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Art & Photography

Encompassing fine art, graphics, design, photography, chemical darkroom and ceramics, whilst leading in the visual medium of digital technologies. 

The Art and Photography department at Leeds West Academy is a vibrant and inspiring place to learn. Creativity is at our heart. The department compromises of three Apple Mac computer suites that support the full Adobe package and three practical art studios. We also have a chemical darkroom, printing press, sewing machine and kiln, allowing us to provide a rich and varied curriculum that covers fine art, photography, printmaking, textiles and ceramics.

Art follows the National Curriculum at KS3 and is taught to all students for 1 hour a week. Students have the opportunity to opt at the end of Year 8 for AQA GCSE Art and Design or AQA GCSE Photography, which they will study through Year 9, 10 and 11 for 3 hours per week. Students may then choose to opt for AQA A Level Art or AQA A Level Photography, which they will study for 5 hours per week in the Sixth Form.

Through their studies, students will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of materials, techniques and processes, learning to communicate their ideas visually. Students will create personal work in response to their own ideas and the work of other artists and designers.

Courses in Art

Key Stage 4

  • GCSE Art and Design(AQA)
  • GCSE Photography(AQA)

Key Stage 5

  • A Level Photography(AQA)
  • A Level Art & Design(AQA)

 Term By Term Schemes of Work

Art & Design - Year 7
Art & Design - Year 8
Art & Design - Year 9
Art & Design - Year 10
Art & Design - Year 11
Photography 5 Year Plan

 

 Key Stage 3 Art & Design Curriculum Breakdown

Year 7 – National Curriculum

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 1

Elements of Art

Students will explore the visual components of the formal elements of line, tone, texture, form, space, shape, colour and pattern. Students will investigate how artists use the elements in their work and develop their knowledge of visual language. Students will also develop their practical skills in drawing and painting.

The additional theme for this SOL is still life and Cubism; this creates an interesting subject matter that can encompass all the elements to create an exciting and inspiring project.

  • Baseline Assessment
  • Elements of Art Theory Sheet
  • Colour Wheel
  • Cubism Still Life Outcome
  • 4x Homework Sheets

 

 

 

 

Term 2

Sweets & Treats

The ‘Sweets and Treats’ project is designed to extend students’ knowledge about the elements of art and develop their ability to apply this in practice. Students will begin by developing their observational drawing skills focussing on line, shape, form, and tone.

They will then explore composition by comparing and contrasting the work of artists Sarah Graham and Wayne Thiebaud.

This will lead into the production of a final piece where students will have the opportunity to create their own composition and experiment with application of colour and media.

  • Observational Drawings
  • Artist Research Page
  • Sweets Outcome
  • 4x Homework Sheets

 

 

 

 

Term 3

World Culture

This project will introduce students to art from Mexican culture, focussing on the traditional Day of the Dead festival. This will develop their understanding and awareness of cultural traditions.

Students will immerse themselves in the imagery and patterns that give day of the dead a distinctive identity across the world, developing their drawing and experimenting skills. Students will explore symmetry, symbolic shape and design, culminating in a 3D relief sculptural final outcome.

  • Observational Drawings
  • Artist Research Page
  • 3D Outcome
  • 4x Homework Sheets

 

Year 8 – National Curriculum

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 1

Me, Myself & I

Through this project students will explore the theme of identity. They will first develop their use of typography using personal and expressive quotes and will then develop their drawing skills, focusing on upscaling, portraiture and tonal drawing.

Students will then investigate how Teesha Moore uses layering, collage, text and imagery in her work in order to develop their mixed media skills and create an outcome based on their own identity.

  • Typography/Self Portrait
  • Mixed Media Outcome
  • 4x Homework Sheets

 

 

 

 

Term 2

Bugs & Butterflies

This project will allow students to develop their drawing and painting skills. They will start by looking at famous entomologist and artist Eugene Seguy and create an artist research page, developing their layout and presentation skills.

They will then go on to create a painting of beetles and butterflies in the style of Seguy.

  • Artist Research Page
  • Painting Outcome
  • 4x Homework Sheets

 

 

 

 

Term 3

Fantastic & Strange

‘Fantastic & Strange’ is an opportunity for students to explore their creativity and imagination whilst developing knowledge about the artistic movement Surrealism. The project will begin by exploring the surreal movement, including looking at and responding the work of key artists. Students will then design their own surreal creature, which will lead into the development of a final 3D outcome.

At the end of this project, students will have and understanding of surrealism, experimented with a range of clay techniques and developed their design skills.

  • Observational Drawings
  • 3D Clay Outcome
  • 4x Homework Sheets

 

Key Stage 4  Art & Design Curriculum Breakdown

Year 9 – GCSE AQA ART & DESIGN

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 1

Identity - Drawing

Through this project, students will investigate experimental drawing techniques, exploring line, tone, mark making and dimension. They will be encouraged to observe and record in a variety of ways from a range of primary and secondary sources. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with a wide variety of materials such as stick and ink, charcoal, pen and pencil.

They will learn exciting new processes and techniques such as continuous line drawing, the grid method and working from negative space.

This project will provide students with a good knowledge base of a range of materials, techniques and processes and allow them to develop their drawing skills, independence and creativity.

  • Baseline Assessment
  • 2x Artist Sheets
  • A1 Techniques Board
  • Sustained Portrait Drawing

 

 

 

 

Term 2

Identity - Painting

Through this project, students will investigate painting techniques, exploring colour, tone and texture. They will be encouraged to observe and record in a variety of ways from a range of primary and secondary sources. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of paints, including watercolour and acrylic, in addition to other materials like oil pastels and coloured pencils.

This project will provide students with a good knowledge base of a range of materials, techniques and processes and allow them to develop their painting skills, independence and creativity.

  • 2x Artist Sheets
  • A1 Techniques Board
  • Sustained Painting

 

 

 

 

Term 3

Identity – Printing

Through this project, students will investigate printing techniques, exploring line, pattern, colour and texture. They will be encouraged to observe and record in a variety of ways from a range of primary and secondary sources. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of printing processes, including mono and lino.

This project will provide students with a good knowledge base of a range of materials, techniques and processes and allow them to develop their printing skills, independence and creativity.

  • 2x Artist Sheets
  • A1 Techniques Board
  • Series of Prints

 

Year 10 – GCSE AQA ART & DESIGN

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 1

Extended Project – Various Themes

Students will meet the four assessment objectives through an extended project on a theme chosen by their teacher. Past examples have included The Circus, Marine Life, Cubism and Natural Forms.

The project will involve researching artists and working in their style, experimenting with a range of materials and techniques, recording observations and ideas through photography, drawing and annotation and creating a personal final response.

  • Mind map of ideas
  • Mood board of images
  • Research pages
  • Experimentation
  • Recording through photography, drawing and annotation
  • Final Response

 

 

Term 2

Extended Project – Various Themes

 

 

 

 

Term 3

Mock Exam –

Various Themes

(Continues into Yr11 Term 1)

Students will meet the four assessment objectives through a mock exam project on a theme of their choice.

The project will involve researching artists and working in their style, experimenting with a range of materials and techniques, recording observations and ideas through photography, drawing and annotation and creating a personal final response.

  • Mind map of ideas
  • Mood board of images
  • Research pages
  • Experimentation
  • Recording through photography, drawing and annotation
  • Final Response

 

Year 11

 

 Year 11 – GCSE AQA Art & Design

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 1

Mock Exam –

Various Themes

(Starts in Yr10 Term 3)

 

Students will meet the four assessment objectives through a mock exam project on a theme of their choice.

The project will involve researching artists and working in their style, experimenting with a range of materials and techniques, recording observations and ideas through photography, drawing and annotation and creating a personal final response.

Mind map of ideas

Mood board of images

Research pages

Experimentation

Recording through photography, drawing and annotation

Final Response

 

 

 

 

Term 2

Externally Set Exam – Various Themes

Students will meet the four assessment objectives through the exam project on the question of their choice. The project will involve researching artists and working in their style, experimenting with a range of materials and techniques, recording observations and ideas through photography, drawing and annotation.

They will create a personal final response in exam conditions over 10 hours.

  • Mind map of ideas
  • Mood board of images
  • Research pages
  • Experimentation
  • Recording through photography, drawing and annotation
  • Final Response

 

Term 3 

 

 

Key Stage 4 Photography Curriculum Breakdown

Year 9

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 1

WHAT IS PHOTOGRAPHY?

AO1 Research
Composition and research: leading lines, rule of thirds, depth of field, angle of view, framing

AO2 Experimenting
Lighting, composition, camera handling, basic Photoshop skills (contact sheets, editing)

AO3 Recording
Paper, computer boards, leaves, skulls, classroom, trees, flowers everyday objects

AO4 Outcome
Digital portfolio: PowerPoint presentation

Term 2

PORTFOLIO

CLOSE UP

AO1 Research
Research artists and sources appropriate to starting point

AO2 Experimenting
Wide range of materials & techniques

AO3 Recording
Paper, computer boards, leaves, skulls, classroom, trees, flowers everyday objects

AO4 Outcome
Digital portfolio: PowerPoint presentation

Term 3

EOY ASSESSMENT 

AO1 Research
Research artists and sources appropriate to starting point

AO2 Experimenting
Wide range of materials & techniques

AO3 Recording
Paper, computer boards, leaves, skulls, classroom, trees, flowers everyday objects

AO4 Outcome
Digital portfolio: PowerPoint presentation

Year 10

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 1

PORTFOLIO

ABSTRACT SKILLS INVESTIGATION

AO1 Research
Composition and research: leading lines, rule of thirds, depth of field, angle of view, framing

AO2 Experimenting
Lighting, composition, camera handling

AO3 Recording
Inks, portraits, milk, everyday objects, corridors, classroom, school grounds

AO4 Outcome
Digital portfolio: PowerPoint presentation

Term 2

PORTFOLIO

PHOTOSHOP SKILLS INVESTIGATION 

AO1 Research
Research appropriate artists and sources

AO2 Experimenting
Experiment with a range of techniques using Photoshop (cropping, photomontage, transparency, overlapping, disjointed)

AO3 Recording
Record observations and ideas appropriate to direction

AO4 Outcome
Digital portfolio: PowerPoint presentation. Create final Outcome to link all AO’s together

Term 3

EOY ASSESSMENT

AO1 Research
Research artists and sources appropriate to starting point

AO2 Experimenting
Wide range of materials & techniques

AO3 Recording
Inks, portraits, milk, everyday objects, corridors, classroom, school grounds, paper, computer boards, leaves, skulls, classroom, trees, flowers everyday objects.

AO4 Outcome
Digital portfolio: PowerPoint presentation. Create final Outcome to link all AO’s together

 

Year 11

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 1

MOCK INTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT

AO1 Research
Personal approach to research and developing starting points

AO2 Experimenting
Experiment and develop ideas in personal ways

AO3 Recording
Record observations and ideas appropriate to direction

AO4 Outcome
Digital portfolio: PowerPoint presentation. Create final Outcome to link all AO’s together

Term 2

EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT

PREPARATORY

AO1 Research
Artists and sources from exam paper starting points

AO2 Experimenting
Experiment and develop ideas in personal ways

AO3 Recording
Record observations and ideas appropriate to direction

AO4 Outcome
Digital portfolio: PowerPoint presentation. Create final Outcome to link all AO’s together

Term 3

EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT

SUPERVISED TIME

AO1 Research
Artists and sources from exam paper starting points

AO2 Experimenting
Experiment with a range of materials and techniques to show skills using a variety of media

AO3 Recording
Record observations and ideas appropriate to direction

AO4 Outcome
Digital portfolio: PowerPoint presentation. Create final Outcome to link all AO’s together

 

Key Stage 5 Art & Design Course Breakdown

Year 12

Topic

Requirements

COMPONENT 1: PORTFOLIO

(INTERNALLY ASSESSED, EXTERNALLY MODERATED)

AO1 Research
Research artists and sources appropriate to starting point

AO2 Experimenting
Experiment with a range of materials and techniques to show skills using a variety of media

AO3 Recording
Record observations and ideas appropriate to direction

AO4 Outcome
Create final outcome to link all AO’s together

COMPONENT 2: EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT

(INTERNALLY ASSESSED, EXTERNALLY MODERATED)

AS Level ONLY A Level to do ‘Extended Project’ following the same format

AO1 Research
Artists and sources from exam paper starting points

AO2 Experimenting
Experiment with a range of materials and techniques to show skills using a variety of media

AO3 Recording
Record observations and ideas appropriate to direction

AO4 Outcome
Create final outcome to link all AO’s together

Year 13

Topic

Requirements

COMPONENT 1:

PERSONAL INVESTIGATION

(INTERNALLY ASSESSED, EXTERNALLY MODERATED)

AO1 Research
Personal approach to research and developing starting points

AO2 Experimenting
Experiment and develop ideas in personal ways

AO3 Recording
Record observations and ideas appropriate to direction

AO4 Outcome
Create final outcome to link all AO’s together & extended piece of writing 1000-3000 words

COMPONENT 2: EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT

(INTERNALLY ASSESSED, EXTERNALLY MODERATED)

AO1 Research
Artists and sources from exam paper starting points

AO2 Experimenting
Experiment and develop ideas in personal ways

AO3 Recording
Record observations and ideas appropriate to direction

AO4 Outcome
Create final outcome to link all AO’s together & extended piece of writing 1000-3000 words

 

Key Stage 5 Photography Course Breakdown

Year 12

Topic

Requirements

COMPONENT 1:

PORTFOLIO: PROJECT X

AO1 Research
Composition and research: leading lines, rule of thirds, depth of field, angle of view, framing

AO2 Experimenting
Lighting, composition, camera handling, basic Photoshop skills (contact sheets, editing)

AO3 Recording
Paper, computer boards, leaves, skulls, classroom, trees, flowers everyday objects, Inks, portraits, milk, everyday objects, corridors, classroom, school grounds, Photoshop (cropping, hotomontage, transparency, overlapping, disjointed), external grounds (e.g. city centre)

AO4 Outcome
Digital portfolio: Photoshop PDF. Create final Outcome to link all AO’s together

COMPONENT 2:

MOCK INTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT 

SUPERVISED TIME

AO1 Research
Artists and sources from exam paper starting points

AO2 Experimenting
Experiment with a range of materials and techniques to show skills using a variety of media

AO3 Recording
Record observations and ideas appropriate to direction

AO4 Outcome
Digital portfolio: Photoshop PDF. Create final Outcome to link all AO’s together

 

Year 13

Topic

Requirements

COMPONENT 1:

PERSONAL INVESTIGATION

INC. 1k-3k ESSAY

AO1 Research
Personal approach to research and developing individually chosen starting points

AO2 Experimenting
Experiment and develop ideas in personal ways

AO3 Recording
Record observations and ideas appropriate to direction

AO4 Outcome
Create final Outcome to link all AO’s together

COMPONENT 2:

EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT

SUPERVISED TIME

AO1 Research
Artists and sources from exam paper starting points

AO2 Experimenting
Experiment with a range of materials and techniques to show skills using a variety of media

AO3 Recording
Record observations and ideas appropriate to direction

AO4 Outcome
Digital portfolio: Photoshop PDF. Create final Outcome to link all AO’s together

 

 


For further information on the curriculum offered please contact the Academy F.A.O Miss N Wright wright.n@whiteroseacademies.org