Art & Design
The Art Department makes up one section of the Creative Arts Faculty at Wakefield City Academy. There is one teacher who delivers the curriculum for both Key Stage 3 and 4 in the Art Room. The teaching space is equipped with an interactive whiteboard, Digital Visualiser and specialist art equipment.
Without creativity, life would never evolve or develop. Creative subjects are necessary for any individual to develop a sense of self awareness, confidence, personal development and self esteem. The students attending Wakefield Academy are given the opportunity to develop all of these skills and more. Through careful development of ideas using different media, from the traditional through to digital, we feel it is important that the pupils have a strong sense of ownership of their work. But of course the arts have far more to offer than this. There is a host of transferable skills acquired by studying arts subjects which improve performance in other areas of the curriculum. Arts subject enable pupils to make a personal response to the world around them and explore possibilities of expression and interpretation.
It is very important to explore as much art as possible. Locally we have a vast array of art heritage from Barbara Hepworth to David Hockney. Go and see the free exhibitions at the local art gallery or visit the other local cities to explore their collections. Go online and see work from past masters long ago to new controversial artists like Damien Hirst. There are always new exhibitions to visit. Look out for them or just search on-line.
You may also like to use the online revision services: SAM Learning and BBC Bitesize.
Key Stage 3
Mark making techniques/illustration based on the work of Quentin Blake
Observational Drawing, line, shape, form, Colour theory based on the work of Patrick Caulfield.
Relief sculpture based on the pop art movement and the work of Andy Warhol.
Drawing, pattern, print making, digital media (photoshop), texture, based on the video art of Brian Eno.
Paper sculpture/relief project, based on the work of local artist Richard Sweeney. Tonal drawing element, as students make drawings of the final sculptures.
Box sculpture project. Aboriginal art, Aboriginal painting techniques, tribal art, looking at the work of other cultures.
Banksy project. Drawing, Photograpy, high resolution images, stencil making, graffiti. Political activism/protest art, social commentary.
Key Stage 4 - GCSE Art
In Key Stage 4 students opt for GCSE Art.
In GCSE Art students learn about the different genres, styles and concepts of art and design. Each module of work focuses on a key area from the Areas of Study. By the end of the two year course students are expected to submit at least two pieces of coursework (which should cover 4 of the examination board’s assessment objectives) which will account for 60% of their total mark. They will also sit a 10 hour controlled test, where they will answer a chosen (practical) question, this will account for 40% of their total mark.
The work completed in class is complemented by a full and varied Extra-curricular programme. The academy has a programme of music based activities including, Keyboard Club, Barbershop & DJ Club and animation club.
The Department also performs in the academy at regular intervals in assembly and in the academy concerts.