Nature of the Subject
Art provides a unique and vital part of the curriculum. It should be accessible and enjoyable for every student. Art has the potential to provide links with home, school and the wider community and is of particular value to students with emotional and learning difficulties.
Art is a unique form of visual communication that enhances the school curriculum. It provides a platform for personal expression and emotional development. Positive interaction with art can increase pupils’ competence as learners and promote their self-esteem. As an integral part of culture, past and present, art helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their sense of cultural heritage, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.
Art learning develops pupils’ critical skills: their ability to appraise artworks and make informed decisions. Art increases self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.
In Art and Design we aim to provide and inspire pupils’ personal expression, expanding cultural understanding, developing creative and practical responses. We encourage pupils to be imaginative and to use different media in their responses. We encourage students to engage, whilst also inspiring and challenging pupils to reach their full potential. We aim to equip them with the knowledge and skills to participate in, experiment with, whilst investigating and creating their own Art and Design studies.
Key stage 2
Art and design at Key Stage 2 is taught by a qualified Key stage 2 teacher.
Key stage 3
Art and Design at Key Stage 3 is taught with the emphasis on enjoyment and as a therapeutic experience following the National Curriculum. Teaching will be tailored and adapted to meet the needs of individual pupils and also the requirements of the whole group. Key Stage 3 students will build a portfolio of work which should show evidence of progress. Key stage 3 students will receive two 45 minute lessons each week. Students will be encouraged to become independent workers (where possible) developing patience, perseverance, respect and communicative skills alongside improving technical skills.
Key stage 4
Students opting to study Art will follow the OCR Art and Design GCSE (9-1) Specification J170 course in Art and Design for external accreditation. This is a full GCSE course. The course is split into two sections.
Section 01 coursework (60% of the final marks)
- Students will decide a coursework topic/artists to study at the beginning of the course. They will produce coursework based on this theme. The duration of this will take from the September till the following December. A large portfolio of work will be produced and mounted, ready for external moderation.
- Students will need to write about their studied artists and how this has influenced development of their own studies.
Section 02 - set task (40% of the final marks)
- From January of their final year student will receive their OCR Art and Design set task examination question paper. Students will choose one of the starting points. Lessons will then begin to focus on students developing preparatory work in preparation for the 10 hour set task, which will take place at approximately Easter time each year
- During the 10 hour set task examination, students will be supervised under examination conditions to complete their final outcome which should relate to the preparatory work completed.
- Students will need to write about artists and areas developed during the set task and how it has influenced their final outcome.
- All exam preparatory work and final outcome work will need to be mounted ready for external moderation.
- GCSE Art and Design results have been excellent. We strive to maximise the creative potential of every student.