Art & Design

 

The Art Department aims to provide a wide variety of creative experiences for all pupils. We endeavour to encourage pupils to creatively explore materials, and have a greater understanding and appreciation for the work of local and international artists, past and present.

 

Pupils are encouraged to reflect on their work and, alongside the teaching staff, develop strategies and targets for improving work further.

We aim to develop each pupils skills and knowledge, building upon prior experiences and creating an environment which leads to a desire for further study at school and beyond.

 

We constantly recognise the achievements of pupils through displays, monthly awards, exhibitions in school and in the wider community, as well as competitions inside and outside the school.

 

 

KEY STAGE 3
 

Year 8 programme of study:

 

  • Still Life – Line, Tone, Colour, Composition

  • Our Local Environment – Landscapes/Painting

  • Ceramics – Building and Construction

  • Printmaking 

 

Year 9 programme of study:

 

  • Interior Design and Optical Illusion

  • Human Figure – Sculpture

  • Food – Sculpture

  • Graphic Design

 

Year 10 programme of study:

 

  • Textiles – Weaving

  • Fine Art – Painting

  • Ceramics

  • Landscapes and Portraiture – Investigation into Mixed media

  • Photographic Competition. 

 

 

KEY STAGE 4 (GCSE)

 

Unit 1: The Core Portfolio ( Controlled Assessment )

 

Pupils will be asked to create a project based assignment based around a theme of their choosing. They will work individually and creatively to develop personal ideas, experiment with a wide range of media and techniques, investigate artists/ designers and produce a final outcome. This is 60% of their overall mark.

 

Unit 2: Working to a Stimulus ( Art Exam )

 

This takes the same form and structure as Unit 1. CCEA will set and issue pre-release material ( exam paper with theme ) in January. Pupils will have at least 15 hours producing preparatory work. The final outcome will is produced in a set 10 hour period. This is marked by the teacher and moderated by CCEA. This is 40% of their overall mark.

 

 

A-LEVEL
 

The Art Department are delighted this year to introduce AS level for the first time. Students must complete two coursework units: one at AS and one at A2.

 

The coursework tasks give students an opportunity to freely demonstrate and communicate their artistic interests, visual curiosity, creativity and personal skills in art, craft and design. These are outlined below:

 

AS 1: Coursework Portfolio

 

The work included in the coursework portfolio should reflect students’ enjoyment and learning experience of art and design. Students choose the medium and can present their work in a variety of forms including:

 

  • a folder;

  • web page;

  • exhibition of work;

  • work journal;

  • sketchbook;

  • CD; and/or

  • any combination of these.

 

Students must submit a minimum of 8 A2 pages and a maximum of 14 A2 pages (or the equivalent in other formats).

 

In GCE Art and Design, students must complete two exam based units: one at AS and one at A2 level. These are outlined below:

 

AS 2: Externally Set Assignment

 

Students must complete the assignments in a controlled test environment. We set the theme for the assignments and issue these in February of the year of examination. The tasks are assessed by the teacher but moderated by us. Teachers must ensure that students have an adequate period of time to prepare for this task.

Students must be able to:

 

  • draw together the knowledge, understanding and skills learned in different parts of the course;

  • select and present work for examination that demonstrates their strengths across areas of knowledge and the range of skills described;

  • show their ability to sustain their own lines of enquiry and record and observe from primary sources;

  • bring together and make connections between the areas of knowledge, the work of artists(s), craftsperson(s) or designer(s) and the range of skills described and learned throughout the course; and

  • apply this by responding to one or more of the following in the examination paper:

– a stimulus or issue;

– a design brief or problem; and/or

– a task that specifies an image or other outcome to be achieved.

 

A2 1: Personal Investigation

 

Students must include evidence of visual and written investigations (including an extended essay). Students choose the medium and can present their work in a variety of forms including:

  • an extended essay;

  • folder;

  • web page;

  • exhibition of work;

  • work journal;

  • sketchbook

  • CD; and/or

  • any combination of these.

 

Students must submit a minimum of 8 A2 pages and a maximum of 14 A2 pages (or the equivalent in other formats). Students must also produce a written statement (with a minimum of 1000 words and a maximum of 2000 words) that shows evidence of theoretical research and understanding.

 

A2 2: Externally Set Assignment

 

Students must complete the assignments in a controlled test environment. We set the theme for the assignments and issue these in February of the year of examination. The tasks are assessed by the teacher but moderated by us. Teachers must ensure that students have an adequate period of time to prepare for this task.

 

Students must be able to:

  • draw together the knowledge, understanding and skills learned in different parts of the course;

  • select and present work for examination that demonstrates their strengths across areas of knowledge and the range of skills described;

  • show their ability to sustain their own lines of enquiry and record and observe from primary sources;

  • bring together and make connections between the areas of knowledge, the work of artists(s), craftsperson(s) or designer(s) and the range of skills described and learned throughout the course; and

  • apply this by responding to one or more of the following in the examination paper:

– a stimulus or issue;

– a design brief or problem; and/or

– a task that specifies an image or other

 

STAFF

 

 

Mr M Drury

 

Miss C Dickson

 

 

 

 

Head of Department

 

Teacher

 

There are many career options with a career in the Arts. Practising Artist, Photographer, Animator, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Fashion Designer, Product Designer, Teacher, Architect, Make-up Artist, Art Therapist, Jewellery Maker, Florist, Tattooist, Web Designer, Furniture Designer, Props maker, Set Designer, Tailor etc…

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