St. Mary's

Art Subject Overview

includes Art & Design, Graphic Communication, Fine Art and Photography

“I have come that they may have life and they may have it to the full”
John
10:10

Statement of Intent

The curriculum at St Mary’s Art Department is holistic, covers the National Curriculum and is designed to embody the Catholic ethos of St Mary’s offering challenge within a caring and supportive community environment in which all students have the opportunity to thrive and achieve. It is designed to provide all students, particularly the most disadvantaged and those with special educational needs and or disabilities (SEND ) or high needs, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. We aim to provide and environment in which students are happy to take risks, ask themselves about their creative journeys and respond positively to staff and their peers.

Our Art and Design curriculum has been collaboratively designed to provide our students with both the practical skills and knowledge needed to make a successful transition to the next stage of their life. It is our intent that our curriculum is a journey exploring and responding to the formal elements which underpin our lessons and schemes.

Literacy is essential and embedded within elements of our curriculum. Students have opportunities to harness their literacy skills and are regularly encouraged to engage in discussion, written and verbal analysis and evaluation of the work of other practitioners and that of their peers.

Visual literacy skills are essential for children to learn, especially in today’s media and technology driven world. With an increasing amount of imagery and technology available to our students in and out of art lessons, these skills are more imperative. Today’s extensive internet and media use means that visuals are frequently warped or misrepresented, meaning that a higher degree of visual literacy is required to effectively translate our ever-changing environment.

We aim for students at St Mary’s to leave us with an educated perception of imagery and to teach our students to be sceptical and informed viewers of all visual media. By ensuring our students are visually literate we are arming them with life skills that assist them to make reasonable and intelligent sense of what they see around them.

We aim to enthuse and engage our students by creating exciting projects with clear links to topical and global issues which are of interest to our students.

Exploring historical, modern and contemporary art is fundamental to our schemes in addition to exploring ethical, social and economic power of art. We have discovered that students learn best by initially learning factual information, followed by creating their own art work in response to what they have seen and discovered.

We encourage conversation, discussion, critique and debate about students’ own work and that of other artists, designers and photographers. We have discovered that this is effective in extending our students knowledge of artistic concepts and principles alongside developing the appropriate language for discussing works of art and design.

Art is a universal subject that can transcend geography, history, culture, race and creed. The world is full of the treasures of Art and any of them are “visually” accessible, if not logistically so. Any work of art can inform us of the cultural context in which it was created and reinforce what it means to be human. Like any cultural discipline there are numerous skills and approaches which are encountered, to not only enable a deeper engagement with Art from a studying viewpoint, but also as that of an aspiring practitioner. We encourage engagement with materials in a wide range of ways: from the rudimentary to the complex. Students are instructed and encouraged to develop persistence and resilience, hone techniques, explore their imagination and trust their observations. They learn how to record, develop, experiment, connect, present and communicate verbally and visually when making their art as well as experiencing opportunities to work collaboratively, further harnessing skills ready for the 21st century workplace.

Art is sometimes used as a vehicle for other issues and feelings but at its purest and most ambitious it exists as an autonomous reality that is engaged with visually and interrogated intellectually as a consequence of this engagement. Students are encouraged to communicate their observations, imagination, feelings and personal experiences and learn about other cultures. Artwork is displayed and celebrated regularly allowing students to take a pride in their achievements which also develops their confidence as individuals as well and encouraging respect for the community environment.

The ethos of our curriculum aims to develop the whole person; students become more spiritually, culturally and creatively aware. They become more resourceful, aware of global issues and challenges faced by practising artists, designers and craftspeople and those of the future.

Developing cultural capital of our students by providing them with a means to engage with and understand the world around them and their relationship with it is one of our strengths. Embedded within our curriculum is the exploration of the work of other artists and designers from a spectrum of genders, ethnicities and beliefs. As there is a predominantly White British population in the catchment area in Blackpool, we believe that it is important to raise cultural awareness through art and this is developed through exposure and discussion.

We believe that all students can achieve, regardless of cultural or economic background. All students are provided with all of the necessary materials and access to equipment for their classwork and home learning, are encouraged and supported in class and are offered regular extracurricular opportunities.

For the Student the department aims to:

  1. Provide courses which are relevant to the students’ experience and ability.
  2. Provide a classroom environment which is stimulating, pleasant and disciplined.
  3. Promote good study methods and habits.
  4. Develop persistence and resilience.
  5. Develop visual literacy skills.
  6. Develop an art and design based vocabulary.
  7. Develop an awareness of art and design throughout history and in other cultures.

For the Academy the department aims to:

  1. Contribute fully to the day-to-day running of the Academy.
  2. Contribute to decision-making within the Academy.
  3. Develop cross-curricular links and make the department accessible to everyone.
  4. Be up to date with subject developments.
  5. Be up to date with general developments in education.
  6. Enhance the academy environment with artwork.

Art & Design

In Art and Design, students are encouraged to build and develop skills they have acquired at KS2. Students work on a series of project-based learning assignments which gear students towards skills they need to succeed at GCSE level Art, Photography, Textiles, Art, Craft and Design or 3 Dimensional; explore and develop ideas, record observations, investigating and making, evaluating and developing work, understanding concepts and ideas relative to the work of other artists, designers and craftspeople.

During all project work, students are encouraged to view and research the work of other traditional, modern and contemporary artists, sculptors, illustrators and designers relating to given themes. In Art and Design, students are encouraged to create initial work in a sketchbook in order to develop larger scale works as a visual conclusion to their creative assignments. During KS3 students are encouraged to view Art and Design in the context of the wider world.

Currently all students study art during year 7 and 8 and they have the option to study art in year 9. Students can then opt to study Art and Design subjects in year 10 and 11. Students can then opt to study Art and Design subjects we offer at A Level – Graphic Communications, Fine Art and Photography.

KS3 Art & Design

Students complete the following comprehensive programme:
Year 7

Course Content

In Year 7, students acquire skills in the use of a variety of artistic medium, learn research skills, gain in depth knowledge of colour theory. Artistic skills acquired are applied to work created during the year.

Year 7 themes include:
Following an introduction to the formal elements in art and design and colour theory, students engage in projects based upon “The Natural and Built Environment” – Students are encouraged to develop work based upon the natural world, rural landscape and architecture. Students experience art from movements such as Pop Art, Fauvism and Impressionism.

“Self-Image”- Students develop observational and creative drawing skills and introduced to codes and conventions of portraits throughout history.

During all project work, students are encouraged to view and research the work of other traditional and contemporary artists, sculptors, illustrators and designers relating to given themes. Students are encouraged to create initial work in a booklet in order to develop larger scale works as a visual conclusion to their creative assignments.

Year 8

Course Content

Students in year 8 build upon and apply skills acquired throughout Year 7 in project-based work developed during Year 8.

Year 8 themes include:
“Objects and Viewpoints”, in which students develop primary observational, mark making painting and basic photographic skills. Students gain an understanding of how styles of Art and Design have changed over the years and how culture, politics and society has had an influence on Art and Design styles into the 21st Century. Students explore artists from Dutch Vanitas, the Art Movements, Post- Impressionism and Cubism as well as exploring contemporary art work from artists such as Michael Craig -Martin and Audrey Flack.

“Signs and Symbols in Society and in other Cultures” – students develop an understanding and interpretation of codes, conventions and symbols used to communicate thoughts ideas, cultural and religious beliefs. They create a visual response to the theme of symbols. Students experience work from Asian, European, Islamic and African Cultures and explore culturally inspired works of art.

Year 9

Course Content

Students in year 9 have an opportunity to refine their artistic skills and there is an emphasis on contextual based studies and the creation of imagery in larger scale.

Year 9 themes include:
“Narrative Art” in which students study and analyse key historical pieces of narrative work and how art is used to communicate thoughts, ideas emotions and represent micro, macro and meso events. They learn to understand and appreciate the function of Public Art. Students create highly personal responses to own life events and those events which have made history.

“A practical introduction to the artistic medium”. Students develop drawing, painting, mixed media and photographic skills and experience a series of experimental workshops informed by contextual sources as an introduction to the skills they would need to draw upon in preparation for study in art and design subjects at Key Stage 4.

KS4 Art & Design

Students address and are assessed on four main areas of enquiry which are linked to and extend on the assessment criteria in KS3. Artist research and analysis (AO1), artistic competency in a variety of media (AO3), development of ideas based on prior research (AO2), and personal response both written and visual (AO4). These four inter-related assessment objectives are used to build the knowledge and skills required for artist appreciation and practice. The GCSE scheme aims to build on the complexity of art and materials, and skills and knowledge, while beginning to challenge and expand on students’ ability to work independently and identify their own artistic style and voice.

The Department aims to make art accessible to all students opting to study a varied curriculum offer at Key Stage 4 to cultivate a sense of enjoyment and cultural awareness in all our students through the study of carefully planned and structured projects. Our aim is to foster the development of every student whilst encouraging and nurturing the desire in our students to produce work of high calibre.

We teach a wide range of disciplines to students across all key stages which include drawing, painting, printmaking, photoshop manipulation, textiles, 3 dimensional studies, art, craft and design and photography.

All students are provided with the opportunity to follow a challenging, supportive and varied learning programme to suit their individual needs. All of our students who vary in ability level are given the opportunity to experience a wide range of themes, topics, media and processes that are underpinned by contextual investigation and understanding and to create highly individual responses.

KS5 Art & Design

The suite of Art and Design subjects offered at A Level are Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Photography.

Students are introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of fine art, photographic and graphic media, processes and techniques. They are made aware of both traditional and new media. Students explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. Students use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate. Students explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art and design, photographic and graphics from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This is integral to the investigating and making processes. Students’ responses to these examples are shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Students are be aware of the four assessment objectives to be demonstrated in the context of the content and skills presented. They are made aware of the importance of process as well as product. Students address and are assessed on four main areas of enquiry which are linked to and extend on the assessment criteria in KS4. In depth artist research and analysis (AO1), artistic competency in a variety of media (AO3), development of ideas based on prior research (AO2), and personal response both written and visual (AO4). These four inter-related assessment objectives are used to build the knowledge and skills required for artist appreciation and practice. The A Level curriculum aims to build on the complexity of art and materials, and skills and knowledge, while beginning to challenge and expand on students’ ability to work independently and identify their individual style and voice, harnessing independent and collaborative work, presentational skills, resilience, the proficiency in industry based software, research and analytical skills as well as competency.

Students are exposed to creative career opportunities and where appropriate, galleries and workshops with practitioners.

Art Curriculum Map

Year 7 Art overview
In year 7, students engage with 3 thematic enquiries: Colour Theory, The Environment; natural environment: Landscapes and Architecture. Through these themes, students are introduced to the formal elements of art and their foundation vocabularies. This vocabulary allows students to describe, evaluate and express an opinion on works of art, craft and design.
Year 7 Art Topics
Year 8 Art Overview
In Year 7, students have acquired the knowledge of the formal elements and their breadth of application using a wide range of materials and processes. In Year 8, students explore the codes and conventions of still life and Art from other cultures. The depth of this knowledge grows across the three thematic enquiries; Objects and Viewpoints (Still Life), Multiple Viewpoints and Signs and Symbols. Students build on their foundation vocabulary, as they compare and analyse visual concepts they study in context to culture and time.
Year 8 Art Topics
Year 9 Art Overview
In Year 8, students gain their knowledge of the codes and conventions in art. Students also developed skills in judgement and evaluation to be able to adapt and refine their work and recognise the influence of context and time. In year 9, students use their understanding of codes, conventions, genres, styles and traditions to inform their own judgments and strengthen their artwork. Students will increase their proficiency in handling different materials and purposefully use tools and techniques across the three varying thematic enquiries; Narrative Art, Propaganda, Natural Forms.
Year 9 Art Topics
KS4 Fine Art Overview
Students address and are assessed on four main areas of enquiry which are linked to and extend on the assessment criteria in KS3. The criteria followed form foundations of projects and skills covered as et out by AQA Art and Design Specifications; Artist research and analysis (AO1), artistic competency in a variety of media (AO3), development of ideas based on prior research (AO2), and personal response both written and visual (AO4). These four inter-related assessment objectives are used to build the knowledge and skills required for artist appreciation and practice. The GCSE scheme aims to build on the complexity of art and materials, and skills and knowledge, while beginning to challenge and expand on students’ ability to work independently and identify their own artistic style and voice.
Year 10 Fine Art Topics
Year 11 Fine Art Topics

Photography Curriculum Map

KS4 Photography Overview
Students address and are assessed on four main areas of enquiry which are linked to and extend on the assessment criteria in KS3. The criteria followed form foundations of projects and skills covered as et out by AQA Art and Design Specifications; Artist research and analysis, technical elements (AO1), artistic competency in a variety of media and visual analysis (AO3), development of ideas based on prior research (AO2), and personal response both written and visual (AO4). These four inter-related assessment objectives are used to build the knowledge and skills required for artistic / photographic appreciation and practice. The GCSE scheme aims to build on the complexity of art, photography and materials, and skills and knowledge, ability to control and manipulate light to create effects while beginning to challenge and expand on students’ ability to work independently and identify their own artistic style and voice.
Year 10 Photography Topics
Year 11 Photography Topics

A Level Art & Design Overview

The suite of art and design subjects offered at A Level are Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Photography Students are introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of fine art, photographic and graphic media, processes and techniques. They are made aware of both traditional and new media. Students explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. Students use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate. Students explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art and design, photographic and graphics from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This is integral to the investigating and making processes. Students’ responses to these examples are shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Students will be aware of the four assessment objectives to be demonstrated in the context of the content and skills presented. They are made aware of the importance of process as well as product. Students address and are assessed on four main areas of enquiry which are linked to and extend on the assessment criteria in KS4. In depth artist research and analysis (AO1), artistic competency in a variety of media (AO3), development of ideas based on prior research (AO2), and personal response both written and visual (AO4). These four inter-related assessment objectives are used to build the knowledge and skills required for artist appreciation and practice. The A Level curriculum aims to build on the complexity of art and materials, and skills and knowledge, while beginning to challenge and expand on students’ ability to work independently and identify their individual style and voice, harnessing independent and collaborative work, presentational skills, resilience, the proficiency in industry based software, research and analytical skills as well as competency Students are exposed to creative career opportunities and where appropriate, galleries and workshops with practitioners. In Photography, there is an element of overlap with year 10 scheme of learning to account for students who haven’t studied the subject at GCSE Level; this small element and introduction to the course also acts as a refresher for those students having previously studies photography at GCSE.

Year 12 Fine Art Topics
Year 12 Photography Topics
Year 13 Photography Topics