end of 7 hours. This which is a practise run to their real exam and, combined with all year 10 work, will make up the unit 1 portfolio (60%).

After Christmas students start work on unit 2 of their portfolio which has a lesser value of 40% but has significantly less time to complete. Over 4 months the students work towards their final portfolio by selecting a question or ‘theme’ from the AQA exams board and produce a body of work to support their final 10 hour exam in April. It is important to say that some of the greatest Art work produced at Siddal Moor comes from this final project as the refined skills, deeper knowledge of artistic concepts and greater understanding of materials is reflected in the students final work.