Key Stage 3 Art
During the Key Stage 3 Art and Design course, you will learn more about some of the following techniques:
Throughout the course we are aiming to develop in you:
A nominal charge may be made for clay work if you want to take your work home.
Key Stage 4 Art
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.
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.
Is this the right subject for me?
This course is suitable for students who are:
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
Near the end of Year 11 the pupils sit a 10 hour exam done over two consecutive days.
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
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.
• BTEC Nationals in Art and Design • Specialist Diploma in Creative and Media
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.
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.
The School Council, an elected group of individuals who work proactively across the school, believe that they have a voice and that their work is highly valued by other pupils.
OFSTED - June 2016
London SE6 2SE
Tel: 020 8461 9600