Art & Design
Staff - Mr S R Falvey
“To give life to the work of Art is certainly one of the most necessary tasks of the true artist. Everything must serve this end: form, colour, surface. The artist’s impression is the life-giving factor”
Key stage 3
The general aim at this level is to acquaint and familiarise pupils with the varied media that the students are likely to use in the course of their artistic development. At key stage 3 there will be exploration and the basic understanding of perspective, colour theory and use, 3-D and 2-D forms and approaches, textures and pattern and light and shade. There will be a strong emphasis upon the teaching of basic drawing skills in the first term of each year.
The student will also be encouraged at this stage to become more responsible for the development of their own work through simple criticism, class and group discussion of work and an awareness of the availability of information through research, obtaining and collecting materials for work from home etc.
Homework Policy at Key Stage 3
Homework is set at Key Stage 3 once a week and pupils are given the whole week to complete the task. The tasks reflect the importance the Art Dept. puts on improving drawing standards as well as increasing understanding of other artists’ work. Occasionally a longer time is given to complete a task if a more challenging assignment is given.
Monitoring Progress at Key Stage 3
The Dept.has over the years been developing a means of assessing pupils’ progression in Art and Design through self assessment sheets and end of term assessment grades. Students involved in art, craft and design are constantly assessing, evaluating and making judgements about their work, as a result of which they may decide to make modifications and refinements.
The Art and Design assessment policy has been devised to incorporate the National Attainment targets at key stage 3:
1. Exploring and developing ideas
2. Investigating and making
3. Evaluating and developing ideas
Key Stage 4 Art and Design GCSE
At Key Stage 4 the students should find the course to be a natural progression from their Key Stage 3 studies. However the student is expected to be more independent in their use of different media, approaches and techniques. At the end of the two year course the students are expected to produce a portfolio of work which shows evidence of more than one project. The externally set task involves 10 hours of sustained focused study in which the students produce a personal outcome in response to their chosen starting point.
Assessment and Target setting at Key Stage 4
Using what they have learned from their practical investigations, the students explore ways of developing their own personal responses. Each individual student’s work is monitored and guidance provided where necessary. The balance is maintained between teacher guidance and the student’s own independent work. Regular assessment of work is carried out throughout the year and targets are set for each student.
GCSE Art and Design at a glance
Unit 1 : Portfolio of Work
Controlled Assessment- set and marked by centre and moderated by AQA.
80 marks – 60%
Candidates portfolio selected from work undertaken during course of study and must include more than one project
Unit 2 : Externally Set Task
Question papers issued from 1 January
Marked by centre and moderated by AQA.
80 marks – 40%
One month preparation time
10 hours of sustained focused study over 2 days
Candidates respond to their chosen starting point