Art & Design
Mission Statement: 'Art has the role in education of helping children become more like themselves instead of more like everyone else', Sydney Gurewitz Clemens
During art lessons at Aston Fields Middle School, our intent is that all pupils have the opportunity to work within a variety of visual areas: drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, mosaic and other art, craft and design techniques. Pupils will develop their critical analysis and evaluation skills of other artists, designers and craft makers whilst also exploring the value of historical and cultural influences. Personal creativity, character and individuality are actively encouraged throughout their experiences in art.
Pupils are taught many of their lessons in our purpose built Art and Design block. They have access to a huge variety of resources and mediums and benefit from the teaching of specialist art and design teachers. The curriculum is designed to ensure pupils have a broad and balanced view of art, which stretches far beyond just painting and drawing. The artists studied are selected carefully to allow pupils to explore their passion for the subject and again broaden their horizons and provide a greater cultural understanding of Britain and the rest of the world.
Below is a brief outline of the courses followed in each year.
Pupils take part in an Expressive Arts carousel providing them with the opportunity to work in different mediums such as: textiles, creating mythical creatures, exploring colour and researching Rousseau. This carousel builds on their experiences from first school and enables pupils to broaden their understanding of artists, designers and craftspeople.
Art & Design
During Year 6, pupils research mask making from different artists/designers, cultures and periods. They will analyse shape, design, materials and pattern, building on from their work in year 5. Pupils will develop their analytical skills by identifying similarities between a range of periods and designs. Different mediums will be explored in order to emulate and create a range of different masks. Pupils will have the opportunity to work independently and collaboratively. For their final piece, pupils will produce a mask design of their own with an African influence made using clay.
Elements of Art
Extended project based on Colour and Space
The Natural World
Outdoor art - linked to Lickey Hills visit - Andy Goldsworthy
Endangered Animals/Hipster Animals
Art history and culture
Elements of Art
Extended project based on Optical Illusions - Tints and Shades
Amazing Architecture/Bugs and Beetles
The Figure in art
|Creative opportunities at Aston Fields Middle School have included:
Autumnal Photography Challenge
Remembrances Workshop Day
Annual Christmas Competition
Summer Doodle Challenge
Year 8 Art Club
Year 8 Life Class Workshop
Honorary work of Queen Elizabeth II - British Stamp Collection
Pupils start the year completing a six-week basic drawing course. During each week, pupils will complete a series of activities designed to enable them to experiment and explore a particular theme. This is intended to give a grounding in composition, line-making, proportions, shading, texture and colour.
In the autumn term, pupils will also participate in an outdoor educational visit to the Lickey Hills where they research Andy Goldsworthy and gain practical sculptural experience in the forest. Our pupils will study elements from the natural world and take inspiration from their observational sketches to create a piece to celebrate autumn. Pupils will use and combine, drawing, painting and oil pastels.
Continuing the theme of the natural world, pupils will research and design a piece celebrating British wildlife/endangered creatures. Skills used include researching, sketching and observation. Pupils will then apply a variety of techniques to complete their final piece. Also, they look at the work of artist Julie Moore and develop an accompanying acrostic poem.
The final unit for Year 7, allows pupils to explore the self-portraits of both traditional and contemporary artists. Sketchbooks are used to experiment with different techniques and record information before they complete a final piece using mixed media.
Pupils begin the year by revisiting skills from Year 7 and complete a more advanced six-week ‘Elements of Art’ course: pupils use primary sources to develop skills and techniques in sketchbooks.
Pupils will then develop their observation and sketching skills further before introducing lino-printing techniques. Pupils are encouraged to develop their designs by evaluating and reflecting upon their ideas. They will then research the lino making process prior to producing a suitable design.
Following this, Year 8 pupils will complete a mini Pop Art project where they research the works of well-known artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring and design and create a 3D model inspired by the Pop Art movement.
The final project is ‘The Figure’. The focuses of this unit include detailed observational drawing of the figure using both primary and secondary sources; producing a 3D sculpture; and the use of mixed media. Artists studied for this unit include Alberto Giacometti and Henry Moore and Nikki de Saint Phalle.
Pupils in all years benefit from the ability to explore art in all its forms. They make excellent progress and this is demonstrated through their finished work, much of which is displayed throughout the school. In addition to this, the school recognises the greater value of the Arts and pupils benefit from an inclusive approach which allows all pupils to build their cultural understanding. As well as a love of art and an appreciation of its history, pupils develop a critical understanding of art and artists, are able to communicate what they like and do not like and understand the benefit of art for their mental health and wellbeing. As a department, we are exceedingly proud of the work they produce and the connections they make.