John Willmott School

Art & Design

Key Stage 3 Art & Design

The Art & Design department at John Willmott School aims to provide students with a wide and varied range of creative experiences allowing them to develop their creativity within a disciplined, supportive and caring environment.

At Key Stage 3 we seek to develop and improve students’ observational skills, with a focus on building drawing skills and increasing students’ control of a range of materials. We use a thematic approach to the curriculum.This allows students to explore the work of artists, craftspeople, cultures and designers and use them as inspiration for their own work. Examples are: Aboriginal Art, Mexican Culture, Still Life, Street Art, The Seaside, Sea Creatures etc

Years 7 & 8 – At the beginning of the year students will complete a baseline assessment allowing their teacher to gain an understanding of their creative skills and to support individuals appropriately.

Students will:

  • Develop their observational drawing skills from primary and secondary resources
  • Develop their confidence and proficiency in a range of materials
  • Learn to take risks to develop their creativity, refining their work as it progresses
  • Explore their ideas and be able to articulate their intentions with key vocabulary
  • Evaluate and analyse the work of others including artists, craftspeople, designers and to develop an understanding of art in an historical and cultural sense
  • Create their own designs and final project outcomes

Students are expected to complete regular homework tasks in their A5 sketchbooks to extend and improve their skills and to help them become independent learners.

Key Stage 4 GCSE Art & Design

Years 9, 10 & 11

As part of the GCSE Art & Design course students will develop their creative skills by using a range of different media and materials. Students will complete Unit 1: Portfolio of Work which is worth 60% and Unit 2: Externally Set Task which is worth 40%.

Within lessons students will work within a theme (e.g Nature, Still Life, Mechanical Objects, Landscape, Architecture etc) and produce work linked to the theme. We aim to develop students’ confidence and proficiency in a range of materials and media. Students will learn about the work of other artists (historical, contemporary and cultural) related to the theme in which they are working completing written analysis and exploring different styles as inspiration for their own work. Students will learn to take creative risks and develop their own designs realising their intentions in final outcomes which can be paintings, drawings or mixed media pieces.

Students are expected and encouraged to work independently in sketchbooks to develop their skills in a range of media. We offer support in after school sessions to help students develop their skills and extend their work.

Key Stage 4 GCSE Photography

As part of the GCSE Photography course students will be introduced to a range of photographic experiences which can include both traditional and new technologies. Students will complete Unit 1: Portfolio of Work which is worth 60% and Unit 2: Externally Set Task which is worth 40%.

Students will develop work through the exploration of photography from the past and present. Within lessons students will work within a set theme (e.g Portraiture, Landscape, Fine Art Photography, Still Life etc). They will be encouraged to take a range of photographs using key techniques which they will learn about in lessons and explore their ideas in a visual way. Students will record in sketchbooks and are encouraged to annotate, analyse and evaluate throughout their books to show their understanding. They will create their own photographic design ideas and ultimately create a set of final prints as an outcome to their projects.

Key Stage 5 A Level Art & Design: Fine Art

Component 1: Portfolio is worth 60% and Component 2: Externally set assignment which is worth 40%.

Students will be introduced to a large range of experiences exploring Fine Art media, processes and techniques. Students will be working within a set theme but are encouraged to develop their own thoughts and ideas within the theme expressing their ideas in a visual way. Students will be encouraged to draw using a range of media and record their ideas in sketchbooks. Research in the form of drawings, notes, annotations, analysis and evaluation will be used to underpin students’ ideas and design work. Students will be expected to complete written analysis of the work of artists to show their understanding of a range of techniques and also to use the work of others to inspire their own work. Students will ultimately create a final outcome for each project.

Students are encouraged to attend exhibitions in the local area to allow them to gain a broader understanding of Fine Art and the contexts in which it is made. We also expect students to dedicate time outside of lessons to the development of their work allowing them to build their confidence and skills. This is an important aspect to any Art qualification. To support students in this there is a dedicated Sixth Form Art study area that students can use to create work independently and after school support sessions are available weekly.