At Key Stage 3, all students work on a rotation basis so that they can experience all of our creative subjects. In Yr 7, students are introduced to the key basic elements in Art & Design – i.e. line, mark-making, texture, tone, colour and perspective. The aim is to ensure pupils develop confidence in implementing key skills and processes into their work. Projects include ‘Colour Theory’ & ‘Cityscape/Landscape’ which give pupils an insight into the processes of a range of artists.
Yr 8 is used to develop basic elements into more conceptual elements of Art & Design such as form, space and contrast. Pupils also build on key skills from Year 7 by developing their use of a range of materials and processes such as collage, digital art and printing. Students will continue to develop their artist analysis skills which will give them an insight into the mind and working of key professionals. Project titles include ‘Me, Myself and I’ and ‘Patterns in Nature’.
Yr 9 GCSE Art and Design is used as a foundation to build understanding, knowledge, skills and processes in a multidisciplinary manor. Pupils will have access to a wide range of materials such as such as mod roc, watercolours, acrylics, gouache and collage. Our aim is to develop students understanding of contextual art, including embracing art from different cultures. Students will then be introduced to their first open ended project which is called ‘Identity’.
Examinations offered and topics studied at KS4
AQA GCSE Art & Design
This course encourages an adventurous and enquiring approach to art and design. Students will experiment with a wide range of practical skills and techniques, as well as demonstrate an understanding of past and contemporary art & design practices The aim at the end of each piece of coursework is to produce a personal response to their ideas in the form of a final piece.
In year 10, students will now be familiar with the Assessment Objectives of the course. The second unit of work will be introduced which has titles such as ‘Masked Identity’ and ‘Growth and Decay’. Students are encouraged throughout their journey to experiment with the skills they have acquired by abstracting images and using mixed media in their work. Pupils are asked to follow a more independent/self-guided approach in Yr 10 which prepares them for their exams in Yr 11.
In the final year of the course, students have some time to complete and refine all of their coursework to a high standard. Coursework is worth 60% of our pupils’ final grade and by December students will be expected to hand in all of their work, ready to be moderated. In January, students will receive the AQA exam paper (set task) which is worth 40% of their final mark. Students will have an allotted amount of time to explore their chosen theme before they complete a ten hour exam which is set aside to produce a final piece. Their final exam will take place towards the end of April and is usually spread across two days.
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