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Art and Design

Subject Overview: The Art department is strongly committed to giving students a broad experience of a range of key visual arts, crafts and design disciplines from Key Stage 3 – 4. Students are offered an innovative approach to making work through courses that involve both traditional and experimental exploration of materials and concepts.

KS3 Year 7: Heritage and Beyond ‘Our Landscape’; It Makes Me Want to Shout! Text in Art; William Morris Floral Wallpaper.

KS3 Year 8: Hybrid Creatures; Space and the surface of the Moon; Deep Sea Treasures.

KS3 Year 9: Coastal Art; Sweet Tooth. Students explore 2 project starting points and develop sketchbook ideas to begin realising intentions and creating final pieces of work in a more independent manner. They will have 2 hour lessons p/week.

GCSE Overview

GCSE art and design is a hands-on practical creative subject. The course enables students to explore drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, art textiles, lens based imagery and other forms of two-dimensional and three-dimensional outcomes. If choosing to study art at GCSE level you must be motivated to continue working in your sketchbook and portfolio out of school. Over the course of our two week timetable, students will have 5 lessons. 

Exam Board: AQA GCSE Art and Design

KS4 Year 10: In Year 10 students begin with a project based on animals and inspired by Aesop’s fable of The Birds, The Beasts and The Bat. It is primarily a 3-dimensional sculptural costume project but introduces students to the assessment process and objectives covered in the AQA specification and therefore also involves drawing, painting, printmaking and lens based media. This is followed by a project that focuses on Collections and can be interpreted and developed to suit students’ personal interests.

KS4 Year 11: At the start of Year 11 students begin work for their last project which also acts as their mock practical examination. Students address a starting point from a past exam paper and develop a body of work with final pieces in the same way they have developed their portfolio up to this point.

Exam Details:

March 2016 – Practical Examination worth 40% of the final mark.
May 2016 – Final submission of Unit 1 portfolio worth 60% of the final mark.
Art Specialist: Tori Farren – torifarren@theswanageschool.co.uk