Art & Design and Photography

Art & Design at Gaynes school aims to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As students progress, they begin to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. Students also learn how art and design both reflects and shapes our history and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Success and Achievement

The Art department has high expectations of all students and we have created a strong and balanced curriculum to meet their needs. Students have a high success rate, with exam results having exceeded the National average for the last 12 years.

Success and achievement are valued and celebrated within the department and we proudly display our student’s work around the school. This consists of art work from clubs and competitions and from our Key Stage 3 & 4 Art & Design and GCSE Photography curriculum. At their time at Gaynes all students have the opportunity to see their work on display, which we believe builds confidence and self worth.

Extra- curricular opportunities

The department offers a range of school clubs and competitions. Ks3 Art club and Homework support take place every week and all students are welcome. At GCSE, intervention is available after school with the Head of Department. We run an open door policy where students have access to the Art rooms at lunch and after school to develop their portfolio and to find a friendly place to work.

We regularly take part in local and school competitions. Recently we have started a whole School Photography Competition which has proved very popular and produced some very successful outcomes. Well done to Holli Morris who won the exhibition this year (2018) with ‘Identity Theft’.

KS3 Art

All students at Ks3 have 1 hour of art lessons a week. They explore a range of different media, including painting & drawing, printmaking and sculpture and study different artists and movements to help influence and inspire their work. Homework projects are set each term and form an integral part of the course of study.

Year 7
In year 7 students begin with learning about the visual elements of colour, tone, texture, line, shape and pattern. Students arrive at Secondary school with a range of knowledge, very much dependent on their experiences at Primary school. We ensure that our curriculum enables all students to develop the fundamental basic knowledge, skills and techniques to progress with confidence and ease.

Students learn how to research and investigate, how to record ideas and information through drawing, annotation and analysis. Students evaluate and assess their own and others work, working individually and in groups. They learn how to refine and develop their work and ideas and make informed decisions as to how their work progresses.

Year 8

In year 8 students continue to develop and refine their skills and techniques, building upon and following on from work in year 7. All projects are designed to extend and enrich student’s knowledge and understanding, as well as giving more opportunity for independent and personal study.

Year 9

In year 9 students begin to consolidate their knowledge, skills and understanding of Art & Design. They work increasingly independently and begin to hone their skills in preparation for standards required at GCSE.

KS4 GCSE Art & Design and Photography

“Creative activity is essential for the future well-being of society and the economy. It can unlock the potential of individuals and communities to solve personal, local and global problems. Creativity can be an individual or collaborative activity. By engaging in creative activities, young people can develop the capacity to influence and shape their own lives and wider society. Everyone has the potential for creative activity and it can have a positive impact on self-esteem and overall achievement.”

At Gaynes school we follow the AQA GCSE Art & Design and Photography course. This consists of:      

Coursework – 60%             Exam – 40%

Assessment objectives

AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources

AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media materials, techniques and processes

AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses

AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language

Year 10

Art & Design and Photography students begin their GCSE course by developing their foundation skills and techniques and widening their knowledge and understanding. This means that the nature of the course is more directed with students completing set tasks and activities. However, as the course progresses, students are encouraged to develop their own ideas and work becomes increasingly independent and tailored to students own interests and abilities. We aim for students to be able to have the confidence to direct their own course of study by term 3, which results in a sustained and final outcome, similar to the structure of the GCSE exam.

Year 11

Art & Design and Photography students start Year 11 with a mock exam. They are given the opportunity to select their own project title from a range of previous GCSE questions. We believe this prepares students well for their GCSE exam in January, so that they can enter the exam period with confidence. Students work independently to research and investigate their own course of study before refining and developing their ideas culminating in a sustained final outcome.

From January students start their GCSE exam preparatory period with the 10 hour exam taking place in April.