Art & Design
Key Stage 3
In Year 7 students complete two units of work and each unit covers the following objectives – collecting relevant information from both primary and secondary sources; investigating the work of other artists to help them develop their own ideas; experimenting with materials in order to refine their techniques; completing and presenting a final piece of work.
Unit 1 – Aboriginal art project. In this project students learn about the formal elements; how to use research to help understand their work and the work of others; create artwork that uses the formal elements and produce a range of artwork that reflects the aboriginal style of art.
Unit 2- Insect project. Students complete observational drawings of insects using a variety of media and techniques. Working from their drawings and research they then produce 2D and 3D wire insects.
In Year 8 students complete two units of work and each unit covers the following objectives – collecting relevant information from both primary and secondary sources; investigating the work of other artists to help them develop their own ideas; experimenting with materials in order to refine their techniques; completing and presenting a final piece of work.
Unit 1 – Research the background to the Mexican Day of the Dead festival. Students develop a 3D skeleton character which they have designed taking ideas from their research.
Unit 2 – Research stencil printing and Andy Warhol’s prints of famous people. Students produce a set of stencil prints developed from an image of a current celebrity.
Yr7 Art – Learner Descriptors:
Yr8 Art – Learner Descriptors:
Key Stage 4
GCSE (Exam Board: AQA)
What do students study in lessons?
Students research the work of other artists, plan ideas for projects and aim to develop their own individual style. They use a variety of 2D and 3D materials and techniques such as drawing, painting, 3D construction and printing. They experiment with these techniques to find out what they are good at and to improve their skills.
Students complete 2 main coursework projects which are assessed in 4 main areas: developing imaginative ideas, experimenting with materials, collecting relevant information and producing a final piece. Coursework counts for 60% of the final mark. For the final examination students will be given a choice of themes and they have 10 weeks to plan their exam piece and to practise techniques. The exam takes place over 10 hours (2 school days) during which time students produce their final piece. Students can access help from the teacher during the research and planning but not during the exam. This counts for 40% of the final mark.
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Key Stage 5
AS (Exam Board: AQA)
What do students study in lessons?
Component 1: Coursework Portfolio
The aim of this unit is to lay the foundations for future developments. Students begin by building their knowledge and understanding in four key creative areas and their associated media and techniques. Students should be able to produce: personal, informed and meaningful responses that demonstrate critical understanding and an ability to make connections with the research they do. Students will produce a project outcome for each area and develop new skills that will help them approach component 2 with independence and creativity.
Component 2: Externally set assignment.
Students will be given a choice of themes set by the exam board, from which they will choose just one. Students will need to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired during the projects in component 1 to create a personal and original outcome.
This component includes 10 hours of controlled assessment in which a final piece is produced.
The work completed in component 2 should include: investigation of the theme; drawings and research; research into appropriate artists; development of ideas and a final piece.
A-level (Exam Board: AQA)
Component 1: Personal Investigation
This component is in two parts:
(i) A practical project in which you are expected to develop a personal investigation based on a theme, idea, issue related to Art and Design which will result in a finished piece.
(ii) A Personal Study of approximately 2000 words which is linked to and supports the chosen focus of study.
The two parts are assessed as a whole and work will include: initial drawings and photographs; critical and contextual material related to your theme; development of ideas; experiments with materials and techniques; finished piece(s) using at least two media; a written study of approx. 2000 words.
Component 2: Externally set assignment
Students will be given a choice of themes set by the exam board, from which they will choose just one. Students will need to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and a high level of technical skills and creativity when producing their personal and original outcome. This component includes 15 hours of controlled assessment in which the final piece is produced. The work should include: experiments with materials and techniques; drawings and investigations relevant to your idea; understanding of the work of appropriate artists; development of ideas and a final piece.