Art

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Years 7 to 9

The purpose of any art course is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world and to respond to it in a creative way. You will be taught through a mix of class based teaching, personal tutoring and workshops. Studies are supported by a variety of trips and artist studies.

There are opportunities to develop skills and explore ideas through a range of media such as painting, drawing, print, collage, mixed media and ICT. Projects are designed to build the necessary skills and understanding to allow you to develop an individual and independent approach to work. You will gain an understanding and appreciation of art forms past and present.

Assessment
Students are assessed through the pieces of work they create – at each stage of the work teachers will give detailed feedback and advice that helps students to deepen their knowledge, understanding and skills.

Topics covered
A broad theme will be set by your teacher term by term as the basis of a project to learn a range of key skills within art. In the past, themes such as ‘life’, ‘water’, ‘art and conflict’ and ‘structures’ have been explored. For each theme-based project, students gather, research, develop samples and ideas, as well as make artist studies and responses.

Years 10 and 11

Within the Art and Design GCSE, you will complete three projects. Project one explores art textiles, project two explores fine art and project three explores your own choice of media and technique. GCSE Art and Design requires you to be creative, unafraid to take risks and be curious. You will be expected to manage your time wisely and work creatively in a sketchbook. The course gives you opportunities to develop your confidence and to make your own decisions about the themes and styles you explore. We encourage independence and originality of thought.

Specification Content
There are opportunities to develop skills and explore ideas through a range of media such as painting, drawing, print, collage, mixed media and ICT. Projects are designed to build the necessary skills and understanding to allow you to develop an individual and independent approach to work. Art and Design develops your skills in visual literacy, problem solving, research, experimenting, exploring and analysing and evaluating. You will also gain understanding and appreciation of forms past and present.

Assessment
Coursework accounts for 60% of your final grade, the remaining 40% is derived from a final practical exam.

Unit 1: Personal Portfolio. This coursework unit will be made up of work chosen from Project One and Project Two.

Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment. This is the culmination of the course and is the chance for you to ‘show off’ what you have learned. You will be given a broad based starting point and then receive approximately twelve weeks to gather, research, develop samples and ideas, as well as make artist studies and responses. You will make your final piece within a ten hour period over two days within your art classroom.

Topics covered
A broad theme will be set by your teacher for Projects One and Two. In the past, themes such as ‘Life’, ‘Water’, ‘Art and Conflict’ and ‘Structures’ have been explored. The exam theme is set by the exam board and will be just as broad.

Recommended revision guides / course resources

  • GCSE bitesize, art section.
  • Tate Galleries online – glossary section
  • Saatchi online
  • Moma online
  • Imperial War Museum online
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