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Art and design

Art and Design

Art is a fantastic and fascinating subject. Its impact on the world and the way in which we can communicate to others is profound - from film making to huge canvas paintings. Just the process of thinking in a creative way, designing and making ideas come to life, makes it such an exciting subject learn. Art is also a window into different worlds; through artwork, we can learn about different times, cultures and places.

At Hermitage Academy we provide many opportunities for our students to learn the practical hands-on aspects of art, as well as the historical and theoretical part of it too. In doing so, a solid foundation is created for those that want to take it further in our sixth form. Art has contributed at Hermitage Academy in strengthening literacy and cognition. Our sixth form students have pursued many different avenues in the creative industries and are helping to impact our world with their designs. 

Year 7

Learning outcomes

In Year 7, students will develop their art-making skills when working with different materials and techniques informed by context and understanding of themes such as the wandering about wondering and arts and crafts from a number of different sources. Focus is centred around the playful work of Mike Perry, New York-based artist.

Topics taught

Art Elements: Mike Perry wandering about wondering

Year 8

Learning outcomes

During Year 8, students will develop an understanding of the sustained investigation of contextual, analytical and cultural exploration through the use of techniques and processes. They will learn and use art key terms when refining their ideas.

Topics taught

Children’s book illustration, pictorial space, imaginative drawing, portraiture

Year 9

Learning outcomes

In Year 9 students will develop an understanding of context and art language with a sustained approach to selecting techniques and processes to realise intentions with more independence. Students are given the opportunity to develop make choices and respond to tasks around the theme of Illusions. Extending into an independent study in the final term.

Topics taught

Illusions, independent project

Year 10

 

Learning outcomes

A foundation course in drawing and the use of multiple materials is used to introduce one of the major project based on the theme of the ‘circus’ Independent development of the work is carried through a wide range of painting drawing and other tasks. Not excluding photography and other media including sculpture.

Topics taught

Circus

Year 11

 

Learning outcomes

Begins with a response to an independent set task of the students own choice. This is to encourage flexibility and choices to be made in preparation for their final exam

Topics taught

Independent project - Externally set assignment (exam) January of Year 11