Art & Ceramics
Grow, Learn,Believe and Achieve
Head of Department: Mrs C Small.
Key Stage 3 Art
In Key Stage 3, all students study Art for one lesson a week. Years 7 and 8 also complete a ten week Ceramic project as part of the rotation with the DT department and Year 9 study two Ceramic projects.
During the first term of Year 7, students are introduced to the Formal Elements of Art and are given the opportunity to explore a wide range of artistic media. In Term 2, students explore the patterns found in Aboriginal and African Art to create a decorated papier mâché bowl. The work of the artist, architect and environmentalist Friedensreich Hundertwasser is the focus of the Summer Term. Students explore the colours and patterns used by Hundertwasser to create a poster raising awareness about an environmental issue. In Ceramics, students create tiles influenced by Islamic Art.
In Year 8, students begin by studying Cubism. They explore the broken, fragmented imagery and multiple viewpoints utilised by the Cubists to create their own Cubist inspired pictures. In term 2, students study portraiture. They learn how to draw a correctly proportioned face and explore the work of Vincent Van Gogh, the Fauves and the body art of the Maori people. Students create a self-portrait influenced by this research. In the Summer Term, Year 8 examine a range of Art from around the world e.g. Native American, Chinese etc. to create a final piece of their choosing. In Ceramics, students create vessels.
Year 9’s commence the year by studying Pop Art. They learn about the origins of Pop Art, its influences, the key artists and characteristics of the movement. They have a choice of several outcomes as a final piece. Students are introduced to Surrealism in the Spring Term and explore the various methods employed by the Surrealists to explore the unconscious mind. The summer term students research illuminated lettering and graffiti to create a 3D papier mâché letter. In Ceramics, students create masks and then shoes in the second project.
Various trips, enrichment activities and Art competitions are also planned throughout the year.
During the Autumn and Spring terms, students complete a ‘High Street’ project. They explore a wide range of artistic media,e.g.acrylics and watercolours, oil pastels, clay, chalk pastels, ink and wash, collage, sketching pencils, printing, photography as well as studying contextual references. They create several outcomes including both 2D and 3D work under this overarching theme. In the Summer Term, students complete a ‘Skulls’ project and produce a final piece in the media of their choosing.
Students spend the Autumn Term of Year 11 preparing for their Mock Examination – a project based on the theme ‘Identity’. This is the first fully independently led Art project the students will complete in order to prepare them for the final exam.
Any work completed in Year 10 and the Autumn Term of Year 11 can form part of Unit 1: Portfolio of Work which is 60% of the students’ final grade.
Question papers are issued by AQA are given to students after the Christmas Holidays. They respond to their chosen starting point and spend the Spring Term preparing to create a final piece during the 10 hour (2 day) exam which occurs just prior to the Easter Holidays. This work is assessed for Unit 2: Externally Set Task and is worth 40% of the students’ final grade.
Grow, Learn, Believe and Achieve
Exams and Coursework
Unit 2: Externally Set Task 40% of the final GCSE Grade
Question papers are issued by AQA in January of Year 11. You will respond to your chosen starting point and create a final piece during the final 10 hour (2 day) exam.
You will be assessed in four different areas:
AO1 Contextual Research
AO2 Development of Ideas & Experimentation with Media
AO3 Recording Observations and Ideas
AO4 Final Piece
All work is marked by the school and moderated by AQA.
Unit 1: Portfolio of Work -60% of the final GCSE Grade.
The portfolio of work is made up of a selection from two or more projects undertaken during Year 10 and the beginning of Year 11.
Each project consists of observational drawings, studying the work of other artists and designers, creating ideas, experimenting with media and producing a final outcome.
Further Education and Careers
Studying GCSE Art and Design enables you to gain more confidence in using a wide range of art media and helps to develop your imagination and creative skills. Post-16 Courses you could study with a GCSE in Art and Design: BTEC Art & Design, Foundation courses,AS/A2 and any other creative course e.g. carpentry, design, textiles, fashion, photography etc. The creative industries employ approximately 2 million people.Studying Art and Design will also benefit those who are interested in any of the following careers: Artist, Animator, Fashion Designer, Furniture Designer, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Interior Designer, Jewellery Designer, Make-up Artist, Photographer, Art Teacher etc.