Mrs N. Slater
The Art and Design area at Pewsey is a stimulating and vibrant environment where all students learn to make aesthetic and practical decisions, becoming actively involved in making visual art. We aim to encourage creativity and imagination and students use a variety of materials and techniques to communicate what they see, feel and think. They also explore ideas and meanings of the work of other artists and learn about the diverse roles and functions of art and design in contemporary life and different time periods and cultures.
At KS3 art and Design is taught for a single lesson per week. Our aim is to give students a firm foundation in basic skills in a range of media. Observational study is a very important part of the basic skills and in particular drawing from real objects.
Year 7 Art students will explore five units of study including, drawing, painting, sculpture and print making. They will use a range of specialist equipment and materials in lessons.
Year 8 Art students will explore 5 units of study including, drawing, painting, sculpture and print making. They will use a range of specialist equipment and materials in lessons.
Year 9 Art students will explore 5 units of study including, drawing, painting, ceramic sculpture and print making. They will use a range of specialist equipment and materials in lessons.
Assessment will take place at the end of each project. Students will be assessed against Key Stage three assessment matrices for Art. Art teachers will award grades and interim levels to students for individual pieces of work. During the course of their study these levels can go up and down as students explore new materials and techniques, as well as the range of disciplines. Final levels will be based on the complete project. We will always encourage interested students to extend projects beyond the minimum requirement and we are also keen to see any Art work unrelated to school.
Students must have a school sketchbook for their art projects. At the start of the academic year they will be given an A4 sketchbook free of charge. If this is lost, they must then purchase a replacement for a small fee from the Art department. These sketchbooks will be used for homework, extended learning and classwork. Students must also be equipped with basic drawing materials, a pencil, rubber, coloured pencils and a ruler.
The Subject Leader of Art is available for extended learning after school, and a timetable for this is available prior to the start of a new term. There are also extra-curricular activities such as Trinity College Arts Award Bronze and Silver. There will also be periodic out of school visits to galleries, Roche Court Sculpture Park, local practicing artist’s studios and museums, relating to projects being undertaken.
Suggested Extension Activities
It is great to see artwork ‘in the flesh’, and therefore by taking your son or daughter to an Art gallery or museum is a fantastic way for them to be inspired by great works of famous artists. Local museums and galleries generally offer a range of specialist arts activities after school and during the school holidays.
Examination Board: EDEXCEL
Specification: Art & Design (Art, Design and Craft)
Students will undertake a series of projects to engage, develop and refine their creative practice. A minimum of two projects will be conducted under supervised conditions to ensure students’ extensive development of skills and production of high quality artwork. Through exploring the world around them, students will record ideas based on their personal responses to a chosen theme. In researching a range of artists, craftspeople and designers, students will be able to develop their contextual knowledge. Students are expected to visit Art galleries, museums or events linked to their artwork. Students will learn to use a wide range of materials and techniques, whilst recording ideas and reflecting on their progress. Each project will culminate in a personal and informed response evidenced in final outcome/s. Students will be expected to develop their ideas both in and outside of their sketchbook in a sustained manner for the duration of the course and complete a minimum of two hours of independent study per week.
Component 1: The Personal Portfolio (60%) Linked to ‘Safely Contained’ and ‘Identity’
projects. The ‘Safely contained’ project will lead to a Year 10 timed mock GCSE examination. The ‘Identity’ project will lead to a Year 11 timed 10 hour mock GCSE examination.
Component 2: The Externally Set Assignment (ESA- 40%) comprising of preparatory work leading to a 10 hour timed GCSE examination.
Autumn Term: Personal Portfolio introduction linking to ‘Safely Contained’.
Spring Term: Personal Portfolio. Observational studies, artists contextual research, personal exploration of the theme and printmaking. Sketchbook development and external artists visit.
Summer Term: Personal Portfolio. Sustained work towards Year 10 timed mock examination (outcome). Introduction of Identity Project.
Autumn Term: Personal Portfolio development of ‘Identity Project’.
Spring Term: Develop, refine and experiment. Develop own response to the theme.
Summer Term: Year 11 timed mock examination (Jan). Externally Set assignment examination theme. Develop a response to their chosen theme.
Summer Term: Produce work linking to the theme, and planning towards a final timed 10 hour GCSE examination outcome in May.
On starting the course in Y10 students will be expected to contribute to a studio fee of £30, which will cover the cost of sketchbooks, their own A2 folder, a larger A1 folder (kept in school), and all equipment and resources used in lessons and to borrow for homework. The studio fee allows for any specialist items necessary to complete their final examination as well as canvases, boards and printing consumables.
Students are regularly assessed using the exam board assessment objectives sheet, and personal weekly targets. Assessments are reported to parents/carers at intervals during the academic year.
All homework for GCSE Art will be treated as coursework which forms part of their 60% personal project. This will be set each week, and will available to view online on Class Charts.
Pinterest/msndavis- for boards relating GCSE project work, Artists, exemplar work and Examination themes.
Books, Articles and other Resources:
Ways of Seeing – John Berger
Shock of the New – Robert Hughes
This is Modern – Art Matthew Collings
The Story of Art – E.H Gombrich