The Art team comprises:
Miss Angela Davies (Director of Performing & Creative Arts)
Mrs Jen Carr (Head of Art)
Mrs Penny Roberts
What do students study?
Art is studied by all students for two hours per week in Key Stage 4. Students study a wide range of 2D and 3D media including drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed-media and ceramics. Once the main skills and procedures have been embedded, the course gradually allows students a wider range of choices over which media and artists they wish to study and develop until they have the confidence to lead their own projects in Year 11.
There are two main Art rooms within the College which are equipped with a full range of Art equipment alongside specialist technology such as a printing press, kiln room, and a well-equipped library/ICT area to complete contextual research. The department has just developed an exciting media and darkroom resource which is also available to GCSE art students who are interested in developing photographic skills in lunchtime clubs.
How are students assessed?
The exam board is AQA.
GCSE students are assessed as follows:
60% of the grade in GCSE Art is based on coursework. Coursework is accumulated during the course of Year 10 and is supplemented by work produced for the mock exam in the autumn of Year 11. All work is assessed under four main Assessment Objectives or key skills, these are briefly:
- AO1 Developing Ideas through Researching Artists and Cultures
- AO2 Experimenting with and Refining Techniques
- AO3 Recording Observations and Ideas
- AO4 Presenting and Reviewing a Final Response
40% of the GCSE Art grade comes from the final exam in the spring of Year 11. In January, students select one starting point and then have 8 weeks preparation for their exam. This preparation and research period in lessons and at home is a vital aspect of the exam grade and development of their piece. The final exam is 10 hours (2 days) long. Students enjoy the opportunity to create an extended piece completing and realising their ideas. There is no written exam, however, written work is expected throughout the course within research skills and progress reviews.
Contact Miss A Davies, Director of Performing & Creative Arts for further information: