The Art department constructs and delivers a curriculum that is challenging but accessible for all pupils, including disadvantaged groups, pupils with SEND and students who display other needs. The content delivered aims to provide students with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to progress and achieve in the subject.
The Art curriculum is critical and contextual at its core. Artists, craftspeople and designers are used to underpin practical tasks to support, develop and allow students to question. We encourage pupils to investigate ideas through visual language and provide opportunities for pupils to gain an understanding of the unique qualities of different materials and processes.
The techniques and skills taught during the foundation years underpin the GCSE objectives. Techniques are explored at KS3 but mastered throughout the progression of the GCSE course. From the start of year 7 and throughout, pupils have the opportunities to explore with media application. Media application during the GCSE course becomes more sophisticated and often results in mixed media works.
The process of producing explorative, supporting work in sketchbook form and resulting in a refined final piece, runs throughout both the foundation and GCSE teaching. Sketchbooks are compiled in a similar fashion, across both key stages, with a heavy emphasis upon the presentation of work and being ‘book smart in Art’ from the beginning of year 7 and throughout.
We explore a variety of starting points however each scheme of work is planned to include all art fundamental skills; we recognise these as:
- Observational drawings
- Media application
- Scale & proportions
- Composition & presentation
- Exploration and Refinement
- Research and evaluation.
Learning maps – At MHS we use learning maps to support retrieval and reinforcement of knowledge. We use these in class and as homework, you may find it useful to see what is coming up through the year for your child in their year group. We are continuing to develop these and update them through the year so you may notice some subjects have uploaded the first term, future work will be added at the appropriate time.