KS3 & KS4 Art & Design
As the Art and Design Department at Townsend we aim that every student should gain and develop a lifelong love of Art & Design in whatever way, shape or form. We do this by helping students develop skills and ways of thinking that are transferable into other areas in their life and future careers.
As a department we want students to understand that Art is not only a practical subject but academic as it engages with: history, politics and society, social, economic, cultural and spiritual aspects of the past, present and future. Our curriculum aims to help student’s students to develop an understanding of the different beliefs, values and viewpoints of various artists, craft persons and designers, which ties in with our Respect for all policy.
Our vision is that the overwhelming majority of our students will achieve their personal bests throughout the course and move into higher education in Art, and some into Art and Design based careers. That students become independent learners and thinkers through a varied curriculum at KS3, 4 and 5.
The course follows the Townsend Curriculum alongside the National Curriculum as a guide covering a range of topics throughout Years 7 and 8.
The KS3 Art and Design Curriculum at Townsend encourages students to develop their creativity and self expression. Students are able to experience a wide variety of media, techniques and processes throughout year 7 and 8, building on prior learning from KS2. Through an exciting knowledge rich curriculum students are introduced to a range of different artists, art movements and cultures, linking to SMSC. Students learn about the impact of art and design in Great Britain and the wider world and how this impacts their own work. The curriculum focuses on the key formal element of art through a range of different projects with each aiming to build on prior learning from year 7 into 8.
Programme of Study
Students will work through 4 different topics and engage in practical tasks, discussion, group work and homework projects. Each theme is designed to develop a balance of practical skills, knowledge and understanding. Students will experiment with both 2D and 3D formats and explore techniques including painting, printing, collage and sculpture.
Project 1 – Still Life – Vanitas
In year 7 students begin to develop a more realistic style of drawing and are taught the importance of keen observation, accurate line and use of tone. Students are Introduced to the key formal element of art through the drawing of the basic shapes. They will then go on to develop their observational drawing and tonal shading skill in order to create a still life influenced by Dutch Vanitas paintings.
Project 2 – Colour Theory / Animals – Franz Marc
During this project students are introduced to colour theory, the colour wheel, mixing paints and paint application techniques, focusing on the theme of animals and the Expressionist artist Franz Marc. Students will learn about how artists use colour to convey mood and feeling in their work linking to SMSC. Students will go on to create their own response to this theme based on an animal and colour of their choosing.
Project 3 – Aboriginal Art – Your Journey
In this mixed media project, which has clear cross curricular links, students will learn about the Indigenous Aboriginal people of Australia, their lifestyle, beliefs and art work (SMSC). Students will also learn about the concept of cultural appropriation. They will then go onto create work which reflects their beliefs, developing their drawing skills, their understanding of different painting techniques and mixed media. Students will then create their own mixed media piece in response to the title ‘Your Journey’.
Project 4 – Clay Vessels – Under the Sea
In this project, students dive into the world of 3D clay sculpture, drawing inspiration from the contemporary sculptor Heather Knight’s work and the artist Yellena James. They explore aquatic elements and bring their unique interpretations to life through drawings and clay.
Project 1 – Portraiture – Cubism and Picasso
This project aims to cover the basics of portraiture. Students will be introduced to the history of portraiture and varying styles focusing on Cubism, Picasso, Braque and those influenced by this art movement. Through drawing activities students will develop their own final cubist inspired portrait.
Project 2 – Surrealist fish-shoe
During this project students will learn about Surrealism and two prominent artists within this movement, Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte. They will develop their observational drawing and design skills in order to create a 3D outcome, named the ‘fish-shoe’. Students will be able to learn paper maching techniques and develop their painting skills further.
Project 3 – Architecture and Structures – Frank Stella and Florian Baudrexel
In this project student’s focus on architecture and structures Through hands-on activities like model-making, they explore the principles of architectural design and construct their own intricate Abstract structures linking to Graffiti, Frank Stella and Florian Baudrexel.
Project 4 – Identity linking to the theme of Who Am I? – Pop Art
This project focuses on the topic of self-identity. Students will take a look at who they are and what defines them as an individual. This project will have many cross curricular links as we look at beliefs and cultural identity too (SMSC) Students will learn about Pop Art and Pop Art artists which will inspire their own outcomes.
Regular assessment of work is used to promote and improve learning. Students are assessed through formative, summative and peer assessment.
Students are given artist based research to complete in the form of extended projects.
Where can Art and Design take you
- GCSE Art
- A Level Art
- Fine Art
- Art and Design
- Graphic Communication
- 3-Dimensional Design
- Interior Designer
- Set Designer
- Web Designer
- Graphic Designer
- Graphic Illustrator
- Fine Artist
- Commercial Artist
- Museum Curator
- Digital 3D Modeller
- Video Games Designer
How parents can support their child’s learning
- To encourage them to continue to develop their skills in this subject outside of the classroom, utilising online videos as a means to practise and improve further.
- Ask them about what they have been taught at school in order to reinforce prior learning.
- To support them in improving their knowledge and understanding of different artists, craft persons and designers. This can be done through in-depth research and visits to see works of art first hand in museums and galleries, locally and in the wider area if possible.