Art

Aims

It is the aim of the Art Department to inspire each girl studying Art to consider her place in the world and to communicate her personal response to it.

Teaching and Learning

What happens in an Art studio can be grouped into making Art, learning about Art, and learning from Art. One of the department's key aims is to provide learning experiences which stimulate and encourage investigation to develop personal ideas, feelings and responses to a subject, issue or problem. There is always a practical element to every lesson. We learn the theory and then apply what has been learned so the focus in Art is always on learning by doing. We work with traditional processes: drawing, painting, printmaking and 3D work with clay. This work is extended by using digital technology and lots of experimentation with materials.

Assessment for learning                            

The schemes of work are directly linked to the assessment criteria. We share this information with our girls as we believe this is the best way of helping them to understand how to improve and make progress.  At each assessment point we give marks and written feedback which girls then have time to respond to, time to make a difference. We use a progress log “PLOG”, to document each girl’s individual development. It is a simple and very visual record of assessment points and is kept in girl’s sketchbook so she can see how well she is doing and check that she is working towards achieving her personal targets.

Home Learning

A wide variety of different tasks are given for home learning. It may be drawing to develop skills of observing and recording or taking some photographs that will be used in the next lesson; gathering images as a resource to make work more personal or critically analysing the work of an artist. All work is directly related to the scheme of work and forms a key part of the assessment each half term.

All home learning is available for girls to access on Show my Homework – all home learning activities will be published by individual staff members on the Show My Homework website which can be found by following the link on the school’s homepage. Students and parents can access this through their accounts or by filtering the results.

Equipment

We have arranged for Art packs to be purchased through the Parent Pay system. The packs include all the materials and sketchbooks need for KS3 and KS4.

 

Key Stage 3

Art and Design

Programme of Study

Year

Autumn term

Spring term

Summer term

7

Drawing and Colour theory

The Lion King!

         Art of the Jungle

Clay Plates and Portraits

Picasso and the contemporary portrait

Painting

Contemporary still life

8

Drawing and printmaking

The Lion King!

Art of the Jungle

Painting

Urban V Rural

The Seaside

Clay sculptures

 

Additional Information

We offer Big Draw activities in the Brentwood Road Gallery in October/November

Every one visits the exhibitions we have in our gallery.

How Parents/ Carers can help

Do take your daughter to Art exhibitions. In Year 7, a visit to the National Portrait Gallery will be helpful and in Year 8 a trip to Tate Britain to look at landscapes and seascapes would support her class work.

Talk to your daughter about her art work. Artists always welcome feedback and support in developing confidence with drawing.

Follow the department on twitter to be kept up to date with exhibitions in our gallery  @FBA_GALLERY

 

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mrs Appleby - Head of Department

Key Stage 4

Art and Design

Programme of Study

Students follow the Edexcel GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art pathway) syllabus.

Specification number: 1FA01

Link to the specification website     

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/art-and-design-2016.html

 

Year 9

Foundation course. Skills building.  Thematic project 1

Year 10

Coursework Unit 1 including 10 Hour controlled assessment

Year 11

Externally set assignment  January - May

 

Accreditation Structure

 

Unit

Assessment

Length

Weighting

  1. Personal Portfolio in Art and Design
  • Internally set, marked and standardised.
  • Externally moderated
  • 80 raw marks

Approximately 45 hours supervised activity

 

60% of the GCSE

  1. Externally Set Assignment in Art and Design

Controlled assessment

  • 10 hours of prep
  • Externally set
  • Internally marked and standardised
  • Externally moderated
  • 80 raw marks

Approximately 30 hours supervised activity, including 10 hours of sustained focus

40% of the GCSE

 

Additional Information

Exhibitions in the Brentwood Road Gallery form an important part of the GCSE course.

How Parents/ Carers can help

Do take your daughter to art exhibitions. The Tate Britain, the National Gallery and the Barbican all have exhibitions and collections that could inform your daughter’s personal art work.

Follow the department on twitter to be kept up to date with exhibitions in our gallery  @FBA_GALLERY

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mrs Appleby - Head of Art and Design

 

Key Stage 5

Programme of Study

Students follow the Edexcel Art and Design syllabus. Fine Art pathway

Specification number: 9FA0

Link to the specification website

 HTTP://QUALIFICATIONS.PEARSON.COM/EN/QUALIFICATIONS/EDEXCEL-A-LEVELS/ART-AND-DESIGN-2015.HTML

Year 12

September to April: Thematic project and skills building workshops

April onwards Unit 1 Coursework

Year 13

September to December:  Completion of Unit 1 including a 3,000 word essay.

January to May: Externally set assignment

 

Accreditation Structure

 

Component

Mode of Assessment

Weighting

1: Personal Investigation

Three major elements: supporting studies, practical work and a personal study of a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose.

60% of the A-level

 2: Externally Set Assignment

Two major elements: preparatory studies and the 15–hour period of sustained focus.

The Externally Set Assignment represents the culmination of the GCE Qualification allowing students to draw together all the knowledge, understanding and skills developed throughout.

40% of the A-level

 

Additional Information

We encourage all art students to make regular gallery visits.

We run an annual visit to a European city

We work closely with the Brentwood Road Gallery and offer our Art student artist led workshops

The Royal Academy visit annually to run a life drawing day

All students applying to university to study Art will be offered one to one tutorials to help in the preparation of their portfolio.

How Parents/ Carers can help

Do encourage your daughter to visit as many art exhibitions a she can. The Tate Modern and The Whitechapel gallery could provide her with valuable primary source research.

Follow the department on Twitter to be kept up to date with exhibitions in our gallery  @FBA_GALLERY

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mrs Appleby

Head of Art and Design

 

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