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Art & Design
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." Aristotle
Our aim is that every student at the school should have an enriching and exciting experience of the Creative Arts. We are a highly skilled and lively faculty, with a range of activities taking place both inside and outside the curriculum. Art plays an important role in ensuring that creativity is at the heart of our curriculum.
- Ms. R Hardie - Director of Learning, Creative Arts.
- Mr. R. Winter - Subject leader of DT
- Miss. J Stephens - Teacher of Art
- Mr. B Bereton - Teacher of Art
- Mr. J Pope - Teacher of DT
Key Stage 3
Art and Design is taught for a double lesson per week. Our aim is to give the students a firm foundation in the basic skills of drawing, painting, colour, sculpture, printing, textiles and ceramics. This not only provides a rich and exciting curriculum, but successfully prepares future GCSE students if they decide to choose the subject. Observational study is a fundamental part of the basic skills and drawing from real life is a key starting point in many of the projects. This academic year’s projects will include:
Terms 1 and 2 : Students are introduced to a wide range of formal elements focusing on colour. Painting is the main skill learnt throughout this first term. Digital media is used to develop their designs and the first final outcome is a monochromatic self–portrait.
Terms 3 and 4 : Students are introduced to a wide range of drawing skills. The focus is on observational drawing from first-hand experience. Students are shown basic drawing fundamentals, such as how to add tone and how to effectively record shape and form. They will also research and analyse the origins of art with a particular focus on cave art.
Terms 5 and 6 : Students will learn the main disciplines behind creating patterns. They will be introduced to a range of printing skills and textile processes. They will have the opportunity to produce creative work, explore their ideas and record their experiences.
Term 1 : During this project, students are introduced to a wide range of drawing skills. The focus is on observational drawing from first-hand experience. Students are shown basic drawing fundamentals, such as how to add tone and how to effectively record shape and form. They will also be shown a range of alternative mark-making techniques, such as stippling and feathering, and how to adapt these skills to print.
Terms 2 and 3 : Students investigate and analyse the style and exciting imagery based on the Mexican festival Day of the Dead. Using digital media, students will develop their ideas by creating a range of graphic images using Photoshop. Students can develop their 3D making skills by designing and creating a clay mask or a textile piece.
Term 4 : Students will learn a range of 3D building techniques. They will analyse the work and style of Jean Dubuffet to create a sculptural piece based on everyday objects.
Terms 5 and 6 : Focusing on natural forms, students will embed their observational study skills. Using Antonio Gaudi as a starting point, students will critically analyse his work to create their own mosaics.
ILT Tasks: Homework is an important part of the curriculum and the use of a projects and sketchbook encourages independence, imagination and good practice.
Key Stage 4
Course Title: Art and Design (Unendorsed) (2AD01)
Exam Board: Edexcel
About the course
Art and Design GCSE is taught as a three year course at Chobham Academy, which allows students to enhance existing skills and develop new ones. The Unendorsed Course enables students to work in any media on offer, which can include drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, textiles, sculpture etc. The beginning of the course enables us to introduce new skills and media and then, gradually, students are encouraged to work more on their own ideas and work more independently based on set themes. A selection of the coursework the students produce, known as their Personal Portfolio, is used for assessment at the end of Year 11. The examination board sets an Externally Set Assignment, which is an externally set theme, giving the students’ time to prepare for a timed test of ten hours (two days). This is also assessed at the end of the course.
How it is assessed
Work is assessed using four assessment objectives of develop, review/experiment, record and present.
Unit 1: Personal Portfolio is 60% of overall mark.
Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment is 40% of overall mark.
Both units assessed and externally moderated at an end of course exhibition.
ILT: Homework is set weekly and consist of observational drawing, research, analysis and preparation for their personal project.
Key Stage 5
Course Title: GCE Art, Craft and Design (Unendorsed)
Exam Board: Edexcel
Qualification: AS (8AD01) and A2 (9AD01)
Our aim is to provide a critically creative environment where students can develop their practice. We encourage open and exploratory thinking, while equipping our students with the confidence, skills and experience required for applications to university or progress into the creative industries. The course covers a wide range of activities and more in-depth assignments. Students have the opportunity to experiment with different media in order to explore their strengths and preferences. The main aim of the course is for students to develop their visual language skills in whatever disciplines they choose to work in. The disciplines associated with the Unendorsed Art and Design Advanced GCE are wide-ranging and can include painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, alternative media, interior design, product design, textiles, photography, film and video, illustration and typography. All work is externally moderated at the end of the course at an art exhibition.
How it is assessed
Edexcel’s GCE in Art and Design comprises four units and contains an Advanced Subsidiary (AS) subset of two AS units.
GCE AS Art and Design is made up of two units:
Unit 1: AS Art and Design Coursework- made up of Practical work
Unit 2: AS Externally Set Assignment - externally set theme and internally marked
The Advanced Subsidiary (AS) GCE is the first half of the GCE course and consists of Units 1 and 2. It may be awarded as a discrete qualification or contribute 50 per cent of the total Advanced GCE marks.
GCE Advanced Art and Design is made up of two units:
Unit 3: A2 Art and Design Coursework – made up of Practical work and a written Personal study
Unit 4: A2 Externally Set Assignment – externally set theme and internally marked
The full Advanced GCE award consists of the two AS units (Units 1 and 2), plus two A2 units (Units 3 and 4). Students wishing to take the full Advanced GCE must, therefore, complete all four units. The A2, the second half of the Advanced GCE, comprises the other 50 per cent of the total Advanced GCE marks.
Each unit at AS and A2 is assessed using four assessment objectives. In summary these are:
Develop, Experiment, Record, Present
Each unit is assessed separately out of 80 marks.
On completion of the AS course, a final grade is awarded.
On completion of the A2 course, marks are combined with those achieved at AS in a final GCE grade from A* - E.
ILT Tasks: Sketchbook tasks based on weekly gallery visit. Analysis boards every 2 weeks.
Monday – Illustration club
Practice your drawing skills, illustrate a story, create comic characters or create a google doodle.
Tuesday – GCSE intervention
Catch up to years 9, 10 and 11 students.
Wednesday – Customisation
Create unique fashion pieces and add a bit of bling to existing garments.
Thursday – Art Competition
Design a mural to be exhibited on Cheering Lane
Friday – Big Art
Create a set of paintings to be exhibited in the meeting room at Chobham Academy.