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Art and Design

Art Staff
Miss J Taylor (Head of Team) jtaylor@conyers.org.uk
Mrs Ruth Allardice rallardice@conyers.org.uk
Mrs M Blades mblades@conyers.org.uk

Please select the links below to view further information about the department. The assessment programme explains how and what the students will be assessed on along with information on how to prepare.

  • Key Stage 4
  • A Level Art and Design
  • Year 10 Assessment
  • Year 11 Assessment

GCSE Art

Introduction

Art and Design is primarily concerned with the visual and tactile modes of expression through drawing and painting.  It offers a unique vehicle for self-expression, encouraging the ability to observe, select and interpret with imagination, feeling and understanding through self-developed sketchbook work.  This is a broadly based course covering Drawing and Painting, Textiles, Three Dimensional Studies, Mixed Media, Sculpture, ICT/Photoshop, Printmaking and Digital Photography.  Students will require an art pack which is purchased through school.

The lesson time develops workshops to show students new methods and techniques and give them support. Staff hold regular tutorials to help students personally develop their work to enable achievement. Homework is often set regularly and is essential for coursework (twice a week or half an hour per night) to show observational skills or to develop research linking with the theme.

Skills

Students will develop confidence to experiment with new materials and ideas in an inventive way, to acquire the desired result through layering materials.  They will gain the ability to observe and record from direct observation, relate to personal experiences, look at the environment and objects of relevance to set projects/themes.  Students will achieve awareness and appreciation of relationships between Art and Design within the historical, social and environmental context within their own work.

Course structure

Students develop individual work, looking at :

Thematic work – students have opportunities to research and develop their ideas, making reference to artists before bringing work to a conclusion in the form of a final piece.

Cultural and natural forms (material based) – exploring practical materials.  Investigating processes and techniques supported by reference to work of other artists.

Critical and contextual – respond through drawings and other visuals to the work of past or contemporary artists.  Showing understanding and the importance of context in the development of work through bringing in artistic styles within your own ideas.

In addition, the key features of the course are :

Visits – gallery visit and pizza night in Newcastle, Creative Arts weekend in London, working with an artist

Examination preparation – February

Exhibition – final showing portfolio of work in June of Year 11

Assessment

Continuous target setting in sketchbooks, through verbal feedback and individual tutorials.

Projects handed in on a termly basis for marking; students will have deadline dates to meet.

Assessment of coursework on GCSE criteria checklists 60% including 4 assessment objectives and evidence of a 42 hour portfolio showing a range of work and research.

Edexcel Syllabus Terminal Examination 40% held in May – 2 days/10 hours.

Exam Board: Edexcel

What is Art and Design?

Art and Design allows students to extend their development of creative thinking and problem solving skills in art media as well as using the traditional approaches of fine art and design techniques in a two year course.

Young British artists and designers are at the forefront of the world’s creative industries and are constantly creating new ideas that are challenging, individual and expressive. Your work and skills will develop and also the way in which you discuss and develop ideas. Creative & Cultural Skills include;

  • Being able to focus on clients, customers, audiences and participants
  • Ability to communicate and express ideas, selling the vision and reflecting on your practice
  • Central importance of creativity for business success representing conceptual design and ideas.

Why study it?

Using inspiring themes, you will be able to develop your own ideas with the only limit being your imagination. Throughout the course you will create an exciting portfolio of work using a variety of different media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, photography and ICT. Yet perhaps more valuable than anything, you will enjoy opportunities to develop independence of mind, explore your own ideas, refine your skills and produce personal outcomes, as well as discussing them through critiques and tutorials.

You will look at the ways other artists and designers have worked and use this understanding to enhance your own artwork through exploring their practices. Drawing from observation is an essential part of the course which supports development of your ideas. You will also learn various ways of presenting your work for display and portfolio. Doing this A level will enable points for any university course and isn’t just for art degree students, as you will show a creative skillset.

The structure of the course

Year 12 course & module description

Foundation

Developing a series of themes through recording, experimentation and researching artists. We run two termly projects using small sketchbooks and start investigations by going out of school to gather photographs and resources and developing different techniques, 3D, oil painting skills, textiles and digital photography.

Then you will specialise an area you want to develop and develop some final pieces. For example, environment, collections, and making a series of pieces out of media you have investigated. You will be visiting local galleries and incorporating artist research. Certain coursework pieces are selected and used to achieve A2 grade.

Component 3—Coursework sketchbook research and essay

You will specialise at Easter producing your own project based on a theme and using material and techniques you want to develop and refer to artist methods and techniques. This will continue through the summer holidays.

Year 13 course & module description

Component 3—Coursework sketchbook, essay and final pieces

Component 3 is continuing coursework worth 60%, 40% art work and 20% essay. This involves contextual study developing investigations using artists to influence your work. You will study artists through history and produce a research essay of 2000 words.

You will use your sketchbook research and create final responses to your research through working on a larger scale for your exhibition of work.

Component 4—Externally set exam

Students are given a theme based exam paper from the exam board. They will prepare for this through investigating the theme through exploration and workshops. The examination is worth 40% of the grade and is 15 hours. Work will be assessed from an exhibition.

What next?

Studying A-Level Art & Design can be extremely valuable if you wish to pursue a career as the following:

  • Art therapist
  • Community arts worker
  • Fashion designer
  • Fine artist
  • Graphic designer
  • Game designer
  • Web designer
  • Illustrator
  • Printmaker
  • Textile designer
  • Architect
  • Art teacher
  • Art historian
  • Lecturer
  • Set designer
  • Photographer
  • Media photographer
  • Theatre set design

A level art can also help achieve grades for university courses and a future in art. The art department is very successful and will help you achieve your potential for your future career. If you have any further questions regarding Art & Design, please feel free to contact us on the details as shown below.

Year 10 Assessment

Term 1

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Coursework unit 1: Culture

 

 

 

Developing knowledge of different cultures and traditions from different countries through art workshops. Developing methods and techniques within a personalised sketchbook.

India, Africa, Japan, China and Australia.

 

September India

To mark summer work in sketch books, standardise with class and set GCSE targets through mentoring weekly.

Homework

Students will be working into sketch-books through finalising work, re-searching and presenting on a weekly basis.

October start Aboriginal

Interim deadline to grade and check books. To show good examples in lessons to show the standard and to set targets.

October start Oriental

Homework

Students will be working into sketch-books through finalising work, re-searching and presenting on a weekly basis.

December

Culture interim sketchbook deadline. To get organised for deadline. Teacher tutorials in class and target sheets filled in.

Tutorials in lessons to support students individually.

December set Xmas work and go through checklist of what is expected

Term 2

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Coursework unit 1: Culture Developing knowledge of different cultures and traditions from different countries through art workshops. Developing methods and techniques within a personalised sketchbook.

India, Africa, Japan, China and Australia.

January start Africa

Review catch up work with students and Xmas checklist

Homework

Students will be working into sketch-books through finalising work, researching and presenting on a weekly basis.

Checklist of all work for students to complete over half term to meet the deadline

February start final designs and development piece

Homework

Students will be working into sketch-books through finalising work, researching and presenting on a weekly basis.

Work through checklist during tutorials so students meet the coursework unit 1 deadline

Year 10 art gallery visit March.

To prepare and show work and go through what is required for books.

Students to present information from the visit into sketchbooks at home

Term 3

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Coursework unit 2: Natural forms Developing observational drawings and paintings through observing different qualities of natural form objects and to research artists methods and techniques to explore within own work. April start Natural forms

Exhibit Culture work in the gallery and mark work and books

Homework and classwork

During GCSE exam week to produce a mind map and title page and photo work. Do 9 studies from photographs using different materials.

April school exam week, 2 hour drawing and painting test of Natural forms

May parents evening, to go through feedback and how to improve using summer to achieve FFT.

Continue looking at artists to develop and set half term homework and provide a checklist for next term due to visits etc.

June continue Natural forms

Check progress, interim hand in to standardise and check and to discuss in tutorials.
Issue summer work and go through what is expected in September.

Year 11 Assessment

Term 1

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Coursework unit 2: Natural forms Developing observational drawings and paintings through observing different qualities of natural form objects and to research artists methods and techniques to explore within own work. September

Developing artist and ideas for a final piece
Students will be working on weekly deadlines which are individually set within lessons through tutorials.
CW interim deadline check and mark books through tutorials.
To re-mark unit 1 & 2 producing individual checklists and mark sheets. Assess and have tutorials with students from September add data to monitoring sheet.

October

start final pieces and take work home over half term.

October

NF interim sketchbook and Final piece deadline. To get students organised for CW deadline. Review work and assess-ment sheets in lesson. Working in pairs to review checklist and standards. Teacher target setting with students through tutorials in class.

December

CW dead-line.
Students to find 2 artists and to copy their work 2x A3 over the Xmas holidays

Term 2

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Exam unit

Theme based set by exam board

 

8 week preparation time, weekly checklists to complete and 2 day exam January Exam practice

Copying and sampling artists found over the Xmas holidays.

February issue exam paper and weekly help sheets.

Start weekly preparation using lesson and work at home

Inform parents straight away if students are falling behind. Check weekly sketchbooks and checklists.

February

Check students work, use Class and lunchtimes to support students.

Weekly checklists to students and tutorials to guide and support.

To enable students to pass the exam the preparation is compulsory and if not produced students cannot enter the exam room. This is a very stressful time and we have done our utmost to make the work manageable to support students and parents. Please stay in touch with any worries as the students feel the pressure and can be delicate at this point.

Term 3

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Exam unit

Theme based set by exam board

 

8 week preparation time, weekly checklists to complete and 2 day exam April

stretch paper onto boards and sketch out design ready for the exam.

GCSE exam

Student’s enter the exam at 8.30 am, find seat and set up their space getting equipment ready for the start.

Preparation sketchbook’s must be in the exam room from the start and must not leave the room.