Welcome to the Art Department


Welcome to the Nottingham Free School Art Department!

Our curriculum aim is to facilitate the building blocks needed in Art from year 7 all the way to year 13. Each year builds on the knowledge from the year prior introducing further skills and knowledge at each stage. The point of an enriching art curriculum is to encourage creative thinking and communication. It should not only prepare pupils who wish to take a specialised art path but also enrich the lives of everyone whatever path they take. Resilience is a key skill that pupils develop within art as well as enhance health and well-being through increasing cultural capital. Each year of learning in art is carefully designed and thought out to ensure pupils get the most from their art education.

KS3 do two schemes of work over the year. In year 7 they look at Identity and Emotion where pupils learn facial proportions and how to apply tone. They also look at a range of different artists in reference to this. Their second project is all about colour theory, where they develop their knowledge of the colour wheel and colour mixing, they also learn how to create perspective with colour. Year 8’s first scheme of work is modelled on an easier GCSE unit so pupils can make educated decisions on the options, they focus on creative drawing, then a variety of artists and responses. They then look at pattern with a focus on silk painting with the idea that they refine their painting skills and they also experiment with block print as well as learn more about how the design industry works. In the last year of KS3, year 9 pupils learn about the proportions of the human form and learn to draw a human figure accurately including tone and contrast. They then explore artists relating to their work and specifically focus on the Art movement of Futurism. They explore capturing movement in their work and learn how to create 3D models. Later in the year we look at design and in particular skateboard design and are inspired by graffiti artists and artists such as Jeff Proctor.

In year 10 pupils have made their GCSE choices, pupils start the year by reviewing portraiture and painting skin colours as well as learning how to paint objects realistically. In the second term of year 10, pupils start to form a sketchbook based on a theme of 'Life Cycles' which can take them in whatever direction they choose. The point of the flexibilty for pupils is to nurture an independence to prepare them for life at post 16. By year 11 pupils should become more independent in their work, this is done through one to one guidance, verbal feedback and formative assessment which.

At KS5 pupils will expand on their skills through workshops at the start of the year, the workshops will be more advanced, looking at the human body, proportions, life drawing, hands but also working to a larger scale. We also plan to develop pupils’ contextual skills and they will learn how to do more in depth analysis to prepare them for their essay writing further into the course. Once the workshops are completed, pupils will be set a mini brief to make sure they can produce good quality, independent work to deadlines. Once this project is complete an individual question will be created for each pupil for them to create their personal study which will carry them through until Christmas of year 13. The overall view for year 12 is to become more skilled and more independent in their learning to prepare them for University or life after school.

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