Ralph Thoresby School

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Art and Design

Problem solving, critical thinking and creativity are essential in a fast developing world. Students are to be encouraged to be creative, take risks and work with others to nurture their creative potential and ability to problem solve. They will learn to appreciate and analyse images from the past and present. Students will get to work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. Students will be made aware of the wide and diverse range of careers in art, craft and design and the creative industries

Our KS3 curriculum has been designed to allow pupils to experience a playful and creative imagination as well as developing a technical appreciation of art where the process as well as the exploration of materials and ideas is as important as the outcome.
The variety and range of projects and materials gives opportunities for pupils to find areas of strength and personal interest.
Pupils also explore a range of materials such as clay, sculpture, collage, painting, printmaking, multi media, and drawing as well as gaining an appreciation of the historical, cultural & intellectual awareness of the visual arts.

KS4 is a broad course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and or 3D processes and new media and technologies. It is an unendorsed course where candidates can work in appropriate art, craft and design materials and processes. Candidates should produce practical and contextual work based on the themes of African Masks and Street Art.

KS5 is a great opportunity for pupils to explore a range of ideas, media, techniques and processes – a mini foundation course to help them find a way that suits their creative potential. It is an unendorsed course where candidates can work in appropriate art, craft and design materials and processes This has seen students work in mediums as diverse as film, photography plaster, wax, textiles and paint. Candidates should produce practical and contextual work. By the end of year 12 students will be expected to produce a self directed Personal Investigation bringing together and displaying their critical understanding as well as their skills.

We have seen excellent results in our GCSE and A Levels with numerous students electing to study Art and Design up to Degree level and beyond! The department has created links with Leeds Arts University and Leeds Art Gallery and had numerous visiting artists and opportunities for student to be involved with outside creative practitioners. A level students have regularly exhibited work at Harewood House as part of the Red Kite Alliance exhibition.

Ralph Thoresby students continue to uphold the school’s good reputation for success in the field of the Visual Arts.

Teaching Staff

Andrea Goodrum  Alastair Gregory  Stuart Knight

Links to SMSC and British Values:

Spiritual development in Art
Art and design is dependent on the students’ ability to enquire and communicate their ideas, meanings and feelings. Students will investigate visual, tactile and other sensory qualities of their own and others work. We encourage independent thinking that will enable students to develop their ideas and intentions and express these in an appropriate manner.

Moral development in Art
Students are encouraged to look at work that will often pose a moral question. The student’s outcomes are supported with a rationale or a meaning that will often convey a message.

Social development in Art
Students work is celebrated throughout the school and is to be displayed in many areas. Students work independently and collaboratively to develop.
Students discuss and research a range of artists and art work, encouraging and developing communication skills.

Cultural development in Art
Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of artist’s ideas and concepts identifying how meanings are conveyed. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of cultures, beliefs and religions. Through their investigations they will research and explore the religious and non-religious beliefs adopted by a variety artists of cultures from around the world.

Courses available to take at KS4 and KS5

  • KS4: GCSE Art, Craft and Design
  • KS5: A Level Art, Craft and Design
  • Year 7 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Hundertwasser -Colour

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      During this project pupils will explore the work of Hundertwasser (artist, architect and environmentalist) with the opportunity to explore natural forms, symbols design & shapes. This project is also a great opportunity to expand on basic colour theory – Primary Secondary and the colour wheel. Outcome will be a Hundertwasser inspired painting.

      Assessment

      PINS. Verbal feedback. Peer assessment. End of term assessment.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Aboriginal Art- Colour

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils to explore the use of signs and symbols in Aboriginal culture and artwork. Students will be encouraged to develop links between their research, artwork and Aboriginal art.
      Pupils will further develop their colour mixing skills exploring mixing Tertiary and ‘Earthy’ colours.
      Develop design and painting skills.
      Outcome will be a personal interpretation, design and painting.

      Assessment

      PINS. Verbal feedback. Peer assessment. End of term assessment.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Printmaking

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      During this project pupils will explore Relief & Mono printing techniques. Pupils will recognise the different forms and purpose of printing. This is very much skills based task and activity using previous projects as a starting point for designs and ideas.

      Assessment

      PINS. Verbal feedback. Peer assessment. End of term assessment.

    How can I support my child?

    Equipment required: Equipment provided

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Encourage your child’s playful enjoyment of various art & craft activities in both 2D and 3D materials. Gather art & craft materials as well as comics and art books that are readily available to use at home. – Visit the library art section. Ask questions about what they are doing in their art lessons. Visit art galleries, sculpture parks, museums, festivals & celebrations.

    Encourage your child to record visual experiences through drawing, taking photographs, gathering images and keeping them in a scrapbook/diary.

    Encourage your child to watch television programmes related to art, design and craft, e.g. Art Attack.

    Encourage your child to use various computer software programmes to generate designs, animation or digital paintings.

    Encourage your child to participate in decorating decisions around the home. Help your child recognise that art and design is all around them. e.g. painting, sculpture, architecture, furniture design, stained glass, graphic design, animation, weaving, pottery, stage designs, advertising, interior design, etc.

     

    Homework Information

    Homework is research based and set at the start of each topic. This is essential as students will need this research to develop the rest of the project.

  • Year 8 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Mexico Day of the Dead Festival

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils explore the festival The day of the Dead.
      This project introduces them to explore the culture, colour and designs of the festival as well as exploring the properties of clay.
      Outcome a painted clay skull.

      Assessment

      PINS. Verbal feedback. Peer assessment. End of term assessment.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Kandinsky

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils will listen to music and use this to create their own inspired Kandinsky artworks. Links to sport, dance and music. Pupils to produce various painting outcomes.

      Assessment

      PINS. Verbal feedback. Peer assessment. End of term assessment.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Letterforms Bob & Roberta Smith

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils will explore letterforms with a cultural and historical context.
      Pupils to explore the contemporary work of Bob and Roberta Smith and use these ideas to generate their own slogan poster/billboard.

      Assessment

      PINS. Verbal feedback. Peer assessment. End of term assessment.

    How can I support my child?

    Equipment required: Equipment provided

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Encourage your child’s playful enjoyment of various art & craft activities in both 2D and 3D materials. Gather art & craft materials as well as comics and art books that are readily available to use at home. – Visit the library art section. Ask questions about what they are doing in their art lessons. Visit art galleries, sculpture parks, museums, festivals & celebrations.

    Encourage your child to record visual experiences through drawing, taking photographs, gathering images and keeping them in a scrapbook/diary.

    Encourage your child to watch television programmes related to art, design and craft, e.g. Art Attack.

    Encourage your child to use various computer software programmes to generate designs, animation or digital paintings.

    Encourage your child to participate in decorating decisions around the home. Help your child recognise that art and design is all around them. e.g. painting, sculpture, architecture, furniture design, stained glass, graphic design, animation, weaving, pottery, stage designs, advertising, interior design, etc.

     

    Homework Information

    Homework is research based and set at the start of each topic. This is essential as students will need this research to develop the rest of the project.

  • Year 9 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Japanese Art. Research and observational studies

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Japanese Art.
      Traditional to Manga.
      Research. Drawing.
      A01 A02 A03

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment criteria.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Clay Mask

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Exploring materials and recording through clay
      Students use their research to develop and explore the properties of clay to develop their own design.
      A01 A02 A03

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment criteria.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Mini project inspired by their research.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils develop their own mini project inspired by their research.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      GCSE African Mask 60% Portfolio

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils start to gather research based on African Masks.
      Mask designs, Pattern and Colour
      Pupils analyse through drawing, painting and annotation
      AO1 AO2 AO3

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment criteria.

    How can I support my child?

    Equipment required:

    A range of pencils. 2H, HB 2B, 4B.

    A set of quality colouring pencils.

    Sketchbook.

    Drawing pens.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Encourage your child’s playful enjoyment of various art & craft activities in both 2D and 3D materials. Gather art & craft materials as well as comics and art books that are readily available to use at home. – Visit the library art section. Ask questions about what they are doing in their art lessons. Visit art galleries, sculpture parks, museums, festivals & celebrations.

    Encourage your child to record visual experiences through drawing, taking photographs, gathering images and keeping them in a scrapbook/diary.

    Encourage your child to watch television programmes related to art, design and craft, e.g. Art Attack.

    Encourage your child to use various computer software programmes to generate designs, animation or digital paintings.

    Encourage your child to participate in decorating decisions around the home. Help your child recognise that art and design is all around them. e.g. painting, sculpture, architecture, furniture design, stained glass, graphic design, animation, weaving, pottery, stage designs, advertising, interior design, etc.

     

    Homework Information

    Homework is research based and is set at specific times as required during the project. There will also be various times when individual homework tasks are required depending on the individual student’s project. This is reliant on the students being independent, organised and focused.  This crucial homework will enable them to develop their work.

    Research should be primary and secondary source materials.

  • Year 10 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      GCSE African Mask 60% Portfolio

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Through drawing students design their own mask creating links to their research.
      Construction of mask using clay, card and papier machie

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      GCSE African Mask 60% Portfolio

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Construction of mask using clay, card and papier machie.
      Students start to paint and colour their masks
      AO1 AO2 AO3

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      GCSE Street Art 60% Portfolio

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils start to gather research based on StreetArt
      Analyse research though drawing, painting and annotation

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      GCSE Street Art 60% Portfolio

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils analyse their research and start to explore materials to develop their own ideas

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      GCSE Street Art 60% Portfolio

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students start to plan and make their final pieces. There will be opportunities for changes and research opportunities.
      AO1 AO2 AO3

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      GCSE Street Art 60% Portfolio

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students start to plan and make their final pieces. There will be opportunities for changes and research opportunities.
      AO1 AO2 AO3

      Assessment

      PINS Peer assessment Verbal feedback GCSE assessment objectives

    How can I support my child?

    Equipment required:

    A range of pencils. 2H, HB 2B, 4B.

    A set of quality colouring pencils.

    Sketchbook.

    Drawing pens.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Encourage your child’s playful enjoyment of various art & craft activities in both 2D and 3D materials. Gather art & craft materials as well as comics and art books that are readily available to use at home. – Visit the library art section. Ask questions about what they are doing in their art lessons. Visit art galleries, sculpture parks, museums, festivals & celebrations.

    Encourage your child to record visual experiences through drawing, taking photographs, gathering images and keeping them in a scrapbook/diary.

    Encourage your child to watch television programmes related to art, design and craft, e.g. Art Attack.

    Encourage your child to use various computer software programmes to generate designs, animation or digital paintings.

    Encourage your child to participate in decorating decisions around the home. Help your child recognise that art and design is all around them. e.g. painting, sculpture, architecture, furniture design, stained glass, graphic design, animation, weaving, pottery, stage designs, advertising, interior design, etc.

     

    Homework Information

    Homework is research based and is set at specific times as required during the project. There will also be various times when individual homework tasks are required depending on the individual students project. This is reliant on the students being independent, organised and focused.  This crucial homework will enable them to develop their work.

    Research should be primary and secondary source materials.

  • Year 11 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      African Masks 60% Portfolio

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      African Mask
      Presenting and consolidating towards a final outcome – AO1 AO2 AO3 AO4
      realising intentions.

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Street Art 60% Portfolio

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Street Art
      Presenting and consolidating towards a final outcome – realising intentions.
      AO1 AO2 AO3 AO4

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      GCSE Externally Set Exam 40%

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students choose an exam question.
      Analyse research and explore ideas.
      Analysis through drawing, appropriate material and annotation.
      AO1 AO2 AO3

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      GCSE Externally Set Exam 40%

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Developing their idea through the use of materials and composition etc
      AO1 AO2 AO3

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      GCSE Externally Set Exam 40%

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students refine their idea and use of materials in preparation for their final outcome,
      Students sit their10 hour exam
      AO1 AO2 AO3 AO4

      Assessment

      Final Assessment and marking. Marks sent to the exam board by the 31st May.

    How can I support my child?

    Equipment required:

    A range of pencils. 2H, HB 2B, 4B.

    A set of quality colouring pencils.

    Sketchbook.

    Drawing pens.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Encourage your child’s playful enjoyment of various art & craft activities in both 2D and 3D materials. Gather art & craft materials as well as comics and art books that are readily available to use at home. – Visit the library art section. Ask questions about what they are doing in their art lessons. Visit art galleries, sculpture parks, museums, festivals & celebrations.

    Encourage your child to record visual experiences through drawing, taking photographs, gathering images and keeping them in a scrapbook/diary.

    Encourage your child to watch television programmes related to art, design and craft, e.g. Art Attack.

    Encourage your child to use various computer software programmes to generate designs, animation or digital paintings.

    Encourage your child to participate in decorating decisions around the home. Help your child recognise that art and design is all around them. e.g. painting, sculpture, architecture, furniture design, stained glass, graphic design, animation, weaving, pottery, stage designs, advertising, interior design, etc.

     

    Homework Information

    Homework is research based and is set at specific times as required during the project. There will also be various times when individual homework tasks are required depending on the individual students project. This is reliant on the students being independent, organised and focused.  This crucial homework will enable them to develop their work.

    Research should be primary and secondary source materials.

  • Year 12 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Skills/ Disquise

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Whilst developing skills and techniques pupils will be expected to developing a parallel project on the theme of disquise. Primary source photographs.
      Artist research.

      Skills Painting. Pen and ink line drawings Charcoal tonal drawing, Wax pastel.

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCE assessment objectives.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Skills/ Disquise

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Skills Photoshop & Collage. Printing, Etching, Screen Printing and photocopying techniques.
      Annotating research.

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCE assessment objectives.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Skills/ Disquise

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils bring together the theme of Disquise and produce a mini project – selecting the most appropriate technique that suits their creative potential.

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCE assessment objectives.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Mock Exam

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Student to choose an external exam questions and develop a mock exam.
      Research and develop theme.
      AO1 AO2 AO3 AO4

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCE assessment objectives.

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      Mock Exam

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Explore material and developing ideas.
      AO1 AO2 AO3 AO4

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCE assessment objectives.

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      Personal Investigation 60 % Portfolio

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students to start to develop their Personal Investigation
      AO1 AO2 AO3

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCE assessment objectives.

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    How can I support my child?

    Equipment required:

    A range of pencils. 2H, HB 2B, 4B.

    A set of quality colouring pencils.

    Sketchbook.

    Drawing pens.

    Sets of Acrylic and oil paints.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Encourage your child’s playful enjoyment of various art & craft activities in both 2D and 3D materials. Gather art & craft materials as well as comics and art books that are readily available to use at home. – Visit the library art section. Ask questions about what they are doing in their art lessons. Visit art galleries, sculpture parks, museums, festivals & celebrations.

    Encourage your child to record visual experiences through drawing, taking photographs, gathering images and keeping them in a scrapbook/diary.

    Encourage your child to watch television programmes related to art, design and craft.

    Encourage your child to use various computer software programmes to generate designs, animation or digital paintings.

     

     

    Self-study Information

    Self study will be determined by individual student projects. Students will be expected to spend at least 4/5 hours of self study a week. This is reliant on the students being independent, organised and focused.  This self study is essential to enable them to develop and consolidate their work.

  • Year 13 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Personal Investigation 60 % Portfolio

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students to start to develop their Personal Investigation through the use of primary and secondary source material and the use of appropriate techniques and media.
      AO1 AO2 AO3

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCE assessment objectives.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Personal Investigation 60 % Portfolio

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students explore relevant presentation/composition. Working towards their final outcome
      AO1 AO2 AO3 AO4

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCE assessment objectives.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Externally Set Exam 40%

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students choose an exam question.
      Analyse research and explore ideas.
      Analysis through drawing, appropriate material and annotation.
      AO1 AO2 AO3

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCE assessment objectives.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Externally Set Exam 40%

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Developing their idea through the use of materials and composition etc
      AO1 AO2 AO3

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCE assessment objectives.

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      Externally Set Exam 40%

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students refine their idea and use of materials in preparation for their final outcome,
      Students sit their15 hour exam
      AO1 AO2 AO3 AO4

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCE assessment objectives.

    • 06

      Assessment

      Final Assessment and marking. Marks sent to the exam board by the 31st May.

    Useful Links

    How can I support my child?

    Equipment required:

    A range of pencils. 2H, HB 2B, 4B.

    A set of quality colouring pencils.

    Sketchbook.

    Drawing pens.

    Sets of Acrylic and oil paints.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Encourage your child’s playful enjoyment of various art & craft activities in both 2D and 3D materials. Gather art & craft materials as well as comics and art books that are readily available to use at home. – Visit the library art section. Ask questions about what they are doing in their art lessons. Visit art galleries, sculpture parks, museums, festivals & celebrations.

    Encourage your child to record visual experiences through drawing, taking photographs, gathering images and keeping them in a scrapbook/diary.

    Encourage your child to watch television programmes related to art, design and craft.

    Encourage your child to use various computer software programmes to generate designs, animation or digital paintings.

     

     

    Self-study Information

    Self study will be determined by individual student projects. Students will be expected to spend at least 4/5 hours of self study a week. This is reliant on the students being independent, organised and focused.  This self study is essential to enable them to develop and consolidate their work.

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