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Art

Key Stage 3 Art

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During the Key Stage 3 Art and Design course, you will learn more about some of the following techniques:

  • drawing
  • painting
  • printing
  • pottery
  • 3-dimensional construction
  • collage
  • modelling
  • designing

Throughout the course we are aiming to develop in you:

  • an ability to work independently
  • an ability to observe accurately and record what you see
  • an imaginative and creative approach to ideas and themes
  • an understanding of techniques and skills in a variety of Art media
  • an ability to evaluate and discuss your work
  • an awareness of the work of artists, designers, craftsmen and craftswomen of various cultures, past and present
  • a commitment to sustained, organised, creative work
  • an ability to keep and maintain a sketch book

A nominal charge may be made for clay work if you want to take your work home.

 

Key Stage 4 Art

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Course Content

The GCSE Fine Art course involves pupils experimenting and making work, using a wide range of Drawing, Painting and Printmaking techniques and skills to develop ideas and finished pieces of work. 
Projects  will cover a variety of :  DRAWING MEDIA such as: pencil, ink pen, biro, colouring pencil, felt pen, charcoal and chalks, or computer generated drawings; PAINTING MEDIA such as watercolour, tempera, oil pastel or inks;  PRINT MAKING MEDIA which may involve one or more of the following: mono printing, lino printing, collagraph printing.

They are taught to use observation and imagination and to make connections between their own work and that of other artists, crafts people and designers traditional as well as contemporary.  They are expected to show development of ideas from a variety of triggers and themes.  The pupils keep work journals (sketchbooks) to show the development of their ideas relating to the projects which are based on different ‘Themes’.  Themes may include: Surfaces, I /Me/Mine, Journeys, Illusions, Contained Space, Work, Change, Inside, Beginnings, Adorn / Embellish / Decorate, etc.  Each project theme is developed by trying out ideas and experimenting with techniques over a period of half a term and they then go on to make the final outcomes which are related to all the prior class work and homework.

Pupils who are interested in the subject more specifically preferring to work using graphic skills rather than model making or sculpture would be better suited to this course.  Pupils do not need to be highly skilled or confident already but should enjoy art and the chance to express their personal ideas and responses through developing work from themes such as those outlined above.  Pupils who are creative in their thinking and enjoy working with their hands at drawing, painting and printmaking specifically, will benefit from this course.
Fine Art is a focussed course which involves only working 2D, and is of benefit for anyone to follow, not just those hoping for an Arts-related career. For those pupils preferring to work more 3D they are advised to look at the 3D GCSE ART and DESIGN course.

Is this the right subject for me?

This course is suitable for students who are:
• keen to work in 2 dimensions using a variety of different drawing, painting and print making
   media and skills to develop their visual ideas
• creative, enthusiastic and imaginative
• able to sustain an investigation
• able to enjoy visits to galleries, museums, workshops and studios
• willing to experiment and take risks in their work
• willing to review their progress and make improvements.

What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?

Before undertaking GCSE Art and Design, you will, ideally, have studied art and design at Key Stage 3. You will be expected to have some experience of using art materials and processes, together with some knowledge of contemporary and historical art and design. More importantly, you should have a commitment to, and love, of the subject and feel motivated to develop your visual skills and express your ideas in working through projects and assignments.

What will I learn?

The GCSE covers a range of activities and in-depth assignments. You will have the opportunity to

 experiment with different drawing, painting and print making media in order to explore your strengths and preferences. There are a wide range of options to work from and media to work with; you may choose to work in several areas. Whatever you choose, the main aim of the course is to
develop your visual language skills and for you to build a comprehensive portfolio of work to progress to further courses or employment.

Examinations Details:

Near the end of Year 11 the pupils sit a 10 hour exam done over two consecutive days. 
The exam paper is given out between 40 and 50 school days before the 10 hour timed test. 
During the time leading up to the timed test, pupils work on preparing for their exam, producing research and ideas and developing their work in their work journals.    The timed test is done over two consecutive days and they must have their preparatory studies with them to help them, during their exam.  They are allowed to take books, photographs, notes and research into the exam, to help them produce their final piece.   From all of the work produced during the course pupils are guided to select the best work for their Coursework Portfolio. Once the exam is finished, the pupils select and hang their best work in the form of an exhibition, to show their skills and achievements. 
The work is marked internally by the Art Department staff and then the marking is moderated by an external examiner from the Examination Board.  The results are published in August and pupils are allowed to keep all work, which can be collected in late September following the exam.

Edexcel’s GCSE Art and Design is made up of two units.

Unit 1: Personal Portfolio in Art and Design – internally set and marked; assessed through controlled assessment.= 60% of the final total mark

Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment in Art and Design – externally set theme and internally marked. = 40% of the final total mark

Both units are assessed using four Assessment Objectives. These can be summed up as: develop, review/experiment, record, present.  Each unit is assessed separately out of 80 marks.

What can I do after I’ve completed the course?

On completion of your GCSE Art and Design course, you could progress to go on to do further education.
Courses at Level 3 include:

•  BTEC Nationals in Art and Design   • Specialist Diploma in Creative and Media
•  GCE ‘AS’                                      • ‘A’ level Art and Design

If you choose to look for a job, you will have a portfolio of work that will evidence your ability to pursue a two-year GCSE course in art and design, covering different assignments and producing a range of work.

Career Opportunities:

Architecture, ceramics, conservation, fashion design, furniture design, museum and gallery work, graphic design, interior design, jewellery design, print-making, window dressing, etc.

Books / Materials / Visits / Field Courses / Websites:

The pupils are taken to museums and galleries to support their studies when possible, at least once, if not twice a year.

www.edexcel.com www.edexcel.com www.artchive.com www.british-museum.ac.uk www.cnac-gp.fr www.craftscouncil.org.uk www.designmuseum.org.uk www.guggenheim.org www.iconeye.com www.iwm.org.uk www.thelowry.com www.metmuseum.org www.artsmia.org www.moma.org www.natgalscot.ac.uk www.nmpft.org.uk www.npg.org.uk www.nationaltrust.org.uk www.nhm.ac.uk www.artatwalsall.org.uk www.newbritishartists.co.uk www.photonet.org.uk www.prm.ox.ac.uk www.royalacademy.org.uk www.sfmoma.org www.sciencemuseum.org.uk www.tate.org.uk www.vam.ac.uk www.walkerart.org www.whitworth.man.ac.uk www.ysp.co.uk www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/art/

Group Organisation / Setting:

Pupils who are interested in the subject more specifically preferring to work using graphic skills rather than model making or sculpture would be better suited to this course.  Pupils do not need to be highly skilled or confident already but should enjoy art and the chance to express their personal ideas and responses through developing work from themes such as those outlined above.  Pupils who are creative in their thinking and enjoy working with their hands at drawing, painting and printmaking specifically, will benefit from the course.





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OFSTED - June 2016



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