Mr M Evans
In Year 7 a great deal of emphasis is placed on developing observational drawing skills and building pupils confidence within the different disciplines of art and design. The pupils will learn the principles of the colour wheel, and looking particularly at the primary and secondary colours and colour mixing.
Pupils will produce work based on their observations of ‘The Natural Environment’ and will study formal elements such as tone, line, form, shape, pattern and texture. Pupils will attend a trip to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, where they will spend the day drawing what they see, using a range of media. These sketches will then aid them in their final pieces, which will include printing, painting, and the use of Adobe Photoshop.
Pupils will look at the work of William Morris and other artists and will begin to learn how to use artistic vocabulary to talk about their own work and to describe how their work is inspired by the work of others.
In Year 8 the pupils will build upon many of the skills learnt in Year 7 but they will produce artwork of a greater creative diversity, while experimenting with more varied materials and techniques.
Pupils will produce work based on ‘Icons’ and will study traditional icons initially, which will be developed into celebrity icons based on the pupil’s own choice of celebrity. Pupils will explore pattern in greater depth and will produce a final celebrity icon using a mixture of different art materials, pattern work, collage and drawing. Pupils will again research artists to help and inspire them, and Gustav Klimt will be a focus during the first term. Pupils will then study ‘Native American Art’ and will produce initial drawings, which will be developed into Mask designs. Finally, a clay mask will be made, fired and glazed by each pupil.
As in the previous year the pupils will continue to talk about their own work by evaluating themselves verbally during lesson time and throughout their sketchbooks in written form.
In Year 9 the emphasis will be strongly placed on preparing the pupils for art GCSE. The pupils will build upon skills already learnt in Years 7 and 8 but will produce GCSE type projects and final pieces, which could be entered as part of GCSE coursework.
Pupils will produce work based on the buildings of Llanelli, in particular focusing on its churches, chapels, and industrial past, and buildings of architectural interest. They will develop their observational drawing skills and their skills of handling perspective using many different art materials. Pupils will then produce a final print based on at least one building they have studied. Pupils will produce work based on the portrait using the traditional method of dividing the head into sections to create an accurate representation, with the features in the correct places. Pupils will experiment with producing portraits on different scales and will produce a final piece based on welsh artist Augustus John.
Pupils will write detailed evaluations and annotations based on the different stages of their work in their sketchbooks and they will research in detail the work of other artists, including Vincent van Gogh, and Augustus John. The pupil’s sketchbooks will be used as a visual diary.
GCSE Art and Design
Pupils will commence the GCSE course by studying portraiture, following on from where they left off in Year 9. They will create a range of Self-portraits, using a range of media, from mono prints, to stencil graffiti prints. Pupils will also be expected to research artists such as Augustus and Gwen John, Lucian Freud, and Blake le Rat and Banksy. Pupils will also learn a range of art processes, such as lino printing, and how to use Photoshop as a creative tool. The course work is worth 60% of the final GCSE grade, and the Year 11 exam will be worth 40%. The work will be assessed using the following objectives.
ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES GCSE Art & Design.
Contextual Understanding AO1
Develop their ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding. From the initial research, and study of portrait artists, pupils will be able to show a clear development of ideas, with analytical and critical understanding of his/her own work and that of other artists. Final outcomes should show strong connections to the work of Sir Kyffin Williams, Augustus John, Lucian Freud and Banksy. Pupils will also study still life, focusing on natural forms in Year 11.
Creative Making AO2
Refine their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes. Pupils will be able to produce effective and creative responses in a variety of media. Pupils should be able to refine ideas through experimenting with selecting appropriate materials and resources.
Reflective Recording AO3
Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms. Pupils will record features, and complete self-portraits in various media. Pupils will provide evidence of recording, through self-portrait drawings, photographs and descriptive annotation. The development of ideas will be enhanced by a clear ability to reflect on work and progress throughout.
Personal Presentation. AO4
Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements. In this project, pupils should complete research on several artists, and complete several portraits and final pieces. They should also form connections from the artists they research to the final piece. By the end of the project, pupils should be developing their own styles, making independent decisions. Pupils should show a strong and meaningful personal response to the artists selected from the initial task based on Portraits. Pupils should be able to show their own personality through the outcomes, which will strengthen their final result.