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Art and Design

Art and Design

Curriculum Intent

Intended curriculum outcomes:

Whilst studying Art and Design at Holcombe Grammar School you will develop a variety of skills and a working knowledge of materials, practices and technology in different disciplines such as drawing, painting, textiles and digital photography, mixed-media and darkroom techniques. You will develop your imaginative and creative powers as well as experiment and analyse developing a deeper understanding of art and design in past and present times. A typical Art and Design student is independent and able to understand how to build on previous knowledge as well as having a growth mind set. A Holcombe student will understand the career pathways studying Art and design at a higher level can lead to.

At Holcombe we aim to deliver the following ambitious outcomes for our students through our curriculum. Students will:

  • Be aspirational and ready for the next step in life
  • Achieve high quality academic outcomes
  • Develop as effective, efficient, resilient learners who can work independently towards ambitious goals
  • Develop an awareness of their own strengths and acquire effective habits to be successful at school and beyond
  • Develop long term knowledge and skills which can be effectively deployed in new circumstances.
  • Develop the cultural capital to be able to successfully engage with a wide variety of social situations
  • Develop an awareness of their place as a citizen in the school, wider community and the world beyond

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Throughout Key Stage 3 Art and Design students will build on skills such as:

  • The observation and recording of visual images and through these activities the expression of feelings and emotions.
  • The study of the work of Artists, Photographers, Designers, Craft Makers alongside the study of work from a variety of cultures and eras.
  • The development of planning and visualisation skills.
  • The intuitive and logical processes of designing.
  • Promoting visual enquiry, creative and imaginative thought, and applying aesthetic principles.

The Department’s focus for assessing pupil progress as laid out within the various Key Stages simplifies into the following key areas:

  • Recording
  • Developing
  • Refining
  • Presenting a Personal Response

Within this, the main underlying focus is on knowledge, understanding and skills. Key skills which are looked for within Art and Design include:

  • Creativity
  • Exploring and experimenting
  • Taking risks and learning from mistakes
  • Competence using a variety of different media
  • Analysing and evaluating
  • Designing and planning
  • Critical and cultural knowledge and understanding
  • Research and investigational skills

Year 7

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Little Monsters. Students will be developing ideas using mark making and through different sources. Little Monsters. Students will be developing ideas using mark making using a wide variety of materials. Myself and Other Portraits. Formal elements and observational drawings. How to write about sources including using subject specific language. Use a range of materials, beginning to understand the qualities and how to develop ideas using sources and to present an outcome. Myself and Other Portraits. Learning how to explore ideas and refine using a variety of media. Myself and Other Portraits Securing recording skills using the source materials as inspiration. Myself and Other Portraits Presenting ideas that demonstrate connections to the chosen sources.

Year 8

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Strange Worlds: Formal elements, composition and selecting materials; developing an understanding of the formal elements, composition and learning how to select. Learn how to write about sources including using subject specific language. Use a range of materials and begin to understand the qualities. How to develop ideas using sources and to present an outcome. Strange Worlds: Securing knowledge on how to explore and refine ideas using different media and techniques. Strange Worlds: Securing and presenting ideas using prior knowledge and understanding. Strange Worlds: Exploring in depth a wider range of techniques and materials. Strange Worlds: Refining recording skills. Strange Worlds: Presenting outcomes that demonstrate a strong understanding of the chosen sources.

Year 9

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Project Title: Feast for the Eyes. Developing ideas though sources using a range of materials and techniques. Project Title: Feast for the Eyes. Exploring and refining ideas though sources using a range of materials and techniques. Project Title: Feast for the Eyes.          Presenting ideas using a range of materials and techniques. Project Title: Journeys                  Developing ideas through a theme. Developing recording skills. Project Title: Journeys                      Developing ideas through a theme. Developing recording skills. Project Title: Journeys                      Presenting ideas. Mastery in recording skills.

Key Stage 4

The aims and learning outcomes of the GCSE Art and Design course is designed to encourage candidates to:

  • Actively engage in the process of Art and Design in order to develop as effective and independent candidates and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
  • Develop creative skills, through learning to use imagination and intuition when exploring and creating images and artefacts.  Become confident in taking risks and learning from their mistakes when exploring and experimenting with ideas, materials, tools and techniques.
  • Develop competence, with increasing independence, in refining and developing ideas and proposals, and personal outcomes or solutions.  Learning to actively engage with the experience of working with a broad range of media, materials and techniques.
  • Develop cultural knowledge, understanding and application of art in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures. Also, develop an understanding of the different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art practice.
  • Develop critical understanding through investigative, analytical, experimental, interpretive, practical, technical and expressive skills.
  • Develop personal attributes including self-confidence, resilience, perseverance, self-discipline and commitment.

GCSE courses are divided into two units:

Component 1: Art and Design Portfolio (coursework) 60% of total marks

Candidates produce a portfolio of work developed from personal and/or a centre-devised starting point.  The portfolio will be selected from the projects produced throughout the two years and must be produced under controlled assessment conditions – approximately 45 hours (15 – 18 school weeks as a guide).  These units are assessed internally (marked out of 96) and moderated by AQA.

Component 2: Art and Design AQA-set Task (exam) 40% of total marks

Candidates select one question from the exam paper (released January of examination year) to which they produce a personal response. Candidates will be given a period of time, determined by the centre, in which to prepare and ten hours of controlled time in which to realise their intentions to outcome(s). This unit is assessed internally (marked out of 96) and moderated by AQA.

Assessment Objectives

  • A01     Develop Ideas Develop their ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.
  • A02     Explore Ideas Refine their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • A03     Record Ideas Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms.
  • A04     Present a Response Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.

Year 10

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
GCSE Component 1 Project 1: Develop ideas using a range of relevant sources. Explore ideas using a range of materials, techniques and media. Demonstrate an understanding through written and visual language. GCSE Component 1 Project 1: Explore and refine ideas using a range of materials, techniques and media. Demonstrate an understanding through written and visual language. Present a range of outcomes demonstrating links to relevant sources. GCSE Component 1: Project 1: Presenting an outcome/s that demonstrate an understanding through written and visual language to the chosen sources. GCSE Component 1: Project 2: Develop ideas using a range of relevant sources. Explore ideas using a range of materials, techniques and media. Demonstrate an understanding through written and visual language. GCSE Component 1: Project 2. Develop ideas using a range of relevant sources. Explore ideas using a range of materials, techniques and media. Demonstrate an understanding through written and visual language. GCSE Component 1: Project 2. Explore and refine ideas using a range of materials, techniques and media. Demonstrate an understanding through written and visual language. Present a range of outcomes demonstrating links to relevant sources.

Year 11

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
GCSE Component 1 Project 2: Develop ideas using a range of relevant sources. Explore ideas using a range of materials, techniques and media. Demonstrate an understanding through written and visual language. Present a range of outcomes demonstrating links to relevant sources. GCSE Component 1 Project 2: Develop ideas using a range of relevant sources. Explore ideas using a range of materials, techniques and media. Demonstrate an understanding through written and visual language. Present a range of outcomes demonstrating links to relevant sources. GCSE Component 2: Choose from a selection of titles. Develop ideas using a range of relevant sources. Explore ideas using a range of materials, techniques and media. Demonstrate an understanding through written and visual language. GCSE Component 2: Develop ideas using a range of relevant sources. Explore ideas using a range of materials, techniques and media. Demonstrate an understanding through written and visual language. GCSE Component 2 Exam: presenting an outcome.

Years 12 and 13

 

Year 12

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
A Level Foundation: Develop an understanding of a greater range of sources and materials. A Level Foundation: Exploring and refining a greater range of sources and materials. A Level Foundation: Presenting an outcome/s that demonstrate a strong understanding of the sources and materials Component 1 Coursework. Students will explore ideas for their Personal investigation. They will start to develop a range of sources Component 1 Coursework. Personal Investigation. Students will explore and start to refine ideas using a range of sources and materials Component 1 Coursework. Personal Investigation. Students will explore and start to refine ideas using a range of sources and materials

Year 13

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Component 1 Coursework. Personal Investigation. Students will explore and start to refine ideas using a range of sources and materials. Component 1 Coursework. Students will present a range of outcomes that demonstrate a strong and creative understanding of the chosen sources. Component 2 Students will explore ideas for their Personal investigation. They will start to develop a range of sources. Component 2 Students will explore and start to refine ideas using a range of sources and materials. Component 2 Personal Investigation. Students will explore and start to refine ideas using a range of sources and materials.

Online Learning Support

The main purpose of an Art and Design course is to develop students’ ability to engage with the visual world and respond in personal and creative ways. At Holcombe Grammar, we embrace new technologies and explore the potential these exciting opportunities have to offer. Whether in school or at home students can explore virtual exhibitions together, either as a class or individually, and to use the different websites to engage with a wider creative world. Students are shown how to obtain the best out of online learning. With work and assignments being submitted through online platforms. Offering GCSE and A level Photography means we endeavour to keep up with latest developments in this field.

Careers

Many students, after completing their A-level in Art and Design, move on to complete a foundation course before moving onto a creative degree of their choice. Future careers are wide and varied but could include: Architecture, advertising, marketing, graphic and motion design, game design, theatre and set design, fashion and textile design as well as publishing and the media. The study of Art and Design can also help you to develop transferable skills that you can take into any career.

Throughout their art education at Holcombe Grammar, students will be taught how art translate into the world of work. Displays are constantly updated showing the wide variety of careers that studying Art and Design at a higher level can lead to.

British Values

At Holcombe, students reflect on the ways in which cultures are represented in art and design, understanding the ideas behind art, craft and design in different cultural contexts. In class students take into account the views of others in shared activities and respectfully listened to the opinions of their fellow classmates. Students make choices and behave in an appropriate manner.