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Art, craft and design

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. 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. 

Art and design at The Academy at Shotton Hall, leads students on a creative journey though self-expression whilst developing a wealth of knowledge in core skills. Drawing underpins all creative outcomes, with painting, mixed media, digital editing and ceramics all experienced by students and developed into outcomes throughout key stages three and four. 

We encourage our students to explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence and imagination. We pride ourselves on the variety of specialist resources and ideas from which to develop a wide variety of subject specialist skills. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. 
 
Students reflect critically on their own work and that of others, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively, intelligently and independently. Using the formal elements of art and design, students articulate their thoughts and opinions about artwork from a range of artists, designers and practitioners, and the work of their own and peers with subject-specific terminology. 

In key stage three, a wide variety of drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking and sculpture allow pupils to explore and develop ideas and design processes whilst learning about divine proportion, pictorial space, colour theory and composition. A range of materials, techniques and processes are used including modelling wire, ceramics, poly printing, painting, mark making using pen and collage to name but a few.   

In key stage four, students are invited to advance upon processes introduced at key stage 3 to develop their confidence and creativity. Specialist disciplines covered at GCSE include photography and ceramics. Specifications delivered a Shotton Hall Academy are AQA GCSE Art, Craft and Design, and AQA GCSE Photography. 

Curriculum information

  

Year 

Autumn 

Spring 

Summer 

Formal elements 

  • Formal elements of art and design 

Evaluating the work of other times and cultures 

  • Natural world 

Recording observations 

  • Expressive faces (2D) 

Experimenting with craft 

  • Expressive faces (3D) 

EValuating great artists 

  • Impressionist landscapes 

Making and creating 

  • Aboriginal masks 

Drawing skills 

  • Colour theory  

Experimenting with media 

  • Landscapes 

Observational drawing 

- Identity  

Experimenting with craft 
- Day of The Dead 

Evaluating the work of others 

  • Surrealism 

Making and creating 

  • Surrealism 

  • Pop art 

Developing creativity 

  • Current events 

  • Bacteria 

Exploring media and materials 

  • Bacteria 

  • Animals 

Refining art skills 

  • Animals 

  • Natural forms 

10 

Refining skills 

  • Still life  

Sustained project 

  • Major project 

Sustained project 

  • Major project 

11 

Art, craft & design: 

  • Mock exam 

 

Photography: 

  • Mock exam 

 

Art, craft & design: 

  • Externally set assignment 

 

Photography: 

  • Externally set assignment 

 

Art, craft & design: 

  • Externally set 10hr exam 

Sustained project review 

  • Still life 

  • Major project 

 

Photography: 

  • Externally set 10hr exam 

Sustained project review 

  • Alphabet project 

  • Destroy 

  • High/low angles 

 

 

I love art because it gives you a chance to produce creative designs and have control over your work.
Yaer 11 student
I took art as it was a fun thing to get rid of stress and it’s easy to get better at. The teachers are lovely as well.
Year 11 student