At the art department in The Ruth Gorse Academy, students will develop an appreciation for a range art styles and movements, artists and craftsmen. Through their study of existing artworks the students will develop their written analysis skills. Through out each year the students will experiment with a range of media and develop their 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional art techniques.

Year 7

The students will begin the term with a baseline assessment to demonstrate their painting, drawing, and written analysis skills.

The first project introduces the students to the formal elements of art through the topic title still life.

Within this module the students will develop their observational drawing skills and have the opportunity to explore marking making techniques and drawing with different materials.

Within this project the students will discover a range of still life artists such as; Paul Cezanne and Pablo Picasso. The students will have the opportunity to develop their artist research and written analysis skills.

Through the Natural forms project year 7 will be introduced to colour theory and explore the work of the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The students will develop their painting and colour mixing skills.
In term 3 students will develop their 3Dimensional skills as they produce a clay piece based on the theme sea life, taking inspiration from the film Pirates of the Caribbean.

Year 8

The first project introduces year 8 to existing artists that explore the topic of Identity. The students will closely explore the artistic process of current journal artist Teesha Moore.

Throughout the project the students will have the opportunity to develop their collage techniques, painting and colour mixing skills and observational drawing – through a self-portrait.

Within this project the students will have the opportunity to build upon their artist research and written analysis skills.

Within this project the students will be introduced to artists that explore space, place and architecture such as Gaudi and Hundertwasser.

The project presents students with the opportunity to develop their 3-Dimensional skills, as they will create a relief sculpture inspired by buildings in Leeds city centre.

Within this project the year 8 students will explore and develop their knowledge of German Expressionism and World War I artists.

The project allows for students to develop their 2-Dimensional art skills as they explore printing alongside, mark making and expressive drawing.

During this project the students will produce a final piece inspired by German Expressionism and war imagery.

Year 9

A fine art project titled sweets. Students will research artwork by a number of artists that explore the topic of food.  The project visits the art styles hyper-realism and pop art in which students will study and make comparisons between the two.

Students will explore a range of 2D media from pencil, oil pastels and paint. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of composition as they create a final piece based on Pop art

Students will explore the relationship between art and word through this graphics project.  Students will have the opportunity to explore the work of a range of artists, typographers and graphic designers and develop their printing skills.
Students will have the opportunity to develop their 3D skills as they design and produce a clay sculpture based on natural forms and insects.

Art Club

During extracurricular art club students will explore art styles and techniques from different cultures. This term the club will be exploring Egyptian art. Within the sessions students will create clay jewellery and medals.