Art and Design
Subject Leader for Art: Ms A Burns
The Art & Design curriculum aims to engage, inspire and challenge students through a wide variety of creative experiences, preparing them with the knowledge and skills to express their identity, ideas, beliefs and feelings. Students discover how art and design shapes our history, and contributes to culture and the creative industries. Art reflects the Catholic ethos of the school in how students are encouraged to value other’s unique ideas and talents, beliefs and opinions. We encourage every student to achieve their creative potential with their God-given talents.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Students use sketchbooks to investigate, evaluate and develop their creative and personal ideas in response to a variety of themes:
• Investigate and form links with art movements, styles and artists from different periods, art disciplines, places and cultures to inspire artwork
• Explore a variety of materials and techniques including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, card collage and mixed media
• Explore drawing techniques and purposes; to observe, design, express, imagine and investigate
• Develop visual language; interpret and evaluate visual qualities and record personal opinions using keywords and terms
Year 7 units: Formal Elements, Structure in the Environment and Figure and Abstraction
Year 8 units: Drawing and Investigation, Abstract Portraiture and East meets West
Year 9 units: Egyptian Design and In the News
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
Students follow the AQA Fine Art GCSE syllabus which provides a strong foundation for further progression to Art and Design related courses such as A-level Art and Design and enhanced vocational and career pathways.
Component 1: Portfolio of coursework (60% of GCSE)
Students develop a series of personal sketchbook investigations to inspire and establish their own creative strengths and ideas through a variety of themes:
• Form links with art movements, styles and artists from different periods, art disciplines, places and cultures from a broad range of sources through sustained investigations
• Explore a wide variety of materials and techniques including drawing, painting, digital photography, printmaking and mixed media
• Explore drawing techniques, materials and purposes; to observe, design, express, imagine and investigate. Develop observational drawing skills through the study of portraiture, still life and exhibits of bird species from the Bolton Museum loans collection
• Broaden visual language; characterise, interpret and evaluate visual qualities and record personal opinions using keywords and terms
• Produce a personal and informed response to themes in light of sketchbook investigations and evaluations using appropriate media
Year 10 units: Identity and Natural Forms
Year 11 units: Animal Structures and personal project work
Component 2: Externally set assignment (40% of GCSE)
Preparatory period from January/supervised time 10 hours
The art curriculum develops cultural capital through visits to local galleries during year 7 and year 11 as part of their research and investigations. Engagement with art promotes the development of visual language through interpretation and expression of opinions and ideas.
Students’ creative talents are celebrated in our annual GCSE Art Exhibition Evening which is a popular event in our school community. Visitors can view the students’ personal responses to themes which include larger scale paintings, 3D work, printmaking, textiles and photography.
Extra-curricular workshops are run weekly to support the development of students’ creative skills and ideas.