What will students learn? (Overview)
Art & Design is taught at KS3 for one hour a week, with opportunities to attend art club at lunchtimes and after school. Students are taught the skills and techniques needed to allow them to express their ideas and feelings; recording from observation is seen as an important part of the curriculum and is often the starting point to a project. The art department aims to inspire and challenge pupils.
Students are taught about how art and design shapes our history culturally and creatively learning about great artists and important movements. Students will use a range of techniques and media, including painting, sculpture and mixed media. The themes which students respond to are based on their own world and the world around them. Students will learn to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others
Examples of projects include;
Year 7: Nature and mark making, a self portraiture project exploring Pop Art and 3D construction, making their own masks.
Year 8: Street Art project using stencils, Japanese Toys developing 3D making skills and using clay and a Fantasy Landscapes project using mixed media.
Projects are planned to cover cultures from around the world, movements in art; including traditional and contemporary artists and themselves.
Sketchbooks are used extensively for homework and class work, these are an important resource for the students and they are encouraged to develop them in a creative and expressive way, by including drawings, ideas, notes and research on artists.
Homework is set every two weeks throughout the two years.
How will they be assessed? (Overview)
Students are assessed five times a year and our assessments are based on all sketchbook work and final pieces. They also have regular drawing tests.
Sketchbook work is checked and marked on a regular basis, which is generally every 2/4 weeks depending on the projects they are working on. Sketchbooks are also peer marked and self assessed.
How can parents support?
By checking the homework and targets sheet which are stuck into the students sketchbook.
Exam Board: EDEXCEL
At Oaks Park High School, GCSE Art and Design is a popular choice. Students are encouraged to be creative, bringing their personal experiences, ideas and opinions to the subject.
The Art department’s KS4 programme of study develops an independent working. We will equip you with appropriate skills and knowledge of the work of others, while also giving you the freedom to realise your personal intentions whilst developing an under- standing of the visual arts. You will complete a series of coursework projects and a final examination project over two years. You will be given many opportunities to develop your skills and ideas through a variety of materials. You will be encouraged to have an ad- venturous and creative approach.
The exam is an externally set assignment that will have a broad title, for example, Journeys, Inside/ outside, Layers or Apart and or together. You will follow skills work- shops until you are prepared to embark on more independent ideas. The final piece is produced in 10 hours under controlled conditions over two days at the end of the preparation period.
What is GCSE Art and Design?
Students selecting GCSE Art will be given the opportunity to develop creativity and imagination using a variety of skills, techniques and methods. Art and Design equip you with a variety of skills to enjoy. You will engage with the visual arts which have immense value as a GCSE subject.
- Explore both contemporary and historical sources of art, craft and design first-hand through visits to museums and galleries.
- Take an individual approach to your art, craft and design making.
- Develop the skills of selecting your best and most appropriate work for presentation which will culminate in presenting your work for the Annual Oaks Park
60% personal portfolio
You will create a personal portfolio of work comprising of supporting studies and final pieces.
40% Externally set assignment
Preparation time, plus ten hours of supervised time. Candidates respond to the chosen starting point.
Areas of study
In Component 1 and Component 2 you are required to work in one or more area(s} of art such as those listed below:
- Mixed media
- Land Art
Knowledge and understanding
You will show how you have developed your ideas and demonstrate:
- How sources relate to historical, contemporary, social, cultural and issue based contexts and external
- How ideas, themes, subjects and feelings can inspire creative responses.
- Using the formal elements to achieve the desired results, including:
- AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of
- AO2: Reine 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 understand- ing of visual
Exam Board: AQA
This is our sixth year of teaching GCSE Photography at OaksPark. Students are encouragedto be creative, bringing their personal experiences, ideas and opinions to the subject. You will complete a series of coursework projects and a final examination project over two years. You will learn to develop ideas and experiment with different photographic techniques, whilst realising exhibition outcomes for display. The course will introduce you to digital photography, darkroom experimentation, animation and film. You will develop an e-portfolio which show- cases your developments throughout the course as well as working traditionally in a sketch books.
Alongside improving your practical expertise, you'll learn how to:
- Develop, refine and record your ideas.
- Present a personal response that realises your intentions.
- Improve your creative skills through the effective and safe use of media, materials, techniques, processes and technologies.
- Successfully use visual language and the formal elements e.g colour, line, form, shape, tone and texture.
- Use drawing skills for different needs and purposes.
What is GCSE Photography?
Students selecting GCSE Photography will be given the opportunity to develop their photographic skills using a variety of techniques and methods. They will be encouraged to have an adventurous and creative approach to the set themes and topics alongside developing an understanding of photography as a visual art.
You will be encouraged to work imaginatively, taking photographs to record ideas using Photoshop and other techniques to edit your images. The majority of coursework will be completed in an A4 sketchbook. In the sketchbook you will show experimentation of techniques, development of ideas and visual research linked to a theme.
60% Portfolio of work:
Candidates produce a sustained project and a selection of further work that represents the course of study.
40% Externally set assignment:
Preparation time, plus ten hours of supervised time. Candidates respond to chosen starting point.
Areas of study
In Component 1 and Component 2 students are required to work in one or more area(s) of photography, such as those listed below:
- Location photography
- Studio photography
- Experimental imagery
- Documentary photography
- Moving image: film, video and animation
- Fashion photography.
Knowledge & understanding
You will show how you have developed your ideas and been inspired including:
- How sources relate to historical, contemporary, social, cultural and issues based contexts and external considerations.
- How ideas, themes, subjects and feelings can inspire creative responses informed by different styles, genres and aesthetic considerations and/or an individual's distinctive view of the world.
Within the context of photography, you must demonstrate the ability to: use photographic techniques and processes, appropriate to your' personal intentions, for example:
- Lighting, viewpoint, aperture, depth of field, shutter speed and movement.
- The use of enlarger chemical and/or digital processes, use media and materials, graphic media for purposes such as storyboarding, planning and constructing shoots.