Within these pages you will find lots of information about the subject and how the department operates.
If you have any queries regarding Art please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.
Head of Art
Building on the work we do in year 7, students will be developing their skill base into the exploration of new techniques – drawing and shading are still a priority and these skills are threaded through the year 8 work which will look at graphic design, colour work, paper engineering and mixed media. Further research into a variety of artists will help inform students work and open their minds to the wider world and new experiences.
In this first year of GCSE we will be studying Portraits. Students will be analysing the work of many artists who use portraiture as an expression. They will record observations from photographs as well as from life, create collages and explore further painting and printmaking techniques. Students are encouraged to explore and develop their skills and own ideas as a foundation for their GCSE.
At GCSE level, we follow the AQA Fine Art Specification:
Fine art practice is defined as the need to explore an idea, convey an experience or respond to a theme or issue of personal significance. The course consists of two components as follow:
Areas of study
In Component 1 and Component 2 students are required to work in one or more area(s) of fine art, such as those listed below:
They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas.
More details may be found from the AQA website.
In Year 10, students begin Component 1 of the GCSE course. All work completed goes towards the final exam grade (9-1).
The GCSE Fine Art Course encourages students to develop:
Year 11 continues student’s personal investigations from their work in 10.
They are been encouraged to respond to the four assessment objectives that make up the success criteria. These include drawing from observation, collecting and gathering appropriate visual information, researching and relating work to a chosen Artists or culture and exploring a variety of different media.
They have also investigated developing a personal response to their theme by drawing from their personal investigations.
Component 2 comprises an externally set task.
We follow the AQA Fine Art specification which consists of two components of work.
In Component 1, students develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. Practical elements should make connections with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artist(s), designer(s), photographers or craftspeople and include written work of no less than 1000 and no more than 3000 words which supports the practical work.
In Component 2, students respond to a stimulus, provided by AQA, to produce work which provides evidence of their ability to work independently within specified time constraints, developing a personal and meaningful response which addresses all the assessment objectives and leads to a finished outcome or a series of outcomes.
This is a practical unit with written elements in which candidates are expected to develop a personal Investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished piece or pieces.
The practical elements should be linked with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, designers or craftspeople.
Unit 4 is an externally set assignment:
The questions set will consist of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Candidates are required to select one.
Preparatory work should be submitted in any appropriate form with sources identified and acknowledged.
There will be a 15 hour supervised period in which candidates must complete, unaided, their response to their chosen examination question
Grade C or above in Art and Design plus two other GCSE passes at grade C or above. A genuine interest in the subject is essential!