KS3 Art

What will my child be studying?

In KS3 students are taught art for an hour each week. In this time they are able to experiment, practise and refine a number of skills, such as drawing, painting, printing and working with 3D. Students will look at art movements in order to understand the meanings and context of art work, as well as looking at art from other cultures to inspire their own work.

How will my child be assessed in KS3 Art?

Students begin the academic year with an observational drawing. This gives teachers a basic overview of your child’s ability. Work undertaken throughout the year is marked with feedback. Once completed pieces of artwork are levelled. This information will be used to gauge your child’s progress within art. We look at skills, effort, creativity and understanding each time we give feedback.
What equipment will my child need?

Students should have their own drawing pencil. However, having equipment such as rubbers, sharpeners and colouring pencils is beneficial during lessons or when completing tasks at home. Specialist equipment is available in school.
How can I support my child through KS3?

Art takes time and effort, and for many young people practising is the best way of achieving within art. Please encourage your child to sketch, take photos, draw cartoons, basically whatever will capture their imagination and build their skills. If possible then trips to Leeds Art Gallery or Yorkshire Sculpture Park (free admission) are pivotal to students taking further interest in the subject, as well as giving them an opportunity to develop a wider understanding and appreciation of art and the world around us.



What is covered on the course?

Throughout the course students are encouraged to develop their understanding of contextual contemporary and historical art, as well as their experience of using a wide range of techniques and processes. The course is very practical and students are expected to have a keen interest in the creative arts. Studying GCSE Art will develop students’ imagination and intuition. As well as studying the work of other artists and cultures we will explore a variety of media and materials.

How is the course assessed?

There are two units.

Unit 1: Throughout the course students produce a bank of controlled assessment work called a portfolio. This is internally assessed and verified by an external moderator, and is worth 60% of the final grade.

Unit 2: The externally set task constitutes the remaining 40% of the final grade. Students select a question that they feel inspired by, and produce preparatory work for a 10 hour exam (don’t worry - it’s not in one go. The exam takes place over a few days).
Every piece of work that students produce over the entire course will contribute to their final grade.
What equipment will my child need?

Art students are required to have a number of basic pieces of equipment. This includes an A2 folder, pencils, rubbers, sharpener and colouring pencils. Students have the opportunity to purchase this pack at the beginning of the course.
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