Art & Photography
Key Stage 3
Students in Year 7 and 8 study 3 key topics each, aimed to develop their Artistic skills and understanding.
- Colour, Line and Tone – Drawing and Painting
- Everyday Objects – Print Making
- Dragon Pots – Ceramics
- Pop Art – Collage and Painting
- Clay Houses – Ceramics
- Pattern and Culture – Print Making
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 we offer both EDEXCEL GCSE Art and Design and Art Endorsed Photography.
Students will develop skills in a variety of different media and learn a range of technical processes such as printmaking, ceramics, painting, photography, illustration techniques and mixed media relief. Students will study the work of different artists and learn how to research and analyse art work effectively. This will inform their own work and help them to develop ideas successfully. Students will be expected to take part in tutorial sessions in which they will discuss their own work with the teacher. There will be opportunities to visit exhibitions, galleries and museums in preparation for controlled assessments and exams.
Working from two project-based themes, students will explore a range of skills and concepts related to photography and go on to develop a range of finished pieces of photographic work. As part of both projects students will be required to research and produce information based around the theme.
Throughout the course students will also learn about the history of art and photography, and study the works of famous photographers. Students will also be expected to take part in tutorial sessions in which they will discuss work with the teacher. There will be opportunities for students to visit exhibitions, galleries and museums as part of the course work and exam preparation.
Key Stage 5
At Key Stage we offer A Levels in both Art and Photography.
At AS students complete a portfolio worth 50% of the AS mark. Students work through a series of experimental workshops designed to develop technical skill and knowledge of new media, including: Illustration, Photography, Painting, Print Making and Sculpture including Ceramics. Students then progress to a more independent way of working, selecting media to investigate further and developing personal responses to a theme, including: Openings, Identity, Conflict and Twisted/Distorted.
The practical work will be informed by critical research and investigations into the work of professional artists and designers from a range of times and countries. The work students produce will be refined and organised into a portfolio which will demonstrate skills in the four assessment objectives; develop, experiment and refine, record observations and present. The remaining 50% of the AS mark is available from the exam element.
At A2, students completed a portfolio including a personal study, worth 60% of A2 marks. Students work through a series of experimental workshops designed to develop technical skill and knowledge of new media. They are then guided through the writing of a research question. They learn to interpret art work in a more meaningful way, investigating key periods or themes of art and design history. Students select their preferred media and refine their practice, developing their own style and ways of working. They present their practical work which is assessed against the four assessment objectives; develop, experiment and refine, record observations and present. A supporting essay (1000–3000 words) which provides a critical analysis of students' work is also presented for assessment.
The remaining 40% of the A2 mark is available from the exam element.
Students will explore a wide range of graphic mediums including illustration, advertising and packaging looking at real world application. Throughout the course students will gain inspiration from current and iconic designers enabling them to develop their own graphic style. Students will be required to demonstrate skills in all the following:
- Understanding of meaning, function, style, scale, colour and content
- Awareness of intended audience or purpose for their chosen area of Graphic Communication
- Ability to respond to an issue, concept or idea whilst working to a brief
- Appreciation of the relationship of form and function
- Use of typography including hand lettering, calligraphy, signs and symbols
- Understanding of a variety of materials and genres
Course content is predominantly practical including coursework and externally set practical exams. Coursework is dictated by student’s individual ideas, concepts and artistic interests allowing them to work to their strengths and follow a course which they find inspiring. At A2 the coursework includes a personal study of between 1000 and 3000 words based on an area of students' own choice. Exam content is set by AQA and is prepared for during lessons in advance of the exam date.