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St. Mary's Catholic High School

Art Department

We offer an exciting and creative Art curriculum including Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Print Making, Three Dimensional Design, Graphics, Photography and ICT.
All of our four staff have specialist skills to offer throughout the department providing a stimulating, challenging environment that encourages awe, wonder and innovation.

As a department we place creativity firmly at the heart of our subject. Pupils will be active, engaged and strive for 'excellence' in an environment that supports the school ethos of 'belonging to one big family' to ensure maximum levels of academic and social progress.
We believe in high expectations for every single student where learning is personalised to the needs of each individual.

We celebrate effort as well as success, with regular assessments, and each student will have their own personal target. Lunchtime and after school clubs run daily and all of our Artists are welcome and encouraged to attend. We believe in creating an environment where concentration, self-discipline and autonomy can be fostered and students bristle with confidence, ready to go on to great things in the Arts and Media industries.

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Art Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Learning Programmes

All students in Key Stage 3 will be issued with a new A4 exercise book each Learning Programme (Term). This clearly outlines week-by-week the curriculum content both in class and at home. There are 3 Learning Programmes in total LP1 (September to Christmas) LP2 (January to Easter) LP3 (Easter to July).

Drama, Music and PE are working with Learning Journals throughout Key Stage 3.

All students in Key Stage 4 will be issued with a new A4 exercise book each Learning Programme (Term) or Unit (Relating to the Qualification being studied).

There are no Learning Programmes for Key Stage 5 subjects. The Curriculum Overview for each course can be found in the Year 12 and Year 13 tabs.

All Learning Programmes will be displayed on the first page of all exercise books. Each Learning Programme can found in the separate tab for each Year Group.

The Practical and Contextual are combined in theme based projects, which encourages independent research and individual response.
Process and Manipulation of materials includes Drawing, Painting, Printing, Photography, Collage, 3D Form through Sculpture and ICT.

KS4 Art and Design and Photography (AQA)
Unit 1 Personal Portfolio 60%
Unit 2 Externally Set Assignment 40%
The GCSE Specification aims to provide a framework to develop and devise programmes of study for Art and Design across all endorsements. It's primary aim is to develop a visual language emphasising basic skills. It encourages the ability to observe, select, refine and interpret responses creatively and with imagination and meaning.

KS5 Art and Design and Photography (AQA)
Unit 3 (AS) Coursework Unit
Unit 4 (AS) Externally Set Assignment
The area of study is broad to enable students to explore and develop their understanding of the formal elements in a variety of media.
Students are expected to research and record thoroughly in order to develop work that is skilful, original and communicate meaning.

Staff - Art

 Subject Leader
Teacher of Art
Mrs K Walker (mat. leave)