What is our vision in Art, Photography & 3D Design?
National Curriculum statement
Purpose of study
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
At Oathall we aim to encompass this purpose in the design of our curriculum and through the delivery of our lessons. Teachers support all students from years 7 through to year 9 to be creative learners and enjoy opportunities to engage with and explore a wide range of media and techniques with increasing independence. Students gain experience and confidence in applying the language of art and design when analysing their own work and that of others.
A significant number of students continue to study Art and Design at GCSE by opting for one or more of these subjects:
Art, Craft and Design GCSE
3D Design GCSE
Teachers provide a stimulating learning environment through resources, modelling and displays of students’ work. They have high expectations of their students to develop their skills and encourage them to take risks with their ideas in order to reach their potential. Creative thinking is encouraged and transfers to their learning beyond the art classroom. Students are individually supported with their art and design college applications and portfolios.
Art, Photography & 3D Design in KS3
The Art & Design Department has a balanced and broad curriculum of studies that encompasses a range of projects within a thematic approach, with a development of visual language underpinning every project.
Projects engage, inspire and challenge students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent, and create their own works of art. Students are encouraged to flourish, becoming confident by learning to evaluate and present their work, to take risks in order to develop their ideas and understanding of new materials and processes in preparation for GCSE.
Support for students
Internet Resources :
Art, Photography & 3D Design at KS4
Key Stage Four – Art, Craft & Design
Students gain practical skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, digital photography and 3D materials. They are able to express their own thoughts and ideas through a variety of media, both 2D and 3D. They gain critical awareness and are able to verbalise their ideas.
Students produce artwork from observation, gain inspiration from a range of artists, craftspeople and designers and develop imaginative ideas/responses using a wide range of media. They develop sketchbook work, A1 studies, work on canvas and sculpture.
Key Stage Four – Photography
Students gain digital photography skills which explore viewpoint, composition, depth of field and movement. They use techniques related to download, image manipulation, printing and presentation. They are able to express their own thoughts and ideas through digital photography and related media. They gain critical awareness and are able to verbalise their ideas.
Students take photographs based on a range of themes including landscape and studio work and you will gain inspiration from a range of photographers. They develop presentation books, digital portfolios and outcomes, incorporating other media.
Key Stage Four – 3D Design
Students gain practical skills in the workshop such as drawing, designing, modelling and making. They use computer aided designing and computer aided manufacturing techniques. Students are able to express their own designs and ideas through a variety of materials including clay, wood, metal and plastics, both 2D and 3D. They gain critical awareness and are able to verbalise their ideas.
Students make maquettes and drawings, gaining inspiration from a range of artists, designers and sculptors. They develop display boards, digital portfolios and 3D outcomes.
Extended Learning Opportunities in Art, Photography & 3D Design
GCSE Curriculum trip
KS3 Enrichment day trip to the V&A Museum
Competition/ exhibition submissions: Oathall photography competition and The Royal Academy of Arts young artists exhibition
GCSE Art & DT Faculty exhibition for all year 11 students studying Art, Craft & Design, Photography and 3D Design.
Yr 9 Photography club
Yr 7 Art Club
Support for KS4 students
GCSE Art Club in AD1 – every Tuesday and Thursday after school until 4.15pm
GCSE Photography Club in AD2 – every Tuesday and Friday after school until 4.15pm
GCSE 3D Design club in AD5/ AD6 – every Tuesday after school until 4.15pm
Useful revision websites
Examples of Internet Resources :
How can parents and carers support learning?
One of the most important things you can do to support artistic development is to demonstrate that it is a skill which is valued:
- Make sure there are always drawing materials for your child to access and use when they want to.
- Talk to your child about their artwork.
- Find the value of art in everyday things.
- Visit galleries/ museums.
Ensuring students are equipped for their lessons by bringing their camera to photography lessons, drawing materials/ sketchbooks to art and 3D lessons.
Supporting with homework tasks eg. Photoshoots can require students to go to locations outside the school setting, gathering recycled materials for making 3D models.
Supporting students to attend GCSE clubs after school.
Provide opportunities to visit galleries/ museums.
Contact the subject teacher if you have any concerns over student progress.