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Art and Design

Art and design

The study of art, craft and design allows some of the highest forms of human creativity. 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 at Ashington Academy aims to develop and nurture creativity through hands-on experiences of a wide range of processes. Drawing underpins all creative outcomes such as painting, printmaking, ceramics, collage and photography, these are developed further in Key Stages 3 and 4. Self-expression and creativity and can build confidence as well as a sense of individual identity. We encourage pupils to develop critical thinking and an understanding of visual language to interpret the world around us.

We encourage our pupils 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.
 
Pupils reflect critically on their own 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, pupils 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 3, 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 explored.

In Key Stage 4, 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 fine art.

“Art makes children powerful” (Bob & Roberta Smith, 2003)

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Summer

7

Art Box (Formal elements of Art)

Begin to understand the building blocks of art and use these to produce your own creative outcomes

 

Japan (Evaluating the work of other times & cultures)

Kabuki masks, samurai and cherry blossoms. Explore the ancient art of Japan and produce your own creative inspired artwork

In the Jungle (Recording observations and experimenting with craft) 

Drawing, painting and collage. Develop your skills and experiment with a range of creative media to produce your own work inspired by the likes of Eric Carle.

POP Art (Evaluating the work of great artists, making & creating)

 

Step back in time to the 1950’s and explore the bold world of advertising, packaging and popular culture in Art.

8

Fruit & Veg (Drawing skills)

 

Food, glorious food! Develop your drawing skills in a range of creative media using a variety of fruit & vegetables as your subject.

 

 

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Artists have been documenting their local surroundings for generations using pencil, paint, charcoal and graphite. Experiment with a range of creative media to document different scenes of Ashington

 

Fabric Creatures (Observational drawing & experimenting with craft)

 

Create your own personalised fabric creature using a range of creative crafts including printmaking and stitch

 

 

 

 

 

The Everyday (Evaluating the work of others, making & creating)

 

 Taking inspiration from famous artist Grayson Perry, you will have the opportunity to create a project based on everyday scenes and translate your ideas into ceramic outcomes.

9

Sweets (Developing creativity)

 

Develop your working knowledge of drawing and painting skills. Using sweets as your subject, develop your own creativity using your own ideas to inspire outcomes

 

 

Local Heritage (Exploring media & materials)

 

In this creative local heritage project, we step back in time and explore the glory days of the coal mining industry in Ashington. Using specialist materials such as charcoal and graphite, you will record your ideas in new and exciting ways

 

Lost & Found (Refining art skills)

 

In this project you will continue to develop and refine your art skills whilst creating narrative in your work using photography

 

 

 

10

Refining art skills

Select your starting point, carry out your research and develop your creative skills with a range of media to respond to a variety of contextual sources. Generate and refine your ideas to produce informed, sophisticated outcomes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sustained project

Developed in response to a subject, theme, task or brief, students will evidence the journey from initial engagement with an idea(s) to the realisation of intentions. This will give students the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding from across their course of study.

Sustained project

Developed in response to a subject, theme, task or brief, students will evidence the journey from initial engagement with an idea(s) to the realisation of intentions. This will give students the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding from across their course of study.

 

11

A sense of Me - (Independent study)

Produce a personal project which explores a range of hobbies and interests. Use a variety of mixed media to inform individual outcomes

 

Independent study (Externally set exam)

Respond to a topic provided by the exam board. Investigate a variety of contextual sources. Record your own ideas. Experiment with a variety of materials, techniques and processes. Produce your own individual outcomes

 

Independent study (Externally set exam)

Respond to a topic provided by the exam board. Investigate a variety of contextual sources. Record your own ideas. Experiment with a variety of materials, techniques and processes. Produce your own individual outcomes

 

 

View our post-16 curriculum here

I love being in the art rooms; I can be myself and just create.
Year 10 student
Art makes children powerful.
Bob & Roberta Smith, 2003