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Art at The Wren School, Reading, Berks

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Art

Aims and Ethos

Art and Design develops students’ visual vocabulary by introducing them to the world and of art. We will discover art from other times and cultures to consider what and how artists are communicating with us. Students will use a wide range of materials to experiment and reflect on what is important to them, to create their own forms of expression and unique visual outcomes.

Our aim for Art at The Wren School is to enable all students to realise their own creativity. By experimenting with a range of media we hope to develop resilient students who are unafraid of trial and error for the sake of exploring new ideas. By planning lessons that focus on a wide range of art forms and movements we hope to encourage students to observe the world around them from different perspectives.

 

Curriculum Information

Year 7

This is Me

  • Self-Portraits
  • Colour Theory – primary, secondary and complimentary colours
  • Life and work of Van Gogh
This is Us

  • Animal patterns
  • Priniting techniques – stencil prints

 

 

 

Genius of the Past

  • Landscape artist
  • Surrealism

 

 

 

Inventions of the Future

  • Mechanical parts
  • Observational pen and ink studies

 

 

Power of Humans

  • Proportions of the Human Body    (birds with Issues)
  • Arcimboldo

 

Power of the Earth

  • Observational studies of fruit and vegetables
  • Produce an Arcimboldo style piece

Year 8

My Values

  • Celebrations
  • Observational studies of cakes
  • Wayne Theibaud

 

Family Values

  • Paper Mache cakes
  • Claes Oldenburg

 

Clashes of Culture

  • Egyptian insects
  • Insect studies
  • Mandalas

 

Celebration of Culture

  • Day of the Dead
  • Lino Prints

 

 

 

 

The Power of Technology

  • Windmills

 

 

 

 

The Power of my voice

 

 

 

 

Year 9
Students will be introduced to the Reflections Project, a project previously taught to a GCSE class.   This will give the year group an insight into what makes a successful body of work at GCSE. Using the theme, students will be able to experiment with a number of different materials including oil pastels, watercolour and acrylic paints. They have the opportunity to produce more personalised final pieces that have been developed through a series of studies beforehand. Alongside the practical aspect, students will be taught about the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh, Picasso and Cubism, M C Escher and Magritte.

 

If students choose to take GCSE Art they will be assessed on their portfolio (60%) and practical exam (40%)

GCSE Exam board information
AQA

GSCE Art and Design

Component 1 – Portfolio 60% of GCSE

Component 2 – Externally Set Assignment 40% of GCSE

Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time.

Extra Curricular Activities

The art department runs a weekly art club after school once a week (3.40-4.30pm) for years 7, 8 & 9.   Students have the opportunity to work on their own art pieces or small group projects. An extended learning club runs once a week during lunchtime to enable students to use the materials in the art department.

 

Term Dates

Term 2
Inset day – Mon 30 Oct 2017
Tue 31 Oct – Tue 19 Dec 2017
(Christmas holidays Wed 20 Dec 2017 – Tue 2 Jan 2018)
Term 3
Inset day – Wed 3 Jan 2018
Thu 4 Jan – Fri 9 Feb 2018
(Spring break Mon 12 Feb – Mon 19 Feb 2018)

 

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