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Introduction

The Art Department is a thriving department where students are regularly seen working at lunchtime or in the after school clubs that take place. The department consists of 2 full time and 1 part time teacher all with different areas of expertise. We offer a broad approach to art and craft, having expertise in ceramics, printmaking, drawing and painting. Many students continue with Art to degree level with recent students gaining places at Goldsmiths and Derby.

Art is all about being creative. The department aims to make students more aware of the world around them, both visually and morally.   Students are encouraged to be active in decision making and engage in their work and them, both visually.

Key Stage Three

Outlined below ae the range of topics covered in Art in years 7 to 9.

Year Seven

Aims

  • To develop skills for analysing and recording from observation and imagination, using a variety of media.
  • To show the importance of keeping a sketchbook to record ideas and information.
  • Discuss the impact of a source material to stimulate and develop a theme.
  • To show them how to use a wide range of media and techniques to express feelings and ideas.
  • To explore and experiment with materials for three dimensional work.
  • To teach children about different kinds of Art from various cultures.

Objectives

  • To encourage observational drawing and recording
  • To teach specific drawing skills using line and form
  • To teach the proportions of a human face
  • To give the pupils a general understanding on colour theory and colour mixing
  • To develop their 3D skills using Mod Roc
  • Under the theme of portraits we will investigate the work of influential artists e.g. Picasso, Gustav Klimt, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns
  • We will also look at art from other cultures e.g. African and South American tribal masks.

Mask being painted

Year Eight

Aims

  • To enable the children to develop skills for analysing and recording from observation
  • To encourage them to keep a sketchbook to collect and record ideas and information
  • To show them how to select and organise a range of source materials
  • To enable them to use a wide range of media and techniques to realise their ideas, express their feelings and communicate meaning
  • To move towards independent working
  • To teach different kinds of Art and Art from different times and cultures
  • To teach children about the influential artists and how to use this knowledge to enrich their own work.

Objectives

  • To encourage good observation and recording from observation.
  • To continue teaching visual language particularly in colour pattern and shape.
  • To widen the range of techniques and media by introducing them to printing techniques
  • We will examine the difference between Fine Art and Design by comparing the work of Rousseau to that of Helen Cowcher, an illustrator. We will also look at Totems Poles from North America.

Tribal bird face

Year Nine

Aims

  • To develop skills for analysing and recording from observation, memory and imagination
  • To encourage the use of a sketchbook to collect information and ideas for independent work
  • To enable the students to select and organise a range of material to stimulate and develop ideas, express feelings and communicate meaning
  • To encourage independent working to enable them to select from a range of visual elements, to explore and experiment with materials, images and ideas and realise intentions
  • To enable them to evaluate and discuss their work using the correct vocabulary .To encourage the students to do their own research into Art and Artists and be able to use this knowledge to enrich their work
  • To enable them to express their opinions about bad justify preferences for different kinds of Art, taking account of different viewpoints.

Objectives

  • To encourage good observation and recording
  • To continue teaching visual language in particular the formal elements
  • The students will work on longer projects, they will be encouraged to organise and use their own source material and develop their ideas from conception to completion. They will be shown how to do their own research, choose their own media and evaluate their own results.
  • The first project will be based on Surfaces  where the project will be teacher led. The next projects will be based on Pop Art, Surrealism and the Exotic Fruit project. This will be strongly related to the Pre GCSE course.

Student with flowers

Key Stage Four

Student can choose to study Art as a GCSE option.

GCSE Fine Art Edexcel)

 Exam Board Edexcel

The GCSE course is a demanding one as students have to be able to work independently and make perceptive judgements about their work.  Being able to draw well is not enough as risks must be taken in order to develop work in an exciting way. The course involves two components; a coursework portfolio which accounts for 60% of their marks and a 10 hour examination which accounts for 40%.

The four major areas are:-

  • AO1 – develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.
  • AO2 – Experiment and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes
  • AO3 - record ideas
  • AO4 – present a personal and meaningful response.

The topics covered are Starfish, Force and Insects

Picture of light reflections on bottles

Key Stage Five

AS/A2 Art (OCR)

The Art Department offers students the opportunity to study Fine Art at A-level.

At AS level students must also prepare for, and sit, a 10 hour examination which accounts for 100 %. At A2 students choose and develop a personal topic supported by a 3000 word written study: this accounts for 60% of their course. A 15 hour examination takes place in May and this accounts for 40% of their final marks.

The courses build upon the work done in GCSE but at a much higher level. Students are expected to be self-motivated enough to work independently in the sixth form art studio during and after school. They must have an inquisitive mind and want to explore ideas and problems posed by the visual world around them.

The assessment criteria is based on:-

  • Develop – Convincingly communicate evidence of an inventive development of ideas through investigations; perceptively analyse objects, images and artefacts. Demonstrate evidence of a mature understanding of purpose, meanings and their related context. Quality of language communicates ideas and development with perceptive analysis.
  • Experiment – Communicates evidence of an inventive exploration of the use of materials, processes, techniques and resources.  Convincingly selects and demonstrates a mature understanding of reviewing and refining ideas, successfully identifying and interpreting relationships.
  • Record – Perceptively records and analyses images, objects and artefacts. Shows evidence of a mature understanding of intentioned, meanings and their related contexts. The quality of language aids recording and process with mature structure.
  • Present – Presents evidence of a personal, creative, mature engaged and informed response realising intentions.

Painting of an orchid

BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Art and Design  

Awarding Body: Edexcel 

 

Students in Sixth Form can also study this Level 2 qualification to help them achieve enough Level 2 grades to then move on to A Levels.

 

What will you be learning? 

 

Unit 

Type of Unit 

Assessment Method 

Brief Description of Unit 

Unit 1: Introduction to Specialist Pathways in Art and Design 

Core 

Internal 

How to use specialist materials, techniques, equipment and processes in response to client briefs. Record formal elements within specialist pathways. 

Unit 2: Creative Project in Art and Design 

Core 

External 

Develop creative ideas, skills and intentions in response to a project brief. Produce a final outcome that meets the requirements of the brief. 

Unit 6: Investigating Contextual Reference in Art and Design 

Mandatory 

Internal 

Investigate historical and contemporary art, craft and design practice. Explore art, craft and design examples relevant to your own work. 

Unit 7: Recording for Creative Intentions in Art and Design 

Mandatory 

External 

Select and record from appropriate visual sources and, generate design ideas towards creative intentions, based on the set brief.  

Unit 9: Design Crafts Briefs  

Optional 

Internal 

Investigate design crafts, practice. Explore materials, techniques and processes. Develop ideas, produce and present an outcome in response to a design crafts brief. 

Unit 13: Visual Arts Briefs 

Optional  

Internal 

Investigate visual arts practice. Explore material, techniques and process. Develop ideas, produce and present an outcome in response to a visual arts brief. 

 

Description:  

BTECs are vocationally related qualifications. Art and Design encourages personal development through practical participation through a broad and balanced introduction to the core skills and knowledge necessary for work or further education in Art and Design. It is a 240 guided-learning-hour qualification (equivalent to two GCSEs) that has core, mandatory and optional units. 

 

What will I achieve? 

A BTEC Level 2 qualification is equivalent to two GCSEs. You will learn how to use a range of Art and Design disciplines and develop a wider understanding and appreciation of Art and Design. 

 

How is the course assessed? 

The BTEC Level 2 Certificate qualification is graded at Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction and Level 2 Distinction*. Two units are externally set and externally assessed and four are internally set and internally assessed. 

 

What else will I do? 

BTEC Art and Design is a very good companion to most other BTECs or an introduction to further art study. It may be your main area of interest or a subject that adds breadth and creativity to your course. 

 

When? 

Start date: September.  Duration: 1 year 

Delivery: Full-time.  Availability: New course  

 

Who can do it? 

Age range: 16  -  19 

Entry Requirements:  An interest in Art and Design and ability to draw. Prepared for and motivated to work consistently and independently to achieve the requirements of the qualification 

 

What happens when you have finished?   

You could progress to other qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals, A-levels in Art and Design or an apprenticeship. 

Student working at their desk

Staffing

Mrs S Erwin- Subject Leader of Art
Mrs Phyllis Nicholls
Mrs Maria Aza