The Art Department aims to give students confidence in their own creative abilities and self-expression in a wide range of media and disciplines.  Students also study a wide range of artistic styles and movements, individual artists, designers and art in a range of cultures.  Specialist terms and techniques are also studied.

All students study Art for three years at Key Stage 3; they can then choose Art as an optional subject for two years at Key Stage 4.  In Year 7 students are introduced to various artistic techniques in both 2 and 3 dimensions, basic technical skills of drawing and painting and art appreciation are also taught in this first year.  In Year 8 these skills are developed further and students are introduced to the art of different cultures as well as modern western movements, the students are encouraged to explore and enquire about the vast differences in artistic approaches.  In Year 9 students continue to work from a variety of art practitioners and sources, although the projects are constructed in manner similar to GCSE, students refine their ideas and develop towards a final outcome.  Throughout Key Stage 3 students also discover how art is employed in the world of work and how it is applied in a practical context.  All students will be provided with their first sketch book in Year 7.

If students opt to study Art at GCSE they will take the AQA Fine Art option.  Students will produce a portfolio of work using a variety of different media which will account for 60% of their marks.  They will also undertake, in Year 11, a 10-hour controlled test which accounts for 40% of their marks.  All the completed work will be displayed in the school gallery for viewing.

GCSE  Art and Design ( Fine Art ) – full course

What we study in this subject:

Art students practice and improve their skills in these main areas: drawing, painting, printmaking and 3D studies. However, artwork can also be made in photography, film and ICT. They will produce three or more projects with a particular emphasis on drawing and painting, each exploring a theme (Still Life, Landscape, Portrait) in depth, using different media, materials and techniques.  This work will be linked directly to the study of the work of other artists, crafts people and cultures.  Students will broaden their knowledge of the work and working practices of such people and movements and use this as inspiration for their own work. Although all projects are practically based, students will need to include annotation which explains their own ideas, along with research on the artists or cultural themes they have studied.

All students will be expected to produce work that shows the best standard of which they are capable, and to develop a personal and original response to the set themes.  Students need to be motivated and imaginative in their approach to work and to have previously demonstrated their commitment to the subject. Students will need to buy basic equipment to use at home including a journal, which can be ordered through the Art Department.

Assessment Format:

The assessment consists of two parts: A portfolio of work, which makes up 60% of the mark and the Externally Set Task (Exam Project), which makes up 40%. All students follow the same course, and work that is made throughout Y10 and Y11 makes up the Portfolio of work. The Externally Set Task (Exam Project) is given out in January of Y11 and students must create their own personal response to a brief they have chosen by producing a relevant project and a Final Response which is sat in exam conditions over 10 hours. Both parts of the course are marked using 4 Assessment Objectives and students will need to demonstrate a wide range of artistic skills to address these. All work is assessed in an exhibition at the end of the course in May.

Possible Careers and Further Information:

Many students undertaking GCSE Art go on to college or 6th forms to study for A levels or the National Diploma in Art and Design.  This in turn leads to a variety of employment requiring creative ability e.g. advertising, film, games and animation, fashion, interior design, photography, textiles, graphic design, architecture, fine arts etc.

Further information is available from Mr Sumpner, Subject Leader, Art.


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