Skip to content ↓
Park High School

Park High School

Welcome to the Art Department

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Pablo Picasso

Head of Department:

Mr Lordan

e-mail: slordan1.310@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Members of the Department:

Mr Lordan

Mrs Rayat

Mrs Wilkinson

Mrs Craig

Mrs Blanchard

 

 

Key Stage 3 

Across Key Stage 3 art, many artists are introduced either as snapshots or sustained investigations. This develops students’ cultural capital and encourages engagement in historical and contemporary art from diverse perspectives. Artists such as David Hockney, Georgia O’Keefe, Chuck Close, Frida Kahlo, Manga and Anime illustrators, Shepard Fairey and Shirin Neshant are studied to improve students’ knowledge and understanding of the professional art world. At Park High, we want every child to develop their knowledge and understanding of visual communication and their ability to ‘read’ an image. Our curriculum cultivates this understanding with the intention of supporting our students to become a confident audience and critical consumer of the arts. Our aim is that students build a body of knowledge which enables them to make informed judgments in a discipline that rarely employs rules, while also promoting the understanding that problems often have more than one solution. 

Year 7 

The Year 7 curriculum starts with the formal elements of art and design: line, tone, shape, colour, pattern, texture, form and space. This core knowledge provides the foundation for all other elements of the curriculum students will encounter. Students develop their drawing skills by studying and practising tonal value in a variety of media including pencil, colour pencil, oil pastel and paint. The study of artists such as Hundertwasser, Kandinsky, Matisse and Warhol. This enables students to build up knowledge of key elements and motifs in order to design and create their own pieces. Drawing from primary observation is utilised as much as possible, so that students develop an understanding of form and space. This also helps build upon student’s fine motor skills and their knowledge of colour theory.  

Autumn Spring Summer

Base Line assessment

Second assessment

Third assessment

Environment

Natural forms

Mini beasts

Base Line  

  • Students are tested on their core skills through a variety of short tasks. 

  • Drawing and recording skills from Still Life 

  • Primary Observation 

Environment  

  • Discovering the artists Hundertwasser and Gina Tripplet. 

  • Exploring cultural symbols and patterns 

  • Designing buildings and landscapes using different media, in the style of the artists. 

  • Collage 

  • Explore use of 2D media and core skills through mark making, colour mixing/ blending, line experiments and recording methods. 

  • Mark making 

  • Patterns 

  • Collage 

  • Main Formal elements used: 

  • Colour, Line, Shape. Tone and Composition 

Natural forms  

  • This is a drawing and painting fine art unit designed to improve student’s observational skills. 

  • Drawing from real life and capturing realistic tone and 3D form. 

  • Primary observation 

  • Use of detail 

  • Shading for tone and 3D form 

  • Paint: colour mixing, layering & brush marks 

  • Main Formal elements used: 

  • Colour, Line, Shape. Pattern, Texture and Composition. 

Mini Beasts  

  • Explore and observe ‘mini beasts’ 

  • Mixed media and print with a background inspired by puzzle/maze/camouflage’ and technology today. 

  • Fantasy bug design 

  • Clay bugs & recycled bugs 

  • Graphics – stamp design 

  • Group/paired paper mache bugs 

  • Graphic design – stamp bugs 

  • Exploring 3D form. 

  • Ongoing development of 3D media use. 

  • 3D - Modelling skills (carving, scoring, using slip etc. Construction and joining). 

  • 2D – mono printing, illustration and mixed media. 

  • Main Formal elements used: Form, Shape, Texture and Colour 

Knowledge Organisers:

Knowledge Organisers are used to help and support student learning and understanding. They include key points and knowledge for each project. 

You have not allowed cookies and this content may contain cookies.

If you would like to view this content please

You have not allowed cookies and this content may contain cookies.

If you would like to view this content please

KS3 Assessment:

Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it. 

Assessments are taken in lessons at specific points each term. The assessments help to reinforce students learning and understanding of what has been taught. Throughout the Year students will be assessed on their knowledge and skill of the formal elements of art and design. 

Year 8  

In Year 8 the curriculum continues to employ the formal elements covered in Year 7 as a starting point for critically evaluating and making artwork. Students study portraiture and Manga and utilise the grid technique to transfer and enlarge images, explore proportion and develop their spatial awareness. Following this, Year 8 build on the cultural perspectives from Year 7 by exploring artists such as Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) and the visual imagery of the skull. Students use clay to create their own design based on this research. The final unit provides students with the opportunity to investigate landscape and architecture. In their work, they apply knowledge of perspective and explore 3D techniques, such as cardboard relief work.  

Autumn Spring Summer

Portraiture

Day of The Dead

Environment

Portraits  

  • Traditional primary observation using proportion and tone. Use of a grid method. Mang portrait 

Day of The Dead  

  •  3D project to develop understanding and technical ability with clay/3D. Students develop a 3D design for a ‘fantasy’ skull based on The Day of The Dead and make it.  

Environment  

  • 2D - The piece demonstrates perspective skills as well as mixed-media and the illusion of space and depth. 

  • 3D - Sculpture: teacher selection: card, wire, clay, architectural design. 

Knowledge Organisers:

Knowledge organisers are used to help and develop student understanding of key points within each project.

You have not allowed cookies and this content may contain cookies.

If you would like to view this content please

You have not allowed cookies and this content may contain cookies.

If you would like to view this content please

KS3 Assessment:

Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it. 

Assessments are taken in lessons at specific points each term. The assessments are observational recording activities that consolidate the learning taught in class. Throughout the Year students will be assessed on their knowledge and skill of the formal elements of art and design. 

Year 9  

Students opt to take art in Year 9 and will be given an experience of 3 possible endorsements for further study at KS4. In Year 9 students are made GCSE ready. Responding to the theme of Light and Dark, students are guided through activities and make 3 outcomes throughout the year- one in Art and Design, another in Photography and one in Graphics.. Students are given regular Home Learning and learn about the requirements of studying Art, Photography or Graphics further at KS4 

Autumn Spring Summer

Light and Dark- Art and Design 

Light and Dark- Photography 

Light and Dark Graphics 

Light and Dark- Art and Design 

Students are introduced to a range of new techniques for recording portraits. Students explore the theme of Light and Dark leading to a sustained outcome using a range of media. 

Light and Dark- Photography 

Students are introduced to photography and explore ways of using photography as an art medium to create a response to the theme of Light and Dark 

Light and Dark- Graphics 

Students are introduced to Graphics and explore ways of responding to a given brief. Students will create graphic outcomes. 

KS3 Assessment:

Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it. 

Students are assessed each term in lesson on their knowledge and use of the formal elements in creating a personal and meaningful response to the theme of Light and Dark.

 

Key Stage 4

Year 10  

Students opt to take Art, Photography or Graphics at KS4. It is a two year course.  

Art, Photography and Graphics is assessed through a mixture of coursework,( Portfolio) completed throughout the course, and a final practical examination (Set Task). Students will learn the knowledge and skill required to successfully complete the two year course. Students will undertake a skills building course in the first term of Year 10 before beginning a project on Natural Forms. Their second project will focus on their Identity. 

KS4 Assessment:

All students who follow a Fine Art, Graphic Design or Photography course will be given home learning every other week.  Regular assessment will occur each term and students will be given verbal and written feedback on their work. Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher. 

Examination Board:

EDUCAS  

Useful Reading Material:

EDUCAS GCSE Art and Design 

Year 11 

In Year 11 students will be completing their Portfolio. This will be completed by December of Year 11. Students will have a mock practise exam in December where they will create a sustained personal and meaningful outcome over 10 hours. This whole project is worth 60% of their final GCSE grade.

KS4 Assessment:

All students who follow a Fine Art, Graphic design or Photography course will be given home learning weekly.  Regular assessment will occur each term and students will be given verbal and written feedback on their work. Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher. 

All Art courses are assessed through a mixture of coursework (Portfolio) completed throughout the course, and a final practical examination. Portfolio (60%) to be completed by January; final practical examination, Set Task(40%) in May. 

GCSE Art & Design

Portfolio worth 60%  

Set Task worth 40% 

Examination Board:

EDUCAS 

Course Specification:

WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) in ART and DESIGN

GCSE Art and Design ( Art, Craft and Design) 

GCSE Art and Design (Graphic Communication) 

GCSE Art and Design (Photography) 

Qualification obtained:

GCSE Art and Design                                                

 

 

 

Useful Reading Material:

GCSE Art and Design

 

 

 

Key Stage 5 

Park High School

Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore,
Middlesex, HA7 1PL

Headteacher:Mrs Colette O'Dwyer

Email:info@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Phone:020 8952 2803

Map of Park High School Location
  • SSAT Leading Edge
  •  Variety of teaching approaches
  • Teacher Development Trust
  • Arts Council
  • The Quality in Careers Standard
  • Healthy School
  • Stonewall
  • CSW
  • Ofsted
  • 4Stars SchoolGuide.co.uk