General Overview

Art and design at Insights focuses on providing students with visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to develop creativity and awareness of how ideas and meanings can be communicated through Art. Within all age groups the development of confidence, competence, relevant skills and importantly imagination in Art underlie the planning and delivery of the national curriculum and GCSE classes.

Key Stage 2

As part of Key Stage 2, Art students are encouraged to develop their own artistic voice, style and imagination in lessons. Alongside being taught drawing, painting, textile, photography and new media techniques students look at Art from various time periods and different cultures.

Key Stage 3

In addition to techniques, skills and competencies being taught, during Key Stage 3 Art the focus turns to critical thinking and reflection around students’ own and other people’s art and creations. This judgement of quality, meaning and expression of art develops the students’ abilities to think and act as artists, crafts people and designers, working creatively and intelligently.

Key Stage 4

For students who choose GCSE Art they undertake two portfolio projects in Year 10 and Year 11 and one Set Task in Year 11. The most successful portfolio project is selected and is worth 60% of the GCSE grade with the making up the additional 40% of the GCSE grade. The four assessment criteria throughout all assessed work for the GCSE course consist of developing ideas through research, refining and experimentation of ideas, recording ideas and intentions, and finally presenting their ideas.