Key Stage 3
Fine Art is taught in Year 7, Fine Art and Graphic Communication is taught in Year 8
Art is a National Curriculum subject and it is therefore compulsory for all students therefore we devise projects that are suitable for a wide ability range, covering a variety of approaches and techniques and teaching the basic skills necessary for improvement. Aspects of Art History are integrated into practical work and all students will visit the National Gallery.
Key Stage 4 GCSE
Students have a choice of two Art options – Fine Art or Graphic Communication
In this course we are looking at traditional areas such as still-life and portrait that may be approached in a variety of ways, using a range of media and leading to a diversity of outcomes. We study art movements such as Surrealism, Cubism and Abstraction as part of this process
This approach is based on a response to project briefs that are concerned with image and text. Outcomes may include logos, posters, CD covers and designs for advertising and packaging. Graphic communication is art that is experienced in an every-day rather than gallery context.
Candidates are required to work in one or more area(s) of Fine Art, such as painting and drawing, mixed media, printmaking, etc. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate skills, such as the appreciation of different approaches to recording images, understanding of the conventions of figurative/non-representational imagery, show an appreciation of different ways of working, show understanding of pictorial space, etc.
Candidates are required to work in one or more area(s) of Graphic Communication, such as illustration, advertising, packaging design, computer graphics, etc. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas. Graphic Communication candidates will be required to demonstrate skills and understanding of meaning, function, style, scale, colour and content in relation to the chosen area(s) of Graphic Communication. They must be aware of the intended audience or purpose of their chosen area. They must show their ability to respond to an issue, concept or idea when working to a brief, showing an appreciation of the appropriate use of typography, etc
In both courses candidates must show knowledge and understanding of how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed, historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres, how images and artefacts relate to cultural contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created, etc. They must use the working vocabulary and specialist terminology which is relevant to their chosen area.
More detail about the a-level couse can be found here