Art and Design - Fine Art

The art department is dedicated to ensure that we deliver exciting and engaging lessons that inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and create their own work and students are encouraged to work independently.

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Key Stage 3
The art course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE course in Key Stage 4. The KS3 programme covers knowledge and understanding by focussing on various types of art. We offer a broad curriculum giving students the opportunity to experience a wide range of media, materials and processes including 3D.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact:

Miss J Bottomley, Head of Expressive Arts

Key Stage 4
Edexcel GCSE Art and Design (9-1) in Fine Art and Photography

The curriculum is divided into the coursework unit (unit 1) which is 60% of the grade and the externally set assignment (unit 2) which is 40% of the grade. The syllabus consists of 4 assessment objectives:

AO1 is researching and ideas, where students find out what art they respond to and learn to make confident choices.

AO2 is about experimenting and taking risks. Students try out a wide range of media, materials and processes, including printmaking and photography. They are encouraged to find out what they actively enjoy working with as well as being able to try out materials and combinations that they have not yet encountered.

AO3 is the quality of the work, how it is recorded, kept and organised. Students learn how to sustain their investigation by reviewing what they have done and making appropriate changes. They can set themselves goals and challenges.

AO4 is the final work – the big finish. Students use work from the other assessment objectives to put everything they have learned into practice. There are no set ways of working and students are free to produce work that is personal, imaginative and exciting. Students reflect on what they have done.

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Miss J Bottomley

Enrichment Opportunities for Fine Art

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.

Key Stage 4
Edexcel GCSE Art and Design in Photography (9-1)

Students will explore Digital Photography and Photoshop and will explore personal themes. They will research contextual work from contemporary and historical sources. Presentation and visual communication skills will be developed and will experiment with photographic techniques and processes to realise creative intentions. Students will also develop a critical appreciation of the work of other photographers.
The assessment criteria is the same as Fine Art.

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Miss J Bottomley