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A Brief Introduction to the Art Department

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The TPS art curriculum is structured around the seven formal elements of art: line, shape, form, colour, texture, pattern, and tone. By building up the knowledge and skills drawn upon by outstanding artists, and taking inspiration and instruction from great artists and movements throughout art history, students are developed both as artists and as appreciators of art. Media and accuracy exercises, structured development of ideas, experimentation, and semiotics are threaded throughout the curriculum to build cumulatively to excellence in all students.

Exam board: AQA

 

Year 7 Art Curriculum at TPS

Year 7 have two lesson of Art per week. Every two week, students have one lesson dedicated to Art History.

Autumn Term

  • Project: The Formal Elements of Art
  • Media & Techniques: Pencil, pencil crayon, fine liner, biro, grid method, proportions, mark making techniques, positive and negative space.   
  • Concepts: Line, shape, tone, form, pattern & texture
  • Art History: Prehistoric & Renaissance Art

Spring Term

  • Project: Still Life
  • Media & Techniques: Water colour, water colour pencils, measuring, secondary & primary observation.
  • Concepts: Colour theory, composition, shape, line, form and perspective.
  • Art History: Fauvism & Pop Art

Summer Term

  • Project: 3D Art
  • Media & Techniques: Chalk & charcoal, collage, oil pastel, 2D & 3D cardboard construction.
  • Concepts: Line, shape, form, texture and tone.
  • Art History: Surrealism & Contemporary Art

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Year 8 Art Curriculum at TPS

Year 8 have two lesson of Art per week.

Autumn Term

  • Project: War & Conflict
  • Media & Techniques: Pencil, fine liner, biro, grid method, proportions, mark making techniques, positive and negative space
  • Concepts: Line, shape, colour, tone, texture, form, composition & semiotics.
  • Art History: Dadaism, kathe Kollwitz & Mark Powell

Spring Term

  • Project: Architecture
  • Media & Techniques: Print making, mixed media, ink wash, 2D & 3D perspective,  
  • Concepts: Colour, Line, shape, form, texture, tone & pattern.
  • Art History: Roman, Greek, Islamic, Gothic & Contemporary Architecture.

Summer Term

  • Project: Tropical
  • Media & Techniques: Collage, papier mache, oil pastel, 2D & 3D paper construction.
  • Concepts: Colour, Line, shape, form, texture, tone & pattern.
  • Art History: Helen Musselwhite & Diana Beltran Herrera

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Year 9 Art Curriculum at TPS

Autumn & Spring Term

  • Project: Portraits
  • Media & Techniques: Pencil, biro, pencil crayon, oil pastel, watercolour, acrylic, collage & mixed media.
  • Concepts: Colour theory, Line, shape, form, texture, tone, pattern, proportions, measuring, grid method, composition, semiotics.  
  • Art History: Marion Bolognesi, Henrietta Harris, Olga Rykova, Mark Powell & students own personal artist choice.


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KS4 Curriculum at TPS

KS4 students have three lessons per week. Students being their first GCSE Course Work project in the Summer Term of Year 9. KS4 work is assessed with a breakdown of 60% coursework and 40% exam project.


Coursework 60%:


Project 1: Natural Forms

  • Media & Techniques: Pencil, chalk & charcoal, biro, ink wash, acrylic, oil pastel &  water colour.
  • Concepts: Colour theory, Line, shape, form, texture, tone, pattern, proportions, measuring, grid method, composition, semiotics, perspective, primary & secondary observation.
  • Art History: Paul Wright, Damien Hirst, Georgia O’Keeffe  & students own personal choice.


Project 2: Junk

  • Media & Techniques: Pencil, biro, pencil crayon, print making. Students then continue to develop media, techniques & processes they feel confident in.
  • Concepts: Colour theory, Line, shape, form, texture, tone, pattern, proportions, measuring, grid method, composition, semiotics, perspective, primary & secondary observation.
  • Art History: Students are given a wide range of artist to select which links to their personal route in response to the theme ‘Junk’

Exam unit 40%:

  • Externally set by exam board
  • Student select a project title given by the exam board. Students produce a project in response to the theme which is concluded by a 10 hour controlled assessment where they produce a final outcome.

Extra-curricular


The Art Department offers a wide range of extra-curricular clubs such as Art, Craft and Photography club. In addition to these clubs, the Art Department also offers ‘Open Classrooms’ for GCSE students who wish to stay behind after school to use the specialist facilities and equipment.

We run a range of enriching visits to galleries and museums and artist led workshops as well as raising aspirations with links to colleges and universities.

Homework is set in the form of multiple choice grids where pupils are encouraged to manage their time effectively to complete independent work within set deadlines.


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