Art

GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art)

This is an established course which is highly successful where 100% students achieved A*-C in 2017. Many students have since gone on to study Art and Didcot 6th Form College.

Course outline

During the GCSE Art course the students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of techniques and media including painting and drawing, 3D work and digital media. Many of these skills will be attained through various workshops that they will undertake throughout Y9. They will then use the skills attained in future units of work.

They will complete three units of work over the remaining two years which will culminate in a portfolio of work. The units may include focus on ‘The Moving Figure’ ‘Food and Drink’ and ‘The Natural World’. This portfolio of work will equate to 60% of their GCSE.

The students will also have the opportunity to attend educational visits to museums and art galleries as well as taking part in visiting artist workshops.

During Year 11 students will undertake their Art exam. This will take place over four months and culminate in two days off timetable to complete their finished piece in exam conditions. Exam questions are decided by the exam board and the students will have the opportunity to choose from a list of seven. Examples of questions could be ‘Landscape’ or ‘Light and Dark’. This exam unit is worth 40% of the GCSE.

 

  

Assessment and Progression

Examination Board:  

AQA

Grading system:

1-9 (9 is highest)

Assessment:

A portfolio of work consisting of three separate units of work (60%).

Exam based unit set by AQA produced over four months of Y11 (40%).

Progression to Post-16:

A-Level Art and Design.

Future career links:

Illustration

Artist

Graphic Design

Print maker

Architect

Contact:

Mr Hudson

rhudson@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

Miss Gooch

cgooch@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

GCSE Graphics

GCSE Graphics

This is an established course which is highly successful where 89% students achieved A*-C in 2017. Many students have since gone on to study Graphics and similar subjects and Didcot 6th Form College.

Course outline

During the GCSE Graphics course the students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of techniques and media including printmaking, paper based design skills and digital media through Photoshop. Many of these skills will be attained through various workshops that they will undertake throughout Y9. They will then use the skills attained in future units of work.

They will complete three units of work over the remaining two years which will culminate in a portfolio of work. The units may include focus on ‘Movie Poster design’ and ‘Railway Centre merchandise’. This portfolio of work will equate to 60% of their GCSE.

The students will also have the opportunity to attend educational visits to The Design museum as well as relevant Art galleries.

During Year 11 students will undertake their Graphics exam. This will take place over four months and culminate in two days off timetable to complete their finished piece in exam conditions. Exam questions are decided by the exam board and the students will have the opportunity to choose from a list of seven. Examples of questions could be ‘Cooperate ID’ or ‘Menu Design’. This exam unit is worth 40% of the GCSE.

  

Assessment and Progression

Examination Board:  

AQA

Grading system:

1-9 (9 is highest)

Assessment:

A portfolio of work consisting of three separate units of work (60%).

Exam based unit set by AQA produced over four months of Y11 (40%).

Progression to Post-16:

A-Level Graphic Design.

Future career links:

Illustration

Web/Game Design

Graphic Design

Print maker

Architect

Contact:

Mr Hudson

rhudson@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

Mrs Cawley

wcawley@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

GCSE Photography

This is an established course which is highly successful where 97% students achieved A*-C in 2017. Many students have since gone on to study Photography at Didcot 6th Form College.

Course outline

During the GCSE Photography course the students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of techniques and media including digital and chemical photography as well as Photoshop skills and how to compose a photograph. Many of these skills will be attained through various workshops that they will undertake throughout Y9. They will then use the skills attained in future units of work.

They will complete three units of work over the remaining two years which will culminate in a portfolio of work. The units may include focus on ‘Portraiture’ and ‘Machines and Technology’. This portfolio of work will equate to 60% of their GCSE.

The students will also have the opportunity to attend educational visits to The National Portrait gallery as well as other relevant Art galleries.

During Year 11 students will undertake their Photography exam. This will take place over four months and culminate in two days off timetable to complete their finished piece in exam conditions. Exam questions are decided by the exam board and the students will have the opportunity to choose from a list of seven. Examples of questions could be ‘Landscape’ or ‘Movement. This exam unit is worth 40% of the GCSE.

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Assessment and Progression

Examination Board:  

AQA

Grading system:

1-9 (9 is highest)

Assessment:

A portfolio of work consisting of three separate units of work (60%).

Exam based unit set by AQA produced over four months of Y11 (40%).

Progression to Post-16:

A-Level Photography.

 

Future career links:

Sports Photographer

Cameraman

Digital editer

Media

 

Contact:

Mr Hudson

rhudson@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

 

KS3 Art & Design

Intent

KS3 Art at St Birinus School is wide ranging and encompasses a broad challenge of experiences and processes. We try to give each student a taste of what Art has to offer at SBS, this will include working with a range of materials like clay, textiles and more traditional painting and drawing. Students will learn and produce research on different Art movements including Pop Art and Graffiti.

Curriculum sequence

 

 

Term 1 & 2

Term 3 & 4

Term 5 & 6

 

Year 7

 

Colour Theory and Hundertwasser

Pop Art Paper collages

David Hockney Landscapes

 

Year 8

 

Day of the Dead print making and textiles

Graffiti Typography and stencils

Tim Burton Clay building 2D and 3D

 

Developing Skills

 

Skills and processers covered

Year 7

  • Drawing from life with base assessment drawing
  • Pencil shading and creating tone
  • Colour pencil shading, blending & tones
  • Colour theory knowledge – primary, secondary, tertiary, harmonious, warm, cool, tints, shades
  • Watercolours use and mixing colours
  • Oil pastels use
  • Soft pastels use
  • Enlarging art
  • Artist research skills – Hundertwasser, Pop Art, David Hockney
  • Clay basics, manipulation and building 2D relief
  • Paper collaging basics with various papers – newspaper, sweet/ food wrappers, colour paper
  • Paper collage building layers
  • Perspective/ 2 point perspective skills
  • Artist research skills – David Hockney
  • Mark making knowledge application through various medias – charcoals, oil pastels, colour pencils, pencil, poster paints
  • Photography through own landscapes
  • Painting own landscapes with poster paints, building up layers and mark making knowledge

Year 8

  • Drawing from life with base assessment drawing
  • Pencil shading and creating tone
  • Colour pencil shading, blending & tones
  • Artist research skills – Banksy, Steampunk, Tim Burton
  • Graffiti type & typography
  • Soft pastels use
  • Collaging skills through mixed medias – newspaper, tissue paper, soft pastels
  • Graffiti in relation to current affairs
  • Stencil making and how to print a stencil using craft knives, paints
  • Mono Printing
  • Sewing and textiles
  • Building character designs and capturing emotions in characters
  • Paper stencil building learning about character movement
  • Clay building/manipulation 2D relief & 3D

 

 

 

National curriculum links  

Our curriculum has been mapped against the framework of the national curriculum and all aspects are covered over the two year course.

Purpose of study

Art and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Meeting the needs of SEND and Pupil Premium students 

By its nature Art is a multi-sensory subject that offers a range of different learning including visual, this provides a fantastic opportunity to engage pupils with special educational needs. St Birinus has a history of providing students with the skills to achieve far beyond their expectations. Art teachers place SEND and Pupil Premium students at the centre of their lesson planning.  This ensures high quality teaching: we direct questions to disadvantaged students, check their understanding regularly and provide frequent feedback using our CAR feedback system. Students are given opportunities, in lesson time, to act on their feedback.

Homework

In Key stage 3 Art students are set one hour of homework every two weeks. Homework tasks are planned into each unit of work and are either focused on researching and producing artist study pages or general practical activities that can be completed outside the classroom.

Assessment 

Formative assessment is done on a lesson by lesson basis through question and answer sessions during group activities.

Students work is assessed at the end of each unit with in depth written feedback. This informs the students on how to improve both technical skills and contextual understanding.

All students are also required to produce observational drawing studies under controlled assessment conditions, on a once termly basis. This test is specifically aimed at improving technical and observation skills.

Contact:

Mr Hudson

rhudson@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

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