Subject Vision

"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun." Mary Lou Cook.  

The Art and Design Department delivers a broad and balanced curriculum that encourages and enables pupils to develop their creativity, confidence and their visual communication skills. Pupils develop practical skills by working in both two and three dimensions using a wide range of media. They develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject by researching artists and designers across different times and cultures and experimenting with a range of materials and techniques. Pupils are encouraged to use or make their own sketchbooks through the development of the projects with final pieces of work being produced separately across a variety of scales and media. The KS3 curriculum is designed to develop and build upon a range of skills. The formal elements of art and design are the basis for a range of projects which look at line, form, tone and colour. Within the department pupils are encouraged to develop greater confidence and independence as well as using their imagination and creativity in a caring and stimulating environment where the individual needs of students are addressed.

At KS4 pupils are expected to work more independently if they choose to continue their studies of art at GCSE Level. Pupils study Fine Art with Eduqas Examination Board and are required to produce a portfolio of work. Pupils are expected to develop their work more independently, using a range of materials and processes following guiadance from their teacher. All of their work is assessed holistically against the four assessment objectives AO1 artist research; AO2 testing and refining use of materials and ideas; AO3 observations and AO4 presenting a personal, informed and meaningful response.  

Curriculum Plan

Year 7  

In year 7 pupils work is based on the faculty theme of ‘British Values’ with a focus on the story of Alice in Wonderland. During this project pupils explore the changes happening in their own lives to produce a range of outcomes. As the project develops pupils learn about scale, proportion, surrealism and collage with further developments linking to still life and typography. A wide range of artists are linked to the learning throughout the course of the year.

Year 8

Year 8 pupils continue to look at the formal elements of tone, colour and form based on the faculty theme of ‘Sustainability and the Environment.’  Working on recycled envelopes pupils study an illustration project entitled “Endangered Animals” inspired by the illustrations of Daniel Mackie as well as a range of other artists with a view to producing a piece of art about a specific endangered animal.

Year 9   

Year 9 pupils are introduced to GCSE style projects to give them a taster of the expectations at GCSE and inspire and encourage them to take the subject in KS4. Working within the faculty theme ‘Changing World’ pupils are encouraged to explore a range of issues and artists who create art to promote changes in society. Building on their previous skills pupils are challenged to create a powerful piece of original art to encourage people to think about an important issue and inspire change.

 

Year 10 GCSE Fine Art

This title is designed to promote learning across a variety of experiences and through various processes, tools, techniques, materials and resources to generate different kinds of evidence of working and outcomes.

Pupils in Year 10 have the option to use a wider range of materials than at KS3, and are encouraged to experiment and build up their skills across a range of materials and techniques. This experimentation is designed to offer a variety of experience, which they will be able to draw upon in Year 11 and follow the specification for GCSE Fine Art.   

 

Students undertaking the fine art title are required to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and understanding through areas of study relevant to their chosen title. Areas of study include: 

 • Drawing

• Installation

• Lens and light-based media

• Mixed media • Land art

• Printing • Painting • Sculpture.

 

Year 11 GCSE Fine Art GCSE

This title is designed to promote learning across a variety of experiences and through various processes, tools, techniques, materials and resources to generate different kinds of evidence of working and outcomes.

Year 11 pupils are required to work independently to create an individual and meaningful response as their work builds towards their terminal exam. Each pupil is encouraged to produce a project which reflects their own interests and therefore supports their personal creativity and independence in preparation for life after GCSEs.

Students undertaking the fine art title are required to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and understanding through areas of study relevant to their chosen title. Areas of study include: 

 • Drawing

• Installation

• Lens and light-based media

• Mixed media • Land art

• Printing • Painting • Sculpture.

 

 Assessment

Work is not limited to one area of study. 

 Assessment is by Component 1: Portfolio of Work (Controlled Assessment) 60% and Component 2: Externally Set Task 40% with each component being assessed out of a maximum of 96 marks.

Component 1 (Portfolio)

This component consists of a practical portfolio of work and outcomes based on internally set themes and subject matter. The work is internally set and assessed but externally moderated. Evidence is required of how pupils have met each of the four assessment objectives.

Component 2 (The Externally Set Assignment) consists of two parts: 

 Part 1 is the preparatory study period which involves Eduqas releasing the Externally Set Assignment materials to pupils no earlier than 2 January. This will consist of  a range of starting points based on themes, visual stimuli and written briefs. Pupils must select one of the starting points as the focus of their creative response. Responses are developed during the preparatory study period building on pupils’ knowledge from component 1.

 Part 2 is the 10 hour period of sustained focus work where pupils use their preparatory work, under supervised conditions to complete the externally set task.

Work throughout KS3 is assessed holistically following a similar format to GCSE.

 

What next

It is a strong foundation for further progression to Art and Design related courses such as A-level Art and Design and enhanced vocational and career pathways.  

 

COVID: DUE TO THE SCHOOL CLOSURES BETWEEN MARCH 2020 – JULY 2020 AND ONGOING GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME SMALL, TEMPORARY ADAPTIONS TO THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM. WE WILL ENDEVOUR TO RETURN TO A NORMAL CURRICULUM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND SUPPORT DURING THIS TIME.