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What is Art ?

‘Creative work combines knowledge and skills using the senses, inspiration and imagination’

Art is the expression of creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing such works is to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power.

Why is Art important?

Art is an extremely popular subject where the aim is to allow you to express your individuality and creativity. Art is an exciting and an enriching subject where you get to experiment with a wide range of creative experiences in 2D and 3D form. The study of Art in Penyrheol will give you the opportunity to express yourself in different ways and be creative. Art can also build confidence as well as a sense of individual identity. Studying Art as a subject helps to develop critical thinking and the ability to interpret the world around us. You will learn to appreciate artefacts (ancient objects) and understand why they were created. As you learn about Art history, it helps you to understand and appreciate different cultures. Seeing a different culture explored through a visual medium such as sculptures or paintings helps you to process information in a different way. The arts also strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills. When you are making a work of art, the process includes conceptual and interpretational thinking that helps build critical thinking skills including observation, reasoning, and problem-solving. During the creative process you will use logic and problem-solving strategies of how to reach your intended outcome. Critical thinking skills are also in play when observing and analysing famous works. This ability to think critically to solve problems in a unique way is key to the 21st century workplace. You are free to explore ideas, experiment and try out new ideas whilst learning various skills.

What will your 'journey' in Art look like?

The journey that you take through our curriculum is planned very carefully so that you will make steady progress in Art. Our exciting curriculum in KS3 supports you to develop skills in painting, drawing, clay and sculpture work and you will learn a variety of techniques along the way. You will develop knowledge of famous and interesting artists and their styles. You will also learn about historical events including various cultures and their artefacts.

In year 7 you will learn all about:

What can we learn from Aboriginal Art?

Within this unit you will be exploring the Aboriginal Culture where you will learn about the history of the Aboriginal people, dreamtime, and x-ray animals. You will create an x-ray fish based on prehistoric Aboriginal cave Art where you will experiment with mono printing. You will learn to draw symbols from aerial view and create a drawing of your journey to school in the style of Aboriginal paintings. Ideas and intentions will be developed by creatively using your imagination to create an outcome of a polystyrene print where you will focus on decorating your design with witchetty grubs, honey ants and dots using chalk pens. The fun doesn’t stop there! You will have the opportunity to design a boomerang and create it using clay, decorate and paint it.

 

How do we learn to draw portraits using Greek Theatre Masks

An exciting opportunity to learn about the Greek Gods and their powers through art.  You will learn about Greek theatre, Dionysus, Satyr and Medusa and create wonderful masks based on mythical stories of different creatures or Greek Gods. To start the project, you will be taught how to draw a portrait focusing on using the correct proportions of the face. You will then create a 3D mask of your choice based on Greek mythology using papier mache which is messy and fun! To create an old effect, you will finally apply black tissue paper and dab with gold/silver metallic paint.

 

Portraits

In this project you will learn about the various styles of different artists throughout time and will engage in experimenting with a range of various materials including developing painting skills. You will research Picasso, Edvard Munch and various artists who created expressionist paintings. Learning about these artists will inspire and enrich your knowledge of famous portraits created by well-known famous artists. The outcome will be to produce a painting in the style of one of the artists researched. Whether it be a water-colour painting, a large print with a painted background or a Pop art style painting using ICT skills the choice is yours.

In year 8 you will learn all about:

Day of the Dead

Within this unit you are given the opportunity to explore and understand the Mexican celebration ‘Day of the dead.’ You will learn about the Mexican and Aztec civilization understanding their religious beliefs, celebrations, and artefacts. You will produce a mind map on the Mexican traditions focusing on producing an accurate realistic skull drawing and sugar skull, decorated with marigold flowers for the background. The marigold is the traditional flower in Mexico known as ‘the flower of the dead’! Your work will be highly decorated and sketchbook work will provide reference for your outcome of a clay Sugar skull which will be bright in colour and highly decorated with various patterns.

Bugs

During this project you will develop specific drawing skills focusing on symmetry and mark-making to create an accurate detailed bug. You will record your observations and develop ideas by learning about the elements of Art through line, tone, colour and symmetry based on natural forms. Inspired by the popular Zentagle method which is an American method of drawing, which not only promotes concentration and creativity but at the same time increases personal well-being you will produce an A3 coloured ink drawing of a beetle, moth or butterfly using fine liners to decorate where you will apply various detailed patterns. You will also get the opportunity to develop printing skills further and create repetitive colourful designs of their bugs inspired by the Pop Art culture.

In year 9 you will learn all about:

Sweets

The contemporary artist Sarah Graham will inspire you to create realistic drawings focusing on symmetry, accuracy and applying detail. Sketchbooks will be used to develop ideas where they will draw various logos of famous brands and learn how to draw various shapes of different sweets. You will also be introduced to the amazing artist Peter Anton who creates realistic 3D extremely large sculptures of sweets and comfort food. You will then create a sculpture of a giant lollipop or a huge doughnut where will apply detail to your work and will develop painting skills focusing on blending and application of paint to try to make it look as realistic as possible. In this project you will work in pairs or in a group and work as a team to identify any problems and learn to overcome them, when working with sculpture and realism.

Photography

Photography at Penyrheol School is a new course designed to broaden your understanding of a variety of photographic techniques and processes. You will learn about basic photography skills including the rule of thirds, perspective, angles, and digital manipulation to create exciting photographs of miniature models and creating wonderful scenes inspired by the artist David Gilliver. This project will teach pupils to look at the world in a very different and creative way. When researching photographers, it will enable you to apply creative, analytical and critical thinking.

Introduction to GCSE Art

KS3 is preparation for KS4 where you will be independent in your learning. At GCSE level with all the skills, techniques and knowledge gained from KS3 you will independently choose a topic of your choice to study and work towards meeting the assessment objectives. Exciting school trips to Bristol Zoo and a visit to Cardiff Museum and St Fagans are all fun days out to enjoy whilst learning at the same time! You will have the choice to study either Art or Photography at GCSE level which has proven to be very popular subjects where the GCSE grades have continued to be high with outstanding artwork being produced. The atmosphere is relaxed where you draw from direct observation of real skulls, masks of different cultures, bugs and many more artefacts. You then select your theme, research artists, experiment with materials of your choice and work towards producing a final piece. This could be a print, painting, a clay pot, sculpture, the list is endless!

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KS3 is preparation for KS4 where you will be independent in your learning. At GCSE level with all the skills, techniques and knowledge gained from KS3 you will independently choose a topic of your choice to study and work towards meeting the assessment objectives. Exciting school trips to Bristol Zoo and a visit to Cardiff Museum and St Fagans are all fun days out to enjoy whilst learning at the same time! You will have the choice to study either Art or Photography at GCSE level which has proven to be very popular subjects where the GCSE grades have continued to be high with outstanding artwork being produced. The atmosphere is relaxed where you draw from direct observation of real skulls, masks of different cultures, bugs and many more artefacts. You then select your theme, research artists, experiment with materials of your choice and work towards producing a final piece. This could be a print, painting, a clay pot, sculpture, the list is endless!

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