Art and Design

Key Stage 3

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

•    produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

•    become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

•    evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

•    know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

 

Year 7­

The emphasis on students’ experience of Art and Design through Year Seven is to gain knowledge and understanding of the many disciplines and practitioners of the arts; promoting informed judgments and enjoyment of what they make and see in the visual world. Through project work students are given a wide experience of making art in a variety of mediums that include painting, drawing, print, sculpture and IT. Students have the opportunity to work with visiting artists and on visual arts projects during the year.

 

Year 8

The emphasis on students’ experience of Art and Design through Year 8 is to gain knowledge and understanding of the many disciplines and practitioners of the arts; promoting informed judgments and enjoyment of what they make and see in the visual world. Through project work students experience making art in a variety of mediums that include: painting, drawing, printing, art history, graphic design and IT. Students have the opportunity to work with visiting artists and on visual arts projects during the year.

 

Year 9

Year Nine students will build on their experience in Year Eight, progressing to more in depth projects and exploring new materials and subjects. Students will gain experience and skills in at least four of the following (painting, drawing, looking at artworks, graphic design, sculpture and printmaking).

Rooted in their project work is the input of processes and techniques in order that they can realise their intentions and make connections to artists and their works from a range of cultures.

 

 

Key Stage 4

What qualification will the course lead to? GCSE

Which Examination Board? Edexcel

 

Course content

Students will complete four individual projects which will make up the controlled assessment element of the course.  These are many and varied.  They include: man-made environment; World Art; conflict and disaster; structures in Nature; a sense of place; viewpoints; adorn, decorate and embellish; still life.

How will students be assessed?

The qualification is 60% coursework and 40% exam.

 

Unit 1 – Personal Portfolio in Art and Design in Year 10 and Year 11

Tasks set and marked by school

 

Unit 2 – Externally Set Assignment in Year 11

Tasks set by the Examining Board; marked by school and externally moderated by the Examining Board.

 

Each unit is assessed separately out of 80 marks.  Students are assessed on four areas:  planning and presenting; experimenting; recording