Art and Design

Art Reading List

Overview

Art is one of the ways by which we understand the world. Through Art we can visually observe, explore, experiment and reflect on life. All of our Art students have the opportunity to develop their skills using a range media and materials including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, collage and digital media. At Villiers we have well-established connections with several Art Galleries in London, including the V&A Museum, The Wallace Collection and The Royal College of Art, allowing us to offer art students a choice of unique art workshops, trips and experiences. We have recently been awarded the Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark of Excellence in Art for 2016 for our good academic results and our commitment to providing students with art enrichment opportunities. Studying Art empowers students not only with practical artist skills and knowledge, but also develops confidence of character, a chance to problem-solve, pay attention to detail and communicate your own ideas and opinions.

Key Stage 3  

At Key stage 3 pupils are taught to develop the following skills: How to draw from observation, develop imaginative ideas, problem-solve, take risks and learn from mistakes in their art, research artists and use the learning to inform their own art-making, to develop personal style, to see and communicate about the world using visual techniques.

In Year 7 pupils study: Flaws and Flawless

Project 1

Overview: Series of monochromatic observational drawings inspired by Audrey Flack

 

Key Skills:

  • Developing ideas through investigations informed by selecting relevant sources  - Audrey Flack and Photorealism

  • Refine ideas as work progresses through the use of media and techniques

  • Record ideas insights and judgement

  • Use of visual language such as media (charcoal, drawing pencils; pastels, etc)

  • Drawing skills;

 

Project 2

Overview:  Series of abstract art inspired by Kandinksy and Joan Miró

Key Skills:

  • Developing ideas through investigations informed by selecting relevant sources - Kandinsky, Joan Miro and Modern/abstract Art

  • Refine ideas as work progresses through the use of media and techniques

  • Record ideas insights and judgement

  • Use of visual language such as media (Indian ink; watercolour; pens and colouring pencils)

  • Drawing and painting skills

 

Project 3 - Photography

The project is called “Ordinary to Extraordinary photos”. Students learn Camera and exposure basics on ISO as well as composition techniques

 

  • Photography Basics

  • Composition – the rule of thirds

  • Vertical, Horizontal

  • Diagonal and Combination Lines.

  • Design Ideas

  • Final product outcome

 

In Year 8 pupils study: Human vs Wild

 

Peoject 1

 

Overview: A series of architectural work by Hundertwasser will be researched and explored.

 

Key Skills:

  • Developing ideas through investigations informed by selecting relevant sources - Hundertwasser and Graffiti.

  • Refine ideas as work progresses through the use of media and techniques

  • Record ideas insights and judgement

  • Use of visual language such as media  (drawing pencils; aqua pencils, pens)

  • Technical drawing skills.

 

Project 2

 

Overview: Iain McArthur inspired bird house.

 

Key Skills:

  • Developing ideas through investigations informed by selecting relevant sources - Iain MacArthur and Digital Art

  • Refine ideas as work progresses through the use of media and techniques

  • Record ideas insights and judgement

  • Use of visual language such as media (linography/stamp printing; ink and acrylic paint/ink, pens, Indian ink)

 

Project 3 - Photography

 

The project is called “Tiny Big World”. Students learn Depth of Field through the use of Lens Aperture.

 

  • ISO and Aperture.

  • Series of photos of random tiny objects (e.g. a plush toy, a car toy; a key; a mascot…)

  • Gaining character in an unusual environment

  • Final product outcome

  • Exploring Adobe Photoshop

 

In Year 9 pupils study: Ordinary vs Extraordinary

 

Project 1

 

Overview: Observational drawing/still life and stylised/simplified wire sculpture inspired by Barbara Licha  - Dynamics

 

Key Skills:

  • Developing ideas through investigations informed by selecting relevant sources - Barbara Licha.

  • Refine ideas as work progresses through the use of media and techniques;

  • Record ideas insights and judgement;

  • Use of visual language such as media (wire, paper, photography);

  • Line;

  • Form;

  • Composition

 

Project 2

Overview: Observational self-portrait inspired by Maurizio Anzeri

Key Skills:

  • Developing ideas through investigations informed by selecting relevant sources - Maurizio Anzeri and Portraiture and Tactile Art.

  • Refine ideas as work progresses through the use of media and techniques

  • Record ideas insights and judgement

  • Use of visual language such as media (gouache; acrylic and textiles)

 

Project 3 - Photography

 

 

The project is called “Movement” and it is inspired by famous photographer Manuel Cafini. Students learn to use Shutter Speed Settings to capture movement in a single shot.

  • Shutter Speed

  • Capturing dynamic landscape/portrait images. E.g. Car moving: light moving; Fabric dynamics; water falling/running…

  • Final product outcome

  • Exploring Adobe Bridge software

 

 

 

Key Stage 4

 

At Key Stage 4 we study:

 

Art Craft and Design

 

A wide range of traditional and contemporary art practices including Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Mixed media and Sculpture. We provide students with opportunities to personalise their art portfolio according to their own unique tastes and the theme set by our exam board Edexcel. All art students enjoy building their skills in many practical techniques as well as researching the work of reputable artists to help inform their own process. Some of the disciplines students enjoy most are Figure studies, Realism, Street Art, Deconstructivism and Expressionism.

 

  • The work and approaches of artists, craftspeople or designers from contemporary and/or historical contexts, periods, societies and cultures

  • Contemporary and/or historical environments, situations or issues

  • Other relevant sources researched by the student in the chosen qualification title and area(s) of study

  • The ways in which meanings, ideas and intentions can be communicated through visual and tactile language, using formal elements, including colour, line, form, tone and texture

  • The characteristics, properties and effects of using different media, materials, techniques and processes, and the ways in which they can be used in relation to students’ own creative intentions and chosen area(s) of study

  • The different purposes, intentions and functions of art, craft and design in a variety of contexts

 

Art and Design – Photography

 

All pupils have the opportunity to study Food Technology at KS3. In addition to developing their practical skills, pupils will learn about choosing a healthy diet, their dietary needs and the importance of Food Hygiene.

At Key Stage 4 we study:

A wide range of traditional and contemporary art practices including:

  • The work and approaches of artists, craftspeople or designers from contemporary and/or historical contexts, periods, societies and cultures

  • Contemporary and/or historical environments, situations or issues

  • Other relevant sources researched by the student in the chosen qualification title and area(s) of study

  • The ways in which meanings, ideas and intentions can be communicated through visual and tactile language, using formal elements, including colour, line, form, tone and texture

  • The characteristics, properties and effects of using different media, materials, techniques and processes, and the ways in which they can be used in relation to students’ own creative intentions and chosen area(s) of study

  • The different purposes, intentions and functions of art, craft and design in a variety of contexts

We provide students with opportunities to personalise their art portfolio according to their own unique tastes and the theme set by our exam board Eduqas. All photography students enjoy building their skills in many practical techniques as well as researching the work of reputable artists to help inform their own process. Some of the disciplines students enjoy most are:

 

  • Documentary photography

  • Photo-journalism

  • Studio photography

  • Location photography

  • Experimental imagery

  • Installation

  • Moving image: film, video and animation.

 

Year 10

  • Portfolio 1 60% of GCSE – Internally set assignment including:

  • Critical understanding

  • Creative making

  • Reflective recording

  • Personal presentation.

 

Year 11

  • Portfolio 2 40% of GCSE – Externally set assignment including:

  • Critical understanding

  • Creative making

  • Reflective recording

  • Personal presentation.