Subject Leader Art and Design: Mrs Hermione Best

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What are we studying? 

Students will complete a two year course comprising of 3 periods of study a week. They will complete two projects in Year 10 and one in Year 11. The exam paper is given in January of Year 11; students will then use their lesson time to prepare for the exam. The final make for this is completed under exam conditions over a 10 hour period, (usually over two days). The exam usually takes place at the beginning of the summer term in Year 11. Assessment is weighted 60% coursework - 40% exam work. Their coursework portfolio is usually made up of one completed project (usually their Year 11 work) and a selection from previous work completed in Year 10.

Key stage 4 Fine Art covers practical and critical/contextual work in one or more area(s) including drawing and painting, mixed media, sculpture, instillation, printmaking, animation, photography and film. Work is usually created in response to a personal idea, theme or intention. As part of their studies they will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of Fine Art. Responses to these examples should show practical and critical understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Year 10 projects:

Natural Forms - An investigation into the use of formal elements; colour, line, shape, pattern and composition using a range of media, processes and techniques including; printing, collage, paint and pastels using the natural world as an inspiration.

Masks and Culture disguise - Here students will develop personal responses to the theme of identity. They will study masks and cultural artefacts from different traditions and genres including African, Oriental, European and South American art. The project covers a range of textile techniques including, tie dye, batik and relief printing.

The Year 11 project:

At the end of Year 10 we run a trip to some London galleries, including Tate Modern and The Saatchi Collection in Chelsea. Here students have the opportunity to observe art first hand, attend practical workshops and draw and collect visual resources from the different locations visited. This forms the inspiration for their Year 11 project. Here they are given a choice of option to develop a final outcome using the human figure as a starting point.

How are we assessed?

Classwork (practical and theory work) and home learning is assessed throughout the Fine Art course. Students will be given success criteria and GCSE grade descriptors linked to all tasks. For each project

students’ work will be regularly assessed with a GCSE grade and written feedback that includes targets for improvement.

The four assessment objectives are;

Objective 1 - Developing ideas through investigation informed by contextual studies.

Objective 2 - Refining ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.

Objective 3 - Recording ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions.

Objective 4 - Presenting a personal, informed and meaningful response.

How are we grouped?

The Fine Art option is aimed at Level 2 learners with target grades of a 4 or above. The maximum class size is 23.


What home learning are we expected to do?

There will be at least one home learning task set per week, which should take around 1 hour to complete. All the home learning assignments will relate to classwork activities either in the form of design preparation e.g. ideas, observational drawings, planning and research (books and internet) or completing a unit of work by evaluating what has been learnt. All home learning will be available on SMHW. Students will be given an art sketchbook to complete both class and home learning into; it is their responsibility to follow given guidelines for the presentation of work and to keep their work safe as they transport their classwork and home learning to and from school.

What can parents do to help?

Encourage your child to discuss what they have learnt each week as they are looking through their art sketchbook. Provide opportunities for art work at home, to include a space to work and objects to record. Encourage gallery visits. Look out for articles in newspapers or television and discuss them with your child.

Useful resources and equipment:

A set of sketching pencils.

Charcoal and fixative.

A set of pastels. Oil and chalk.

Acrylic paints and watercolour.

Access to the internet for research tasks.