This is an exciting yet challenging course that is ideal if you love art and design. It may be that you want to go into an Art and Design based career or you may just want to develop your skills in creative thinking. This course is suitable for students of all abilities, we just ask for hard work and enthusiasm. You will be taken on visits to iconic places to get inspiration from real artists and we also organise for local artists to come into school and take workshops where possible.
In the first two terms of year 9 the pupils practise and improve upon their drawing, painting and 3D skills, which prepares them for their GCSE coursework.
The first GCSE project is based on Natural Forms and Landscapes and focuses initially
on producing some detailed drawings from direct observation moving onto, pattern work using both acrylic and watercolour paint. Pupils are introduced to a range of artists and develop ideas based on this.
The second project is based on the theme of Reflections and after an initial term of working on similar starting points, the pupils will start to work more independently, looking at their own choice of artists and subject matter.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed on a regular basis using the assessment objectives below and you will be introduced to a personal tracking system that will enable you to independently monitor the progress you are making over time.
- Develop - Develop ideas through investigations.
- Refine - Refining your ideas through investigating materials, techniques and processes.
- Record - Record ideas and observations as your work progresses
- Present - Producing a final outcome that reflects your artists and personal development.