Art and Photography

Course Description 

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.

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 students’ 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.

Our expectations

The Art & Design Department expects all students to try their best at all times. Dedication, focus and perseverance are essential skills for success. During lessons all students have a responsibility to look after their equipment and materials and must treat the art room and each other with respect. Homework is to be completed on time and detentions will be set accordingly.

2019-20 Curriculum Overview

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.

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.

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.

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.

   

Autumn Term

 

Spring Term

 

Summer Term

 

Year 7

Colour

·         Colour Theory & Painting skills

·         Colour, Shape, Pattern

·         Abstract Art

·         Sonia Delaunay & Paul Klee

Identity

·         Self - Portraiture

·         Who am I?

·         Local environment

·         Grayson Perry & Frida Khalo

Street Art

·         Graffiti Lettering

·         Perspective, Shape & Line

·         Purpose & Concept

·         Jenny Holzier & Banksy

Assessment ·         Baseline drawing test

·         Homework project

·         End of Term/Unit assessment

 

·         Baseline drawing test

·         Homework project

·         End of Term/Unit assessment

·         Baseline drawing test

·         Homework project

·         End of Term/Unit assessment

 

Year 8

Still Life

·         Still Life & Cubism

·         Composition, Tone & Texture

·         Mixed Media / Collage

·         Laurie Breen/Valmier

Pattern & Culture

·         Colour, Shape & Pattern

·         Mandalas & Spirituality

·         Khamsa & Mehndi Hands

·         Indian, Moroccan & Islamic Art

Food

·         3D sculpture & papier-mâché

·         Pop Art and food based Artwork

·         Design & Realisation

·         Oldenburg/Wayne Theibaud

Assessment ·         Baseline drawing test

·         Homework project

·         End of Term/Unit assessment

·         Baseline drawing test

·         Homework project

·         End of Term/Unit assessment

·         Baseline drawing test

·         Homework project

·         End of Term/Unit assessment

 

Year 9

 

Pop Art Selfies

·         Self - Portraiture

·         Media & Society

·         Pop Art & Technology

·         Warhol/Nikki Farquharson

Day of the Dead (Design Brief)

·         Symbolism of flowers

·         Cultural Identity

·         Signs and Symbols

·         Day of the Dead images

Surrealism (Independent learning)

·         Imagination and dreams

·         Independent learning

·         Photomontage & Collage

·         Surrealism & Magritte

Assessment ·         Baseline drawing test

·         Homework project

·         End of Term/Unit assessment

 

·         Baseline drawing test

·         Homework project

·         End of Term/Unit assessment

·         Baseline drawing test

·         Homework project

·         End of Term/Unit assessment

 

At Gaynes School we follow the AQA GCSE Art & Design and Photography course:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206

This consists of: Coursework – 60%; Exam – 40%

Assessment components

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

Main activities

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.

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 in Year 11 students start their GCSE exam preparatory period with the 10-hour exam taking place in April.

   

Autumn Term

 

Spring Term

 

Summer Term

Year 10

Art & Design

 

Foundation Skills

·         Identity

·         Personal Objects

·         Drawing skills & techniques

·         Printing & Experimentation

Contextual Study

·         Artist Study & development

·         Gallery Visit

·         Research & Investigation

·         Analyse & Evaluate

Independent Enquiry

·         Independent study

·         Developing & Refining Ideas

·         Planning & Realisation

·         Final outcome (Mock 5 hrs)

Assessment ·         Baseline drawing test

·         Weekly Individual tutorials

·         Weekly homework

·         Mid term assessment

·         End of term/Unit assessment

·         Weekly Individual tutorials

·         Weekly homework

·         Mid term assessment

·         End of term/Unit assessment

·         Weekly Individual tutorials

·         Weekly homework

·         Mid term assessment

·         End of term/Unit assessment

Year 10

Photography

 

Foundation Skills

·         Me, Myself & I

·         Personal Objects & Photograms

·         Portraiture & Stereotypes

·         Experimentation & Mixed media

Contextual Study

·         Artist Study & development

·         London Visit & photo shoot

·         Research & Investigation

·         Analyse & Evaluate

Independent Enquiry

·         Independent study

·         Developing & Refining Ideas

·         Planning & Realisation

·         Final outcome (Mock 5 hrs)

Assessment ·         Weekly Individual tutorials

·         Weekly homework

·         Mid term assessment

·         End of term/Unit assessment

·         Weekly Individual tutorials

·         Weekly homework

·         Mid term assessment

·         End of term/Unit assessment

·         Weekly Individual tutorials

·         Weekly homework

·         Mid term assessment

·         End of term/Unit assessment

Year 11

Art &

Photography

 

Mock Exam - AQA

·         1 term prep work

·         5 hour Exam

 

GCSE Art Exam - AQA

·         Preparation from Jan 2016

·         10 hour Exam

AQA EXAM

Controlled assessment
lessons in exam conditions

 

Assessment ·         Weekly Individual tutorials

·         Weekly homework

·         Mid term assessment

·         End of term/Unit assessment

Mock Exam Final Assessment

·         Weekly Individual tutorials

·         Weekly homework

·         Mid term assessment

·         End of term/Unit assessment

Exam in April/May - 10 hours

 

Coursework deadline - May

Why you should consider this subject for GCSE

The GCSE Art & Design and the Photography course aim to offer students the opportunity to investigate and experiment with a wide range of media, materials and processes. However, the benefits of art classes are much wider reaching than the obvious artistic skills and techniques students learn. The internet has created an explosion of opportunity for digital designers and multimedia artists and a surge in demand for multimedia artists, animators, and illustrators is projected for 2020, due to companies’ demand for advertising in online and digital formats. Students with a wide skill set have an advantage in any career and young people who are multi-skilled are more useful, well-rounded, hireable and capable of excelling in a much wider range of professions. As a coursework-based subject creating a portfolio also teaches you self-discipline, focus, organisational and time management skills, as well as enhancing fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, problem solving skills, lateral thinking, complex analysis and critical thinking skills. If you love Art & Design and Photography, it is also worth remembering that outstanding marks, in any subject, indicate skill; intellectual rigour; strong work ethic and a commitment to fulfilling

one’s potential. All of these things are desirable traits in an employee or university applicant, as well as providing students with a deep sense of personal achievement.

 

“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.”

 

Future Careers

An Art & Design and/or Photography GCSE can be beneficial to routes such as fine art, illustration, humanities, fashion design, architecture, advertising, politics, new media, photography, art history, cultural studies, animation, graphic design, animation and web design.

 

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving:

Art - 87.5% 9-4

Photography - 100% 9-4

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 and run a whole School Photography Competition which has proved very popular and produced some very successful outcomes.

KS3 & KS4

  • Pinterest – A very useful app for researching and investigating homework Images
  • Galleries: National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, TATE Modern and TATE Britain, The V & A, The Royal Academy, The Saatchi collection, The British Museum…

There are also example art books, portfolios and sketchbooks available to see in the art room.