Key Stage 4

Subject: Art

Aims of the subject: All Art and Design courses will include working with a variety of materials, techniques and processes, the study of artists and art movements (contextual studies) and visits to galleries.  Pupils will be able to choose from one of the following options. Please note that we may not be able to run both choices. If it is necessary to limit the courses then the most popular will run. Children who opted for an art course that does not run will have the chance to choose an art course that is running.

GCSE Examination Board: AQA

Assessment Overview:

Examination 40%
Coursework 60%

Choice 1: Art and Design – Art, Craft and Design

A popular option for all abilities. This is a broad course exploring practical and contextual work through a wide range of 2D and 3D media, processes and techniques with the opportunity to explore painting, drawing, printing, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, ICT, graphics etc.

Choice 2: Art and Design – Graphic Communication

Graphic communication is defined here as the process of designing primarily visual material to convey information, ideas, meaning and emotions in response to a given or self-defined brief.

 

 

Year What will I learn? Assessment
10
Term 1

Buildings– Exploration of black and white tonal qualities

I will be introduced to a variety of materials and techniques when exploring monochromatic imagery. Here I will build essential skills to help me meet the demands and requirements of the GCSE course. These skills will include:

 

·       Charcoal

·       Chalk

·       Collage (Nel Tel Wolde)

·       Mark-making

·       Mono Print

·       Pen, ink and resist (Ian Murphy)

·       Textural qualities

·       Tonal drawing

 

Term 2

Buildings– Exploration of colour

I will be introduced to a variety of materials and techniques when exploring coloured imagery. Here I will build essential skills to help me meet the demands and requirements of the GCSE course. These skills will include:

 

·       Acrylic painting (Impressionism)

·       Colour backgrounds (brusho, marbling, sponge wash, paint manipulation etc.)

·       Coloured chalk

·       Digital manipulation (John Piper)

·       Oil Pastel

·       Reduction print

·       Sgrafitto

·       Watercolour painting (John Piper)

Term 3

Buildings– Refinement of project 1

I will have been introduced to a variety of materials and will have built the essential skills to help me independently refine my ideas to a concluded outcome. I will make purposeful choices to further refine my work demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

 

 

When drawing an image of natural form, I will demonstrate my understanding of 2d and 3d visual elements (shape/tone/form/texture) through a range of materials. The use of credible mark-making and unusual drawing materials will be explored.

 

Independent theme-Mock Exam

Individually marked portfolio work

 

One to one reviews

 

Coursework project 1- Buildings

 

Collective review points against the assessment objectives:

 

  • AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources (Term 1).
  • AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes (Term 1).
  • AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses (Term 2).
  • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language (Term 2).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Individually marked mock exam work (limited timeframe usually six weeks)

 

One to one reviews

 

Collective review points against the assessment objectives:

 

  • AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
  • AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
  • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

 

11 Term 1

Portraiture

I will be introduced to a variety of materials and techniques when exploring both traditional and contemporary portraiture. This will include the exploration of:

 

·       Andy Warhol

·       Acrylic paint (Roy Lichtenstein and Daniel Maltzman)

·       Charcoal (Frank Ritter)

·       Digital art (Andy Warhol, Barbera Krugar, Julien Opie)

·       Gridding up

·       Mark-making

·       Pop art (Andy Warhol)

·       Proportion

·       Tone

·       Watercolour

 

Term 2

Exam– Exam question paper is usually released during the first week in January

I will be introduced to the exam paper and will explore the potential of my chosen question. A clear timeframe will be outlined for the exam preparation period within which I will independently develop a body of work that meet all of the assessment objectives.

 

Term 3

All work is to be completed, marked and submitted to AQA by the May 31st May. This mean I must submit my work by the deadline set by my subject teacher.

 

Individually marked portfolio/EXAM work

 

One to one reviews

 

Coursework project 2- Pop Art/Portraiture  (one term)

 

Collective review points against the assessment objectives:

 

  • AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
  • AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
  • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

 

 

Extra-curricular opportunities

The Art department run lunch and after school sessions daily to give all GCSE students access to equipment and materials when doing homework tasks and/or catching up with work to meet deadlines.

How you can support your child’s progress

Please be aware that students will be given homework tasks, all of which are an important element of the course. We would be grateful if you could support your child when completing these and bringing them into school on time for the deadlines. All candidates will be issued and pupil handbook and will be expected to equip themselves with a set of basic materials; an A3 sketchpad, drawing pencils, coloured pencils, a box of watercolours, A2 size plastic folder and an A2 portfolio (20 plastic pockets type).  N.B. The Art department offers equipment and folders at highly discounted prices.