Welcome to Laisterdyke Leadership Academy Art department. We believe that creativity is a fundamental aspect of any education.
To develop the creative possibilities within each pupil we endeavour to provide a stimulating and exciting environment where students can develop their artistic creativity whether they are studying Art for examinations or as an introduction to the subject. We strive for excellence and aim to expose students to as much art as possible.
The Art department at Laisterdyke Leadership Academy prides itself on making art meaningful, enjoyable and accessible to all students whilst promoting the confidence and desire in the students to produce work of quality. In order to achieve these objectives an understanding of the formal elements of art and design is essential together with a technical competence in a wide range of media. Practical demonstrations are central to the teaching ethos of the department providing an effective means of introducing new skills and techniques whilst generating confidence in the pupil.
As Michelangelo once said “The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and miss it, but that we aim too low and we reach it.”
In year 7 pupils will be introduced to a broad range of new techniques, materials, artists and themes. These experiences will set the foundations for developing as an effective artist and creative thinker.
Pupils will work through three different topics and engage in practical tasks, discussion, group work and homework projects. Each theme is designed to develop a balance of practical skills, knowledge and understanding. Pupils will experiment with both 2D and 3D formats and explore techniques including painting, printing, collage and sculpture.
Drawing is seen as a fundamental art skill, which is encouraged and developed across all year groups. In year 7 pupils will begin to develop a more experimental style of drawing where the use of line, tone and unusual materials will be used.
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In year 8 pupils will build on the skills, techniques, knowledge and understanding introduced in year 7. They will be encouraged to refine their work and challenge themselves creatively.
Pupils will again study three themes, which are designed to expose students to a broad curriculum of study. Within each theme pupils will explore multiple artists, techniques and ideas through independent study, group work, discussion, written tasks, practical tasks and homework projects. Drawing continues to be developed as a fundamental skill and pupils will further develop their use of accurate line, shape, texture and tone.
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In year 9 pupils will build on the skills, techniques, knowledge and understanding introduced in year 8. They will be encouraged to refine their work and challenge themselves creatively.
In order to prepare pupils for option selection undertaken in year 9 pupils have the opportunity to undertake a GCSE & BTEC style projects. Pupils are given greater independence in their work and ownerships over their outcome and well as learning about the research, presenting, refinement and development of work.
Pupils will study two themes, which are designed to expose students to a broad curriculum of study. Within each topic students will explore multiple artists, techniques and ideas through independent study, group work, discussion, written tasks, practical tasks and homework projects. Pupils will also have the new challenge of developing their work and create a final resolution thus seeing the project through to completion.
Drawing continues to be developed as a fundamental skill and students will further develop their use of accurate line, shape, texture and tone.
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These themes may be altered to accommodate all learners and are adapted for all individuals to be able to achieve their full potential.
All years will have relevant homework projects which are an opportunity for pupils to demonstrate their ability to independently research and respond to an artist, artistic movement or skill. The projects form an important element of a pupils learning and development in both art and wider transferable skills such as organisation, research, forming of ideas and application of learnt techniques.
GCSE Art and Design offers an inspiring programme of study, which will challenge pupils to refine and develop practical art skills, understanding of visual imagery and creative thinking. Pupils will have 3 lessons per week over the duration of the two years and the course is made up of 60% coursework and 40% final exam.
Pupils will cover different projects per year, which will include a combination of research, recording/drawing, artist study, development and final pieces. The projects enable students to work within the parameters of a given topic and set of criteria but also to develop an individual style and/or direction.
Pupils are assessed throughout the course to support and guide their development. They will receive a mixture of group critiques and individual tutorials/feedback. Pupils will be marked according to formal GCSE grades and effort levels:
A* - Fluent ability and exceptional work
A – Fluent ability and outstanding work
B – Confidant ability and very good work
C – Competent ability and good work
D – Basic ability and basic work
E – Limited ability and limited work
Project 1: Small and weird creatures / Culture Project 2: Superheroes / urban Art
Project 1: independent and personal StudyFinal Exam and preparation