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Art

Art and Design forms part of the Creative and Performing Arts faculty (CPA). Art and Design gives students the opportunity to develop a visual language through projects which encompass various aspects of drawing, such as drawing from the imagination, from observation and from memory; sculpture, working from designs, creating abstract forms and shapes and interpreting other artists and crafts people’s work.

In Art we offer a range of experiences in order for students to try out as many different ways of creating as possible. Amongst other things, students learn about colour theory and how it can relate to mood and emotion; what artwork from different cultures looks like, why it was made and why it looks different to Western Art; different ways of expressing yourself through drawing, painting and sculpture; how to create a ‘personal response’.

Students are also invited to attend the popular after school Art Clubs, which explore other projects which are sometimes more adventurous and are often student led.

Staff Position
Mr N Broughton Subject Leader Art
Mrs K Orrett Teacher of Art
Mr B Tonks Teacher of Art

Key Stage 3 

In Years 7 and 8, students follow courses to fulfil the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum says:

 “A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.”

 

Students study the following units in Key Stage 3:

Year 7

Year 8

  • Colour theory/Abstract Expressionism
  • Native American Indian mask-making
  • Abstract sculpture
  • Surrealism

 

Additional resources Key Stage 3 Art

Encourage your son / daughter to:

  • Copy from their favourite comic strips, cartoons and films
  • Draw pictures from their imagination and from life

There are many websites and in particular instructional videos on sites such as Youtube, giving guidance on how to draw, paint or create.

Encourage your son / daughter to understand the value of the visual arts, in that everything they touch, watch, play on or with has been created and designed by a person from the creative arts.

Practise techniques learned in class at home. Draw, paint and make collages, make short films or animations. There are many apps and websites available which can help with these things, or you can ask your Art teacher for help.

Key Stage 4 

Students follow the AQA GCSE Art and Design specification.

Aims of the course:

In Art you will learn and develop a broad range of skills and abilities. You will learn many aspects of Fine Art, Craft and Design. All projects include using a range of materials and techniques such as drawing, painting, analysis of images and objects, photography and sculpture.  We also use Photoshop to develop and refine pieces of artwork.

Course Content:

Over the course students complete two projects and submit them for marking and external moderation.

In all projects, students must take an idea and develop it by experimenting with materials and subject, analysing the work of other artists and making personal responses.

The projects currently include:

  • Popular (Fine Art)
  • CD Design (Design)

Projects vary in content from year to year in response to students’ interests and requirements. Coursework is created during class time under staff supervision.  Students learn about a variety of modern artists, designers and creative people and develop their own ideas as to what art is today.

* In September 2016, a three-year Key Stage 4 was introduced.  Consequently, timelines across years 9, 10 and 11 vary for the class of 2018 and 2019.

Assessment:

Art and Design is assessed using 4 Assessment Objectives. The degree to which a students’ work succeeds is reliant on them producing work which addresses the 4 Objectives:

                AO1 – Develop ideas and concepts

                AO2 – Refine your ideas or techniques and experiment

                AO3 – Record ideas in visual and other forms

AO4 – Present a Personal Response

Coursework Requirements (60% of the final grade)

Coursework is completed in class time under supervision and must include evident of all 4 Assessment Objectives. Students will produce work in their sketchbooks and in other forms.

Externally Set Task (40% of the final grade)

Candidates are required to produce a unit of work (or project) from first idea, to developed concept, through experiments with ideas and materials to a practise ‘final piece’. The ‘final piece’ is then completed in exam conditions in the art rooms over a period of 10 hours, unassisted by staff. The preparation period is a minimum of 3 weeks. The exam board provides a number of starting points from which candidates choose and develop one.

Students are required to make their own project which develops from a choice of titles (or ‘starting points’) provided by the exam board.  This is done in class time from January of Year 11 until April.  The ‘final piece’ is produced in exam conditions in the art rooms over a period of 10 hours which is spread out over a number of days.

Additional resources GCSE Art and Design  

Encourage your son / daughter to:

  • Copy from their favourite comic strips, cartoons and films
  • Draw pictures from their imagination and from life

There are many websites and in particular instructional videos on sites such as Youtube, giving guidance on how to draw, paint or create.

Encourage your son / daughter to understand the value of the visual arts, in that everything they touch, watch, play on or with has been created and designed by a person from the creative arts.

  • Visit art galleries when in the City centre or on holiday.
  • Look at the art galleries websites and browse their online collections. The Tate Modern is excellent for this, as is the Museum of Modern Art New York. Google also supports a feature which lets you take a virtual trip around international art galleries.
  • Practise, practise, practise!
  • Visit the BBC Bitesize website GCSE Art and Design.

Visit www.studentartguide.com which is a superb website full of useful guidance.

Sixth Form Courses 

A Level Art and Design (OCR)

Students follow the OCR A Level Art and Design specification.  In September 2016 this formed part of The Consortium offer.

Aims of the course:

The course aims to build on the skills, knowledge and understanding gained at GCSE.

Course Content:

  • Students:
    Record information, observations, ideas and insights in a wide range of visual forms
  • Analyse and evaluate images, objects, artefacts and texts
  • Develop sustained investigations and explore a range of visual materials, processes and resources
  • Complete a personal investigation that includes a portfolio of practical work and related study (1000 words) and also an externally set task.

Assessment:

Students beginning the A Level course in September 2017 will complete the linear A Level.  The course comprises:

  • A Personal Investigation (60% of the final grade).  A sustained investigation into an area of the students choice.
  • Externally Set Task (40% of the final grade)
  • 100% Internal Assessment

Students work is assessed internally before being moderated by the exam board. 

Students who began year 12 in September 2016 will complete the AS qualification at the end of year 12, followed by the linear A Level qualification in the summer of 2017.

 

A Level Photography (OCR)

Students follow the OCR A Level Photography specification. 

Aims of the course:

The course aims to give a rounded exposure to the different aspects of digital photograph, allowing students to produce personalised work and display their abilities in a variety of disciplines.

Course Content:

Students complete a:

  • Personal Investigation incorporating two elements:
    • A portfolio of practical work starting from a brief or scenario
    • A related study (minimum 1000 words)
    • Externally Set Task – An extended response:
    • Students are given a number of themes, each with a range of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli

Assessment:

Students beginning the A Level course in September 2017 will complete the linear A Level.  The course comprises:

  • Personal Investigation (60%)
  • Externally Set Task (40%)

Students who began year 12 in September 2016 will complete the AS qualification at the end of year 12, followed by the linear A Level qualification in the summer of 2017.

Additional resources Sixth Form Courses

Visit art galleries, practise drawing, painting and sculpting at home.
Watch a wide variety of films and animations from leading directors to broaden horizons. Watch the Culture Show on the BBC (when available) or Sky Arts 1Channel, watch documentaries on Youtube.

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