“ I really enjoy Art because I like expressing my individuality through a wide range of mediums. The subject allows me to explore my ideas and find my style as an artist.
Emily Davoile, Year 12 student
Key Stage 3
During Key stage 3 Art lessons students will be developing the basic stills such as; structure, tone, colour and proportion, the use of pencil crayon, pastels and paint.
In Year 7, students take part in a Sweet treats project, drawing from artists work including Sarah Graham and Wayne Thiebaud. This progresses onto 3D interpretation of cakes through the use of card and ceramics and links to the theme of Alice in wonderland, followed by specific visual interpretation and imaginative responses in mixed media.
In Year 8, students draw from observation, looking in detail at portraits. Students study the features proportions and structure of the face. Using studies based on Julian Opie, Roy Lichtenstein, Van Gough and Fauvism, they explore a variety of materials including paint, oil pastel and collage. This leads on to the development of a self-portrait in an abstract form.
In the Summer term, observational drawings of portrait and figure will be developed into Fantasy and Sci-Fi creatures, leading on to a final composition.
GCSE OPTIONSCourse Title: GCSE Art
Exam Board: OCR
Outcome: GCSE (Grades 9-1)
Course Contact: Miss R Riley
GCSE Art is a practical subject where a range of materials and techniques are used to convey ideas, feelings and thoughts. An important part of the course is critical and contextual studies where the work of artists is explored and analysed.
Is this the right course for you?
- You enjoy Art and using a range of materials and techniques
- Written annotation is compulsory in both Component 1 (coursework) and Component 2 (exam).
- You are good at observation drawing
- You like to explore the work of artists and designers
You are prepared to complete a significant amount of practical work at home, a minimum of one hour each week (many students need to spend significantly longer than this) to build up your portfolio
What does the course involve?
There is practical and written work involved in this course and you must be enthusiastic and willing to use your own time to complete work to a high standard.
You will be involved in research and investigation, observation drawings, looking at the work of artists, developing ideas, explaining ideas, development and analysing the work of others using annotation throughout your 2 components of work. You will be exploring media and techniques and producing final ideas and outcome(s)
During your Year 10 Autumn term you will be completing skill based activities – this forms part of your GCSE portfolio of work. After Christmas you will begin Component 1 based around a theme and covering all the GCSE assessment objectives including a final outcome. This project will cover 3 terms.
Component 2 will be carried out between January and April of y11.
Work is usually carried out in a sketchbook and is marked out of a total of 96. Students will cover all 4 of the assessment criteria, each worth up to 24 marks.
What about coursework and exams?
You are assessed through:
Component 1 (coursework) worth 60% of final grade
Component 2 (exam) is worth 40% of final grade. All preparation work for the examination has to be fully completed by all students and handed in prior to the beginning of the 10-hour examination. No preparation work can be accepted once the final examination begins.
6th FORM OPTIONS
Course Title: Art & Design
Course Type: A Level
Exam Board: AQA
Contact: Mrs H Jephcote
What does the course involve?
Over two years of study you will complete two components entitled:
Component 1: Personal Investigation and Component 2: Response to an externally set assignment.
You will begin the course with a short ‘skills based’ project in the first half of the Autumn term to prepare you for study at A level.
You will base your Component 1 investigation on a personal interest, issue or theme and through this you will engage in research and explore materials, techniques and processes, producing work evidencing development of ideas and critical/cultural/contextual references. Alongside your practical work you will evidence your ideas through annotation and through a written 1000-3000 word continual prose which reflects your interests, insights, decisions and intentions, showing critical understanding and analysis of work investigated and undertaken.
You will produce a series of ideas and a final outcome(s) for this component.
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment
The externally set assignment is aimed at assessing students’ ability to work independently in response to a chosen starting point taken from the examination paper in your second year of study, carrying out investigations, developing ideas and realising intentions and making appropriate and relevant connections to critical/contextual material. You will have 20 hours to complete a final outcome(s) under examination conditions.
Where will this course take me?
The course supports many of the other courses in the ‘Arts’ and is suitable for students who wish to take Architectural Design Post 16 as well as preparing you for an Art foundation course. Careers in Art and Design are many and very varied from Fashion to Illustration and Surface Design, and all the Fine Art disciplines.
A GCSE grade B or above in Art and English Language.
Students should be highly motivated and expect to complete many tasks independently. You will need to have the ability to sustain and fully investigate a theme and explore your ideas through a broad range of media and materials.
Students should be able to write analytically and express their thoughts and ideas throughout the course using appropriate terms.