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Art and Design


Students follow a programme of study which builds upon key skills and concepts and formal elements to enable them to progress and prepare them for further study at Key Stage 4 and 5. Students are taught how to record from first-hand sources and other sources. They work in a range of 2D and 3D techniques and painting; The work; builds on and expands skills each year which is aimed to challenge the students and develop confidence and proficiency.

Demonstrations and the use of exemplary material are used to inspire and inform students. The projects are linked to the investigation and analysis of the work of artists, designers, and craftspeople. There are high expectations on the quality of work produced whether it is expressive or descriptive and the work of students is displayed extensively around the department and school.

Year 7 

Term 1

Baseline assessment. An observational study of a perfume bottle • Landscape project Paint a colour wheel and learn about colour theory Learn how to draw landscapes using perspective Developing painting and pencil crayon skills Analysing and evaluating Landscape artists work

Term 2

Pineapple project. Developing observational drawing skills Researching cultural patterns Developing design skills Learning how to press print using different repeat patterns

Term 3

Ceramic Bird project. Developing ceramic skills - thump pot and slabbing technique Exploring surface pattern, frottage and texture Learning pen, wax and watercolour techniques Researching ceramic and 3d bird artists / designers

Year 8 

Term 1 Portrait Project Learning to draw a face using accurate proportion and shape Developing drawing and tonal skills Analysing and evaluating Portrait artists work Learning how to identify and refine their work
Term 2 Animal project Learning to draw animals using shape and form Exploring marking making, texture and line Developing oil pastel, chalk, pen and charcoal skills Researching animal artists work
Term 3 Figure project Learning to draw figures in proportion Researching figure sculptures Group work designing /making a figure that reflects a theme Developing 3d skills using wire, modroc, papier mache and clay



OCR GCSE ART AND DESIGN                                                   



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Course Content 

The Art and Design course is aimed at students who enjoy Art and want to explore ideas to improve their skills within the subject.  The course is made up of a variety of skills, techniques, and processes.  Students’ skills will be developed through the start of the course, building up a bank of skills during year 9. This will then lead to portfolio projects in year 10, where students will be able to demonstrate their skills in Art and Design.  In year 11 students will prepare for the art examination, which will be taken near the end of the spring term.

Skills and techniques that students will explore include printmaking, ceramics, drawing, painting, mixed media work and 3D work.  Embedded in all of these skills are the links to contextual references and different cultures; work can also be influenced by students’ own interests.  A key skill that is developed is learning to look at the world differently and finding alternative ways to reach conclusions about a piece of work.

Assessment Details

Students will be assessed in two ways for the final GCSE grade.  The first is via a portfolio project.  Students will build a body of work based on a theme of their choice. This will then result in a full portfolio of work that is assessed by the teacher and then externally moderated.

The second form of assessment is via an externally set examination task.  Students will be given an examination paper by the examination board and have to prepare for it during the spring term of year 11.  They will then complete their final piece under examination conditions.


Why Study this Course? 

Students should consider Art and Design if they are considering any career in the creative industry.  These include, but are not limited to illustration, graphic design, theatre design, film production, architecture, magazine publishing, book publishing, journalism, product design, animation, interior design and fine art.

Art is also a course that encourages students to think in different ways – often making them more able to deal with different situations in a more creative way and is, therefore a highly suitable course for most career paths.