Art

Art is an area of the curriculum which allows every student to communicate in a very personal way. The process of learning in Art, we would hope, enables students to perceive themselves and the world in a unique way; deepening the student’s aesthetic responsiveness by enhancing the imagination and intensifying the senses. This approach promotes critical thinking, experimentation, discovery and innovation, skills transferable in all areas of life. The ability to see clearly, to draw, paint, model and handle technical processes and equipment is essential in a student’s Art education and in a world that increasingly relies and thrives on visual communication.

Art provides the basis for a number of career options, not only for those students wishing to specialise in the Art field e.g. Fine Art, Graphics, Textiles, Fashion Design, Photography and 3-D Design (furniture, jewellery, display). Art also provides a basis for careers which require an understanding of design and visual effect such as Architecture, Engineering, Industrial Design, Advertising and Marketing, Product Design, Interior Design, etc. Even when a career plan is not the intention, Art education enables students to realise the fulfillment and enjoyment of a creative ability and appreciation.

Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 students will investigate the work of a variety of Artists, Art Movements and different Cultures, exploring the different ideas and elements that influenced their work. We will also work in a variety of materials to discover their qualities and the different techniques and processes used in Art.

The areas explored are:

  • Improving Drawing Techniques.
  • Exploring the use of Expressive Colour.
  • Improving understanding of the use of the visual elements e.g. TONE, COLOUR, LINE, TEXTURE, and SPACE.
  • Discovering different ways of looking e.g. through observing unusual angles and exploring a range of different artists.
  • Introducing new techniques and processes, including 3D construction techniques and mono printing.
  • Developing understanding of the work of others.
  • Exploring the process of creating which enhances the development of work and ideas.

Materials and equipment you will need:

  • Sketchbook with good quality paper
  • A2 folder
  • 2B and 4B pencils
  • Soft Eraser
  • Blendable colouring pencils
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors

Key Stage 4

GCSE Art and Design (Edexcel Art and Design)

The GCSE course in Art and Design is very practical, involving drawing, painting, printmaking, graphics and sculpture with the possibility of some textiles work for those students interested. Students also make at least one visit to an Art Gallery. At the end of the year, students exhibit the work they have created over the course. This course comprises 60% controlled assessment – 40% external set exam.

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The course is made up of four objectives:

AO1 Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources and the work of others e.g. Artists Designers, Craftspeople 25
AO2 Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes. 25
AO3 Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses – visual research using relevant materials and techniques. 25
AO4 Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language – Use of Line, Tone, Colour, Form, Texture and Space 25

 

Enthusiasm, commitment and a taste for hard work are more important than the ability to draw. Drawing and research work is set regularly as home learning and adds to the units students are working on in class.

We usually ask students to buy a folder for their work and a sketch book. Basic Art materials are also recommended, e.g. a range of pencils, blendable colour pencils, watercolours and paint brushes. These can be purchased fairly cheaply from College. Students are also requested to contribute towards projects which use a high quantity of expensive materials, e.g. clay, textile and some 3D projects.

In past years students have visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Liverpool Tate and the Walker Art Gallery.

Progress Routes and Careers

Students can progress from the GCSE to a Sixth Form courses in Art and Design. Art and Design can support any career that requires creative understanding and input, including areas as diverse as architecture, designers for fashion, theatre or manufacturing; art therapy, illustrators, and community art work.

http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Art%20and%20Design/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/art-design-spec-updated.pdf

Key Stage 5

Students have a choice between two courses at Key Stage 5:  A Level Fine Art or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Art and Design.  Further information is given below.

A-Level Fine Art

Awarding Body
Edexcel

Useful Websites
http://www.studentartguide.com/
http://artdaily.com/index.asp
http://www.pinterest.com/studentartguide/
http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/A%20Level/Art%20and%20Design/2015/specification-and-sample-assessment-materials/GCE-A-level-Art-and-Design-specification-Issue-4.pdf

Subject Staff
Ms E Watt (Subject Leader)

Student Comments
“In Art, I have learnt how to really see the world around me, to observe the beauty in the ordinary, who knew there were so many colours in shadows.”

Course Requirements
5 GCSEs of Grade C or above, one of which is Art.

Course Description 
Practical coursework follows the Fine Art Syllabus, consisting of drawing, painting, sculpture, digital photography and other mixed media.  The course starts with students spending time improving their drawing skills and their understanding of the visual elements and art principals.  We also look at the importance of sketchbook work to develop practical skills and ideas, enabling students to become critically aware of their own work and the work of others.  Projects during Year 12 are tutor-led; these are written to fit the requirements of Unit 1.  Students are encouraged to explore their own ideas and reach an individual outcome to these projects.  Art History is linked with coursework, taking the form of art appreciation and a personal study consisting of visual research and critical analysis.  At the end of the Year 12, students create work in a mock exam project.

Practical coursework follows on from that of the Year 12 mock exam.  Students start the year further developing drawing skills in connection with their own interests.  Students are encouraged to explore their own ideas for an extended Personal Investigation, with close negotiation with their Art tutor to reach individually-set project brief.  To support the practical work,  students need to produce  an illustrated critical study with 1000 to 2000-word annotated notes.  Throughout the course, students will be expected to keep a sketchbook of evidence towards preparation and investigation.  Gallery visits usually include at least two one-day visits to a major art centre.

Assessment Procedure
Unit 1         Personal Investigation                                      60%
Incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study.
Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points.

The personal study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose, containing integrated images. The personal study comprises 12% of the total qualification.

Work must cover all four Assessment Objectives and be marked using the assessment grid.

Unit 2         Externally set Assignment                  40%
(Examination conditions for the duration of 15 hours with at least 6 weeks’ preparation time)

Linking theory and practice
Students are encouraged to refer to the work of others across contemporary and traditional art practices during practical assignments.  Students also explore the wider contexts of everyday life in which work is produced, taking the form of art appreciation and a personal study .

Progression
Entry onto a Foundation course is the usual next step for those intending a career in the Art and Design field.  Art is also recognised as a valid qualification for the purposes of College and University courses.

A variety of employment in the creative industries of Art and Design.  See a selection below:

Fine Art: Painter, Sculptor, Printer, Architectural  Illustrator, Graphic Illustration, Tattoo Artist,  Special Effects, Curator, Gallery Director, Teacher/Lecturer, Art Therapist, Television and Film Production.
Photography: Fashion Photographer,  Photo Journalist, Advertising Photographer, and many jobs in the film industry.
Writing Analysis: Art Historian, Art Critic, Arts and Cultural Planner, Graphic Novel Designer,  Art Administrator.
Fashion/Textiles: Accessory Designer, Fashion Designer, Fashion Consultant, Costume Designer, Fibre Artist.
Graphic Designer: Advertising Designer or Director, Magazine Layout, Packaging Designer, Logo/Branding designer.
Spatial Design: Architect, Landscape Architect, Set Designer, Interior Designer, Urban Planner, Expo Designer.
Digital/Multi Media: Digital 3D Modeller, Animator, digital Illustrator, Web Designer, Film Editor, Special Effects.
3D Designer: Jewellery Designer, Industrial Designer (Bridges, Cars, Trainers etc.) Prop Designer, Ceramic Designer.

Please Note:
Students taking this course will be required to make a financial contribution to art gallery visits.  They will also need to build up specialist materials and equipment which they can use at home.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Art and Design

Awarding Body
Edexcel

Useful Websites
http://www.studentartguide.com/
http://www.pinterest.com/studentartguide/
http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Nationals/Art-and-Design/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446940136-BTEC-Nat-l3-cert-art-and-design.pdf

Subject Staff
Ms E Watt (Subject Leader)

Student Comments
“I find Art challenging and relaxing which allows me to explore ideas and emotions through the development of my work.”

Course Requirements
4 GCSEs of Grade C or above, one of which is Art.

Course Description 
Practical coursework follows the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Art and Design Syllabus, consisting of a combination of drawing, painting, 3D, digital photography and other media.  The course starts with students spending time improving their drawing skills and their understanding of drawing.  Students also look at the importance of sketchbook work to develop practical skills and develop ideas; students become critically aware of their own work and the work of others.   These skills cover the externally set Assignments in Units 1 and 2.  Assignments during the course are tutor-led; these are written to fit the requirements of Units 3 and 4.  Students are encouraged to explore their own ideas and reach an individual outcome to these assignments.  Students investigate the materials and media used by particular artists, designers or craftspeople, and go on to use the same materials in the production of their own work.  Reflective analysis of their own work will also assist students in their growth and development as creative individuals, and this will lead to higher grades.  During the course students will visit galleries, art centres and take part in an extended visit to London or Barcelona.

Linking theory and practice
Students are encouraged to refer to the work of others across contemporary and traditional art practices during practical assignments.  Students also explore the wider contexts of everyday life in which work is produced, taking the form of art appreciation and a personal study consisting of visual research and 1000 to 2000-word annotated notes.

Assessment procedure
Assignments are assessed throughout the course at the end of each projects.  Units 1 and 2 are assessed externally.  A variety of evidence for Assessment will include Sketchbook and Portfolio work, models, presentation sheets, final solutions and case studies with an emphasis on visual presentation.  (Test the student’s application of knowledge and understanding, development of practical and technical skills, and personal development).

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Art and Design is made up of 4 units of which 3 are mandatory (2 are external assessed), plus 1optional unit:

Mandatory units
Unit 1 Visual Recording and Communication   Unit assessed externally
Unit 2 Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design   Unit assessed externally
Unit 3 The Creative Process

Optional units are chosen to fit student’s individual interests
Examples:
Unit 12 Fine Art Materials, Techniques and Processes
Unit 14 Textile Materials, Techniques and Processes

Externally-assessed Units
Each external assessment is linked to a specific unit.  All of the units developed for external assessment are of 90 or 120 Guided Learning Hours to allow students to demonstrate breadth and depth of achievement.  Each assessment is taken under specified conditions, marked by the exam board and a grade awarded.  The styles of external assessment:

  • performance – students prepare for assessment over an extended window and demonstrate skills that generate some non-written evidence;
  • set tasks – students take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.

Some external assessments include a period of preparation using set information.  External assessments are available once or twice a year and students can have only one resit attempt during the programme.

Progression
Entry onto a Foundation course is the usual next step for those intending a career in the Art and Design field.  Art is also recognised as a valid qualification for the purposes of College and University courses.
A variety of employment in the creative industries of Art and Design.

Please Note
Students taking this course will be required to make a financial contribution to art gallery visits.  They will also need to build up specialist materials and equipment which they can use at home.

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Enrichment activities

Visits
Barcelona
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Liverpool Tate
Liverpool World Museum
Walker Art Gallery

Exhibitions
Gallery on the Green
Props and Scenery School Show/Play
Make-up School Play

Art Club for Years 7 and 8
Art workshops Years 9 –11
Competitions

Staff Names and Roles

Miss E Watt (Subject Leader)

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