ART

” To nurture future generations of creative, independent and informed artists and designers who can turn bright ideas into reality through innovation and initiative. We believe in the importance of analytical thinking, original thought and a team approach. “

We will achieve this through the following core values:

  • Creativity
  • Open minds make high achievers
  • Effective hard work

Staff

Mrs J Key- Senior Teacher, Head of Faculty
Mrs C Coates- Senior Teacher, Head of Faculty
Miss L Freeman- Head of Art
Miss H Ives- Teacher of Art, Product Design, Textiles
Mrs H Millington-Teacher of Graphics, Resistant Materials
Mrs S Dowe- Teacher of Food and Technical support
Mr M Ali – Technical support in Graphics and Resistant Materials
Mrs B Johnson-Technical support in Textiles

Courses

Key Stage 3

Art & Design

Art is generally delivered through the Fine Arts (painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking), and the Applied Arts (ceramics, textiles, photography, graphics and IT). It can be addressed through the broad title of Craft and Design study and methodology. Students in the world today learn as much through visual images as they do through words. The understanding and use of visually communicated information, which is gathered from as wide range of sources, has become a basic skill. Students need to learn that pictures and symbols can have several meanings, and that different interpretations of them are possible and valid in a modern industrial society and multi-cultural world. Understanding art is the path towards the visual literacy, which every citizen needs in order to maximise awareness and appreciation of the world we inhabit in order to live effectively and productively.

Students will study:

  • Natural Forms
  • Portraiture
  • Delicious Delights – Still Life
  • Pattern
  • Architecture
  • 20th Century Abstraction

Design and Technology

The departmental approach to Design and Technology is essentially based on the concept of “Technology for all” and aims to challenge students to design and make creative products in four main areas; Food, Graphics, Resistant Materials and Textiles.

Within Key Stage 3 Design and Technology we operate a rotation system that allows groups of students to move within the different areas of the faculty on a 9 week rotation. Students will complete work that covers all strands of Design and Technology including: Textiles, Resistant Materials, Graphics and Food Technology. The students move between staff in the faculty who have different skills and areas of expertise. This allows students to have the best possible teaching and learning experience in each distinct area of the faculty. Each student will leave Key Stage 3 Design and Technology with a broad range of knowledge and expertise e.g. Drawing, Sketching, Workshop practice, use of tools and machinery, Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Manufacture, ICT, Teamwork, etc. All student progress will be tracked over their various KS3 rotations. The results from which will be used to guide their choices when selecting their options at the end of KS3.
Within the curriculum, students learn:
To teach the technical skills and creative understanding that will prepare the students to live and work in a highly technological society on leaving school.
• To encourage a questioning mind, perseverance, and the careful management of time and resources and a sense of responsibility when putting theory into action.
• To encourage both the intellectual and creative abilities that will enable students to complete a design project from its conception to its conclusion.
• To relate this experience to commerce and industry and to understand how design and technology play a large part in our lives.
• To develop a range of designing and making skills whilst reflecting on current technologies and the history of design.
• To stimulate the development of a range of communication skills which are central to design, making, evaluation and problem-solving.
• To promote the development of the curiosity, enquiry, initiative, ingenuity, resourcefulness and technological awareness.
• To teach students to choose and use the correct tools and equipment safely and to increase their confidence when faced with the practicalities of employing a tool with which they are not familiar.
• To teach how to measure and cut correctly a wide range of resistant and semi-resistant materials.
• To teach manipulative skills and be encouraged to develop a three-dimensional understanding.
• To stimulate the exercising of value judgments of an aesthetic, technical, economic and moral nature.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Art and Design (AQA)

Art and Design is a popular option choice at key stage 4 and a range of themes are studied over the course, using appropriate materials, techniques and processes. The units are sequenced across the course and each unit delivers the attainment target Knowledge, Skills and Understanding programmes of study. Over the course, all students will experience a breadth of study and complete work to meet the four required assessment objectives of AQA.
We are consistently changing, adapting and updating our choice of themes that students study to ensure that we are maintaining enjoyment and enthusiasm throughout the course.

Within this programme of study, students overall grade will be comprised of the following:

UNIT 1- Portfolio of Work- Controlled Assessment- 60%
UNIT 2- Externally Set Task – 40%

GCSE Photography (AQA)

During the course of study students are engaged in developing technical and practical knowledge of digital photographic techniques and processes. They are then able to utilise this technical knowledge to explore a range of starting points with creativity and purpose to develop their attainment of the Knowledge, Skills and Understanding required through the programmes of study. Over the course, all students will experience a breadth of study and complete work to meet the four required assessment objectives of AQA.

Within this programme of study, students overall grade will be comprised of the following:

UNIT 1- Portfolio of Work- Controlled Assessment- 60%
UNIT 2- Externally Set Task – 40%

GCSE Textiles (AQA)

Students develop a working knowledge of textiles materials and components appropriate to modelling, prototyping and manufacturing. Students are also taught how to analyse textile products and processes. They consider how Design and Technology affects the manufacturer, user and environment, and the importance of health and safety issues. Pupils learn how to make garments with a professional finish and utilize their knowledge and understanding of new technologies and current environmental issues to generate innovative design solutions.

Within this programme of study, students overall grade will be comprised of the following:

 Unit 1- Written Test- 2 hours- 40%
Unit 2- Design and Making Practice – 60%

GCSE Graphics (AQA)

Graphic Products encourages students to critically analyses existing products and generate exciting and innovative design solutions. Students have the opportunity to work with a range of tools, technologies and equipment to produce professional outcomes.

Within this programme of study, students overall grade will be comprised of the following:

Unit 1- Written Test- 2 hours- 40%
Unit 2- Design and Making Practice – 60%

GCSE Food Technology (AQA)

Students utilize their knowledge and understanding of the function of ingredients, processes and target consumers, to model and develop new and exciting products that are suitable for purpose. The broad programme of study allows pupils to explore a range of techniques and processes to produce technically demanding products with a professional quality of finish.

Within this programme of study, students overall grade will be comprised of the following:

 Unit 1- Written Test- 2 hours- 40%
Unit 2- Design and Making Practice – 60%

GCSE Resistant Materials (AQA)

This qualification allows students a much more hands on approach to Design and Technology. Learning involves a substantial amount of practical experience rather than just taught theory lessons. Projects range from bird feeders, PlayStation stands, to furniture and allow the students to engage with tools and materials that prepare them for further education or careers in joinery, carpentry, automotive design or construction.

Within this programme of study, students overall grade will be comprised of the following:

Unit 1- Written Test- 2 hours- 40%
Unit 2- Design and Making Practice – 60%

Useful Websites

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/art/

http://www.studentartguide.com/