The key stage 3 ART curriculum aims to contribute to an ambitious high-quality education which;
- generates a passion for Art as a discipline and a body of knowledge and generates curiosity to know more about the past as a key to understanding the present,
- supports the development of scholarship skills and outstanding habits of learning,
- prepare students for the study of Art in later stages of education,
- supports and makes students aware of relevant career paths
- satisfies the specific requirements of the KS3 National Curriculum for Art
Substantive, first order and second order understanding
Studying Art requires both substantive understanding as well as understanding first and second order understanding. Without these first and second order understandings the subject would become denuded of wider meaning and majesty. It ceases to be a great and epic story that flows through time and becomes a sterile and sanitised exam-ready product. These wider understandings are necessary for the student to generate the passion we want them to feel for this subject.
- Substantive knowledge refers to the ‘what’. What is the substance of Art; 2 dimensional, 3 dimensional, 4 dimensional (videography), soundscapes, colour, shape, composition, line, value, form, contrast, etc.
- First order understanding refers to the ‘why’. Who has done what in the past and why did they do it? Important artists and artworks, different styles, historical events that were of major influence to the artworld, artistic periods for example Romanticism, Cubism, Modernism etc.
- Second order understanding refers to the ‘how’. This refers to the tools needed to create Art in all it’s different dimensions; creative thinking, collaboration, analysis, focus, discipline