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Key Stage 3

 

 

 

 

What do students study and in what order?

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?

How are students assessed?

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 3Rs and levels of progress.

Targets will be set throughout the projects and recorded by the teacher. Students will record individual DIRT for self-reflection.

How can parents best support their child?

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 completed in class. Photography from life helps with visual recording.

Visits to galleries both locally and nationally are always encouraged.

 

Key Stage 4

 

 

 

What topics do students study and in what order?

GCSE Fine Art and Digital Art.

Fine Art is based more on painting and drawing.

Digital Art still requires drawing however more emphasis is put on ICT and Photography outcomes.

Both courses cover sculpture techniques.

Component 1 – Portfolio (60%)

A sustained project showing the creative journey from an initial starting point, through development of ideas, and then a personal response. Students will look at suitable artists, illustrators or designers and will include drawing and notes.

A selection of further work for example personal sketchbooks, photoshoots, mini projects, responses to museum and gallery visits, skills-based workshops.

The course covers lots of exciting techniques and skills and allows students to look at the work of a wide range of artists.

 

Component 2 –Externally Set Assignment (40%)

Students will produce a practical outcome with a set preparatory time.

Starting points for the externally set task are set by the AQA exam board – students choose their theme from the paper. They can work to their strengths and interests, using the experience of their portfolio to help them choose the techniques, styles and ideas that they are most confident with.

 

What exam board do we follow?

AQA Art and Design

How are students assessed?

Coursework (60%)

Controlled exam (40%)

How can parents best support their child?

Discussing classwork and homework.

Visits to galleries both locally and nationally are always encouraged.

Key Stage 5

What do students study and in what order?

ART AND DESIGN

(FINE ART)

Additional qualifications required:

GCSE grade 4+ or C+ in Art is desirable.

Fine Art

Fine art is a creative subject where you can experiment with drawing, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking, video, animation and photography.

Course Content

This course requires students to respond to a range of themes starting with ‘identity’; they will use a broad range of 2D and 3D media. Students will be encouraged to engage intellectually and imaginatively as they study the work of other artists and develop greater depth and skill in the creation of their own pieces.

GCSE Art and Design is useful but not essential.

Photography

In Photography students will produce practical and contextual work in areas or portraiture, landscape, still life, documentary, photo-journalism, fashion photography, experimental imagery, photographic installation, video and animation.

Course Content

Photography is a practical course where students will focus on at least two of the following areas of study:

• Camera skills: applied skills, responding to the work of other photographers; a personal interpretation of a given theme such as portraiture, still life, macro or landscape.

• Practical personal investigation.

• Assignment briefs – students will learn to develop their own ideas and skills.

• The use of ‘Lightroom’ and ‘Photoshop’.

 

What exam board do we follow?

AQA Art and Design

How are students assessed?

The two year course is assessed by a combination of practical portfolio work and examinations.

Component 1: A personal investigation which includes a 1000 – 3000 word written element (60%).

Component 2: Externally set assignment – preparatory period concluding with a supervised 15 hour timed practical assessment (40%).

How can parents best support their child?

At A Level although students are encouraged to be independent, they are also asked to keep up to date with deadlines.

Photographs out of school to use in each project are also encouraged.

Visits to galleries both locally and nationally are always encouraged.

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