Art

Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum is designed to build up Art skills and knowledge gradually, each year developing from the previous one whilst striving to keep pupils engaged through interesting assignments, materials and processes. The following is a guide only, as it is critical that the art curriculum remains flexible to allow teachers to respond to the needs and interests of individual classes / year groups and to new ideas creative ideas. KS3 follow our interpretation of the National Curriculum while also preparing pupils for success at GCSE level.

Strengths of the Department

The Art Department at Trinity is an outstanding department with exceptional GCSE results. We have two full time art teachers. We are dedicated to improving our own skills as well as those of our students, and often work alongside students on our own work, which we believe is fundamental to teaching here. Our department has two large art rooms, well resourced, which are fantastic spaces and have the advantage of a kiln for ceramics work. We are a warm and friendly department where students feel happy and valued.

Achievements
  • Arts Week, in which Y7 pupils create ambitious, interesting work at the end of the Summer Term.
  • Gifted and Talented Lunchtime Art group in Y9 to help students enhance their learning and prepare for GCSE Art
  • Community Project, run by Mr Tran, in which Y9 Gifted and Talented art pupils create a mural to enhance a community building including a Children’s Hospital ward.
  • GCSE & A Level Exhibition Evening in May that celebrates the success of our Y11, Y12 and Y13 students.
Exam Board: AQA

Art Curriculum

Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
During their first term at Trinity, pupils learn foundation skills in order to improve as artists, build confidence and engagement, and prepare them for future assignments.

Skills:
Foundation Skills
Using a sketchbook
Developing their own ideas
Pencil Shading
Shading Shapes

Skills:
Foundation Skills
Colour Theory
Coloured Pencil Use
Paint Application
Using a sketchbook
Developing their own ideas
Pupils develop mostly their painting and colour application skills they have learned during the Autumn Term, through assignment work, applying their skills and knowledge to a piece of work they plan and work on each lesson.

Skills:
Learning
about important artists
Composition
Planning
Using a sketchbook
Developing their own ideas

Skills:
Using paints and coloured pencils effectively in their assignmentsUsing a sketchbook
Developing their own ideas
Pupils complete the painting assignment this term

Skills:
Using paints and coloured pencils effectively in their assignments

Refining their work
Using a sketchbook
Developing their own ideas

Pupils develop their drawing skills applying their knowledge to an animal portrait assignment

Skills:
Drawing in proportion
Pencil Shading
Detail
Using a sketchbook
Developing their own ideas

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Pupils build on Y7 skills. More technical drawing skills and more complex knowledge are built up. Work is assignment based
Still Life Drawing & Painting AssignmentSkills:
Measured Drawing of objects
Using a sketchbook
Developing their own ideas
Still Life Drawing & Painting assignment

Skills & Knowledge:
Composition
Painting
Mixed media
Using a sketchbook
Developing their own ideas

Perspective & Architecture

Skills & Knowledge:
Different styles of Architecture
1 point perspective
2 point perspective
Using a sketchbook
Developing their own ideas

Perspective & Architecture

Skills & knowledge:
3 point perspective
Using a sketchbook
Developing their own ideas

Perspective & Architecture

Relevant Artists
Applying colour graphically as in architects drawings
Using a sketchbook
Developing their own ideas

Illuminated Manuscripts

Skills & Knowledge
Book of Kells
Development of perspective into 3D Lettering
Using a sketchbook
Developing their own ideas

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2

Now more confident artists, Y9 pupils experiment with a wider variety of materials and processes
Day of the Dead Assignment
Skills And Knowledge:
Learning about other cultures – Mexican Day of the Dead
Drawing and Planning
Using a sketchbook
Developing their own ideas

Day of the Dead Assignment

 

Skills And Knowledge:

Learning about other cultures

Learning about different Art processes

Printmaking

Using a sketchbook

Developing their own ideas

Natural Forms Assignment

Skills And Knowledge:
Critical Studies
Accurate drawing
Pen and Ink
Using a sketchbook
Developing their own ideas

Natural Forms Assignment

Skills And Knowledge:
Designing
Creating a bookmark
Using a sketchbook
Developing their own ideas

Natural Forms Assignment

Skills And Knowledge:
3D materials
Clay
Using a sketchbook
Developing their own ideas

Short workshops in various materials & art processes eg sgraffito, figure drawing. These short projects keep Y9 engaged in the late summer term. Future GCSE students are given GCSE prep to do – eg painting practice
Using a sketchbook
Developing their own ideas

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Unit 1 Portfolio
Still Life AssignmentSkills & Knowledge:
Technical drawing skills are developed at a high level by completing a series of measured drawings of still life objects
Keeping a high level sketchbook for artists’ research (and how it links to their own work), experimentation and
developing their own ideas
ideas
Unit 1 Portfolio
Still Life AssignmentSkills & Knowledge:
Enlarging drawings
Oil Painting skills
Unit 1 Portfolio
Still Life AssignmentCritical studies
Oil Painting skills
Unit 1 Portfolio
Portraits AssignmentSkills & Knowledge
Photography
Mixing Skin Tones
Creating texture using oils
Experimenting with drawing and painting materials
Critical studies
Using a sketchbook
Developing their own ideas
Unit 1 Portfolio
Portraits AssignmentMixing Skin Tones
Creating skin texture in oils
Experimenting with drawing and painting materials
Critical studies
Using a sketchbook
Developing their own ideas
Unit 1 Portfolio
Portraits AssignmentUnderstanding of what makes a great portrait
Selecting relevant artists
Own research
Photography
Planning their own work
Personal ideas development
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Unit 1 Portfolio
In Y11 Students are encouraged to come up with their own ideas for their work, a personal investigation into Portraits. Most choose this topic and thrive with this approach to their learning. Alternatively students can choose to work on a Natural Forms assignment and also follow their own ideas based on this theme. Sketchbook keeping to record their ideas and experimentation is a vital part of this work.Portraits AssignmentUnderstanding and analysing the work of relevant artists
Own research
Photography
Experimentation
Planning their own work
Personal ideas development
Unit 1 Portfolio
Personal Investigation
Skills as in Term 1 + refining their work
Unit 2 Exam
Students work on the external exam set by the AQA and choose from 7 different starting points for an assignment of their choice. They work in the same way as for Unit 1, keeping a sketchbook, researching their chosen theme etc.
By this point, students’ skills have been developed and refined and this is often the exam work is often their best work, with students going all out to create photoshoots etc to get the best possible images to work from.
Unit 2 Exam
Students complete final ideas for their exam and in March Students sit the 10 hour exam in the Art department over 3 days.
Exhibition & Moderation

Students select their work for exhibition and assessment. They learn how to display their work effectively for exhibition and attend the evening event to celebrate their achievement with family and friends.

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