In Key Stage 3, pupils develop and practise a diverse range of skills through topic-based projects. They use their sketchbooks to record observations and review and revisit their ideas. They learn about great artists in history and within contemporary society.
Last academic year, pupils explored collage techniques to create a mixed-media outcome inspired by artist Mark Hearld, made a Viking mask of their chosen Norse God/Goddess and acquired skills in poly-printing to create a British-Values-themed poster.
Pupils are currently working on a landscape project in which they will create a painting of the Lincolnshire Wolds in the style of David Hockney. So far, pupils have made photo-joiners of the school environment, experimented with different painting techniques and visited the Lincolnshire Wolds to take photographs that will inform their final landscape pieces.
Later this academic year, pupils will take part in projects to design World War 1 propaganda posters and make Egyptian clay models.
In Key Stage 4, pupils follow the WJEC Creative, Media and Performance Arts Entry Pathways: Entry level 2 in Art and Design. This is a two year course that is broken down into four modules: 3 Dimensional Design, Textiles, Painting and Drawing and Printmaking.
Last academic year, students completed '3 Dimensional Design' to create an alien or insect mask inspired by cubist artist Louise Nevelson and 'Textiles' to make a soft sculpture relating to food products, inspired by Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Thiebauld.
Pupils are currently working on 'Painting and Drawing' in which they are researching, developing and exploring ideas and techniques to produce an outcome related to landscape. Pupils are observing and responding to the work of artists David Hockney, Anslem Keifer, David Stanley and Amanda Hislop. We have recently taken pupils to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to take photographs of sculpture by artists including Ai Weiwei, Elisabeth Frisk and Niki de Saint Phalle. Pupils have started to use these images to develop their ideas for a landscape composition through the use of basic art elements such as line, shape, form and tone.
Later this academic year, pupils will take part in 'Printmaking'. They will develop a response to the theme 'Nature' through research of artists such as Angie Lewin and the exploration of different printmaking methods including poly-printing, screen-printing and mono-printing.
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