Art & Design
It offers a unique and direct means of communication and self-expression. Art is an essential activity that enriches and widens students’ lives. The department offers extra-curricular activities through extended schools programme in ceramics, painting, drawing and printmaking. We regularly arrange workshops involving professional artists, who bring their expertise and knowledge into the college. We provide opportunities to visit exhibitions, allowing direct access to the work of other artists and cultures.
Art has two purpose-built studios equipped for a wide range of activities. Students are given the opportunity to work in a variety of media and techniques. Opportunities exist for three dimensional work, including clay, plaster, card and wire; two dimensional work includes painting, drawing and printmaking (monoprint, lino and collograph); as well as Fine Art textile techniques (such as felt- making and silk painting). There is access to a computer suite with Photoshop, printer and scanner.
How learning is organised
Art is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum in Key Stage 3. In Years 7, 8 and 9 students have a modular timetable that rotates approximately every 5 weeks and includes Art, Music, Dance and Drama. Students will complete approximately 21 hours of learning in each Arts subject per year.
Art is offered as an optional course in Years 10 and 11, leading to the award of a GCSE.
Years 7, 8 and 9
Work is project -based, offering equal access to the curriculum for all students. In each year group students have the opportunity to work in 2D, 3D and print making. Projects are usually related to art-historical contexts to help students recognise the development of our own and other cultures. Students are introduced to Art in different genres and styles from a variety of cultures, exploring and developing in their sketchbooks. In this way, skills are taught which explore a range of different media.
Years 10 and 11
The department encourages the development of personal ideas and the refinement of skills acquired throughout the Key Stage 3 course, initially from project based work. The course leads to a GCSE qualification in Art and Design with the option to take endorsed specialisms. The GCSE consists of a 2 units; a 10-hour exam (40%), with a period of time being allocated to plan, develop ideas and show evidence of research and personal portfolio (60%), based on two coursework units and three workshop units covering 3D, Painting and printmaking. The assessment objectives are below.
- AO1 Developing ideas through investigations informed by contextual studies.
- AO2 Refining ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
- AO3 Recording ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms.
- AO4 Presenting a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating critical and analytical understanding.
Art and Design AQA