Year 7

In Year 7 we aim to teach students the necessary skills to work with confidence, taking pride in what they achieve and producing work to a high standard. 

Students develop their skills in using a wide range of media including drawing, painting, collage, and printmaking. Students will improve their understanding of a range of artists who focus on still life and landscapes before we move into portraiture.

Scheme of Work Summary:

Term 1 -  Baseline Test

Terms 1 and 2 –Formal elements in art. Colour theory, painting and Giorgio Morandi

Terms 3 and 4 -  Landscapes, Line tone and colour.

Terms 5 and 6 – Portraiture. Drawing skills.

  • Year 8

In Year 8 we build upon skills and extend students subject knowledge in a range of media including drawing, painting, printing and relief work.

Students continue developing their artist knowledge by looking at artists who focus on cultural art and natural forms.

Scheme of Work Summary:

Terms 1and 2 -  research and observational drawing. Aboriginal art and collage

Terms 3 and 4 – Artists research skills and sculpture. Kate Malone

Terms 5 and 6 – Portraiture, paint and colour mixing

Year 9

In year 9 students will undertake project work drawing upon skills gained in year 8 and 9. They will develop projects using research skills before undertaking work in response to a theme.

At the end of this year pupils have the option of staying in Art to undertake the BTEC First level 1 and 2 in Art and Design.

Term 1 and 2 – Artists research and printmaking.

Term 3 and 4 – Book making project, drawing and painting.

Term 5 and 6 – Renaissance and clay sculpture.

Year 10

The students who opted in at the end of Year 9 will complete their BTEC First level 1 and 2 in Art and Design. This will be the first year of a two-year course taking them through to the end of year 11. The course is 100% coursework based 75% is set internally and 25% is set externally by Pearson Edexcel. The link below will help support throughout this course and answer any queries.

Term 1 to 3 - Unit 1: Introduction to specialist pathways in Art and Design

Term 4 and 5 - Unit 2: Communicating ideas in 2D

Term 6          -  Unit 4: Communicating ideas in 3D

Year 11

Year 11 will see the skill pupils have developed through sustained investigations come to a close. At the beginning of the year pupils will complete their 75% internally set assignments in anticipation for their externally set task.

Their external controlled assignment will be issued in term 3 and end with a 10 hour controlled assessment.

Term 1 and 2 – Unit 4: Communicating ideas in 3D

Term 3 to 5 – Unit 2: Creative project in Art and Design.

Year 12

In year 12 pupils can begin to develop their knowledge of Art and Design in the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Art and design. Structured to enable pupils to be more independent this higher level will engage pupils investigation and analytical skills. They are asked to develop independent studies that will be showcased in two externally set tasks and two internally set assignments.

To support these studies pupils will be given the opportunity to visit Artist studios and galleries as well as workshops in various sectors in Art and Design.

Year 12 will be the start of the two year course that is equivalent to one A-Level and is ideal for those pupils who are looking to go on further into higher education.

Terms 1 and 2 -  Visual recording and communication and Critical and contextual studies on Art and Design

Term 3 and 4 – Unit 1 Visual recording and communication (Externally set task)

Term 5 and 6 – Unit 2 Critical and contextual studies in Art and Design (Externally set task)

Year 13

Year 13 is the final year at Holmesdale. Pupils will work towards their overall assessment grade by completing a further two internal units. Pupils are a liberty to choose one unit themselves at this stage. Unit 3 is mandatory the optional units are shown below.

At the end of year 13, pupils will be asked to present their work in a gallery type setting as they host an event that showcases work to the public.

Term 1 to 3 – Unit 3: The creative process (Internal mandatory unit)

Term 4 and 5 – Optional unit (see below)

Unit 9 – Photographic materials, techniques and processes.

Unit 12 – Fine Art materials, techniques and processes

Unit 13 – 3D Design materials, techniques and processes

Term 6 – Exhibition set up and private view.

Useful Links - Art

Some good website for images and galleries which would add to the artist knowledge and have some drawings information are:

The Holmesdale School
The Holmesdale School
Malling Road, Snodland, Kent ME6 5HS
Tel: 01634 240416 Fax: 01634 244041

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