Art, Craft, and Design
Art and design is a journey in which the destination is not always known. It is a journey of self-discovery, taking detours to explore and be inspired by new media, techniques, and ideas. Every person has the need and desire to be creative. Art and design allows the freedom of thought and the freedom to express feelings through visual means.
Art and design provides a safe environment for personal development, knowing that mistakes are encouraged as problem solving is at the heart of successful creative outcomes. Our schemes of learning fully support all of the school’s core values of care, honesty, excellence, respect and resilience.
The course is structured to teach fundamental skills using the art elements as its foundation. Through experimentation with a range of wet and dry media, students gain confidence and a ‘can do’ attitude, safe in the knowledge that practise makes, if not perfect, then much better. Thus supporting an ethos of a growth mindset.
Mrs J Robertson
Joint Curriculum Leader
Miss S John-Lewis
Joint Curriculum Leader
Art and Graphics KS3
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Art, Craft, and Design KS4
Externally Set Assignment 40%
Outline of course content:
You will learn that art and design is about you, your ideas
Outline of course structure:
Students study a general art and design course in Years 9 and 10, covering many of the available areas of study thereby developing personal interests and strengths. This is in preparation for the ten-hour externally-set assignment which takes place in the spring term of Year 11.
Subject Content Year 9:
In depth development of media skills and techniques through a still life project which introduces the four GCSE assessment objectives. This includes the use of oil pastels, acrylic paints, photography and ceramics. The second project focuses on drawing the human figure from life and uses student’s own photographs for development into a final outcome.
Subject Content Year 10:
Development of the figure project from year 9 into a portrait project, being self-portraits and portraits of an older person. Skills developed are tone, collage, print making, observational, photography, ICT and other wet and dry media. This project promotes students independence regarding choice of media and solutions. The final part of this project is a surreal based outcome which can be either 2D or 3D.
Throughout year nine and ten, students study the work of a range of artists from diverse times and cultures and are expected to display references to and inspiration from them in their own work.
Subject Content Year 11:
The final course work unit is a chance to develop a personal and unique project in response to one of seven starting points. This gives students an opportunity to be in control of their work as this reflects the skills needed for the final part of the course the Externally Set Assignment.
The ESA begins in the January of year eleven and is worth 40% of the final GCSE grade. Students will have approximately eleven weeks to develop a response to one of the given starting points and then will have ten hours unaided work in order to produce their final outcome.
Careers using Art, Craft, and Design:
This is a very wide area! It covers, amongst others, fine art, photography, ceramics and pottery, textiles and fashion, 3D design, jewellery and metal, sculpture, interior work, graphics, advertising, multimedia and web.
Job ideas might include:
A-level Art is offered by the vast majority of sixth forms and colleges. Some also offer A-Levels in Design, Fashion, Textiles, and Photography. The range of University courses is also huge, including all of the above and more. Specialist ‘art’ colleges, such as The Glasgow School, Slade, Chelsea, London School of Fashion etc. offer many degree programmes and are very popular. The range is so wide that a popular option after A-Levels is to complete a ‘pre University’ foundation course at your local college to experience lots of different aspects of art. This allows a more informed choice to be made about University.
BBC Bitesize www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z6hs34j
Student Art guide www.studentartguide.com
Local places to visit:
The Point Doncaster www.thepoint.org.uk
Sheffield Art galleries www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/
Hull Museums and galleries www.hcandl.co.uk/museums-and-galleries
Yorkshire Sculpture Park www.ysp.org.uk