Key Stage 3

The KS3 programme covers knowledge and understanding by focussing on notable art and design movements throughout history. Starting with the prehistoric era and finishing in the 21st century, we offer a broad curriculum. Students have the opportunity to experience a wide range of media, materials and processes including 3D.

Year 7 programme
Prehistoric art, Ancient Greek pots, Japanese patterns, African Art

Year 8 programme
Sculpture caricatures, Drawing from the arts and craft movement, Printing – observing our local area, Painting inspired by Pop Art
Worked is marked and standardised thoroughly and consistently throughout the Praising Stars cycles. There is a very strong focus on advice and guidance when choosing options in year 8 to ensure that students make the correct choices.

Key Stage 4

The KS4 curriculum follows the Edexcel fine art syllabus and has proved to be one of the most consistent and popular options subjects in the Academy. Students thrive under the personalised tuition that is offered and results are very good. A and A* grades have traditionally been especially strong with students moving seamlessly onto KS5 provision both at Outwood Grange Academy Post 16 and in other establishments.

The curriculum is divided into the coursework unit (unit 1) which is 60% of the grade and the externally set assignment (unit 2) which is 40% of the grade. The syllabus consists of 4 assessment objectives:

AO1 is researching and ideas, where students find out what art they respond to and learn to make confident choices.

AO2 is about experimenting and taking risks. Students try out a wide range of media, materials and processes, including printmaking and photography. They are encouraged to find out what they actively enjoy working with as well as being able to try out materials and combinations that they have not yet encountered.

AO3 is the quality of the work, how it is recorded, kept and organised. Students learn how to sustain their investigation by reviewing what they have done and making appropriate changes. They can set themselves goals and challenges.

AO4 is the final work – the big finish. Students use work from the other assessment objectives to put everything they have learned into practice. There are no set ways of working and students are free to produce work that is personal, imaginative and exciting. Students reflect on what they have done.

In 2015 the A* – C rate for GCSE fine art students was 80%

Key Stage 5

GCE Fine Art is an excellent platform for progression to higher education in the visual arts.
Expectations and results are outstanding. Student feedback on the course is always very positive and their individuality is encouraged and respected. Teaching studios are stimulating and well equipped with expert, personalised tuition. There is a comprehensive enrichment programme fully supported by staff. In year 13, extra tuition is given on Further and Higher education entry, portfolio preparation and interview technique. There are very good links with local FE colleges.

In 2016 60% of A2 students achieved A* in both fine art and photography. All students received a place on their first choice at art college including Leeds College of Art foundation course.

What will I learn in FINE ART Post 16?
Painting, Drawing and Printmaking. Recording in a wide range of materials and techniques. Exploring visual language. Researching and developing resources. Exploring personal themes. Creative use of visual media. Contextual work from contemporary and historical sources.

“I can’t thank the art staff enough. I was given help and support all the way through. My painting became fluent and my confidence soared” Niamh Donnelly

What will I learn in PHOTOGRAPHY Post 16?
Digital Photography and Photoshop. Exploring personal themes. Contextual work from contemporary and historical sources. Presentation and visual communication skills. Experiment with photographic techniques and processes to realise your creative intentions. Develop a critical appreciation of the work of other photographers.

“Photography has allowed me to be really creative and opened my eyes to the culture around us. The facilities are superb and the art department is definitely my favourite place to be”. Holly Bate

Future Opportunities
The visual and creative arts are big businesses. Creative industries in the UK contribute £60 billion to the economy and employ 1.4 million people. People with creative skills are highly valued in a rapidly changing world of work. Many of our students have flourishing careers in web based industries, multimedia industries, advertising, architecture, graphic design, computer related design, fashion, film and television, photography, print media, teaching & lecturing and many, many more.

Entry Requirements
Students must have GCSE art or photography at C or above. Standards at A Level are very high and are a big step up from GCSE. The courses are more demanding than most students realise. Ambition and determination are required because this learning will challenge you.

Howard Jackson – Teacher of Art
Alison Jackson – Teacher of Art
Sasha Blankley – Teacher of Art
Suzanne Keighley – Teacher of Art