What is the Department Vision?

At Rossett School, we believe that Art should encourage all pupils, whatever their ability to develop an awareness and understanding of art and design through investigation research, planning, making, analysing and evaluating. Art should promote a lively and creative approach based on the observation of forms, both natural and man-made, by using as wide variety of materials as is possible. Art should develop a range of communication and practical skills together with knowledge of our cultural and environmental heritage.

Most pupils experience enjoyment and fulfillment in Art and Design. Whilst many pursue these subjects beyond school, finding careers in this subject.

KS3

All students in year 7 and 8 study Art for one hour each week. Theme based projects cover a wide range of 2D and 3D skills, and they include inspiration from different artists and cultures. We encourage creativity and confidence in our students and enjoy celebrating their work.

All students are encouraged to attend Art club and contribute to extra-curricular activities including competitions. Students also have the opportunity to produce work for local businesses or work with local artists.

Students also have the chance to enter the Peace Poster competition sponsored by the Harrogate Lions Club.

What will my child be studying?

Year 7 Year 8
  • Expressive painting project linked to an artist’s work.
  • 3D cultural Project.
  • Print project looking at repeat pattern and tessellation.
  • Peace Poster Competition.
  • Optical Art – Still life and pattern.
  • Clay shoes using independent artist inspiration.
  • Landscape mixed media project and ipad art.

What equipment will my child need?

Basic equipment, plus a soft eraser, drawing pencils (2b,4b,6b), paints are available in school.

How can I support my child through KS3 Art?

KS3 Art is based on a mixture of skills. Students should be encouraged to draw objects, scenes and landscape from life, as well as collecting images which relate to projects done in class. Photography from life helps with visual recording.

Visits to galleries both locally and nationally are always encouraged.

How will my child be assessed in KS3 Art?

Students will be formally assessed on the skills learnt, their knowledge and understanding of the formal elements, and the final outcomes at the end of each project using the Rossett School 3R’s and levels of progress.

Assessments will be based on how well students are responding to the lesson outcomes, which in turn relate to the formal elements, skills learnt and creative input. Targets will be set throughout the projects and will be the result of teacher, peer and self-assessment.

KS4

What exam board do we use? AQA

How is the course assessed? Coursework (60%) Controlled test (40%)

How long are the examinations?  KS4 has a 10 Hour controlled test. The first 5 hours is performed in one normal timetabled day. The last 5 hours are spread over lesson time. Unit 2 – Externally Set Task – Students will produce a practical outcome with a set preparatory time. Starting points for the externally set task are sent from the AQA exam board and students can choose their theme from the paper. They will choose the art technique that they are most confident with to produce the final outcome.

What is covered on the course? ART & DESIGN (PAINTING, DRAWING AND SCULPTURE)

Unit 1 – Coursework – Students will produce 3 project outcomes which include:

During the course, students will also have the opportunity to visit an art gallery or museum to help as a source of inspiration for their work. Trips have been held previously at the Liverpool Tate, The Bowes
Museum – Barnard Castle, The Yorkshire Sculpture Park – Wakefield, The Baltic – Newcastle.

Where would we suggest visiting? Local art galleries and museums –

The Mercer Gallery Harrogate –  http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/musm/Pages/mercerartgallery.aspx

Redhouse Originals Gallery – http://www.redhouseoriginals.com/

Leeds City Art Gallery – http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/leedsartgallery/Explore-Leeds-Art-Gallery.aspx

Yorkshire Sculpture Park – http://www.ysp.co.uk/

KS5

What exam board do we use? http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/as-and-a-level/art-and-design-2200

AS LEVEL

Both AS courses are made up of one Coursework Portfolio unit and one Externally Set Assignment which includes 5 hours of supervised time. Students will be given a set brief as a starting point and students will develop their ideas and skills using a broad range of materials and techniques. This can include drawing, painting, design, graphic communication, sculpture, textiles, ICT, digital photography alongside contextual studies. A full range of preparation work will be produced in lessons, and in students own time to develop independent work following individual targets.

A2 LEVEL 

The A2 course builds on the skills and ideas developed throughout the AS course. Students will be expected to specialise in their main areas of interest and develop concepts further. They will produce a 1000 – 3000 word assignment in Unit 3 – Personal Investigationand the A2 Externally set assignment includes 15 hours of supervised time.

How is the course assessed?

AS LEVEL

Unit 1 – 50% of AS grade – 25% A-Level

Unit 2 – 50% of AS grade – 25% A-Level

A2 LEVEL

Unit 3 – 25% of A-Level

Unit 4 – 25% of A-Level

How long are the examinations?

AS Externally Set Assignment – 5 hours

A2 Externally Set Assignment – 15 hours

What is covered on the course?

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ART, CRAFT AND DESIGN

Students are entered in to the AQA, Art, Craft and Design

Candidates should produce critical/contextual work associated with two or more of the following
Fine Art
Graphic Communication
Textile Design
Three-Dimensional Design
Photography

(This course cannot be taken with the AQA Photography Course)

COURSE STRUCTURE

AS UNIT 1 – Portfolio – This unit will be a practical project based on a theme e.g. Portraiture, Still life or Landscape, but there will be flexibility to modify this to suit student’s personal interests.

AS UNIT 2 – Externally set task – This unit allows students to interpret and produce work in a more independent way.  Students will select a starting point from a number of themes from AQA and explore your ideas in a creative and imaginative way in order to produce a personal outcome.  5 hours of the task are supervised under exam conditions.

The full A Level (A2 UNITS)

Unit 1 and 2 must be completed first.

The A2 course builds on the skills developed at AS and allows students much more freedom to explore their own ideas and strengths.

UNIT 3 is based on a personal investigation including a small piece of written work – (1000-3000 words) Students can explore their own theme and produce work which demonstrated their own aptitudes and interests.

UNIT 4 is the final Externally Set Task whereby students select from a choice of starting points and work towards the production of a final outcome within a timed period of 15 hours.

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Students are entered into the AQA Art Photography course.

PHOTOGRAPHY

(This course cannot be taken with Art and Design)

COURSE STRUCTURE

AS UNIT 1 – Portfolio – this will include an introduction to photography and cameras skills through a variety of experimental approaches.  This unit will also include an extended study based on a theme e.g. Portraiture, Still life or Landscape but there will be flexibility to modify this to suit student’s personal interests.

AS UNIT 2 – Externally set task – This unit allows students to interpret and produce work in a more independent way.  Students will select a starting point from a number of themes and explore your ideas in a creative and imaginative way in order to produce a personal outcome.  5 hours of the task are supervised under exam conditions.

The full A Level (A2 UNITS)

Unit 1 and 2 must be completed first.

The A2 course builds on the skills developed at AS and allows students much more freedom to explore their own ideas and strengths.

UNIT 3 is based on a personal investigation including a small piece of written work – (1000-3000 words) Students can explore their own theme and produce work which demonstrated their own aptitudes and interests.

UNIT 4 is the final Externally Set Assignment whereby students select from a choice of starting points and work towards the production of a final outcome within a timed period of 15 hours.

Visits to galleries both locally and nationally are always encouraged for all art and design students.

What websites would you recommend?

www.tate.org.uk

www.nationalgallery.org.uk

www.britishmuseum.org

www.craftscouncil.org