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Art & Design Art

Key stage 4
Year 9,10,11
Teaching staff

At KS4 students have five lessons of Art every two weeks and currently study GCSE Art and Design (unendorsed) awarded by AQA. The course enables students to study and explore a broad range of visual arts encompassing: drawing, painting, 3 Dimensional studies, Printmaking, graphics and digital photography. 

Assessment for GCSE Art and Design is as follows:

At the end of the course students submit a Portfolio of evidence for formal assessment. The portfolio should represent roughly 45 hours of work and include the best examples from at least two projects.
The remainder of marks at GCSE come from an Externally Set Task. This is a project set by the examination board. Students have time to create a body of preparatory work before spending 10 hours under examination conditions on a final piece.

Year 9

  • Gargoyles and Grotesques – 3 Dimensional work
  • Distorted Faces – Collage and Lino printing
  • Expressive colour portraits – Colour theory, Mixed media, painting and drawing
Year 10
  • Basic Photographic compositional skills
  • Photoshop compositions
  • Viewpoints – Mixed media work created in response to a photographic shoot based at Preston Hall.
  • Larger scale drawing and painting.
  • Mono printing
  • 3D cardboard relief sculpture.
Year 11
In year 11, students develop more independent approaches to a range of starting points in their mock examination project, building on techniques and processes explored earlier in the course. The aim is to ensure students understand the key assessment objectives of the syllabus and create a body of work that begins with the initial concept or starting point, investigation and analysis of artist’s approaches, experimentation with images and ideas and the creation of a final outcome.