At Ernesford Grange, Art is delivered by a team of experienced subject specialists.
Students explore and investigate contemporary themes as well as art movements from different times and cultures. Students are also taught to analyse and evaluate their own and others’ work, encouraging them to express opinions and make connections.
Art and Design is a popular subject at Key Stage 4 and 5 in Ernesford, with students following GCSE courses in this area. All students are encouraged to work independently, researching and developing ideas from a range of sources.
Students are required to produce work in a range of materials, working from both primary and secondary sources. They are expected to develop their skills in a variety of media including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, digital photography and mixed media.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, Years 7 and 8 are taught in mixed ability groups. Students are encouraged to develop their creativity and imagination through a range of topics. These helps them build on and improve their practical and critical skills, extend their knowledge and experience of materials and processes.
Students explore and investigate contemporary themes as well as art movements from different times and cultures. They are also taught to analyse and evaluate their own and others’ work, encouraging them to express opinions and make connections.
Assessment is on-going, keeping track of practical skills and technical ability as well as subject knowledge.
Key stage 3 students are taught one hour of Art a week.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 students can opt to take GCSE Fine Art. The course is a wide ranging one. All students follow a broadly similar structure, although activities and outcomes may differ.
Areas of study and practice include:
- Drawing in as many different forms as possible.
- Imaginative work making pictures using paint, pastels, inks, collages and print-making.
- Textiles creating images using Batik.
- History and Appreciation
End of course assessment 40%
Key Stage 5
At Key Stage 5 we offer A-Levels in Fine Art. A good number of our students have gone on to gain a place at University, studying a wide range of Art related courses with many achieving high level qualifications.
No formal tasks will be set but it is expected that students will carry out their own tasks at home.
A range of common drawing equipment and materials will be needed along with a good camera.
***These can also be provided by the Art Department.
A-Level Fine Art course
Practical work will enhance the ability of students to research, organise, develop and evaluate ideas, and to identify, analyse and explore design problems.
This will be undertaken through a range of media including drawing and painting, print making, sculptures etc. This will also include the use of cameras, lighting and photo editing software.
End of course assessment 40%