Art and Design

Curriculum Leader: L. McConville

Subject Leader(s):
L. McConville ([email protected])

Fortnightly Lessons:
Year 7 – 2 lessons
Year 8 – 3 lessons

Homework:
2 homework’s per term (approximately 1 hour duration)

Year 7 Topics:
Identity, Journeys, Future or Communities

Year 8 Topics:
Changes, Freedom/Restriction or Triumph / Power Posters

Useful Resources:
http://thevirtualinstructor.com/interactivecolorwheel.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z6f3cdm

In Years 9 and 10, and 11 students can embark on either the AQA GCSE  Art and Design syllabus or the AQA GCSE 3D (Ceramics) syllabus dependent on their chosen pathway. Both courses provide students with opportunities to  develop independent skills that promote decision making and problem-solving while also developing practical skills.

“Innovation comes from optimism, creativity and art”

Bob and Roberta Smith

In years 12 and 13 students can opt to further their artistic practices by selecting AQA A2 Art and Design ‘Fine Art’ or AQA A2 ‘Photography’.

We will encourage students to take risks and to learn from their mistakes. We nurture a deep engagement in the learning process that requires students to take ownership of their work, invest in it and extend themselves.

Studying Fine Art or Photography at A level will develop and broaden students’ practical skills and creative language. Students learn to reflect purposefully on what they have created and to understand how their work relates to the broader world of art and design through independent research, gallery visits, group discussion and written critical analysis. Both courses will develop the ability to analyse the work of others and make connections between this work and their own.

The A2 Fine Art and the A2 Photography course provides students with opportunities to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms.

ASSESSMENT

Both courses will provide candidates with a variety of experiences employing a range of media, processes and techniques appropriate to the chosen area of study: there are two components at A2:

60% Component 1: Coursework investigations, includes written aspect 1000-3000 words. 96 marks

40% Component 2: Externally set assignment. Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised study time. 96 marks

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KS5 A2 Photography

Photography offers students the ability to comment on and explore the world around them.

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

Elliott Erwitt 1928

The course will introduce students to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes.  We will encourage students to take risks and to learn from their mistakes. We nurture a deep engagement in the learning process that requires students to take ownership of their work, invest in it and extend themselves.

The A2 Photography course provides students with opportunity to develop their personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences and environments in practical, critical and contextual forms.

ASSESSMENT

The courses will provide candidates with a variety of experiences, processes and techniques appropriate to the area of Photography.

There are two components at A2: 

 60% Component 1: Coursework investigations, includes written aspect 1000-3000 words. 96 marks 

40% Component 2: Externally set assignment. Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised study time. 96 marks

Download Information Sheet