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Art

Curriculum Leader: Mrs N Powell

Subject Teachers: Mrs E Nicholls, Mrs N Powell, Mr A Chedciala

Famous Quote

Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.  Pablo Picasso

Overall Purpose of the Subject - Summary:

Art education not only teaches about artists and how to develop artistic skills, but also about how to evaluate and critique work.  Art is very subjective which offers plenty of chance for discussion and the opportunity to voice an opinion and take part in debate.  Most importantly however, art is all about being creative.  Your son/daughter will be encouraged to work independently and will have help and support to work to their strengths and skillsets.


Course Outline and Structure – Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 your son/daughter will have the opportunity to study a wide range of techniques and media.  This will develop their skills to the level required for the GCSE should they wish to continue the subject further.  There are three projects taught each year that last a term each and focus on a particular set of skills.  In Year 7 the key skills covered are pencil drawing, watercolour painting, mono-printing, poly printing and 3D construction.  In Year 8 the key skills covered are biro drawing, gouache painting and alternative printing.  In Year 9 the key skills covered are dip pen and ink drawing, acrylic painting, reduction printing using a lino block and clay coil construction.


FINE ART

The Fine Art GCSE is designed to introduce pupils to a variety of traditional techniques and processes, such as drawing, painting and printing, as well as teach them about traditional and contemporary artists.  The coursework portfolio is worth 60% of the overall final grade with a practical exam making up the other 40%.

In Year 10 the pupils will start with a skills based project ensuring they are equipped with the knowledge required to be able to complete the GSCE course competently.  The first major project of the course is called ‘Close Up’ which is then split up further to allow for more individuality.  This allows pupils to explore the theme of their choice producing a sketchbook of ideas and research, experimenting with techniques and processes ultimately producing a final painted canvas and a drawn final piece.  In the Summer Term of Year 10 a smaller 3D project will be completed with inspiration taken from a visit to the sculpture park in Farnham.

At the beginning of year 11 there is an opportunity to complete a mock exam which then forms part of the coursework portfolio.  Following the same format as the exam completed at the end of year 11, the pupils have approximately 8 weeks to prepare inspired by a choice of questions set by the exam board.  During this time, pupils will be able to discuss their ideas with their teacher to ensure they will produce a final piece which is successful.  The final piece is produced during a 2 day exam, which runs over the normal school day where breaks and lunch are as normal.

3D

The 3D Art GCSE is designed to introduce pupils to a variety of 3D techniques and processes, such as clay work, wire work and cardboard construction, as well as teach them about traditional and contemporary artists.  The coursework portfolio is worth 60% of the overall final grade with a practical exam making up the other 40%.

In Year 10 the pupils will start with a skills based project ensuring they are equipped with the knowledge required to be able to complete the GSCE course competently.  The first major project of the course is called ‘Altered Objects’ which allows pupils to take everyday ideas and objects and develop these into their own artwork.  Pupils will explore the theme of their choice producing a sketchbook of ideas and research, experimenting with techniques and processes ultimately producing a large scale cardboard constructed final piece.  In the Summer Term of Year 10 a smaller 3D project will be completed with inspiration taken from a visit to the sculpture park in Farnham.

At the beginning of year 11 there is an opportunity to complete a mock exam which then forms part of the coursework portfolio.  Following the same format as the exam completed at the end of year 11, the pupils have approximately 8 weeks to prepare inspired by a choice of questions set by the exam board.  During this time, pupils will be able to discuss their ideas with their teacher to ensure they will produce a final piece which is successful.  The final piece is produced during a 2 day exam, which runs over the normal school day where breaks and lunch are as normal.

Assessment Method - Key Stage 4

Coursework – 60% of the final grade

Practical Exam (with approximately 8 weeks preparation time) – 40% of the final grade


Extra-Curricular Activities / Clubs:

We offer a Key Stage 3 Art Club which explores techniques not normally taught in lessons.  This club also gives the pupils the chance to experience more craft based activities and be experimental in their own personal art.  We also offer a Year 9 Gifted and Talented Art Club which is designed to extend further the skills of these pupils offering them an additional level of challenge.

For the GCSE pupils there are after school workshops available every day which are designed to offer support with classwork, homework and exam preparation. 

Key Websites to support learning / Useful resources:

 

Click here for information about the National Curriculum for Art

 

 

Subject Documents Date  
Curriculum Map Yr 7 Art 19th Sep 2019 Download
Curriculum Map Yr 8 Art 19th Sep 2019 Download