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SUBJECT OVERVIEW


Our vision for the Art department is to strive to ensure all students across the department achieve their potential and develop their passion for Art through the provision of a stimulating environment and a structured curriculum in which each student can excel.


We have built a department that ensures all students are provided with a range of skills to use as a means of expressing and communicating their ideas, giving form to their experiences. We encourage in all our students an independence of thought with a critical and aesthetic awareness. We provide our students with an appreciation and understanding of a wide variety of genres and styles from other times, places and peoples.


We ensure that the department supports, encourages and extends the educational experiences creating independent, Individual unique artists who are ready to express their ideas further.



KEY STAGE 3


All students in Years 7-9 follow a comprehensive art course, which offers a balanced and developmental curriculum, building upon previous experience, skills and achievements and fulfilling the requirements of the National Curriculum for Art.



COURSE CONTENT


The course is divided into three areas- skills, concepts, critical and aesthetic understanding and awareness. No area is taught in isolation, and it is recognised that knowledge and understanding in one area may support or be dependent upon knowledge and understanding of the other two.



SKILLS  


Students should be equipped with the required skills they need to realise, develop their ideas, and achieve work of quality. Students are assessed on their practical skills and knowledge and understanding.



CONCEPTS


Pupils need to understand and learn how to employ the basic elements and concepts of art so that their work has strength and depth.



CRITICAL AND AESTHETIC UNDERSTANDING AND AWARENESS



Pupils will develop critical and analytical skills so that they can assess, modify and improve their own work and give constructive advice to others. This will help them produce more developed and able quality work.


To help them achieve this understanding and language, pupils will need to be aware of, and appreciate the work of others artists, past and present from their own or different cultures.


The study and research of the work of others may act as an inspiration to the pupils and enrich them and aid their own work.

Through the development of these skills as they employ them into their own work, extending their skills and knowledge and the development of their own work, pupils should learn to appreciate, enjoy and above all value artwork in general.




KEY STAGE 4


Students in year 10 and 11 follow the AQA course in Art and Design. Students are required to produce two coursework projects over the 18 months of the course. Themes for projects will be selected that will encourage pupils to work from direct observation as well as make links with the work of other artists, craft-workers and cultures i.e. Still life and Cubism, Insects, Animal print , Social and Political etc.


In the spring term of Year 11, starting Mid-January, students start preparatory work for their final GCSE exam piece. Students are expected to select one starting point from a list provided by the examination board as a stimulus for their own work. Students have 10 weeks in which to plan and prepare for their 10-hour exam, which normally takes place after Easter.

The majority of the course is very practically orientated with students developing work and ideas from a theme set by their teacher. A project is made up of a number of observational drawings and secondary studies using a variety of media and develops their studies into a particular discipline i.e. painting and drawing, sculpture, 3D construction, printmaking. Students must produce one project as a painting and drawing but this piece can include any choice of media and materials.


Projects always include critical reference to the work of other artists and other cultures. This involves research in libraries, books in the department, the Internet and collecting visual aids .Students are encouraged to visit art galleries and museums The department also endeavours to plan projects that allow opportunities for pupils to work with visiting artists where possible. Homework is an essential element of the Art and Design course and is based upon project research, observational drawing and design work. Students are expected to use their sketchbooks to record their ideas and experiences, explore, and experiment with materials, in addition to their set homework




KEY STAGE 5


A LEVEL ART, DESIGN AND CRAFT


The students are following a 2-year course. Year 12 is about developing their skills further after GCSE, exploring media and developing their skills through observational drawing and the work of others.

Examination Board: AQA


PROGRAMME OF STUDY


The aims of the Advanced Edexcel GCE in Art and Design encourage students to develop:











A2 OUTLINE


Coursework: Personal portfolio 60%

Externally set assignment : 40%


Students will follow the building foundation skills course in Year 12 and move on in Year 13 to take the Advanced Level Course producing a personal investigation.


A Level Fine Art: Covers Drawing and Painting, Printing and Contextual study

A level Art and Design: Covers, Drawing and Painting, lens based technology, Printing, 3D and Textiles and contextual study.









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