Art

Welcome to the Art Department

Curriculum Leader: Mr A McFadden 

Other Staff members: Mrs V Lane, Miss C Moore

 

Art is compulsory to all year 7 - 9 Pupils. During year 9, the students will be asked to select there upcoming GCSE options. All students that select Art will follow the WJEC Art and Design Syllabus, in which the option is available for students to pursue a specialist course involving fine art, graphics, textiles, three dimensional design, photograghy and critical & contextual studies. Art and Design is also offered at KS5.

 

Art and design is an extremely popular and successful subject in which pupil achievement across all key stages is consistently higher than both local and national trends.

 

During the 2008 ESTYN inspection art and design was recognised as a flagship department and was awarded the following grades:

 

  • KS 3 Grade 1; Good with outstanding features

  • KS 4 Grade 1; Good with outstanding features

  • Sixth - form Grade 1; Good with outstanding features

 

At the heart of the department ethos is the notion that pupils are encouraged to take ownership of their work, nurture self discipline and develop as independent learners.

 

BROAD AIMS

 

The art department aims to provide:

 

  • A stimulating environment that is safe and conducive to good practice.

  • A stimulating and balanced curriculum that will enable pupils to experience the excitement of new discoveries and the richness and benefits this subject.

  • Opportunities for individuals to achieve high standards of work and to reflect upon and appreciate success and failure within their work.

 

SPECIFIC AIMS

 

The art department aim to:

 

  • Equip pupils with the ability to respond expressively, analytically and imaginatively.

  • Develop pupils understanding of the relationship between content, creative process and outcomes.

  • Develop pupil’s technical skills in their use of a variety of materials and equipment.

  • Encourage and foster a sense of enquiry about visual and tactile experiences.

  • Equip pupils with the ability to evaluate, record and order information.

  • Develop the means by which pupils sensory experiences can be explored and expressed.

  • Enable pupils to realise their creative intentions through the acquisition of knowledge and technical competence.

  • Provide opportunities for personal discovery and imaginative enquiry.

 

Key stage 3

 

Two periods per fortnight is timetabled for key stage three lessons. All pupils arrive to the department in forms, teaching groups are mixed ability and throughout the duration of an academic year pupils are taught by the same member or staff..

 

Two major assignments are delivered annually, both having carefully formulated objectives which in turn form the basis for assessment.

 

The duration of each assignment is eighteen weeks, which is sub divided into three units of work and the content of each assignment, in principle, conforms to the following template:

 

  • Brief / content / context

  • Research and enquiry (understanding)

  • Idea development (investigating)

  • Practical activity (making)

  • Evaluation and assessment

 

Each assignment begins with a focal content relating to a specialist area and an aspect of critical studies. In so doing pupils experience a very broad based practical and theoretical course of study, as outlined below.   

     

Key stage 4

 

Five periods a fortnight is timetabled for all students. They arrive in mixed ability groups and it is envisaged that the same member of staff will take responsibility for teaching the group for the duration of the course. However, the students do have direct contact with other members of staff are encouraged to seek advice and guidance where appropriate

 

All students follow the WJEC GCSE syllabus in art and design which is a broad based course of study that allows for flexibility. Students may choose to pursue a specialist course involving one area of study and they also have the option to pursue a more general course which will involve experiencing at least two of the following subject areas:

 

  • Fine Art

  • Graphic Design

  • Textiles

  • Three Dimensional Design

  • Critical and Contextual Studies

  • Photography and Film

 

One broad based assignment and an examination is delivered over the duration of the course, each having carefully formulated objectives which in turn form the basis for assessment. The duration the assignment is forty eight weeks and is sub divided into four key areas that in principle conforms to the template as outlined below:

 

 Unit        Year 10                                      Unit         Year 11

   1       Research & enquiry                          1       Practical outcomes

   2       Research & enquiry                          2       Practical outcomes

   3       Idea development                             3       Examination Prep

   4       Idea development                             4       Examination

   5       Idea development                             5       Personal presentation

   6       Practical outcomes                           6       Study Leave

 

Students are encouraged to generate their own starting points and are expected to work with increasing independence as the course progresses. In order to do so they are issued with support material that provides guidance on creative design process. In conjunction with this all students receive a personal tutorial in which final decisions about individual assignments take place in negotiation with their personal tutors. Students also have the opportunity to take part in fieldtrips that are designed to provide a focal point and inform practical work.

 

Key stage 5

 

Eight periods a fortnight is timetabled for all students. They arrive in mixed ability groups and it is envisaged that the same member of staff will take responsibility for teaching the group for the duration of the course. However, the students do have direct contact with other members of staff are encouraged to seek advice and guidance where appropriate

 

All students follow the WJEC advanced subsidiary and advanced GCE syllabus in art and design which is a broad based course of study that allows for flexibility. Students may choose to pursue a specialist course involving one area of study and they also have the option to pursue a more general course which will involve experiencing at least two of the following subject areas:

 

  • Fine Art

  • Graphic Design

  • Textiles

  • Three Dimensional Design

  • Critical and Contextual Studies

  • Photography and Film

 

An examination and one course work assignment are delivered over the duration of a year. The duration of each assignment is in principle eighteen weeks, which is sub divided into three units of work, as outlined below:

 

 Unit                    Year 12                         Unit                  Year 13

   1              Art 1 Course Work                    1           Art 3 Course Work    

   2              Art 1 Course Work                    2           Art 3 Course Work     

   3              Art 1 Course Work                    3           Art 3 Course Work     

   4              Art 2 Examination                     4           Art 4 Examination   

   5              Art 2 Examination                     5           Art 4 Examination

   6              Art 2 Examination                     6           Art 4 Examination    

 

Throughout the duration of the course students are expected to generate their own starting points and are encouraged to work independently when carrying out research, planning ideas and developing practical outcomes. In order to do so they are issued with support material that provides guidance on creative design process. In conjunction with this all students receive a personal tutorial in which final decisions about individual assignments take place in negotiation with their personal tutors.

 

Students also have the opportunity to take part in fieldtrips and are expected to contribute towards public exhibitions.

William Morris

Natural Environment Welsh Resources

Land Art

Modernist Structures

GCE Art & Design

GCSE Art & Design Presentation

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