Key Stage 3 - Art

KS3 – Art

Our course

The KS3 art course is a project-based course. In project-based learning, students learn and develop products for real world application thought engagement with sustained and independent enquiry.

PBL courses focus on  

  • Approaches to learning (21stcentury skills) transferrable skills 
  • Learning objectives
  • A big question or key concept
  • Regular assessment opportunities 
  • Enquiry questioning
  • Promoting a variety of ways thought which students can demonstrate understanding

This course follows the English national KS3 curriculum for art & design, adapted for online teaching. Many practical techniques are implemented and this includes painting, drawing, modelling, digital art and photography. Teachers make use of the webcam feature each week to guide students through the various techniques. The completed pieces of art that are produced by the students are shared for viewing and feedback. This may be during the session or week to week as part of an assignment or an independent study activity.

Course structure:

This course is delivered as a series of projects, one per term. Each project follows a broadly similar structure, with an introduction to the topic, planning, research, thinking and reflection stages. Teachers guide students by modelling practical techniques in art and design, so that students can complete a final piece of work by building up a portfolio of artwork etc. Students receive feedback on their final project based on the development of skills in the following areas:

  • Comprehension
  • Creativity and curiosity
  • Critical and courageous thinking

Students create work in their paper sketchbooks, which are then compiled and digitised for online assessment.

Assessment

Students receive regular feedback throughout this project-based subject on the development of skills in the following areas:

  • Comprehension
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Creativity and curiosity
  • Critical and courageous thinking

Students create work in their paper sketchbooks, as well as digitally or as 3D models, which are then compiled and digitised for online assessment. Students use a PowerPoint template provided by the teacher to submit photos of their work every two weeks for feedback on their entire project.

Progress is measured by both formative check points and summative assessments. Formative assessments take place regularly and in a variety of formats ranging from group discussions, class collaborations, research, analysis, quizzes, communication skills, presentations and making activities. Students complete one summative assessment each term in which they are required to share their entire project and portfolio for review including their final outcomes, products, and solutions.

Example projects

  • Concept art
  • Modern art portraits – photography and painting
  • Product design and prototype
Art
3 years
Online, real-time classrooms, 24/7 access to curriculum
September and throughout the year
No exams

Know more about your course fees

We have several fee packages and options, with differing levels of commitment to suit most circumstances. In most cases parents have the option to pay in instalments, spreading the cost of the investment.

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