Art

What students learn in Art & Design at WGSB:

  • To develop creativity
  • To respond to the visual world
  • To express themselves
  • To learn new practical skills
  • To learn to be good critics
  • To learn about artists and how they communicate ideas through their work
  • To learn about art history and the art of different cultures

We aim to bring out the very best in every student, celebrate their achievements on a personal and public level and develop their self-confidence.

There is a Key Stage 3 Art Club, which takes place during two lunch times every week, and the Art Department is open every lunch time for any students who want to finish classwork or coursework or simply to extend the work that they are doing as part of their curriculum.  There is also a Photography club, which runs once a week at lunchtime

Key Stage 3 Art

Students in Year 7 have one double Art lesson per fortnight.  They begin to learn the skills that give them a solid foundation for GCSE Fine Art.  Students in Year 8 & 9 have two double Art lessons per fortnight.  They develop these skills further and have opportunities to explore their creativity and imagination.  These are examples of the themes and projects that are undertaken at Key Stage 3:

Year 7:  Drawing Course & Portraits

Year 8:  Painting & Bugs (3D & Photography)

Year 9 :  Advanced Drawing Course, 3D figures & Animation

Equipment:

Students should bring the following to every lesson:

  • A 2B pencil
  • A ruler
  • An eraser
  • A set of coloured pencils
  • Student planner

GCSE Fine Art

At GCSE level, students are entered for the Fine Art endorsement with the Edexcel examining board. 

There is a coursework component, called the ‘Personal Portfolio’ which is worth 60% of the overall GCSE grade.  There is also an externally set assignment consisting of an 8 week preparation period and a 10 hour timed examination.  The preparation period and 10 hour exam together are worth 40% of the overall GCSE grade.

This GCSE Art and Design qualification requires students to:

  • Actively engage in the creative process of art, craft and design in order to develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • Develop creative, imaginative and intuitive capabilities when exploring and making images, artefacts and products
  • Become confident in taking risks and learn from experience when exploring and experimenting with ideas, processes, media, materials and techniques
  • Develop critical understanding through investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills
  • Develop and refine ideas and proposals, personal outcomes or solutions with increasing independence
  • Acquire and develop technical skills through working with a broad range of media, materials, techniques, processes and technologies with purpose and intent
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures
  • Develop an awareness of the different roles and individual work practices evident in the production of art, craft and design in the creative and cultural industries
  • Develop an awareness of the purposes, intentions and functions of art, craft and design in a variety of contexts and as appropriate to students’ own work
  • Demonstrate safe working practices in art, craft and design.

There are four Assessment Objectives:

AO1 Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources

AO2 Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes

AO3 Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses

AO4 Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language

Students are given the opportunity to experience their work being shown in an exhibition of their work at the end of the course. 

AS level Photography

As an additional option for Sixth Form students, we offer a one year Edexcel AS level Photography Course.  This very popular course develops:

  • Intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities
  • Investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement
  • Independence of mind in developing, refining and communicating their own ideas, their own intentions and their own personal outcomes
  • An interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of photography
  • Experience of working with a range of media
  • An understanding of the interrelationships between photography processes and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate
  • Knowledge and experience of real-world contexts and, where appropriate, links to the creative industries
  • Knowledge and understanding of photography, media and technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures
  • An awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of photography

The course consists of:

Component 1 ‘Personal Investigation’ (50%)

Incorporates two major elements: supporting studies and practical work.

Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points.

Component 2 ‘Externally Set Assignment’ (50%)

This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s) in response to an externally set theme.

Incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies and the 10–hour period of sustained focus.

  • Preparatory studies will comprise a portfolio of practical and written development work based on the Externally Set Assignment.
  • During the 10–hour period of sustained focus under examination conditions, students will produce final outcome(s) extending from their preparatory studies in response to the Externally Set Assignment.

A Level Fine Art

Students study the two year linear Edexcel A level course.  This course develops:

  • intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement.
  • independence of mind in developing, refining and communicating their own ideas, their own intentions and their own personal outcomes
  • an interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of art, craft and design
  • their experience of working with a broad range of media
  • an understanding of the interrelationships between art, craft and design processes and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate
  • knowledge and experience of real-world contexts and, where appropriate, links to the creative industries
  • knowledge and understanding of art, craft, design and media and technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures
  • an awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and design.

The course consists of:

Component 1 ‘Personal Investigation’ (60%) 

The Personal Investigation incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study.

  • Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points.
  • The personal study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose, which may contain integrated images. The personal study comprises 12% of the total qualification and is marked out of 18.

Component 2 ‘Externally Set Assignment’ (40%)

This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s) in response to an externally set theme.

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

  • Preparatory studies will comprise a portfolio of practical and written development work based on the Externally Set Assignment.
  • During the 15–hour period of sustained focus under examination conditions, students will produce final outcome(s) extending from their preparatory studies in response to the Externally Set Assignment.

Useful Website for Students

kids.tate.org.uk

www.tate.org.uk/youngtate

www.nationalgallery.org.uk