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Art

In art, craft and design, pupils explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art, craft and design, pupils reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.

The aim of the Department, across all year groups, is to create a safe classroom environment that encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and that enables them to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding.  All teaching groups are organised as mixed ability classes.

A range of pupil centred strategies help to facilitate this:

  • Group discussion/critiques of work
  • Observation of teacher-led demonstrations
  • Observation of art specific DVDs (note taking is encouraged during such activities)
  • Use of ICT in classroom and for homework assignments where appropriate.
  • Gallery/museum visits when link can be made with project.
  • Recording in sketchbooks
  • Sometime group projects are set where students work with other members of the form.
  • Use of artefacts to inspire ideas and create primary drawing from.
  • Practical work and contextual investigation.

Key Stage 3

Year 7
Introduction to the key basic elements in Art & Design – ie: line, mark-making, texture, tone, colour and perspective. The aim is to ensure pupils develop confidence in implementing the more technical/academic into their work which should help them to develop strong skills throughout.

Year 8
Development of basic elements into more conceptual elements of Art & Design such as form and space. Pupils also build on skills from Yr.7 by developing building skills and working in the three-dimensional form. They also experiment with a wider range of materials, both 2D & 3D and research artists/art movements.

Year 9
Increasing knowledge and understanding of different materials and techniques, such as print-making. Also developing contextual art, including embracing art from different cultures.

Assessment
Pupils are given regular feedback from their teacher, both verbal and written. Extensive written comments are given in sketchbooks for each homework assignment and a written assessment form is completed by the teacher at the end of each project. Regular critiques are held in lessons, giving pupils the opportunity to discuss their work with their peers and teacher. Also self-assessment and peer assessment is carried out in each project.

Pupils are given regular feedback from their teacher, both verbal and written. Extensive written comments are given in sketchbooks for each homework assignment and a written assessment form is completed by the teacher at the end of each project. Regular critiques are held in lessons, giving pupils the opportunity to discuss their work with their peers and teacher. Also self-assessment and peer assessment is carried out in each project.

To support your daughter’s learning it is recommended that you:

  • Take your daughter to art galleries or exhibitions whenever possible.
  • Encourage her to practise her drawings skills at home in her sketchbook.

Key Stage 4

This course encourages an adventurous and enquiring approach to art and design. Students will experiment with a wide of a range of practical skills and techniques, as well as demonstrate an understanding of past and contemporary art & design practice, to produce a personal response to their ideas.

Year 10
At the beginning of the course students are introduced to basic skills, such as line, tone, form, colour & perspective (this will take the form of a structured project – eg: still life, portrait, etc.). The students are then encouraged to experiment with the skills they have acquired by abstracting images and using mixed media in their work.

The 2nd half of the year is dedicated to looking at critical studies (ie: researching an art movement) and developing practical skills even further by introducing a 3-dimensional project. This allows students to gain confidence in their building skills and experiment further with a wider range of materials.

Year 11
In the final year of the course students complete their 3-dimensional project and, if appropriate, visit one of the big London galleries, such as the Tate Modern, to support their critical studies. In February they start prep work for their final GCSE exam, which generally takes place towards the end of April.

Assessment

Coursework 60% of final grade:

  • The two year syllabus is predominantly coursework (60%). Deadline dates are given at the beginning of each project. There are generally 2 coursework projects completed. All coursework is produced in sketchbooks.

Exam (Timed Test) 40% of final grade:

  • The art exam takes place over two days allowing students to spend 10 hours on it. The preparation work for the art exam is approximately 8 working weeks. This is carried out in sketchbooks and the final outcome can be produced in any medium of the student’s choice.

Examination Board Syllabus No:  Art & Design EDEXCEL 2AD01

To support your daughter’s learning within the subject it is recommended that you:

  • Encourage your daughter to attend art galleries or exhibitions whenever possible
  • Encourage her to practise her drawings skills at home in her sketchbook


Extra Curricular

There are many opportunities for students to explore artists’ work on residential trips, such as Amsterdam and Paris for GCSE and day trip visits to local and London based galleries.

Also specialist workshops are run by professional artists are provided to expose students to materials and techniques that would not normally be available to them in lessons – eg: ceramics, feltmaking, screen-printing, stop animation.