Providing an all-round Art experience for all OSSMA learners. This involves them learning about artists (including designers and architects) from different eras, exploring and experiencing different materials confidently and building on and developing their current skills.
There are many reasons why Art is important in the Curriculum
- Art is a form of communication and expression which allows learning and problem-solving in a visual and practical way.
- It allows children to develop motor skills (hand-eye coordination), social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, creativity and inventiveness.
- Art links with a wide variety of cross-curricular subjects.
- It allows critical thinking and opportunities to develop their voice and opinions (of the work of Artist and their own). This can be done through a variety of mediums from drawing through to Photography, textiles and 3D
As a learner being creative helps you become a better problem solver in all areas of your life. Art helps you see things differently and better deal with uncertainty. Studies show that creative people are better able to live with uncertainty because they can adapt their thinking to allow for the flow of the unknown.
An OSSMA Art learner will aim to have the qualities of (ART):
R= Resilience (to constructive criticism and making mistakes)
T= To be creative
An OSSMA KS3 Art learner will have the qualities below linked with the National Curriculum and which prepares them for KS4 and links to the 4 Assessment Objects at GCSE.
Students in Year 7 study:
- Natural Forms: Poppies
(Challenge and Resilience: Personal growth – Adapting to change )
- Natural Forms: Wilting Flowers
(Power: looking at powerful artists within nature and art/ influence. Looking at traditional and contemporary artists)
- Insects / reptiles
(Diversity and empathy: How insects change colours or are a specific colour relating to their habitat)
(Freedom: Creating Zentangle patterns to free their mind and are not stuck to a rigid pattern)
Students in Year 8 will study:
Social Chaos and morality: Morals/ethics eg Damien Hirst, Use of ivory and tortoise shells
Dreams and Aspirations: upcoming artists and career pathways in art
Dystopia and Injustice: British Culture and values, Public Art
Struggles: Native American Dream catchers
Students in Year 9 will study:
- Block 1: Recording and annotating in a variety of ways linked to the theme
- Block 2: exploring and developing ideas through artists linked to the theme from traditional to contemporary eg Claus Oldenburg to Michael Martin
- Block 3: the exploration of ideas and materials (2d, 3d)
- Block 4: A large final piece 2d or 3d
At KS4 learners will explore two themes which range from ‘maritime’ to ‘fantastic and strange’.
Students in Year 10 will study:
- Maritime (one AO per block)
Students in Year 11 will study:
- Fantastic and strange
- Exam prep and exam