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Learning Director
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Faculty Introduction:

Art students follow a broad skills and experience based curriculum; following both traditional and new media approaches to creating visual imagery.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

In year 7 students follow a fluid curriculum that adapts to learner’s prior knowledge and skills in art. Topics include:

  • 3D Modelling
  • Painting and Drawing
  • Ceramics
  • Print making

All topics include an art history element where students investigate the techniques and methodology of both historical and contemporary artists.

Assessment:

Students work in large sketchbooks and often create ambitious large scale conclusion to their work. Sketchbooks are formatively assessed as the work progresses and feedback is recorded on individual assessment sheets, depending on the particular focus of the topic.

Homework:

In order to ensure the highest standards of artwork, very often homework is set to complement artist research and investigations, encouraging learners to be independent in their creative understanding.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

Throughout KS3 art, all students have the opportunity to participate on a range of trips and visits that are designed to complement and enhance their understanding of the wider context of art.


Faculty Introduction:

Art students follow a broad skills and experience based curriculum; following both traditional and new media approaches to creating visual imagery.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

In year 8 students build upon success from year 7 and further refine their understanding following topics that include:

  • Pop Art extended painting and drawing and printmaking.
  • Extended ceramics project inspired by Picasso.
  • Participant recording looking at the work of OPIE and contemporary portrait artists.

Assessment:

Students work in large sketchbooks and often create ambitious large scale conclusion to their work. Sketchbooks are formatively assessed as the work progresses and feedback is recorded on individual assessment sheets, depending on the particular focus of the topic.

Homework:

In order to ensure the highest standards of artwork, very often homework is set to complement artist research and investigations, encouraging learners to be independent in their creative understanding.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

Throughout KS3 art, all students have the opportunity to participate on a range of trips and visits that are designed to complement and enhance their understanding of the wider context of art.


Faculty Introduction:

Art students follow a broad skills and experience based curriculum; following both traditional and new media approaches to creating visual imagery.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

The Y9 curriculum is used as the foundation to our range of GCSE Art Courses. Work created by students includes focus on recording through drawing and photography, an extended 3D modelling project using the work of the Boyle Family as inspiration, along with print making and painting

Assessment:

Students work in large sketchbooks and often create ambitious large scale conclusion to their work. Sketchbooks are formatively assessed as the work progresses and feedback is recorded on individual assessment sheets, depending on the particular focus of the topic.

Homework:

In order to ensure the highest standards of artwork, very often homework is set to complement artist research and investigations, encouraging learners to be independent in their creative understanding.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

Throughout KS3 art, all students have the opportunity to participate on a range of trips and visits that are designed to complement and enhance their understanding of the wider context of art.


Faculty Introduction:

During Years 10 and 11 students produce two pieces of coursework. We teach our students in mixed ability groups. Each coursework unit involves students in research, observational work, art historical studies and development of ideas as they experience various new techniques and approaches to produce major pieces of work. During the coursework units students are given weekly tutorials where quality and quantity is monitored and planning for the next week's work is agreed. It is vital that students bring their work to school each week if our tutorial system is to work to their advantage. We offer individual attention and students are expected to make the most of this opportunity.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

We want this course to be an inspiring and creative GCSE that will encourage you to consider a wider range of approaches to expressing your artistic sensitivity. To that end, the course covers a range of activities and in-depth assignments to support you in your individual artistic journey. You will have the opportunity to experiment with different artistic disciplines and techniques to include painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. The main aim of the course is to develop your visual language skills and for you to build a comprehensive portfolio of work to progress to further courses or employment.

Assessment:

As part of the course students should develop skills in a range of areas including drawing; painting; printmaking and mixed media. They will be expected to produce 2 complete units throughout the course. It is essential that students investigate the work of a variety of artists and can demonstrate both in their planning and final pieces, how this and other research has informed their study. All coursework will need to be complete by the time the exam paper is issued in February of year 11.

Assessment: Coursework portfolio 60%; Controlled assessment 40%.

Homework:

Art and Design homework is on going, it is set to augment and compliment artist research and completion of practical activities. It is also used to encourage the learners to be independent in their creative understanding.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

The art department offers a wealth of curriculum enrichment with educational visits to leading Galleries and exhibitions which incluse the Royal Academy, National and Tate Gallery as well as educational visits and location photo shoot opportunities’ such as the Royal botanical Gardens at Kew ,and the Oxford University Museum and Pitt Rivers ethnographic collection to name but a few.


Faculty Introduction:

During Years 10 and 11 students produce two pieces of coursework. We teach our students in mixed ability groups. Each coursework unit involves students in research, observational work, art historical studies and development of ideas as they experience various new techniques and approaches to produce major pieces of work. During the coursework units students are given weekly tutorials where quality and quantity is monitored and planning for the next week's work is agreed. It is vital that students bring their work to school each week if our tutorial system is to work to their advantage. We offer individual attention and students are expected to make the most of this opportunity

Topics / Modules to be covered:

We want this course to be an inspiring and creative GCSE that will encourage you to consider a wider range of approaches to expressing your photographic sensitivity. To that end, the course covers a range of activities and in-depth assignments to support you in your individual creative photographic development. You will have the opportunity to experiment with different cameras, editing software and possibly traditional darkroom methods. The main aim of the course is to develop your visual language skills and for you to build a comprehensive portfolio of work to progress to further courses or employment.

Assessment:

Your practical outcomes, supported by your photographer investigations will be presented in a sketchbook which documents and records your creative photographic journey from start to finish. This is known as the ‘coursework portfolio’. You are expected to select and present your best work, (supported by your teachers), as a single body of work.Upon completion of the coursework portfolio, you then prepare for the ‘controlled assignment’, (exam), which is externally set by the exam board. You will have access to the exam paper prior to the exam to enable you to create your own response and preparatory work before you sit the 10 hour exam , split over 2 days.

Assessment: Coursework Portfolio 60%; Controlled Assignment 40%.

Homework:

Photography homework is on going, it is set to augment and compliment artist research and completion of practical activities. It is also used to encourage the learners to be independent in their creative understanding.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

The art department offers a wealth of curriculum enrichment with educational visits to leading Galleries and exhibitions which include the Royal Academy, National and Tate Gallery as well as educational visits and location photo shoot opportunities’ such as the Royal botanical Gardens at Kew ,and the Oxford University Museum and Pitt Rivers ethnographic collection to name but a few.


Faculty Introduction:

This specification gives candidates a rounded exposure to different aspects of fine art, allowing them to display their abilities in a variety of artistic disciplines and demonstrate their understanding of these contexts.

You will be introduced to a variety of experiences involving a range of media, processes and techniques. You will explore images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. You will explore drawing using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. You will work in one or more areas of Fine Art, such as painting, drawing and mixed media, including collage and assemblage. You may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

You will produce a portfolio of work from starting points, topics or themes determined by Kingsthorpe College. At AS level the coursework focus is on including work that shows exploration, research, acquisition of techniques and skills. At A2 Level you will produce Personal Investigation. You will submit one major project which has a personal significance. The investigation includes a related personal study that must be between 1000-3000 words.

Assessment:

Coursework units are internally set and externally moderated. Examined units are externally set through an early release exam paper, internally marked and externally moderated. Candidates who follow the endorsed route must pursue the same endorsement at both AS and A2. With 60%weighting of coursework portfolio at AS or Personal Study atA2, with a 40% weighting for the externally set assignment which is 5 hours at AS and 15 hours at A2.

Homework:

Art and Design homework is on going, it is set to augment and compliment artist research and completion of practical activities. It is also used to encourage the learners to be independent in their creative understanding.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

The art department offers a wealth of curriculum enrichment with educational visits to leading Galleries and exhibitions which include the Royal Academy, National and Tate Gallery as well as educational visits and location photo shoot opportunities’ such as the Royal botanical Gardens at Kew ,and the Oxford University Museum and Pitt Rivers ethnographic collection to name but a few.


Faculty Introduction:

The course involves practical photographic work covering topics such as portraiture, landscape, still-life, documentary, and experimental imagery. The course is based upon digital technology and uses professional digital imaging software. The appreciation and study of the work of artists and photographers is covered throughout the course. You will learn how to make effective use of a camera according to circumstances and intentions and how to compose and refine photographic images, both using a camera and through sensitive manipulation on the computer. The ability to undertake photographic assignments regularly out of College during daylight hours (usually at the weekends) is essential.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

You will produce a portfolio of work from starting points, topics or themes determined by Kingsthorpe College. At AS level the coursework focus is on including work that shows exploration, research, acquisition of techniques and skills. At A2 Level you will produce Personal Investigation. You will submit one major project which has a personal significance. The investigation includes a related personal study that must be between 1000-3000 words.

Assessment:

Coursework units are internally set and externally moderated. Examined units are externally set through an early release exam paper, internally marked and externally moderated. Candidates who follow the endorsed route must pursue the same endorsement at both AS and A2. With 60%weighting of coursework portfolio at AS or Personal Study atA2, with a 40% weighting for the externally set assignment which is 5 hours at AS and 15 hours at A2.

Homework:

Photography homework is on going, it is set to augment and compliment artist research and completion of practical activities. It is also used to encourage the learners to be independent In their creative understanding.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

The art department offers a wealth of curriculum enrichment with educational visits to leading Galleries and exhibitions which include the Royal Academy, National and Tate Gallery as well as educational visits and location photo shoot opportunities’ such as the Royal botanical Gardens at Kew ,and the Oxford University Museum and Pitt Rivers ethnographic collection to name but a few.

Last updated: 12 Jul 2017