Who we are
Miss N. Jones
Ms L. Jacobs
About Art and Design
The Art department strives to deliver an enriching curriculum that gives the students’ the technical building blocks of how to draw, paint and make, whilst also encouraging students to think creatively and make independent choices in their own artwork. We use a variety of media including paint, printing, digital media and ceramics leading towards a GCSE in Art, Craft and Design. Throughout the 5 years students hone their technical skills, practice critical thinking as they investigate the relationship between inquiry and practice, and develop their individual style and voice. We are passionate about Art and we aim to bring that passion to our teaching and our students.
During KS3 we deliver a broad curriculum exploring traditional genres in Art such as portraiture, landscape and still life, looking at both well-known and contemporary artists to ensure diverse and engaging projects. We re-visit key skills over the three years to build on previous learning and prepare students for KS4. At the end of each year students embark on a themed project that involves elements of research, experimentation and the opportunity to produce a final piece based on their personal reaction to the theme.
Examination Board: AQA
Specification Code 8201
This course is suitable for creative, imaginative and hard-working students, who are thinking about careers in the creative industries. Jobs in creative fields are varied and widespread covering publishing, fashion, gaming, craft and design. In the modern world individuals who can respond creatively to problems are the best equipped for the modern workplace and are highly sought after in the job market and GCSE Art is one of the first stepping stones along this path.
The course teaches a wide range of skills. Students will learn 2D and 3D skills during a range of projects and activities. Students will engage with other artists, designers and crafts people to develop research projects culminating in a range of personal outcomes. They will also have wider opportunities for trips to galleries or places of interest to creatively explore beyond the classroom.
Enthusiasm and dedication is a must. Students need to have passion and a desire to create for themselves, they must be curious and willing to work independently. It is a demanding course with a large coursework component (60%). Students need to be able to sustain their efforts over periods of time, and show patience and application. Students who push themselves and seek out answers will thrive in an environment where they are encouraged to pursue their ideas and inspirations.
Portfolio 60% of the total marks
The portfolio is selected from work undertaken during the whole course of study and needs to have at least one sustained completed project as well as back up work and additional individual sheets showing skills and ideas.
40% of the total marks
The exam is conducted like a small project. The exam paper provides a set of 7 starting points where students start develop their own theme and ideas over the course of 7-8 weeks. At the end of this they must have a developed idea which they have to then realise and create entirely under exam conditions. This is a 10 hour long exam and takes place over 2 school days.