Art, Craft and Design

Course Overview: Art Craft & Design

Art and Design is a vibrant and creative subject where students have the opportunity to work with a variety of different media and are able to express themselves through their work. This includes both 2D and 3D work using media such as drawing, painting, print, clay and sculpture.

During Key Stage 3, students will learn the formal elements and then build upon this knowledge during Key Stage 4, following the AWA GCSE course. Students will learn about a variety of different artists and craftspeople, from more traditional to contemporary.

Art is a popular subject and we offer many activities outside if lesson time, including clubs and trips to galleries and colleges, to further develop the skills, passion and creativity of our young people.

Year 7

Students will experiment with different drawing, shading and mark making techniques and will utilise these skills to produce an observational drawing from still life. Students will also study Itten's colour theory, Pollock and Hockney, and will learn how to mix colours with paint to create secondary and tertiary colours. They will learn to manipulate paint to create different hues, tints, tones, harmonising colours and complementary colours and will create a series of abstract paintings. During the summer term students will learn about Islamic art and will create their own geometric shapes and patterns. Pupils will further develop their colour blending and rendering techniques.

Year 8

Students will learn about Mexican Culture and art work which will inspire them to create their own colourful design, leading onto producing a ceramic tile inspired by Mexican folk art. Students will also create insect drawings using ink, utilising a variety of drawing methods. During the summer term students will complete detailed observational drawings of natural forms. Students will learn about land art and will create 3d sculptures using found materials, working in the style of various land artists such as Goldsworthy, Long and Shilling. Students will also create their own 'Dream catcher' using natural forms.

Year 9

Students will work in the style of Georgia O'Keeffe and will produce a semi-abstract painting using watercolour or acrylic. Students will be inspired by the work of William Morris and will design a wallpaper sample or a tattoo design based on his work. During the summer term pupils will create a gridded portrait using pencil, following lessons about symmetry, proportion, division, drawing of facial features and tonal shading.

Course Overview: Art Craft & Design

Art, Craft and Design is a vibrant and creative subject where students have the opportunity to work with a variety of different media and are able to express themselves through their work. This includes both 2D and 3D work using media such as drawing, painting, print, clay and sculpture.

During Key Stage 3, students will learn the formal elements and then will build upon this knowledge during Key Stage 4, following the AQA GCSE course. Students will learn about a variety of different artists and craftspeople, from more traditional to contemporary.

Art is a popular subject and we offer many activities outside of lesson time, including clubs and trips to galleries and colleges, to further develop the skills, passion and creativity of our young people.

Course Components

Component 1: Portfolio (60% of Total GCSE)

Students will produce a portfolio of work which will compromise of a series of media experimentations including pastel, paint and pencil leading up to final outcomes of ceramic work based on the theme 'flowers and plants.' Students will document their journey, including artistic influences and analysis of work. Students will then produce a sustained project based on the theme of 'Identity', which will comprise of a series of studies using a variety of media including print, paint and pencil leading up to final outcomes of portraiture work.

Students will create a portfolio that in total shows explicit coverage of the four assessment objectives. It must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the students course of study.

Component 2: Externally set assignment (40% of Total GCSE)

The externally set assignment will be available to students and teachers from 2 January. Students will receive an exam paper with seven different starting points. Students must select one starting point from which to produce their creative response.

The preparation period begins in January and is followed by 10 hours of supervised unaided work in which students are required to realise their intentions. Students must not undertake any further preparatory studies once the first period of supervised time starts.

Course Information

Course Name: ART AND DESIGN
Qualification Type: GCSE
Awarding Body: AQA
Specification code: 8201

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After school clubs are provided for keen students who wish to stretch their abilities. Catch up and support is also offered on a one to one basis where necessary. Some of the support sessions, clubs and activities offered are:

  • Monday lunch KS3 Art club
  • Monday after school KS3 Art Clinic
  • Monday after school KS4 catch up
  • Tuesday after school KS4 catch up
  • Thursday lunch KS4 catch up