Balshaw’s Church of England High School

Art

Art & Design Department Staff

For more information about the Subject curriculum, please contact: Mrs M Higgins or Mr P McFarlane the Curriculum Leader.

  • Mrs M Higgins - Curriculum Leader
  • Mr P McFarlane - Curriculum Leader

The Art and  Design Department aims to provide a positive, supportive and informative place, where students are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity to express themselves.

Currently, GCSE students follow the AQA Art and Design specification (Art, Craft and Design)  8201. This course enables students to pursue projects in drawing, painting, graphic design, sculpture and printmaking. 

Our aim is to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As students progress through the Key Stages, they should also be able to think critically and develop an understanding of how Art and Design both reflects and shapes our history and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

There are also opportunities for students to get involved in extra-curricular activities, such as the Lower School Art Clubs, where students are encouraged to experiment with lots of different media and techniques and engage in House Cup challenges and competitions.

Art Ambassadors

  • K. Samarasekara
  • C. Farrell

Technical Support staff

  • J. Eagle
  • S. Coghlan

Year 11 Art Revision Materials

Reach your target grade in Art

 

Art Projects for Years 7 to 11

Year 7 National Curriculum Level Expected: 3 to 5

  • Test – 1 lesson
  • Folder Label – 1 week
  • Spheres/Circles – 4 weeks
  • Tonal Strip – 1 week
  • Still Life – 8 weeks
  • Shoe – 8 weeks
  • Insects – 6 weeks
  • Cubes – 2 weeks
  • Stools – 6 weeks

Year 8 National Curriculum Level: expected 4 to 6

  • Hand/Pencil Tones – 4 weeks
  • Hand/Painted Lines – 4 weeks
  • Art Around the World Project – 6 weeks
  • House – 8 weeks
  • House Sketchpad Homework – 5 weeks
  • 3D Contemporary Pots – 8 weeks
  • Graphics  – 4 weeks

Year 9 National Curriculum Level: expected 5 to 8

  • Landscape/Figure Drawing – 1 term
  • Graphic Based Project – 10 weeks
  • Portrait – 10 weeks
  • Ruth Piper Map Project - 10 weeks

Year 10

  • Still Life – Term 1
  • Natural Forms – Term 2
  • Sculpture Project – Term 3
  • Extension Studies – Summer Holiday

Year 11

  • Natural Forms – 6 weeks
  • Cubism/3D Sculptures – 6 weeks
  • Controlled Mock Examination – 5 weeks
  • Individual Exhibition Work – 5 weeks
  • Externally Set Task Preparation Period – 10 weeks
  • Externally Set Task  – 1 week
  • Final Coursework Deadline: Collation of Exhibition – 3 weeks