Art & Design
In Art and Design we develop the skills, which enable students to record and express their feelings, ideas and observations.
Students explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity.
Within the department projects are planned to conform to the aims and objectives as outlined, this ensures that all areas are being covered in the key stage and that progression and continuity can be purposefully built in.
Art is available for all students at Key Stage, and as an option at GCSE and A level. In addition to the curriculum art lessons, the department also run a very busy extra-curricular programme of activities, events and competitions. We follow the national curriculum for art and design which aims to ensure that all pupils produce creative work, explore their ideas and record their experiences. We teach them to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. Students learn to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design. We introduce them to a variety of past and present great artists, craft makers, photographers and designers, and so they have an appreciation and understanding of the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Students learn to appreciate and value images across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. Students reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.
The two year Edexcel GCSE course in Art and Design consists of coursework, now called the personal portfolio, and an externally set assignment (Timed Exam).
- Supporting Studies
- Work in journal
Visiting artists deliver bespoke workshops through out the year
At A Level we follow the Edexcel AS and A2 syllabus for Unendorsed Art and Design where students complete coursework and an externally set exam. Students are also able to study for A Level Photography.
Component 1: Personal Investigation: This component incorporates 2 major elements: supporting studies and practical work. In this unit students will be developing their knowledge, skill and understanding (through practical work and experimentation) of Art and Design
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment: This paper is given in early February, in advance of the exam. Preparation is to be brought to the 10 hour exam. The theme is set externally, internally assessed and externally moderated
Component 1: Personal Investigation- Practical Work and Personal Study Practical Work: Students create a body of work based on a selected focus that includes research from primary and other sources and contexts. Students develop their ideas using media and processes to explore and produce a sustained practical investigation. In addition, they are required to present an ongoing review with a personal response, demonstrating connections to contexts
Personal Study: Appropriate research is taken from a range of contextual sources related to ongoing practical work and in-depth analysis and evaluation. Students choose an exploration of different aspects of historical and contemporary art, craft and evaluation using media and process exploration with a list of references
Unit 4: Externally Set Assignment: This paper is given in early February, in advance of the exam. Preparation is to be brought to the 15 hour exam. The theme is set externally, internally assessed and externally moderated
GCSE Grade 6 in Art or Photography