The art department is a busy department consisting of three full time specialist teachers. We teach all students in years 7 and 8 and within year 9 students select art as a mini option. This operates as a foundation GCSE year in preparation for those who continue art & design in years 10 and 11. We are a growing department with a rise in results at GCSE over the last two years.
The number of jobs in the UK’s creative industries rose by 5 per cent in 2016, compared to the 1.2 per cent increase in the wider UK workforce. Almost 2m people are now employed in the UK creative industries, with 3.04m jobs in the wider creative economy including:
Advertising, Architecture, Art & Antiques, Crafts, Design, Digital media, Engineering, Fashion design, Games design, Graphic design, Photography
Studying art and design greatly supports interest and future careers in all these areas as well as being a tool for developing creative thinking, practical working, research, problem solving and analysis, all useful skills that make strong links to other areas of learning.
We live in a world full of imagery and designed products, a world growing rapidly with new technologies (Apple currently employs approximately 80,000 full time employees). An eye for design, visual appreciation and an ability to create something new is a relevant attribute and one that we greatly facilitate through our curriculum provision.
Art and Design encourages the individual to develop a range of skills whilst also building a personal style and making individual choices in the adaption and refinement of what has already been explored. Students are exploratory and experiment with and strengthen their use of materials and processes within different creative disciplines. We aspire to develop confident individuals who relish in their own decision making and independent application within the areas of:
The Year 7 curriculum places a significant emphasis on good working practices. Projects will cover a variety of foundation skills seeking to establish and build the learners confidence with understanding and application of the key visual elements in Art: SPACE, SHAPE, LINE, FORM, COLOUR, TEXTURE, COMPOSITION. A varied and contrasting range of sources and starting points including modern artists and designers, illustration, typography and historical practice informs exploration of the visual elements.
The Year 8 curriculum raises expectations of the students to further broaden and deepen their knowledge of artistic practices through a sequence of projects that include a wide variety of Art and Design media and techniques covering 2 and 3 dimensional work. A particular emphasis upon developing skills in drawing underpins experiences.
The Year 9 curriculum operates as a foundation year for GCSE. Where students have opted for the subject they will be encouraged to show greater knowledge, understanding and application of professional practices both in terms of the research, analysis and responses to Artists that they create and in their personal choices and approaches to working with a wide range of materials, techniques and processes as their ideas develop.
Tracking and assessment in the lower school focuses upon 4 key areas in line with GCSE assessment objectives.
With two components, comprising a ‘Portfolio’ and an ‘Externally set assignment’, the specification provides students with a range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to develop and explore their personal interests in art and design. It allows for progression from KS3 whilst providing a strong foundation for further study at AS and A-level as well as vocational pathways. AQA 2017
Students continue to develop and deepen their knowledge, understanding and application within at least 2 of the following areas of study:
Component 1: Portfolio of work
The GCSE portfolio consists of 1 extensive unit of work covering all of the 4 assessment objectives as well as a selection of further work (60% of final grade). Students will begin working on their first unit from the start of year 10.
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment
A paper is presented to the students in the January of Year 11. Students select one area of focus from seven different starting points. They then have several weeks to develop their ideas leading up to a 10 hour personal response (40% of final grade).
Mrs Bramley, Assistant Head teacher