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Art

The Art Department comprises of 5 specialist teachers and one technician teaching across 7 connected teaching spaces. The team includes a wide range of expertise from an established member of the senior leadership team to newly qualified teachers. In our last Ofsted inspection two of the department were seen and judged to be Outstanding.

As an established department our goal is to provide students with the very best creative education from year 7 right up to entry to university. Success from the last few years has include many students going on to study a Foundation in Art and Design at UCA in Canterbury and others gaining direct entry to degree courses.

Students at all levels benefit from the department being well resourced. Including a large kiln, 2 electric wheels for throwing and 2 printing presses. In post 16 where students have their own workstations we have a purpose build darkroom and by the art office we have a computer space with twenty three desktop computers containing Photoshop.

 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Number of Lessons Taught Per Week: 2

Aims of the course:

The key stage 3 art curriculum is focused on developing skills, knowledge and appreciation of Art and Design to provide students with a foundation on which to progress onto a key stage 4 course. Although a popular choice, progression onto a GCSE or BTEC is not chosen by all students so for key stage 3 there is a strong emphasis on transferable skills – developing students' practical and analytical abilities. These include hand eye coordination, fine motor skills and conceptual understanding.

The Art department closely follows the Department for Education's guidance on content and delivery. For more details please visit: Teaching and Learning Art

Term by term content:

Year 7

Term 1

Term 2

  • Elements of Art
  • Colour and Emotion

Term 3

Term 4

  • Culture and Understanding
  • Culture and Understanding

Term 5

Term 6

  • Environment and Empathy
  • Environment and Empathy

Year 8

Term 1

Term 2

  • Pop and Shop
  • Pop and Shop

Term 3

Term 4

  • Identity & Self
  • Identity & Self

Term 5

Term 6

  • Dreams and Imagination
  • Dreams and Imagination

Year 9

Option to study AQA GCSE Art & Design.

Opportunities for further study:

The content of key stage 3 prepares students for moving onto a GCSE course in Art & Design or Photography. These lead on to level 3 courses in Art and Design including a BTEC Diploma or A level in Art and Design for fine art, textiles or photography. From this point students tend to progress onto a Foundation in Art and Design course at the University of Creative Arts or direct entry to university.

Students are encouraged to take part in the extended day program to complete the Bronze and Silver Arts Award – a National Qualification with an emphasis on building confidence and creativity.

Each year the department arranges an offsite visit to either the Turner Contemporary or a major London gallery or museum which links to the program of study.

Website links for resources:

Suggested revision guides/books:

Name: Art Matters 11-14
Retail Price: £9.73
ISBN Number: 9780435812041
Weblink to purchase: Amazon

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Course: GCSE

Qualification: GCSE

Examination Board: AQA

Specification Code: 4210 (2010)

Number of Lessons Taught Per Week: 3

Aims of the course:

  • To develop independent learners with critical, reflective and enquiring minds.
  • To develop creative skills, through learning to use imaginative when exploring and creating images and artifacts that are original and of value. Becoming confident in taking risks and learning from their mistakes when exploring and experimenting with ideas, materials, tools and techniques.
  • To develop competence, with increasing independence, refining and developing ideas, personal outcomes or solutions. Learning to actively engage with the experience of working with a broad range of media, materials and techniques, including, when appropriate, traditional and new media and technologies.
  • To develop cultural knowledge and understanding of art, craft, design, media and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures. Also, an understanding of the different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and design practice.
  • To develop critical understanding and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
  • To develop self-confidence, resilience, perseverance, self-discipline and commitment.
  • To develop a personal interest in why art and design matters and be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad course of study.
  • To experience the work practices of individuals, organisations and creative and cultural industries.
  • To develop an understanding of art, craft and design processes, associated equipment and safe working practices.

Entry Requirements:

Entry for this course requires students to have achieved a Level 5B or higher at Key Stage 3 Art. Students select and are selected through an informing process and conversations between student, teacher and parents/guardian. Most important to selection is for students to have an interested and enjoyment of Art.

Course Structure:

GCSE Art & Design is taught in year's 10 and 11. It is a broad course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and new media and technologies. It is an unendorsed course where candidates can work in a wide range of appropriate art, craft and design materials and processes.

Assessment & Examinations:

Students are assessed against 4 assessment criteria. The extent to which they:

  • Develop their ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.
  • Refine their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms.
  • Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.

Assessment is on-going in order to provide feedback and inform planning. Final assessment takes place in May prior to an external moderation. Assessment is split into two components – coursework and externally set assignment. The coursework contains all the work the student produces prior to the externally set assignment. The coursework forms 60% of the final mark. The externally set assignment takes place in term 3 and 4 culminating in a ten hour controlled assessment. The externally set assignment contributes 40% of the final mark. Each component, coursework and externally set assignment is marked out of 80 with 20 marks available for each assessment criteria.

The marks are then submitted to AQA, the exam board, before being moderated by an external moderator. The examination board then publish the final grade outcome in August ranging from A* to G.

Term by term content:

Students create work in a variety of formats – sketchbook, loose paper, canvas, clay and other making materials.

Skills and Techniques which the students develop:

  • Making appropriate use of colour, line, tone, texture, pattern, shape and form.
  • Using different approaches to recording images, such as observation, analysis, expression and imagination.
  • Showing in their work an understanding of the conventions of representational and abstract/non-representational imagery and genres.
  • Investigating different ways of working, as appropriate to their chosen areas of study within art, craft and design.
  • Providing evidence of an understanding of spatial qualities, composition, rhythm, scale and structure.
  • Providing evidence of the use of safe working practices.

Knowledge and Understanding which the students develop:

  • How ideas, feelings and meanings are conveyed and interpreted in images, artefacts and products within art, craft and design.
  • How the knowledge and understanding of the work of others can develop and extend thinking and inform their own work.
  • A range of art, craft and design processes in two and/or three-dimensions, and traditional and new media and technologies.
  • How images, artefacts and products relate to social, historical, vocational and cultural contexts.
  • A variety of approaches, methods and intentions of contemporary and historical artists, craftspeople and designers from different cultures and their contribution to continuity and change in society within art, craft and design.
  • A working vocabulary and knowledge of specialist terms relevant to their chosen areas of study within art, craft and design.

For more details on the AQA specification please click Here

For full details on the course and its contents please click Here

Opportunities for further study:

GCSE Art & design prepares students for moving onto a level 3 course in Art and Design. We offer a BTEC Diploma in Art and Design (which is twice the size of an A level) or A level in Art and Design for fine art, textiles or photography. From this point students usually progress onto a Foundation in Art and Design course at the University of Creative Arts or seek direct entry to university.

Students are encouraged to take part in the extended day program to develop their work and for extra support and guidance. Each year the department arranges offsite visits to national galleries or museums which link to the program of study.

Website links for resources:

Suggested revision guides/books:

Name: AQA GCSE Art & Design Student Handbook
Retail Price: £14.79
ISBN Number: ISBN-10: 1408503204
Weblink to purchase: Amazon