Art & Design
Art & Design Core Knowledge
ART AND DESIGN
Key Stage 3
In art, craft and design, students explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art, craft and design, students reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.
Key Stage 4
Fine Art GCSE
The GCSE Edexcel fine art specification is presented as a means of developing a broad understanding of all aspects of fine art practice from painting, printmaking and mixed media to installation and digital media. Emphasis is placed on individual research and independent investigation into the creative processes and procedures by which artwork is produced including: mind mapping and preparatory drawings; research into the work of other artists; reviewing and refining ideas; and producing accomplished final pieces. Students use sketchbooks to record ideas and present their work as it progresses through the course and are given the opportunity to display an exhibition of their larger pieces at the end of the one year course, in June.
The GCSE Edexcel graphic communication specification is delivered by the art and design department and is offered as a commercially orientated alternative to the fine art course. Students are given the opportunity to respond to a variety of client-based briefs and encouraged to find solutions using a variety of media including drawing, collage, digital photography and desktop publishing. Students will use industry standard software on this course including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
As with fine art, graphic communication students use work journals to record ideas and present work. They also display an exhibition of design solutions at the end of the one-year course in June.
The GCSE Edexcel textiles specification is delivered by the art and design department and provides a versatile practice that involves the creation, selection, manipulation and application of a range of materials and techniques. Students will explore and combine characteristics of materials to develop original outcomes using dyed and printed fabrics; and stitched and/or embellished textiles. Emphasis is placed on individual research and independent investigation into the creative processes and procedures by which artwork is produced including: mind mapping and preparatory drawings; research into the work of other artists; reviewing and refining ideas; and producing accomplished textile final pieces. Students use sketchbooks to record and present their ideas, and will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the end of the one-year course in June.