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Visual Arts

 

Visual Arts at Deira International School

The Art and DT curriculum at Deira International School is focused around five key principles; research, observation, innovation, experimentation and personal responses.

We place importance on experimentation and quality in all aspects of our work. We have a playful yet serious approach to media, materials and processes.

Agility and fluidity of thinking are central to the ethos of the department, explored through the inter-relationship of analogue and digital technologies and the role of drawing – a common language with many ‘dialects’. These approaches take place with reference to relevant historical and contemporary practitioners and are explored through discussion of their work in detail.

We are fully cognisant and proud of the Art and Design scene in the UAE and showcase the work of Emirati practitioners. 

Students have the opportunity on the course to visit galleries and museums. We also have a programme of visiting tutors from the Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths and professional artists such as Ian Murphy. Through a combination of set and self-initiated projects students are given the opportunity for personal expression and exploration of ideas along with acquiring skills needed to express ideas and concepts in the most confident way possible.

Curriculum Intention 

Students will learn about the formal elements of art including; line, color, form and shape, value, texture, space, and movement

Students are taught how to do hold a pencil, produce a range of tones with a pencil. Students will be able to employ colour theory in their work. Students will understand the role of the artist in society and how they can use their own creativity to make a difference to our world.                                                    

Why are students being taught the above? Students will develop confidence in their own ability as artists and understand that art is a subject for everybody.

Curriculum Implementation

Teaching Methods

Classroom Resources:

Pencils

Mod rock

Plaster

Cardboard modelling

Paints

Digital devices

Collage materials

Teacher created video resources

Each student will have their own sketchbook.

Assessment

Students will take part in an observational drawing assessment which links to the theme of the topic. We will also complete a holistic assessment of sketchbook work to date which will cover all of the assessment objectives of the Pearson IGCSE specification.

Wider Curriculum (Links to STEAM, reading across the curriculum, CCAs and trips):

Students will have access to the Young Artist and Young Designer CCAs

Students will be given tasks to visit museums and cultural institutions.

Students will be creating projects linked to real life institutions.

Curriculum Intention 

Students will learn about portraiture and identity. Students will explore how to make portraits and the many forms that this genre of art takes. Students will delve into how portraiture can link to social and moral themes. Students will also express their own identities through their work with a focus on the diversity of our student community.

Students will then look at ceramics and 3D work to enhance their understanding of contemporary art.

The final unit of year 8, Man vs Machine will give students the chance to consolidate knowledge from the year to produce ambitious outcomes for an exhibition.       

Why are students being taught the above? Students will gain a deeper understanding of the role of the artist and designer. Students will have the chance to explore and discuss identity through the creation of ambitous artworks.

Curriculum Implementation

Teaching Methods

Classroom Resources

Digital devices

Paints

Collage materials

Teacher created video resources

Each student will have their own sketchbook.

Assessment

Students will take part in an observational drawing assessment which links to the theme of the topic. We will also complete a holistic assessment of sketchbook work to date which will cover all of the assessment objectives of the Pearson IGCSE specification.

Wider Curriculum (Links to STEAM, reading across the curriculum, CCAs and trips):

Students will have access to the Young Artist and Young Designer CCAs

Students will be given tasks to visit museums and cultural institutions.

Students will be creating projects linked to real life institutions.

 

Curriculum Intention

Students will learn about street art and the role of the artist in the urban environment. Students will interrogate what it means to be an artist and the importance of this role. Students will develop this into architectural works which will culminate in an exhibition.

At the end of year 9 students will embark on a GCSE foundation project where they will work through the AOs from the GCSE specification and be encouraged to produce more personal independent work.

Students are taught how to work across a range of media and onto a range of surfaces. Students are taught how to convey meaning in their artwork.                                                

Why are students being taught the above? Students will understand the career options available in Art and design. Students will become familiar with the assessment objectives in IGCSE Art and will be able to navigate these to produce highly personal artworks.

Curriculum Implementation

Teaching Methods

Classroom Resources

Paints

Collage materials

Teacher created video resources

Each student will have their own sketchbook.

Digital devices

Assessment

Students will take part in an observational drawing assessment which links to the theme of the topic. We will also complete a holistic assessment of sketchbook work to date which will cover all of the assessment objectives of the Pearson IGCSE specification.

Wider Curriculum (Links to STEAM, reading across the curriculum, CCAs and trips):

Students will have access to the Young Artist and Young Designer CCAs

Students will be given tasks to visit museums and cultural institutions.

Students will be creating projects linked to real life institutions.

 

Half Term 1

Half Term 2

Half Term 3

Half Term 4

Half Term 5

Half Term 6

Year 7

Overarching Topic:

FOUNDATION OF BASIC SKILLS

 

Sub Topics

The Formal

Elements

·         Line

·         Texture

·         Space

 

Contextual links will be made exploring the impact of drawing on the history of Art and the use of this skill by contemporary practitioners.

 

We will be exploring the work of still life artists, Henry Moore, Jim Dine.

Assessment:

Students will take part in an observational drawing assessment which links to the theme of the topic. We will also complete a holistic assessment of sketchbook work to date which will cover all of the assessment objectives of the Pearson IGCSE specification.

 

Overarching Topic:

FOUNDATION OF BASIC SKILLS – PART 2

 

Sub Topics

 

·         Contextual studies

·         Drawing from direct observation

·         Perspective

·         Proportion

 

Students will continue to make links exploring the impact of drawing on the history of Art and the use of this skill by contemporary practitioners.

 

We will continue to explore the work of still life artists, Henry Moore, Jim Dine. Students will begin to use online resources to research their own artists.

 

Assessment:

Students will take part in an observational drawing assessment which links to the theme of the topic. We will also complete a holistic assessment of sketchbook work to date which will cover all of the assessment objectives of the Pearson IGCSE specification.

 

 

Overarching Topic:

COLOUR

 

Sub Topics

 

·         Painting

·         Colour Theory

·         Drawing

·         Mixed Media materials

 

Students will explore the work of  colourists and abstract

Expressionists. Students will pay particular attention to the work of artists such as Turner, Bonnard,

Rothko, Pollock, de

Kooning, Hoyland and Heron

 

Assessment:

Students will take part in an observational drawing assessment which links to the theme of the topic. We will also complete a holistic assessment of sketchbook work to date which will cover all of the assessment objectives of the Pearson IGCSE specification.

 

 

Overarching Topic:

COLOUR – PART 2

 

Sub Topics

 

·         Responding to artists

·         Creating final pieces

·         Collage

 

Students will continue to make links exploring the impact of colour on the history of Art and the use of this skill by contemporary practitioners.

 

Assessment:

Students will take part in an observational drawing assessment which links to the theme of the topic. We will also complete a holistic assessment of sketchbook work to date which will cover all of the assessment objectives of the Pearson IGCSE specification.

 

 

Overarching Topic

WATERCOLOURS

 

Sub Topics

 

·         Using a paintbrush

·         Colour mixing

·         Layering colours

·         Mixed Media

 

Students will learn about the technical skill of using water colour, using a paintbrush and developing fine motor skills in the process.

 

Students will look at the work of Emirati artists and those local to the SWANA region in this topic, including a focus on the landscapes of Salwa Najm.

 

Assessment:

Students will take part in an observational drawing assessment which links to the theme of the topic. We will also complete a holistic assessment of sketchbook work to date which will cover all of the assessment objectives of the Pearson IGCSE specification.

 

 

Overarching Topic:

SCULPTURE- POP ART FOOD

 

Sub Topics

 

·         Drawing for sculpture

·         Making a maquette

·         Building forms

·         Developing ideas

·         Display and exhibition of work.

 

Students will explore the work of Pop artists such as Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol to develop giant food sculptures.

Assessment:

Students will take part in an observational drawing assessment which links to the theme of the topic. We will also complete a holistic assessment of sketchbook work to date which will cover all of the assessment objectives of the Pearson IGCSE specification.

 

 

Year 8

Overarching Topic:

IDENTITY

 

Sub Topics:

·         Facial Proportions

·         Drawing skills

·         Composition

 

Students will learn how to measure facial proportions and understand how to make portraits of themselves and others.

Students will look at a range of practitioners and gain an understanding of the rational behind the drawing and painting of portraits.

 

Assessment:

Students will take part in an observational drawing assessment which links to the theme of the topic. We will also complete a holistic assessment of sketchbook work to date which will cover all of the assessment objectives of the Pearson IGCSE specification.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overarching Topic:

IDENTITY – PART 2

 

Sub Topics

·         Developing ideas

·         The messages behind portraits

·         Working with mixed media

 

Students will look at historical portraits from a range of cultures.

Students will develop their own portraits using a range of media and techniques.

Students will experiment with digital techniques to create portraiture.

 

 

Assessment:

Students will take part in an observational drawing assessment which links to the theme of the topic. We will also complete a holistic assessment of sketchbook work to date which will cover all of the assessment objectives of the Pearson IGCSE specification.

 

Overarching Topic:

EXPLORING SURFACES IN CLAY

 

Sub Topics

·         Using clay tools

·         Recording using sculptural materials

·         Exploring the work of ceramic artists

 

Students will be introduced to clay and produce tiles with a range of surface techniques.

Students will build sculptures based on the theme of decay.

 

 

Assessment:

Students will take part in an observational drawing assessment which links to the theme of the topic. We will also complete a holistic assessment of sketchbook work to date which will cover all of the assessment objectives of the Pearson IGCSE specification.

 

Overarching Topic:

EXPLORING SURFACES PART 2

 

Sub Topics

·         Using mixed media techniques

·         Drawing surfaces

·         Macro Photography

Students will continue to look at decayed surfaces and use a range of media to develop their work. Students will draw on a range of surfaces and gain an understanding of the conceptual meaning that this can give to artwork.

Students will experiment with macro photography to capture imagery that will form the basis for further exploratative work.

 

 

Assessment:

Students will take part in an observational drawing assessment which links to the theme of the topic. We will also complete a holistic assessment of sketchbook work to date which will cover all of the assessment objectives of the Pearson IGCSE specification.

 

Overarching Topic:

MAN VERSUS MACHINE

 

Sub Topics:

·         Portraits of the future

·         Cyborgs

·         Collage

·         Dark room photography

 

Students will look back at the previous years work and explore the idea of the portrait of the future. Students will look at how artists have dealt with the theme of ‘cyborgs’ and create their own responses.

Students will use camera-less photography to create their own cyborgs in the dark room.

 

 

Assessment:

Students will take part in an observational drawing assessment which links to the theme of the topic. We will also complete a holistic assessment of sketchbook work to date which will cover all of the assessment objectives of the Pearson IGCSE specification.

 

Overarching Topic:

MAN VERSUS MACHINE- PART 2

 

 

Sub Topics:

·         Developing final pieces

·         Exhibition of work

·         Contextual research

 

Students will continue to develop a body of work with ever more personal responses. Students will produce final pieces for an exhibition and explore the role of the curator- linking to the IB curriculum.

 

Assessment:

Students will take part in an observational drawing assessment which links to the theme of the topic. We will also complete a holistic assessment of sketchbook work to date which will cover all of the assessment objectives of the Pearson IGCSE specification.

 

Year 9

Overarching Topic:

STREET ART

 

Sub Topics:

·         The moral battle in street art.

·         How to make a stencil

·         How to use spraypaint and sponges.

 

Students will explore a range of street artists and question the genre’s purpose in contemporary art. Students will learn a range of skills and techniques to produce their own street art.

 

Assessment:

Students will take part in an observational drawing assessment which links to the theme of the topic. We will also complete a holistic assessment of sketchbook work to date which will cover all of the assessment objectives of the Pearson IGCSE specification.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overarching Topic:

STREET ART – PART 2

 

 

Sub Topics

·         Exploring street artists in the UAE

·         Developing ideas

·         Making final pieces

 

Students will look at the wealth of street art in our city and how it links to the heritage of the UAE. Students will develop their own ideas for street art linked to their own identities.

Students will make final pieces and exhibit these around school.

 

 

Assessment:

Students will take part in an observational drawing assessment which links to the theme of the topic. We will also complete a holistic assessment of sketchbook work to date which will cover all of the assessment objectives of the Pearson IGCSE specification.

 

Overarching Topic:

ARCHITECTURE

 

 

Sub Topics

·         1 Point perspective

·         2 point perspective

·         Contextual research

·         The role of architecture in society

 

Students will explore the career of an architect and the route into this.

Students will learn how to create 1 point and 2 point perspective drawings.

Students will research a range of practitioners including female Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid.

 

 

Assessment:

Students will take part in an observational drawing assessment which links to the theme of the topic. We will also complete a holistic assessment of sketchbook work to date which will cover all of the assessment objectives of the Pearson IGCSE specification.

 

Overarching Topic:

ARCHITECTURE – PART 2

 

 

Sub Topics

·         Developing ideas

·         Making final pieces

·         Digital imagery in architecture

·         Making architectural models

 

Students will develop their own architectural practices by developing ideas and making final pieces. They will learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to create layered architectural drawings which will then inform 3D works. These will be exhibited around the school.

 

 

Assessment:

Students will take part in an observational drawing assessment which links to the theme of the topic. We will also complete a holistic assessment of sketchbook work to date which will cover all of the assessment objectives of the Pearson IGCSE specification.

 

Overarching Topic:

GCSE FOUNDATION

 

Sub Topics

·         Observation skills

·         Development of ideas

·         Contextual Studies

·         The production of final pieces

 

Students will walk in the footsteps of a GCSE Art student. They will start with mindmaps which will inform contextual studies. These pieces of research will then develop into observations and working across a range of media to take risks.

 

 

Assessment:

Students will take part in an observational drawing assessment which links to the theme of the topic. We will also complete a holistic assessment of sketchbook work to date which will cover all of the assessment objectives of the Pearson IGCSE specification.

 

Overarching Topic:

GCSE FOUNDATION

PART 2

 

Sub Topics

·         Developing ideas

·         Making final pieces

 

Students will continue to develop a body of work with ever more personal responses. Students will produce final pieces for an exhibition and explore the role of the curator- linking to the IB curriculum.

 

 

Assessment:

Students will take part in an observational drawing assessment which links to the theme of the topic. We will also complete a holistic assessment of sketchbook work to date which will cover all of the assessment objectives of the Pearson IGCSE specification.

 

Impact – What success will look like?

What students will be able to at the end of each year. How will you know what has been taught has been learned (Assessments)?

By the end of Year 7 students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how to manipulate a range of materials and will be able to use these to produce work that acknowledges the formal elements of Art. Students will demonstrate evolving skills as the year progresses. All students should feel confident and able to access the Art curriculum.

By the end of Year 8 students will have shown an understanding of the role of the artist in society. Students will be able to make portraits which are in proportion and explore identity and culture. Students will be able to identify a range of artists from global cultures, students will be able to critically analyze the work of a rage of artists and be influences by them.

By the end of Year 9 students will understand the 4 assessment objectives in IGCSE and will be able to produce a body of work that navigates these. Students will be confident in working with a range of media and skillfully expressing ideas and intentions. Students will understand the range of careers and opportunities afforded to them by studying the Visual Arts.

 

What evidence will there be to show students have been successful and teaching has been effective?

What would students say about your subject of if asked?

Are students progressing? How do you know this?

What has the wider impact of your curriculum be?

When looking at impact this will be more detailed to what you may have stated in the intention.