Year 7 Units Provide students with a core foundation in Art from Colour Theory, Portrait Proportion, Principles and Elements of Art as well as an introduction to principle artists of the 20th Century.
Year 8 Units build on the skills gained in Year 7 with the emphasis on impeccable presentation, art appreciation and self/peer evaluation. Year 8's explore persepective and printmaking in Op Art and learn about the significance of other cultures, religions and traditions when making art.
Year 9 Is all about that decision making time in a student's life where they start to think in earnest about their GCSE choices, their careers and their futures. For some this will be their last year of discovery through the Visual Arts for others it will be the start of a life long learning and love of art. It's no surprise that themes around identity feature heavily.
Year 10 Tends to be a shock to the system for many, there's more homework, there's greater ownership with topics and direction of the work but with that comes the responsibility of managing time and ability constraints. Students are carefully guided through the GCSE format so that they are able to create a portfolio that answers each of the Assessment Objectives whilst allowing them to find their personal style.
Year 11 Consists of completing the work done in Year 10 ("The Portfolio") and beginning "The Exam Unit". GCSE Art & Design is concluded by the end of April in Yr11 so the pressure is always very intense for Art students. Annotation, analysing and evaluating why you've drawn this piece or stitched that piece or looked at this artist or that culture is a vital component in addition to beautifully executed art work.
Year 12 & 13 So you thought GCSE was a challenge? You ain't seen nothing yet! A-Level is like that step up in Year 10, you think you've got a handle on this art thing until you realise a lot of other people are better and harder working than you. The key is not to be disheartened, you may not get there immediately but you will get there. It's a two year course for a reason, it's very similar in structure to GCSE and your teacher will steer your lines of enquiry. Best advise though is get out and see as much art outside the classroom as you possibly can!