Vision, Curriculum, Homework & Examinations
We aim to equip our students with the confidence, skills and ability to be creative and to form an understanding of both traditional and contemporary theories and practical processes in art and design. By learning to understand, appreciate, respect, and ultimately be inspired by the world of art we want students to develop ideas, skills and enjoy the possibilities within this creative subject.
We focus on achieving the highest potential in a wide range of media whilst encouraging and developing enhanced self-expression. The creative industries are growing at a rate far beyond other sectors of the economy and we aim to prepare our students for the next step to a creative future by continuing on to higher education or apprenticeships and the many opportunities that lay in the field of art and design.
Key Stage 3
Projects will focus on building skills in key areas such as drawing, painting and other mixed media processes. Colour theory and shading skills will support students as they look at the work of a range of artists from different times and art movements. They will learn to identify and use the formal elements of art; tone, line, form, shape, texture and colour. Students will be introduced to engaging with ideas and be able to express reasoned judgements.
GCSE Art begins in year 9 to allow the students to have three years to develop their work and responses to different projects. In year 9 workshops and projects are mainly teacher led, targeting key areas and building knowledge. The aim is to reinforce and develop key skills, explore different media, tools and processes in order to equip students for more independent projects in years 10 and 11.
Fine Art skills are developed further and students embark on their major coursework project entitled ‘Close Up.’ Students select and research artists and respond to the theme in personal ways. Developing their knowledge and understanding through explorations and investigations guided by the teacher provides students with the opportunity to be creative and expressive in their work.
Students produce their final responses to the project ‘Close Ups.' They will work to a Christmas deadline and in January they will prepare for their GCSE Art exam component 2 worth 40% of their overall grade.
How do we assess students in Art?
Key stage 3
Each task or piece of work will have a specific focus linked to key skills. Structured feedback will support students to improve their work and make further progress or introduce new ideas.
Key stage 4
Assessment in GCSE Art uses the exam board assessment objectives and marking criteria.
The coursework component forms 60% of overall marks and the exam project including a final piece completed in a 10 hour supervised period forms 40%
60% Coursework Component 1
40% Exam Component 2
Key stage 3 students will normally receive one piece of homework per week linked to or supporting work completed in lessons.
GCSE students will also receive one set task per week which will be a minimum of one hour in length. They will be expected to extend their classwork outside normal lesson times in order to achieve their full potential as and when necessary.
Meet the Art team
Mrs Jefferson-HallettHead of Art & Photography
Mr L WattersTeacher of Art & Photography