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“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep.” (Scott Adam – Designer)

The Art and Design department aims to develop the creativity and imagination of our students, through the use of practical and theoretical approaches to the subject. We cover a range of skills, through the diverse range of topics which challenges students to create, design and think, in 2D and 3D forms.

Lower School

The subject is delivered as part of a rotation with other creative subjects and involves 2 blocks of approximately 10 weeks.

Year 7

Lessons are focussed on developing the formal elements in the subject through the use of different media. Students produce work in traditional methods to develop their observational skills, mainly through drawing and painting. Projects are adapted yearly, but have previously involved themes centred on the exploration of colour, dogs in art and cultural themes such as aboriginal art and Chinese and Japanese techniques in art.

Year 8

Students develop their exploration of the formal elements further, through greater links to artists and designers, which is where they are introduced to more theoretical aspects of the subject. We also aim to explore other ways of working, with the use of 3D and mix media. Projects are adapted yearly, but have previously involved themes such as, 3D abstract insects, still life in interiors and 3D hands.

Upper School

Year 9, 10 and 11 students follow the AQA Art and Design endorsement at GCSE level.  We also run a Graphic Communication endorsement for some of our EAL students, as a means to provide additional literacy support through the subject. It is expected that students who choose Art at GCSE level do so because they are enthusiastic about expanding their skills and knowledge gained in lower school.

Students experiment with a range of media and produce work in at least two different areas, as part of their controlled assessment (60%). The projects vary and are initially teacher led through workshops. This allows students to build their confidence through experimenting and developing a range of skills and techniques in drawing and painting, print making and mixed media approaches. Projects then develop more independence, where we work with students and encourage them to take more ownership on the direction of their work. This has led to students working in areas such as 3D design, ceramics, textiles and digital design/manipulation through the use of Photoshop.

The course ends in year 11 with an externally set assignment (40%) where students produce a body of work over approximately 12 weeks and finish with a 10 hour practical exam.

The aim is for our students to leave Newfield School with the confidence to pursue an Art and Design based course which suits their style and interest.

For more information on the Art and Design GCSE, please see http://www.aqa.org.uk/

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We have clubs which run at lunch and after school, where students can complete their own work, or set themed work, some of which have been entered in local exhibitions, most notably ‘Sheffield Young Artists Exhibition’.

We also offer the opportunity, for students to attend galleries and museums as part of the GCSE course, to further develop their critical understanding of the work of other artists and designers.