Art & Design

Why is the study of Art and Design subjects important?

Art and Design is a valuable for all to study whether you are a gifted painter or sculptor or have never engaged in any artistic pathways outside of school. Art’s place in your education has important wider benefits in your personal and social development building your resilience, self-esteem, sense of achievement and how you view and understand the world around you. The study of Art and Design subjects can help to enhance the following skills:

Creativity: Creativity is an obvious but extremely important skill gained from art education. Understanding and harnessing one’s own creativity allows them to think “outside of the box” and encourages original methods of problem solving. Creativity is a great leadership skill to have because creators are ready to explore, tackle hidden hurdles and embrace discovery.

Observation: Understanding various types of art takes fine-tuned observation. When creating art, you must be aware of all of your surroundings and observe objects as they are presented before you. Learning through art deconstructs preconceived notions of ideas and objects.

Self-expression: Art is the obvious arena for self-expression. With every art piece a student creates, they are using their creativity, their vision, dreams, wonder and sense of the world. Art education gives students a safe and supportive environment to harness that self-expression, practice and master it.

Focus: Studying and practicing each type of art takes a great deal of focus. Students must learn how to listen and apply techniques, while presenting their own “voice.” Students must focus on each detail of their painting, sculpture or to create the masterpiece as a whole.

Discipline: Discipline is a must when practicing and creating art. Students must pay attention to their educator, study the technique, follow instruction and take constructive advice in order to progress as an artist. 

Perseverance: Learning in the Arts does not come overnight. Art education teaches students not to give up, to keep working at their medium — whether it be arts, textiles or photography. Gradually, students will be able to recognize their own improvements and where their perseverance has lead them. In this competitive job market, employees must continually improve on their own skills and even take on new ones to remain successful.
Collaboration: Although art education places a heavy emphasis on authenticity and originality, part of the learning process is understanding, and even emulating, artists before you. Acknowledging and developing ourselves through differing perspectives is an important skill that should be carried over to every aspect of life.

Risk-taking: For students to grow personally and academically, they must take risks. Learning through art education gives them the confidence to try new things, experiment with the unknown and formulate their own conclusions. Art education can be especially beneficial for students who are not as responsive to “traditional” ways of learning. This is a great trait found in most entrepreneurs or those in leadership positions.

Open-mindedness: Understanding art may foster new ways of thinking for many students. Initially, an art observer may be reluctant to articulate what they “think” the artist is portraying, but upon exploration, begin to think in terms previously foreign to them.

Confidence: Most people have an innate fear of failing, and it is not particularly easy to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. Picking up a sketchpad or paint brush can be daunting, especially if we are beginners. Art education allows students to explore and practice with new mediums and techniques, thereby finding their own “voice.” They gain confidence in the path to discovery, without fear of the final outcome. It is understood, that having confidence is beneficial for personal and professional relationships, helps students tackle a harder subjects, nurtures exploration in their own lives.

The study of Art and Design subjects will teach you to...
• Develop creative ideas using research and experimentation to influence your approach
• Apply art skills such as drawing, painting and sculpting to communicate an idea
• Use your knowledge of key artists to inspire your work
• Analyse the effectiveness of your art work, and develop your techniques over time
• Express your ideas within a group during collaborative creative tasks

How does the study of Art and Design support your study in other subjects?

Students who study Art and design subjects are taught to think creatively and “outside the box”, this can be applied to other subjects to generate unique viewpoints and solutions to problems. They are taught to think critically and identify area for self-development. They are taught analytical skills which can be applied to a range of different subjects. Students also enhance technical skills which can be used to help support the study of a range of different subjects.

Key Assessment Objectives
There are 4 key assessment objectives in Art and you will be assessed using those from years 7 to 13:
AO1 – Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources
AO2 – Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes
AO3 – Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses
AO4 – Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language

How can Art support your future?

While you might have heard that becoming an architect, fine artist, sculptor or gallery assistant is an option for those who study Art or Design, there are many other careers available for those who are able to envision, design and create beautiful things.
Whether you love photography, graphic design, painting or any other art-related speciality, career options are limited only by your imagination. Art education propels people towards creative and unexpected destinations – many of which have not even been discovered yet!
Possible careers include:  Accessory designer, Advertising designer, Animator, Architect, Art administrator, Artisan, Arts administration, Ceramics artist, Chief creative officer, Colourist, Concept Artist, Curator, Design director, Design strategist, Fashion designer, Fine artist, Floral designer, Graphic designer, Hairstylist, Illustrator, Tattoo artist, Interior designer, Jewellery designer, Make-up artist, Marine designer, Media designer, Photographer, Photojournalist, Potter, Production designer, Sculptor, Set decorator, Set dresser, Teacher, Textile Designer and Web designer to name but a few.


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Art Curriculum Overview

 

Year 7 

Year 8 

Year 9

Year 10 
Art/
Textiles/
Photography

Year 11 
Art / Textiles/
Photography

Half Term 1 

Formal Elements: Line, Shape, Tone. 

Core skills

Formal Elements: Colour and Texture 

The Local Landscape

GCSE Style Project:

Contextual Research

GCSE First Controlled Coursework Project:
Identity /
Birds / Light, Shadow and Movement
(LSM)

Second Controlled Coursework Project:
Sea Life 
Fantastic & Strange

Half Term 2 

Formal Elements: Line, Shape, Tone 

Explore the use of line, tone and shape formal elements.
Drawing from primary and secondary sources. 

Formal Elements: Line and Scale 

The City, the River, The Sea. Printing and 3D sculpture

GCSE Style Project:

Experimentation with media and development of techniques. 

GCSE First Controlled Coursework Project:
Identity /
Birds /
LSM

Second Controlled Coursework Project:
Sea Life 
Fantastic & Strange

Half Term 3 

Formal Elements: Colour, Pattern, Composition 

Formal elements of colour, pattern and composition.

Formal Elements: Form 

The Fishing Industry.
Three-dimensional construction

GCSE Style Project:

Contextual Research

GCSE First Controlled Coursework Project:
Identity /
Birds /
LSM

GCSE Second Controlled Coursework Project:
Sea Life
Fantastic & Strange

Half Term 4 

Formal Elements: Colour, Pattern, Composition 

Use of colour, pattern and composition.

Formal Elements: Pattern and Line 

Local Cultural Identity. Commercial Techniques and processes. 

GCSE Style Project: Covering Experimentation with media and development of techniques. 

GCSE First Controlled Coursework Project:
Identity /
Birds /
LSM

GCSE Second Controlled Coursework Project:
Sea Life
Fantastic & Strange

Half Term 5 

Formal Elements: Form, Texture 

Formal elements of form and texture.  Cultures within art and artefacts.

Formal Elements: Shape and Tone 

Local Heroes. Mixed media.. 

GCSE Style Project: Covering Contextual Research

Exam Project – Set by exam board in January 

Exam Project – Set by exam board in January 

Half Term 6 

Formal Elements: Form, Texture 

Exploration of the formal elements form and texture. Final 3D piece

Formal Elements: Composition 

The Coast.
Print and 3D outcome. 

GCSE Style Project: Covering Experimentation with media and development of techniques. 

Exam Project  /
Exam

Course Completed


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