Art + Photography

Aim of the subject

A high quality art and design education should inspire, engage and challenge students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.  As students progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.  They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of the world around us.  The department shares the view that art education should allow for flexibility, in terms of enhancing the subject knowledge and creativity of the students and teachers alike.

Courses/subjects on offer

At KS4 & 5 we offer:
GCSE Art and Design
GCSE Photography
GCE A Level Fine Art
GCE A Level Photography

Styles of teaching

Students will benefit from a variety of styles of teaching with four members of staff providing a range of expertise.

Progression routes

On completing their A2 course in either Art or Photography many of our students continue on to an art foundation diploma, or apply to study for a degree at university.

Key Stage 3

Students are offered a broad range of experiences working in both 2 and 3 dimensions. They are all informed that they are developing skills necessary for a GCSE in Art and Design and are graded accordingly to the new 1-9 system.

Year 7

In Year 7 we focus on developing skills in drawing, painting, ceramics, 3D work and critical analysis.  Students are timetabled two lessons a week which enables them to build on skills as well as developing critical awareness of artists and designers, both past and present.

Skills taught:

  • To use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas.
  • To use a range of techniques and media.
  • To increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials.
  • To analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen their knowledge and understanding.
  • To learn about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles, and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.

Year 8

In Year 8 we focus on developing skills in drawing, painting, ceramics, 3D work and critical analysis.  Students are timetabled two lessons a week which enables them to build on skills as well as developing critical awareness of artists and designers, both past and present.

Skills taught:

  • To use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas.
  • To use a range of techniques and media.
  • To increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials.
  • To analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen their knowledge and understanding.
  • To learn about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles, and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.

Year 9

In Year 9 we focus on developing basic skills in drawing, painting, ceramics, 3D work and critical analysis.   Students continue to build on these skills as well as developing critical awareness of artists and designers, both past and present.  At this stage Students are expected to display greater confidence and selectivity in their work, and be able to share subject specific vocabulary.

Skills Taught:

  • To use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas.
  • To use a range of techniques and media.
  • To increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials.
  • To analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen their knowledge and understanding.
  • To learn about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles, and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.

Key Stage 4

Students follow the AQA Art and Design, Fine Art Endorsement Syllabus for GCSE which allows them to select two or more units of coursework, showing evidence of working in both two and three dimensions. The framework for units of coursework at GCSE is thematic and broad in nature to allow staff to develop projects that will suit their groups.  Schemes of work are planned in detail, with the expectation that pupils will differentiate by outcome after the development stage of the project.  Students are not expected to be self-directed at this stage in their art education, but along with structured themes and tasks, pupils are also encouraged to develop as independent learners.

Year 10 is spent developing skills working on a range of projects to include in the coursework unit.  Students experience a mock exam during the autumn term in Year 11, and are issued with the final exam paper during the spring term. Coursework and Exam units are marked in accordance with the four assessment objectives in the AQA syllabus.  The Coursework Unit 1 is worth 60% and the Exam Unit 2 is worth 40% of the final grade.

Key Stage 5

Students follow the A level course for Fine Art and the A level AQA course for Photography.  Our approach to planning schemes of work is collaborative in nature, and follows general themes such as Natural Form, The Figure, Urban Structure etc.  Where possible, opportunities are sought to take students to galleries and other inspirational places to inform their creativity.  Students are given more individual guidance at this level to encourage independent development.

 

For further information please contact the Head of Department:
Jeff Lawton
jlawton@ilfracombeacademy.org.uk

 

Content Updated January 2017