Art and Design

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In year 7 students will complete a projects using Textiles; they are encouraged to design for themselves. Their task is designed to develop their sewing machine skills, where they will produce a bean-bag based on the computer game “Angry Birds”.

Students will learn:

  • The introduction of a net design.
  • How to use a sewing machine correctly and safely.
  • About a range of fabrics and embellishment techniques.
  • How to create their design using fabric, resistant materials and embellishment techniques.
  • To evaluate their own design and build on their experience.
  • How to develop research pages using ICT.
  • How tie dye is created and will choose the correct method for their design.

In year 8 Students will complete a project using Textiles and Electronics, they are encouraged to design for themselves. Their task has been designed for students to be able to discover Textiles. Learners will explore a variety of different materials and textiles techniques in order to create the product. Learners will be able to create modern and individual dolls with the understanding of sustainable design, which includes an electronic circuit which makes the ugly doll come to life.

Students will learn:

  • To develop their sewing skills using a sewing machine.
  • To create finished items that fit a design specification.
  • To design for a theme and also for a client.
  • To use pattern pieces correctly.
  • To evaluate their own design and build on their experience.
  • To be able to integrate electronics into textile items, creating circuits through hand stitching and boards.

In year 9, 10 and 11, students will complete a number of projects throughout the year; they’ll aim to complete the objectives of the WJEC course. Their projects are to design and create a textiles items, influenced by patterns, broadway productions, historical fashion and surface decoration. Their inspiration will be combined with research on artists and designers, to help them produce a textiles item that explores a number of embellishment techniques. Students will produce one final idea with supporting evidence in the form of sketches and samples.

Students will learn:

  • How to develop their ICT skills, pattern cutting and illustration skills, together with sewing and product development techniques.
  • How to create and develop ideas from first- hand experiences.
  • Different textile media, techniques and processes.
  • And explore both traditional and new technologies.
  • To look at images, artefacts and resources relating to art and design from different time periods. These will include examples from European and non-European places, explaining the process from start to finish.
  • There will be close links between constructed, embellished, printed, sewn and dyed methods of Textile Design and with fashion design and installed textiles.
  • To look at different areas of textiles design.

These include:

  • Fashion and/or costume design
  • Printed and/or dyes materials
  • Domestic textiles, mixed media
  • Constructed and/or applied textiles, woven or knitted
  • Constructed and/or stitched and/or embellished textiles, embroidered
  • How to make samples using different techniques, such as tie-dying, batik (wax), spraying, transfer, fabric construction, stitching, felting, and fabric manipulation.
  • How to demonstrate the use of colour, line, shape, texture, pattern, harmony, contract and/or repetition in their work.