Head of Department: Mrs. C. Hodgson
Art and design makes a unique contribution to school life and to the learning experience of all pupils. Art is for everyone, not only those who are considered naturally talented, since everyone is capable of creative and aesthetic responses to their environment. For this reason it is important that within a child's overall education there is an opportunity to be creative and to express individual thoughts, ideas and opinions in a variety of ways. Art and design teaching will make its contribution to this by developing within pupils an awareness of their visual world and the cultures that have shaped it. Courses will also promote decision making and problem-solving whilst also developing practical skills.
In KS3, students are introduced to the formal elements of Art and Design and cover a variety of different techniques and processes. The projects are:
- Hockney garden: Observational drawing, mark making and colour theory.
- Animal print: Observational drawing, research and card printing.
- Ceramic fish: Observational drawing, research, clay construction and decoration.
- Graffiti portrait:Self-portrait drawing and Photoshop.
Students are assessed during and after each project. They also have the opportunity to assess their own work and that of others.
Units & Weighting:
Component 1: Portfolio (60%)
Students must select and present a portfolio representative of their course of study. This must include:
- A sustained project developed in response to a subject, theme, task or brief evidencing the journey from initial engagement with an idea to the realisation of intentions.
- A selection of further work resulting from activities such as trials and experiments, skills-based workshops, mini and/or foundation projects; responses to gallery, museum or site visits; work placements; independent study and any evidence of a student's role in group work undertaken.
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%)
AQA will provide a separate extrenal assignment for each title, each with seven different starting points. Students must select and respond to one starting point from their chosen title. Students are required to realise their intentions after 10 hours of supervised, unaided work that takes place over a number of sessions in exam style conditions.
Classroom and staff support are available every night of the week so that students can either 'drop in' or come to arranged support sessions.