Art is an essential learning area for all of our students at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. It provides a range of opportunities for the students at Westfield to develop their creativity in areas such as research and development combined with art based skills like drawing, painting, printing and presentation.
Key Stage 3
Throughout Year 7, students have the opportunity to work on three separate projects, ‘Michael Craig Martin’, ‘Superheroes’ and ‘Insects.’ Within these projects colour theory, painting, tonal drawings, colour blending and 3D elements are explored to produce three original final outcomes.
In this year, students should build on their skills from previous. 3D skills are built on with the first project ‘Cesar Manrique Alien Fish’ using a combination of painting, cardboard and clay work to create a 3D piece. Students then move onto ‘Sock Creatures’, where textiles are used heavily to learn about stitching and then designing and making their own sock creature.
Students build on their skills and knowledge during this year and within the three different projects. Portraiture teaches students good technical skills in drawing, painting and blending. The second project in Year 9 is Conflict, where visual interpretations are created based on skills and interests. Finally, at the end of Year 9 students partake in ‘Circus’, a fun, colourful mixed media exploration of animals, clowns and circus acts through the disciplines of printmaking, tonal and collage.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 students who choose to study Art are introduced to different materials and media’s and styles of working. This will then provide them with all the skills for the two projects using wire, clay, collage, printmaking and painting. All the work produced in Year 10 will assist them and prepare them for Year 11.
Key Stage 5
At Key Stage 5 students who choose to study Art after GCSE are again building on their Key stage 3 and 4 knowledge and skills. In both AS and A2 level, students partake in a coursework unit based on a topic where they research, develop ideas and use a broad range of materials and skills to produce a final piece. This process is then repeated for the exam where students are given the theme chosen by the exam board and they create a final piece alongside a body of work.