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Art & Design

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Overview

In Art and design pupils will experience learning in the three main areas: painting, mixed media, printmaking, collages and textiles. We incorporate a range of techniques and drawing is embedded throughout.

We take trips to local and national galleries to inspire learning through interacting with genuine art.

Students work is promoted and displayed throughout classrooms to show progress as well as outcomes. Every week we celebrate students work in the newsletter through our ‘Art of the Week’ section. We also have an annual ‘Great Art Exhibition’ where students work from all years is displayed and celebrated.

We encourage students not to fear making mistakes as we know this is where learning can take place. Risk taking and getting out of comfort zones is also encouraged.

We aspire to encourage all pupils to reach their true potential and eventually become independent learners, who value learning with and from others.

Art and Design Intent Statement

Art and Design Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Art and Design GCSE Curriculum

 

Art and Design at Key Stage 4

At Key stage 4 students will attend 6 lessons a week for a year. They will need to meet the four assessment criteria for the GCSE which are:

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  • Develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding

Assessment Objective 2

  • Refine their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes

 

Example of a student's work.


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  • Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual or other forms

Assessment Objective 4

  • Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.

The course is assessed in two parts: 60% coursework and 40% timed assessment.

The coursework will be a compilation of all the projects completed during lessons. The timed assessment will be a 10 hour exam over two days where students produce a piece of art work with eight weeks preparation time. There is no written exam.

GCSE students are expected to visit galleries and museums independently, so we would encourage parents and carers to explore with their child some of those suggested below;

Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Natural History Museum, The V and A, and many others.

Textiles

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Overview

At Key Stage 3, pupils receive fifteen double lessons each year in Textiles. The department aims to provide opportunities for pupils of all abilities to gain confidence acquire useful skills and techniques and make high quality products. Through a variety of practical activities, pupils develop their fine motor skills which are vital for all areas of the curriculum and impact on daily life. The projects also help to develop pupils' understanding of the properties of materials and how to apply this understanding when designing with textiles. We are lucky to be such a well-resourced department which facilitates pupils being able to work independently and explore ideas creatively.

Textiles at Key Stage 3

In year 7 pupils learn how to safely control and use a sewing machine independently and produce a small decorated cushion. The project involves: being able to produce a range of stitches, design tasks and model making, an introduction to some surface decoration techniques with the machine and by hand, an awareness of natural fibres, developing graphic awareness to read and produce sequenced diagrams to communicate ways of making products, and evaluating products to make improvements.

In year 8 pupils learn about the idea of context to influence the look of a project and through a variety of surface decoration techniques they are introduced to the Pop Art and Impressionist art movements. The project involves: learning and practicing batik and dyed work, extending embroidery and laid work skills and continuing to develop their awareness of using the machine to create their own embroidery stitches. 

Textiles at Key Stage 4

At Key stage 4 students will attend 6 lessons a week for a year. They will need to meet the four assessment criteria for the GCSE which are:

Assessment Objective 1

  • 'Develop their ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources;'
  • These are the ‘stimulus, influences or other references’ that you brought to the project.

Assessment Objective 2

  • 'Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes'
  • What samples/ experiments/ practice pieces have you done to help you decide how to do your final piece?

 

Assessment Objective 3

  • ‘Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and /or other forms’
  • How have you shown what you are doing or worked out your ideas?

Assessment Objective 4

  • ‘Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language’
  • This is your final piece. There might be elements through your journey to this place which will be considered final pieces

The course is assessed in two parts: 60% coursework and 40% timed assessment.

The coursework will be a compilation of all the projects completed during lessons. The timed assessment will be a 10 hour exam over two days where students produce a piece of art work with eight weeks preparation time. There is no written exam.

The projects undertaken during the course will incorporate all elements of the assessment criteria and are embedded with observational drawing, painting, taking photographs and learning new techniques like: quilting, felt making, print making using stencils and lino cuts, collage, free embroidery and resist dye work.

Through experiences of working with others in the creative fields and highlighting career opportunities related to Textiles Art and Design, we seek to broaden the ambition of our students beyond Key Stage 4 towards their future education and careers.

Study at Home for KS4

It is very important for Key stage 4 students to visit galleries and museums because cultural understanding contributes to the final GCSE grade. When visiting the galleries they should take a sketch book and draw or write about the work that interests them.

 

Free museums and art galleries in London

Useful websites:

 

Contact

Please contact the Head of Art and Technology, miranda.harris@egas.islington.sch.uk, if you would like more information about the course.