Balcarras

Art

Welcome

The art department at Balcarras School consists of 4 studios and five full time specialist art teachers. All the studios are purpose built and we welcome the opportunities offered at all key stages to work both in 2D and 3D. The department stocks a range of equipment and materials including paper, card, clay, plaster of Paris, printing inks, paint and a range of graphic media etc. All art rooms are equipped with computers, scanners and data projectors and the students are encouraged to use ICT as an integral part of their learning; especially when it comes to research.

We are also increasingly seeing much more use of photography through the various key stages, and again this is whole heartedly encouraged. In ICT students are taught how to use Photoshop from an early age and we are certainly seeing this come more into play with their art work. We are delighted to see work of excellence and a very positive commitment to the subject from pupils/students at all three key stages.

Curriculum map Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3: Curriculum Mapping Overview

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 1

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

Baseline: Basic Forms & Still Life

Mark making

Colour

Colour

Litter Bugs

Litter Bugs

Year 8

Baseline: Natural Forms

 

Pattern & Print

Pattern & Print

Vessels & Containers

Vessels & Containers

 

Adornment

Year 9

Baseline: Self Portraiture

Portrait: Sense of Self

Portrait: Sense of Self

Architecture

Utopia/Dystopia

 

Curriculum map GCSE

Key Stage 4: Curriculum Mapping Overview

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 1

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

Course intro + Composition work

Close up work

Painting workshop

Mock preparation/

development of own work

Mock preparation/

development of own work

 

Development of own work in preparation for yr11

Year 11

Development of personal work

Mock examination + cwk finish 60%

Examination unit begins 40% of final mark

Examination preparation + examination

Final review of cwk submission + exhibition

 

 Curriculum  map A level

Key Stage 5: Curriculum Mapping Overview

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 1

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 12

Fine Art

Course intro + Boccioni work+ 1 other + Emerson Mayes + 1 other

Henry Moore + 1 other 5wk challenge+3wk challenge

Figure intro+ development of their own work

Development of their own work

Final piece submission + yr12 review

Concertina work begins in preparation for yr13

Year 12 Photography

Course intro + colour, line, tone collage + photographs

self-portrait+ weekly tasks + still life challenge

The figure intro + photographs

Development of their own work

 

Final piece submission + yr12 review

 

Light and dark challenge + preparation for yr13

Year 13 Fine Art

Personal investigation

Personal investigation

 

End of personal investigation

Examination preparation

Examination development+ 15 hr examination

Exhibition

Year 13 Photography

 

Personal investigation

 

Personal investigation

 

End of personal investigation

 

Examination preparation

 

Examination development+ examination

 

Exhibition

 

Key Stage 3

The type of work produced is wide ranging and we will endeavour to introduce artists from many different starting points as inspiration. The various key stages have been planned so that they seamlessly fit together and there is a continuous upwards transference of skills. Key stage three is structured into three projects per year including a trip in Year 8 to the Pitt Rivers museum in Oxford and a trip to the Harry Potter studios in Year 9. During this time the students will cover a range of approaches and materials thus preparing them for GCSE. All lessons comply with the national curriculum and projects are 'triggered' by art history both Western and from other cultures.

GCSE

The GCSE course comprises of a series of workshops undertaken in Year 10. These reinforce and extend a range of skills covered previously and begin to truly put the work of artists at the forefront of the practical activities. As students move through their GCSE course, in Year 11 they are encouraged to find their own voice with their work and the results become increasingly personal. We continue to run four large groups and the subject continues to be very popular with the students.

A Level

The A level courses that we run are extremely popular and have been extremely successful. There is certainly no house style and the students’ ambition to succeed is inspiring to witness. We run two courses at AS and A2; fine art and photography and the work below is a sample of some.

Trips

There are numerous trips to Art Galleries throughout the years. Including the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, The Harry Potter studios, The Tate Britain and The Tate Modern. Enjoy.