Creative Arts

 
“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.”

Edward Hopper

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

Scott Adams


The Creative Arts are taught across all key stages within the school by specialist staff. We aim to build on different skills each year that allow pupils to gain different experiences and a broad knowledge of the subject. We work in 2D and 3D media, including textiles. We look at a range of artists that inspire our work and the work of others.

Pupils are able to choose their GCSE options in Year 8 and they will have a one or two year course in either of the following options: Art and Design, Graphic Communication or Textile Design.
 

What learners need to be successful

 
In Creative Arts pupils should come to the lesson with a good attitude, willing to do their best and have a good imagination. Great skill in the arts comes only with practice, so pupils must be willing to learn from their mistakes and continually try to improve.

Pupils will work cooperatively and individually, so both team work and self-motivation are important skills. Pupils will often need to research and study the work of other artists and understand the skills and techniques they have used to make their work effective, so being a reflective learner as well as a good researcher are crucial.
 

What pupils will learn

 

Key Stage 3

 

Year 7 Contemporary Still Life

Skills: observation, drawing using line shape and tone, composition, using an ellipse, photography, the rule of thirds, paint mixing, realistic painting, mixing tones, shades and tints, batik, embroidery, bleeding and wash using dye and artist analysis: written and visual.

Year 8 Dunny Dolls

Skills: continuous line, drawing using line and shape, simplifying, blending pencil crayon, bleeding, wash and mark making using watercolour, character design, 3D design, moulding, shaping, scrunching, papier-mâché, block colour painting, applique and artist analysis: written and visual.

 

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Art and Design

 

Year 9 Formal Elements

Throughout the year pupils will explore a variety of skills, media and techniques and will look at artists who are influenced by these. This is monitored and assessed throughout the year, in line with AQA assessment criteria.

Year 10 Identity Project

Portfolio of work based on a given theme, covering a variety of skills and techniques. This is monitored and assessed throughout the year, in line with AQA assessment criteria.

Year 11 Portfolio of work based on a given theme, covering a variety of skills and techniques. This is monitored and assessed in line with the AQA assessment criteria.

Students must submit a minimum of two projects completed during the course

Externally set assignment. Issued from January during the year of examination for a preparatory period. This involves creating work that covers all of the assessment objectives, concluding with 10 hours of unaided focused study, under supervision (examination conditions), during which students will produce their final piece.

 

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Graphic Communication

 

Year 9 Skills, Media and Techniques

Throughout the year pupils will explore a variety of skills, media and techniques and will develop a large portfolio of work based on several different themes. This is monitored and assessed throughout the year, in line with AQA assessment criteria.

Year 10 Portfolio of work based on a given theme, covering a variety of skills and techniques. This is monitored and assessed throughout the year, in line with AQA assessment criteria.

Year 11 Portfolio of work based on a given theme, covering a variety of skills and techniques. This is monitored and assessed in line with the AQA assessment criteria.

Students must submit a minimum of two projects completed during the course

Externally set assignment. Issued from January during the year of examination for a preparatory period. This involves creating work that covers all of the assessment objectives, concluding with 10 hours of unaided focused study, under supervision (examination conditions), during which students will produce their final piece.

 

How pupils’ learning will be assessed

 
Throughout all years pupils will receive continual formative feedback which will give them suggestions on how to improve. Summative assessments will be carried out less often and will give an overall level or grade.
 

Years 7 and 8 will be assessed in four areas:

 
1. Investigating and researching ideas and artists;

2. Developing and experimenting with my own ideas;

3. Creating my own art work;

4. Evaluating and analysing my own and others work.
 

GCSE groups will be marked in four areas:

 
1. AO1 Developing ideas;

2. AO2 Refining ideas;

3. AO3 Recording ideas;

4. AO4 Personal response

GCSE pupils will do two coursework projects which are 60% of their final mark. The other 40% is an exam project with a 10 hour exam at the end.
 

Learning enhancement

 
We have strong links with Leicester College and we aim to broaden our pupils’ knowledge and understanding with art taster days and visits to their exhibitions. Workshops are arranged with visiting artists and studios to enhance pupils’ coursework.
 

How parents can help with their child’s learning

 
Parents can support pupils by taking trips to local galleries or places of interest and to encourage practise within the home. We set homework and we encourage parents to regularly talk to children about their work in Art. It’s not necessary to understand the Art they’ve been studying, simply showing an interest really encourages their work.

Years 7 to 8 will receive rewards if practising their skills at home.

Years 9 to 11 will receive weekly homework.

Pupils should practise drawing at home and take a range of photography to enhance their recording ideas and research. This means practicing their artistic ability can be as simple as taking interesting photographs with a mobile phone or completing pencil drawings on plain paper. Art sets can be purchased relatively cheaply from supermarkets which will allow pupils to practice their use of colour in a wider variety of media, such as watercolour or acrylic paint.

Most computers and tablet devices come with free art packages, but more advanced art programs, such as GIMP, can be downloaded for free from the internet. This will allow pupils to upload their drawings or photographs and practice making them more interesting and unusual by using digital techniques.
 

Art department Pinterest account

 
Pinterest is a very useful resource for both staff and students. It is used both as a research tool to find inspiration, and to showcase pupils’ work.

Click here to visit Samworth Art on Pinterest.