Art

Art is an integral part of a student’s education. It is very important that students understand how artistic and creative skills can be applied to our everyday lives such as fashion, design and all other forms of visual aesthetics. Within art, students are allowed to explore their creativity through their own thoughts and ideas.

Key Stage 3

Throughout the curriculum in Key Stage 3, students will focus on the development of their creative skills by exploring and experimenting with ideas, materials, tools and techniques. They will investigate the work of artists and designers from the past and present. In order to further develop their ideas, students will learn to analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others. Students are encouraged to take risks and learn from their mistakes.

Year 7

Students explore some of the more traditional elements of art. There is a focus on drawing and capturing tone and detail. Students study colour theory and different art processes, such as print making and collage. Literacy is embedded into the schemes of work. Students are encouraged to articulate their thought processes and explore different artists and their practices.

Year 8

Students will focus on art from other cultures. They will explore a number of different countries and cultures. They will experiment with materials, pattern and texture. In addition, they will learn about artists from other cultures and the context of their work. They will also study perspective art skill and create a piece inspired by the skills and techniques they have learnt.

Year 9

Students are encouraged to work independently and to explore their own creative paths. They will work on a GCSE style project entitled ‘Inside’. They are encouraged to explore the GCSE assessment objective and understand how to produce work independently. They will reflect on their personal ideas and plan and develop an entirely original piece of work.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students will be preparing for their GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art). Students will work within set topics; however, they are strongly encouraged to develop their ideas independently and to produce an exciting and dynamic portfolio of work. The GCSE course consists of coursework produced throughout Key Stage 4 and a final exam. The coursework is worth 60% of the students’ marks and is developed over the two years. The exam, which accounts for the remaining 40%, is a ten hour exam which takes place in the summer of the second year. All forms of Art are studied, from still life drawings and paintings to printmaking and textiles. Help is always available from experienced and talented art department staff.

Year 10

In the first unit of their GCSE course, students explore the themes of ‘Safely Contained’ and ‘Past Present Future’. Students have to use a wide range of materials and develop their technical skills whilst also study the work of other artists and respond to their studies. Literacy is integral to GCSE Art and students have to feel confident articulating their thoughts and analysing pieces in written form.

Year 11

In Year 11, the students are encouraged to develop project ideas themselves and cultivate their own avenues of exploration. Students will work within the title ‘Safely Contained’ and will develop a portfolio of work and a mock exam piece under this title. In the spring, students will be briefed on their exam title and develop a body of work over the next few weeks. This will then cultivate into preparing them for their ten hour exam.

Title

Exam board

Exam code

Content

Art and Design

(Fine Art)

Edexcel

2FA01

Year 10

Term 1 & 2

‘Safely Contained’

coursework project

Term 3

‘Past Present Future’ coursework project

Year 11

Term 1

Coursework development

Term 2

Exam

Term 3

Coursework Development

Link to specification: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/art-and-design-2016.html

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5, students can study Art further by completing an A Level in Art and Design (Fine Art). They will investigate other art forms and cultural influences and students are expected to explore, refine and modify their work independently. Similar to GCSE, A Level Fine Art consists of 60% coursework and 40% exam.

Year 12

In the first year of A Level, students develop two main projects entitled ‘Matchbox’ and ‘Human Form’. Students are guided through many different experimental material processes, meeting many of the different assessment objectives. For their first mock, students develop an independent body of work based on the theme of ‘Conflict and Harmony or ‘Passions and Obsessions’ they then sit a 15 hour mock exam to produce a final piece. In February, students are briefed on their second mock and have 10 weeks to develop a portfolio of work. This will prepare them for their A Level exam which is 15 hours long and will take place at the end of the second year. For the final term students will spend time finishing their coursework and preparing for their second year.

Year 13

In the second year of A Level, students are allowed to set their own project title. They have to be confident with developing their own ideas and challenging themselves to develop a fluent portfolio of work. Students will be expected to explore current art forms and develop their own first-hand research. In November students will complete a mock exam based on their personal topic title. Part of the student’s coursework is to write a personal study. Students will explore a concept or art notion and write an exploratory study on their findings. In February, the students will be briefed on their art exam title. Students will then have several weeks to develop a body of work, preparing them for their 15 hour exam. For the final term students will spend time finishing their coursework and preparing for their second year.

 

Title

Exam board

Exam code

Content

Art and Design

(Fine Art)

Edexcel

9AD0

Year 12

Term 1

‘Matchbox’

‘Human Form’

PPE 1 - Conflict and Harmony or ‘Passions and Obsessions’

Term 2

PPE2 – Titled to be set by exam board

Term 3

Coursework development

Year 13

Term 1

Personally titled project

Term 2

Exam titled to be set by exam board.

Term 3

Coursework development

Link to specification: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/art-and-design-2015.html

 

Gifted and Talented Students

Projects and Opportunities on Offer:

  • ‘Artist in Residence’ sessions give students the opportunity to work with artists who give guidance and advice on the students' work.
  • Gifted and talented art students have had their artwork displayed at the Essex County Council Headquarters at County Hall.
  • Opportunities to work in the art rooms independently during break or afterschool.

Art Ambassadors

We have Art ambassadors who are selected by staff to represent and support the Art department.

Projects and Opportunities on Offer:

  • To promote the Art department
  • To help with open evenings
  • To be at the front leading and motivating your peers when talking about Art projects.
  • Be proactive and know about local exhibitions and artist.
  • Be present in the art department during break time and after school.