AUTUMN TERM: Picasso Inspired Self Portraits
Students are introduced to a variety of drawing and painting techniques. Students explore colour and mark making by producing artwork to music, inspired by artists Kandinsky & Miro. Students also explore self-portraiture and learn techniques to draw the proportions of the face accurately. We investigate Picasso’s self-portraits (in class and as a homework assignment) & students plan and produce their own ‘abstract self-portrait’ inspired by Picasso.
Skills developed: Colour theory, painting techniques, drawing skills (focus on accuracy and proportion), artist research – Picasso, designing & composing a painting.
SPRING TERM: Alien Eggs
Students are encouraged to develop imaginative artwork, inspired by artist Max Ernst. Using their own drawings and collaged images of insects and other creatures, students carefully design a sculpture of an alien creature, cracking out of its (also very imaginative!) egg, though a series of design lessons. Students bring their designs to life by sculpting their design out of clay & learn a wide range of ceramic techniques in the process.
Skills developed: Drawing and collage, artist research, clay techniques (construction & exploring texture)
SUMMER TERM: Aboriginal Journeys
Students produce personal artwork, inspired by Aboriginal art. Through practical studies, written analysis and class discussions, students develop in-depth knowledge about the content, style and deeper meaning behind this artwork. Students learn to identify the hidden symbols used in Aboriginal art to signify important aspects of life. They then develop personal symbols of their own and incorporate these into their own ‘Aboriginal style’ painting, based on their own ‘life journey’.
Skills developed: Cultural understanding, designing symbols / logos, paint techniques (printing, use of pattern), personal reflection.
AUTUMN TERM: Zimbabwean Sculpture
Students explore the idea of conveying mood and emotion through pose, in a series of life drawing lessons. We investigate Zimbabwean sculpture & students plan and produce their own ceramic ‘Zimbabwean sculpture’, using a photograph of them as a starting point. As part of this project, students are asked to produce a sculpture that conveys an emotion as an extended homework.
Skills developed: Drawing: focus on accuracy and proportions, Artists research – Zimbabwean sculpture,
designing: simplification of form, ceramics.
SPRING TERM: Art with a Message
Students are introduced to artists who convey a strong message through their artwork. Using ‘art with a message’ as a starting point, they are encouraged to research and explore issues that they feel strongly about, such as animal rights, war, consumerism etc. In sketchbooks, they research artists of their choice and produce artistic responses to their chosen theme. Students are provided with lots of guidance and are given opportunities to use a wide variety of materials, including stencils, paint, collage and photo manipulation.
Skills developed: Independent research & enquiry, artist research, understanding of GCSE art, creative thinking
SUMMER TERM: Betty La Duke Paintings
Students produce personal artwork, inspired by artist Betty La Duke. Through practical studies, written analysis and class discussions, students develop in-depth knowledge about the content, style and deeper meaning behind this artwork. Students reflect on their own lives and personal interests and plan and produce a painting, using their own thumbprint as inspiration for the composition
Skills developed: Cultural understanding, designing symbols / logos, Paint techniques (blending, use of colour & pattern), Personal reflection.