Art & Ceramics
Head of Department: Mrs C Small.
Key Stage 3 Art & Ceramics
In Key Stage 3, all students study Art for two lessons per fortnight and complete a Ceramic project as part of the rotation with the DT department.
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 famous portrait artists and create a self-portrait influenced by this research. In the Summer Term, Year 8 study different lettering styles to create a 3D outcome. In Ceramics, students create vessels.
Various enrichment activities and Art competitions are also planned throughout the year.
Key Stage 4 Art
Year 9 & 10
Students 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.
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 Years 9 & 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 in April. This work is assessed for Unit 2: Externally Set Task and is worth 40% of the students’ final grade.
Exams and Coursework
Component 1: Portfolio - 60% of the final GCSE Grade.
A portfolio that in total shows coverage of the four assessment objectives. It must include a sustained project as well as a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study.
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment - 40% of the final GCSE Grade.
Students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.
Each project consists of observational drawings, studying the work of other artists and designers, creating ideas, experimenting with media and producing a final outcome.
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
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.