The Art Department (Art and Graphic Communication)
The Art Department aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum across the Key Stages that enables students to maximise their full potential. Schemes of work are designed to ensure that all students have the ability to progress and achieve. Students are encouraged to develop ideas by using the inspiration of others, experimenting with a wide range of materials and observing the world around them. The department aims to deliver exciting Art lessons that students enjoy in a safe and secure environment and endeavours to instil students with a lifelong interest in Art and Design.
Art through the Key Stages
The department strives to promote and develop the knowledge and understanding of all learners. Students are motivated to become independent learners and use their creativity to make more informed decisions. Students develop their ideas through contextual studies and observations, with all students encouraged to achieve their full potential. The art work of students from across all the Key Stages is annually celebrated in the Bishop Douglass School Art Exhibition at the end of each academic year.
The department delivers a KS3 Art curriculum that serves as a platform for learning at a higher level. Students concentrate on developing an understanding of the formal elements of Art. All schemes of work provide opportunities to draw from primary and secondary observation. Students are taught the importance of selecting, collating and presenting visual information. Contextual studies underpin all schemes of work and students learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures and to understand the contexts in which they were made. Students develop their ideas by using the inspiration of artists and designers and learn to reflect critically on the work of others work, both verbally and in written form using subject specific vocabulary. Students develop work from Cubism, Henri Rousseau, Alberto Giacometti, Impressionism, Aboriginal Art, African Masks, and Pop Art. There are opportunities for students to work in two and three dimensions and to experiment with a wide variety of traditional and digital, materials and processes.
The curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop their confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They become able to self and peer assess their work and to work independently and as part of a team.
The Department offers the AQA unendorsed course in GCSE Art & Design and the AQA endorsed course in GCSE Graphic Communication. In both subjects, this consists of 60% Portfolio of work (controlled assessment) and 40% Externally Set assignment which culminates in 10 hours of supervised time.
The courses enable students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art and Design and Graphic Communication. Schemes of work are designed to build creative skills through learning and doing, develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.
The GCSE Assessment objectives are:
• To develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.
• To refine ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
• To record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions in visual and/or other forms.
• To present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.
The Faculty offers the AQA GCE AS and A level in Art, Craft & Design and Graphic Communication and the EDEXCEL GCE A2 in Art, Craft & Design and Graphic Communication. In both subjects at AS, this consists of 60% Porfolio and 40% Externally Set assignment which culminates in 10 hours of supervised time. In both subjects at A Level, this consists of 60% Personal Investigation with written material of 1000- 3000 words and 40% Externally Set Assignment with culminates in 15 hours of supervised time. In both subjects, the EDEXCEL A2 consists of 60% Practical work and Personal Study or 1000-3000 word and 40% Externally set assignment with culminates in 12 hours of supervised time.
The Art, Craft and Design course is a broad-based course exploring practical and critical/ contextual work through a wide range of two and three dimensional processes and media which stem from two or more artistic subject areas. The Graphic Communication course provides students with opportunities to produce practical and critical/ contextual work in one or more areas of study such as advertising, packaging design, design for print, illustration, communication graphics, branding, multimedia, motion graphics and design for film and television.
The AS/A2 assessment objectives are to:
• Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigation informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
• Experiment with and select appropriate resources, media, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.
• Record in visual and/or other forms ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, demonstrating and ability to reflect on work as it develops.
• Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, oral or other elements.
The Art Department is open every lunch time and after school for students of all Key Stages to further their studies. KS3 Art club is held every Wednesday after school between 3.10pm-4.20pm. Trips are organised for students at KS4 and KS5 to visit London galleries and landmarks as well as attend Study Days as part of their GCSE and A Level research. Students are given the opportunity to have their work selected for entry into the National Students Art Exhibition. The Department has been successful in having work exhibited at the National Students Art Exhibition at the Mall Galleries for the past 3 years. In addition, Students at all Key Stages are invited to participate in Art Competitions throughout the year.
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