Art and Graphic Communication

All students are taught elements or Art and Graphic communication in Year 7 and 8

Students then can elect to take Art or Graphic Communication for GCSE in Year 9 through to Year 11 and then again at A level from Year 12-to Year 13. For more information on the GCSE or A level  course please reference AQA examination website looking under the Art and Graphics Communication Sub headings.

Year 7

In Year 7 we concentrate on giving students a good understanding of the key skills and a foundation knowledge of Art practices and terminology that they can then effectively build on throughout their school life. This includes exploring the formal elements such as line, tone, texture, shape, form. Pattern and colour. We also introduce and refine students use of a range of materials this includes pencil, pen, paint, printmaking, collage and sculpture. We then refine these skills with bigger more focused projects similar to those they might undertake at GCSE to stretch and challenge the students these might include topics like Portraiture. In these project students  start to learn how to conduct a bigger more in-depth project through developmental and experimental work, focused art history research and then the production of a final piece. While undertaking these project they are learning new skills and refining their skills

Year 8

In Year 8 we build on the skills already learnt but introduce new concepts and ideas. Students start the year by learning about graphic communication and undertaking a Graphics project this gives students an understanding of  Graphics ready for making their GCSE choices. In the graphics project they learn the how to run a project and meeting a brief, they learn to develop ideas, collect resources and analyse graphics to inform their own work. They build on their key Art skills with a range of materials but learn how to use those materials in a way to develop a graphics project. After this project is complete students return to Art to explore larger projects that again reinforce foundation skills, understanding of how artists work the different techniques that can be used to explore a theme for example  paint and wax and collage Students end the year exploring sculpture and group work to expose students again to the different techniques and methods artist can work with to create pieces of work

Year 9, 10 11 –  GCSE

Fine Art

In this course we explore a range media and techniques to help students develop their own style and path as an artist. We understand that being an artist is not just about traditional art methods and we give students the ability to explore a range of materials and ideas so that they can effectively achieve the best possible results.  In Year 9 students explore a range of materials giving them a chance to gain a better understanding of how to work, refine and hone their skills, but also to better understand where their own strengths lie. In year 10 Students undertake longer more in-depth projects where they continue to explore and refine their use of fine art materials and learn to develop their own ideas more fully along with researching and analysing artists and their own work. In Year 11 at the apex of their skill level students undertake a final project for their coursework culminating in an impressive final piece for their Pre public Exam. Students end the course undertaking an exam question set by AQA and producing prep work for the exam and a final piece in the 10 hours exam with the support of teaching staff and using the resources and materials they have mastered over the last three years.

Graphic Communication

In Graphic communication students undertake project briefs that they must fulfil to meet the expectations of clients. Students explore a range a range media and techniques to help students develop their own style these will include both analogue ( pen, paper, paint, printmaking) and digital (photography, Photoshop and illustrator) techniques. We give students the ability to explore a range of materials and ideas so that they can effectively achieve the best possible results and develop personalised and independent work.  In Year 9 students explore a range of materials giving them a chance to gain a better understanding of how to work, refine and hone their skills, but also to better understand where their own strengths lie. In year 10 Students undertake longer more in-depth projects where they continue to explore and refine their own ideas more fully along with researching and analysing artists and their own work. In Year 11 at the apex of their skill level students undertake a final project for their coursework culminating in a range of impressive final pieces for their Pre Public Exam. Students end the course undertaking an exam question set by AQA and producing prep work for the exam and a range of final pieces in the final hours exam with the support of teaching staff and using the resources and materials they have mastered over the last three years.

To view A-Level course content, please click here.

Fine Art

Graphics

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