Art is studied by all pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9, when they undertake two lessons a week.
In our rapidly changing world Art and Design has an important role to play in helping pupils to understand the world around them both practically and visually.

The aims of the Art courses at all Key Stages are:

  • Encourage pupils to enjoy Art
  • Develop pupil's practical skills by exploring a whole range of materials and techniques
  • Explore the relationship between artists and their work through knowledge and understanding of art history movements
  • Encourage pupils to engage in the use of sketchbooks in planning and developing ideas
  • Make pupils aware that Art and Design influences everyone
The Art Department at North Leamington is a highly experienced one and we thrive on high-quality teaching, learning and assessment so that pupils are able to enjoy the subject and to value its importance.

At keystage 4 students will study GCSE Fine Art AQA exam board. Projects are wide ranging and we encourage students to investigate topics they enjoy and materials appropriate to their intentions.
 
At AS Fine Art students study the AQA Exam Board Specification and explore the starting point “Structures”. They can interpret this in any way and can explore a wide variety of painting, drawing and mixed materials. Students will spend the year experimenting and exploring ideas and create a final piece ready for the Annual exhibition in July.
 
Those students who continue to on the A2 Fine Art one year course, will start with a 3000 word essay. This is research for the personal investigation or Art coursework to be completed until February. A exam paper will then follow and students will prepare for the exam in April/May. Our students will work hard to create recordings, explore ideas and material and present final pieces ready for the annual exhibition in July. 
 
 
  

 

Performance Faculty Subjects

 



 

Year 7-8 Curriculum and Assessment

      Key stage 3 Art aims to introduce students to a variety of techniques and skills in order to demonstrate the wide range of materials and approaches to Art that is available to them. We begin year 7 and year 8 working on basic skills in order to improve skills, understanding and build confidence with drawing, painting and colour. We move on to analyse and take influence from a variety of Artists and use these to experiment and explore with mixed media and more creative and personal artwork as the year develops. The final projects for both year 7 and 8 students have been developed to explore 3D and photography using a similar format in order to build basic skills, investigate Artists and Photographers, and then using these to be more creative and experimental with their outcomes. 

      Assessment is a combination of the FAR marking process and verbal feedback during lessons including peer and self-assessment. The assessment language that we have developed is intended to introduce the students to key terms and phrases that are used to assess GCSE work so that they are aware of the kinds of skills that they need to be working with if they continue to pursue the subject into Key stage 4. 

 

     Year 9-11 Curriculum and Assessment

 

      Examination board: AQA; specification code 4202

 

      Over the 3 year GCSE course, students are required to submit a portfolio of coursework that will contribute 60% toward their final grade. They will also be required to produce an examination project that contributes 40% toward their final grade.

Year 9

  • Portrait project
  • Personal project 

Year 10

  • Experimental project
  • Extended project 

Year 11

  • Mock project
  • Externally assessed (examination) project

     

      Year 9 students begin their year with a portrait project in order to build their skills in this area and develop an understanding of the GCSE required process of generating work that shows accurate drawing skills and then develops Artist analysis and experimental techniques through to a personal and creative outcome.

 

      The second project year 9 will be required to complete will provide a much more flexible approach the extended project format that GCSE requires students to work through, they will select a theme and develop their skills through the GCSE objectives in order to demonstrate skills in research, analysis, generating ideas, exploring techniques and materials, experimenting with a variety of media and developing ideas through to a final outcome.

 

      Assessment is based on 4 objectives equally covering the above mentioned skills, with each objective requiring a mark out of 24, giving the students the opportunity to achieve a maximum of 96.

      The programme of learning for year 10 and 11 students builds and extends the skills and processes that introduced in year 9. As they begin year 10 students work on a short experimental project that is intended to introduce them to the experimental approach to work that is often challenging for students to embrace. They produce work in response to a variety of Artists using techniques and materials that are unfamiliar to them and require planning and thought in order to produce a successful outcome.

      Following on from this students then begin to work on an extended project in response to a chosen theme in which they are encouraged to pursue and develop personal areas of strength an interest, responding to the 4 Assessment Objectives demonstrating skills in research, analysis, generating ideas, exploring techniques and materials, experimenting with a variety of media and developing ideas through to a final outcome.

      Assessment is based on 4 objectives equally covering the above mentioned skills, with each objective requiring a mark out of 24, giving the students the opportunity to achieve a maximum of 96.

 

Post 16 Curriculum Fine Art

 

       Examination board: AQA; specification code: 7202

 

       Over the 2 year course, students are required to submit a portfolio of coursework that will contribute 60% toward their final grade. They will also be required to produce an examination project that contributes 40% toward their final grade.

 

Year 12

  • Extended project: Structures
  • Progressional exam 

Year 13

  • Personal Study including supporting Essay of 1000-3000 words
  • Externally assessed project (examination)

 

The Art course in year 12 aims to build practical skills and confidence with a variety of media and experimental techniques in order to equip students to embark on an extended project in response to the theme ‘Structures’. Students are encouraged to try out new and unfamiliar techniques and materials in response to artist research conducted in response to their chosen theme. This will develop through to a final piece covering 4 assessment objectives; research and ideas, exploration and refinement, recording observations and realising intentions and outcomes. Students will also be asked to analyse and evaluate their own work and others in preparation for their extended project.

 

The progressional examination will take place at the end of the year when students will be required to produce a series of works in a limited amount of time in order to familiarise them with the examination process.

 

The personal study will begin at the end of year 12 as students prepare for year 13. They will be required to produce a personal and extended project demonstrating skills with chosen media and processes and development of a theme based on any topic they wish. They will also be required to produce a supporting essay of 1000-3000 words.

 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

 

Thursday after school: Stretch and challenge opportunities and Art and Photography support focussing on GCSE and A Level Artists.

       Friday Lunchtime: Art club for all key stages with students working in collaboration to offer support and develop skills. Focus on Key stage 3 Artists.

 

 

GCSE Art Textiles (Eduqas)

 

Year 9

 

Students follow a scheme of learning that aims to develop their practical and technical skills through a range of mini projects to develop their knowledge and understanding for the completion of the GCSE. 

Year 9 Art Textiles assessment 

In Year 9 the assessment framework is based on the following: 

§ Developing ideas. 

§ Refine work by exploring and experimenting with ideas. 

§ Recording ideas 

§ Presenting a personal and meaningful work

 

Year 10 and 11 

60% Portfolio work and 40% practical exam 

The Art Textiles GCSE has two components. Component one comprises a major practical portfolio and outcome/s to be based on internally set themes and subject matter developed from personal and/or given starting points. This component will be internally set, internally assessed and externally moderated. Work will be selected, evaluated and presented for assessment by the student. Evidence is required of how the student has met each of the assessment objectives. 

Component Two has two parts; 

Part 1: Preparatory study period 

An externally set assignment will be set by the exam board and will consist of assignments based on themes, visual stimuli and written briefs, which are to be presented to the student at the start of the preparatory study period. One of the assignments is to be selected by the student and used as a starting point from which to elicit a personal, creative response. 

Part 2: 10 hour focused work. 

The resolution of the student’s ideas from the preparatory work must be completed during the designated 10 hours of sustained focus work. The period of sustained focus work will be completed under supervised conditions. Work will be selected, evaluated and presented for assessment by the student. 

The Externally Set Assignment will be set by the exam board, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated.

 

Year 10 and 11 assessment 

In Year 10 and 11 the assessment framework is based on the following: 

Assessment Objective 1 - Developing ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources. 

Assessment Objective 2 - Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes. 

Assessment Objective 2 - Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses. 

Assessment Objective 4 - Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities 

Art Textiles Support Tuesdays after school our Year 11 students are welcome to work with the staff to further develop their evidence for the attainment of their GCSE. Department staff are available until 4.45pm.

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