“Art is not what you see but what you make others see”

At The Westgate School our Sculpture curriculum intends to:

  • Develop intuition, reasoning, imagination and dexterity into unique forms of expression and

  • communication.

  • Promote self-esteem, while teaching us to respect each other and show empathy for each

  • other’s individual identities.

  • Give space to think openly and to have confidence in our own opinions on life and the world

  • around us.

  • Encourage a culture of questioners rather than a culture of responder.

Course content: During the course of Year 9 pupils will be required to work in the following two areas: building the

foundation skills that are required for the full GCSE course and the course is skills based to prepare

pupils for the full course at GCSE.

  • Ceramics; pinch, coil and slab techniques

  • Wire/Willow sculpture

  • Card board sculpture

  • Mixed media/assemblage

Course skills: Pupils will be expected to demonstrate skills and techniques in the context of their chosen area(s) of

study within.

  • making appropriate use of colour, line, tone, texture, shape and form

  • using different approaches to recording images, such as, observation, analysis, expression and imagination

  • showing in their work an understanding of the conventions of representational and abstract/

  • non-representational imagery and genres

  • investigating different ways of working, as appropriate to their chosen area(s) of learning

  • providing evidence of an understanding of spatial qualities, composition, rhythm, scale and

  • structure

Knowledge and Understanding:

Pupils will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • how ideas, feelings and meanings are conveyed in images, artefacts and products

  • a range of art, craft and design processes in two and/or three-dimensions and traditional and new media and technologies

  • how images, artefacts and products relate to their social, historical, vocational and cultural contexts

  • a variety of approaches, methods and intentions of contemporary and historical artists,

  • craftspeople and designers from different cultures and their contribution to continuity and change in society

  • a working vocabulary and knowledge of specialist terms relevant to their chosen area(s) of learning