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Art

Art and Design forms part of the Arts and Technologies Faculty.  As a dedicated and passionate team of creative specialists the department is committed to encouraging students to be free-thinking artists, craftspeople and designers using a wide range of materials, processes and techniques including:  print making, digital manipulation, photography, installation, mixed media, collage, sculpture, drawing and painting.

Studying Art and Design gives students the opportunity to develop a visual language through a series of practical projects working from direct observational drawing and photography to exploring the work of artists and different cultures through interpreting their work in a variety of 2D and 3D mediums. Students have opportunities to generate creative ideas which develop and refine towards a personal final realisation.

In addition to our classroom practice we offer a range of additional opportunities to support, engage and motivate. Students are invited to attend the popular after school Art Clubs, which explore other projects which are sometimes more adventurous and are often student led.

What skills will I need?

You will need to be willing and open minded to try a variety of materials and techniques. This requires patience, courage and perseverance. The level of coursework means there is frequent homework to help build a complete and high quality portfolio. To support this process students are welcome to undertake work at home or arrange to work at lunch-time or after school with a teacher.

How will this course be assessed?

The course is internally assessed and externally moderated. Practical coursework undertaken throughout the course accounts for 60% of the overall GCSE grade. The remaining 40% is via an externally set practical exam which gives students a range of starting points, allows them time to prepare over a period of weeks and then has a 10 hour unaided controlled conditions period in which students complete the final outcome.

Why study Art & Design and what can I do with it when I leave Wolfreton School?

Being creative and creative thinking is a fundamental skill required in most modern careers. In fact creativity is now a top 3 skill required by many employers! The Art course will allow you to improve your artistic and design skills and give you the opportunity to work in a variety of creative formats.

The creative skills you develop will be essential in employment – the UK has the largest creative sector in the world, there are 1.9 Million jobs (103,000 in Yorkshire and the Humber) in the creative sector with a total of 2.9 million jobs requiring creative people. Taking Art will improve your creativity and give you access to a wider range of professions. 

Vision of the department

•          To develop pupils imagination and creativity and equip them with the skills, techniques and insights to express themselves through Art and Design

•          To celebrate the work of pupils beyond the walls of Wolfreton School

•          To provide a secure platform for pupils to extend their studies after KS4

•          To develop self-confidence and raise self esteem through Art & Design

•          To foster the love of Art and Design as an involvement for life, both as critic and creator

•          To enable students to understand and appreciate the educational, historical, social and cultural role of Art & Design

•          To raise awareness of cultural issues and encourage empathy and respect for diversity within the community in which they live

Most importantly it is fun and offers a very different way of learning from writing based academic subjects.

Staff Position
Mr A Richardson-Medd Subject Leader of Art
Mrs K Orrett Teacher of Art / Photography
Mr B Tonks Teacher of Art
Mr S Ashdown Creative Arts Technician

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/ Compositional Elements/ Abstract Art
  • Day of the Dead Festival
  • Native American Art
  • Surrealism
  • Abstract Culture
  • Pop Art

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
  • Take and edit photos on their phone
  • Explore different art and craft materials
  • Visit museums, galleries and places of cultural interest
  • Watch cultural films, TV programs and art documentaries

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 an 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 3-year course students complete a number of units (a coursework unit and an exam unit) and submit them for marking and external moderation.

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

The coursework projects currently include:

  • Popular (Fine Art)
  • My, Myself, My World (Fine Art)
  • Food Art (Fine Art)
  • CD Design (Design)

Projects vary in content as a result of the research and ideas that each student develops themselves. Every student’s project will be unique to them! Coursework is created during class time under staff supervision as well as in the student’s own independent study. Students take responsibility for their own art portfolios, and can purchase Art Packs and other materials from the department.

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 understanding

                AO2 – Explore and refine your ideas and techniques

                AO3 – Record ideas in visual and other forms

                AO4 – Present personal responses

Coursework projects ‘Popular’ and ‘CD Design’ (60% of the final grade)

Coursework is completed in a class time unders upervision and must include evidence of all 4 Assessment Objectives.  Students will produce in their sketchbooks and in other forms.

Externally Set Task (40% of the final grade - made up of Exam Preparation 30% and Final Outcomes made in the GCSE Exam 10%)

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.
  • Create a Pinterest account and start curating creative boards
  • 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 Art and Design Suite 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 in order to prepare the student for further academic and/ or vocational study within the creative industries. Many students find that Art & Design A-Level courses develop the analytical, problem-solving, creative-thinking and project-based skills required in other industries and sectors such as the public services, the built environment, STEM, advertising, business and commerce.

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 unit that comprises a portfolio of practical work and related essay (3000 words), as well as completing an externally-set exam portfolio.

Assessment:

Students begin the course in September with a series of small skill-building projects, then move onto the personal investigation unit in January of Y12. The exam unit is started in the February of Y13.

The course comprises:

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

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

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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