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Art and Design

Subject Leader: Mrs J Barton

KS4

GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art)

Exam Board: AQA

Course Overview

This is a 3 year course, that aims to develop pupils understanding of the creative process and learn to communicate visually. Pupils begin with a foundation year investigating a broad range of processes and techniques to include; drawing and painting, mixed media, sculpture and print making, exploration and experimentation is encouraged. It is expected that as the course progresses pupils will develop independence and will produce a personal professional portfolio of artwork. A range of contemporary artists are studied alongside project work. Opportunities to work with visiting artists and attend exhibitions are experienced during the course.

Students investigate the following starting points on which the assessments are based. Still Life -Collections, Natural Forms -print making project, ‘Sense of place’, ‘Clothing’ and Wild and Wonderful’.

Assessment: 
60% Professional Portfolio, 40% Externally Set Assignment

 

GCSE Art and Design (Photography)

Exam Board: AQA

Course Overview

Pupils will produce practical and contextual work in one or more areas including studio photography, portraiture, experimental imagery and location photography. Pupils will experiment and investigate a broad range of processes and techniques to produce a portfolio of photography work. A range of contemporary photographers are studied alongside project work. Opportunities to work with visiting artists and attend exhibitions are experienced during the course.

This is a 3 year course. Students begin with a foundation year, to learn how to operate a digital camera, which leads to progression onto projects following different themes.

Students study the following themes on which the assessments are based. ‘Outline’, ‘Distortion’, ‘Experimental Still Life’, ‘Unusual Views’ and ‘Assembled’.

Assessment: 
60% Professional Portfolio, 40% Externally Set Assignment
 

 

Curriculum Content

Year 7 - Art and Design and Textile Design

Pupils spend 3 terms studying Art and Design and 3 terms studying Textile design.

Art and Design

Term 1or 3 - ‘Sweet Treats’
Pupils will focus on developing their drawing and recording skills, while learning about the formal elements.

Term 2 or 4‘Toys’
Pupils will learn about still life compositions whilst learning how to apply paint and different painting effects including colour theory and mixed media collage.

Term 5 or 6‘Strange and Extraordinary’
Pupils will be encouraged to use their imagination to creatively develop ideas, using their self-portrait as a spring board.
 

Textiles

Terms 1-2 or 3-4 – 'Matisse Inspired Applique Bags'
Pupils will use Matisse cut outs as a creative starting point to generate design ideas for an applique piece. They will learn a variety of hand embroidery stitches and will be introduced to using the sewing machine.

Term 5 or 6'Weaving Skills'
Pupils will learn about the different type of fabric constructions. They will learn how to make a weave and will be encouraged to turn their woven piece into an exciting design.

 

Year 8 – Art and Design and Textile Design

Pupils spend 3 terms studying Art and Design and 3 terms studying Textile design.

Art and Design

Term 1-2 (or 3-4)‘Character Shoes’
Pupils will investigate the work of Claes Oldenburg to learn about sculpture. They will make detailed visual studies of shoes which will be developed into a creative cardboard sculpture.

Term 5 (or 6)‘Portraiture Explored’
Pupils will learn how to take inspiration from a range of leading portrait artists to produce a collection of studies based on portraiture.
 

Textile Design

Term 1-2 (or 3-4)‘Bauhuas Inspired Design’
Pupils will learn about the Bauhaus School of Design and the designers who studied there. Pupils will be taught how to print and dye fabric, to produce creative Bauhaus inspired textile pieces, that will be sewn into a product using the sewing machine.

Term 5 or 6 - ‘Stitched Textile Sculpture’
Taking inspiration from Textile Artist Lucy Sparrow, pupils will use felt and embroidery thread, to hand stitch life sized confectionary.

 

Year 9 - GCSE Art and Design: Fine Art

GCSE Fine Art - Component 1: Professional portfolio of work

Pupils follow an art foundation course to explore a range of processes and techniques.

Term 1-2 - 'Still Life'
Using Still Life as a starting point, pupils learn to make visually exciting compositions using a variety of methods; the measuring technique, chiaroscuro, and media; charcoal, chalk pastels, ink and graphite pencils. This leads onto developed studies using paint and mixed media collage.

Term 3-4 - 'Print Making'
Pupils investigate print making, using natural forms as inspiration, to produce a collection of developed printed studies. These are recorded in a handmade concertina sketchbook.

Term 5‘Wire sculptures’
Following an active workshop making lanterns from withy, delivered by a practicing artist, pupils explore the properties of wire to make organic sculptures.

Term 6‘Stitched surfaces’
Pupils are introduced to stitching as a method to record and draw, learning ‘free embroidery’ using the sewing machine.
 

Year 9 GCSE Art and Design: Photography

GCSE Photography - Component 1: Professional portfolio of work

Pupils are introduced to using Digital SLR cameras and professional studio practice.

Term 1-2'Exploring the Camera'
Pupils learn how to operate and care for Digital SLR camera, via multiple short tasks. Pupils are taught how to plan, action and present a photo shoot.

Term 3 -4 – ‘Experimental Still Life’
Pupils follow teacher directed activities to explore Still Life photography.

Term 5-6  – ‘Distortion’
Pupils learn how to creatively manipulate their photographs using paper folding techniques, embroidery and sculpture.


 

Year 10 GCSE Art and Design: Fine Art

GCSE Fine Art - Component 1: Professional portfolio of work

Terms 1-3 Sustained Project: ‘Sense of Place’
Using our home town Sittingbourne as a starting point, pupils explore architecture using one and two point perspective, painting and print making techniques to produce sketchbook work and final personal response.

Terms 4-6 -  Sustained Project: ‘Clothing'
From this broad starting point, pupils will make personal investigations into their preferred chosen media, to make lively sketchbook investigations and final personal response or related responses.

 

Year 10 GCSE Art and Design: Photography

GCSE photography - Component 1: Professional portfolio of work

Terms 1-3 Sustained Project: ‘Unusual Angles’
Pupils will produce a final personal response to the starting point Unusual Angles. Pupils are encouraged to choose their own subject to photograph.

Terms 4-6 -  Sustained Project: ‘Assembled’
Leading with photographers of pupil’s own choice, creative photoshoots record imaginative investigations into the starting point ‘Assembled’, to produce a final personal response.


 

Year 11 GCSE Art and Design: Fine Art

GCSE Fine Art - Component 1: Professional portfolio of work

Terms 1-2 ‘Wild and Wonderful’
Leading with artists of pupil’s own choice, creative sketchbooks and study sheets record imaginative investigations into the starting point ‘Wild and Wonderful’, to produce a final personal response.

GCSE Fine Art - Component 2:  Externally Set Assignment

Terms 3-4- 'Externally Set Assignment'
Personal work is produced in response to one of seven exciting starting points, concluding with a final personal response.

Term 5'Portfolio Review'
Time is given to editing and reviewing professional art portfolios.

 

Year 11 GCSE Art and Design: Photography

GCSE Photography - Component 1: Professional portfolio of work

Terms 1-2 ‘Colour’
From this broad starting point, pupils make personal investigations into the starting point ‘colour’, to produce visually exciting series of photographs, that demonstrate individual skills and ideas.

GCSE Photography - Component 2:  Externally Set Assignment

Terms 3-4- 'Externally Set Assignment'
Personal work is produced in response to one of seven exciting starting points, concluding with a final personal response.

Term 5'Portfolio Review'
Time is given to editing and reviewing professional photography portfolios.

 

Useful Links

The National Gallery

Tate Modern

Turner Contemporary

The Photographers Gallery

 

OSL and Extra-Curricular Activities

Tuesday
Textile Design Club in A25

Wednesday
Art Club in A24

Thursday
Year 9 and Year 10 Fine Art OSL in A24
Year 9 Photography OSL in A15

Friday
Yr11 Fine Art OSL in A2
Yr11 Photography OSL in A15