Art

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Saatchi Gallery Art Prize
December 17, 2015
By Mr T Price, Subject Leader - Art
Several Chancellor's School A'Level students have work entered for the Saatchi Gallery Art Prize and their work available to view at their website:
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Saatchi Galley Art Prize
December 16, 2015
By Mr T Price, Subject Leader - Art
Several Chancellor's School A'Level students have work entered for the Saatchi Gallery Art Prize and their work available to view at their website: Read More
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Set Painting
November 24, 2014
By The Set Painting Team
On Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th of November, the Gifted and Talented Art students were invited to paint the set for the school Christmas production, Sleeping Beauty.
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Lower School Concert
September 26, 2014
By Mr M Clarke, Head of Arts
The forthcoming Lower School Informal Concert is a fantastic opportunity to hear the majority of our Year 7 students perform together. Read More

Year 7

Taught in form groups/mixed ability groups/ sets: All art groups throughout Year 7 are mixed ability

Main topics covered

Year 7 provides a foundation year for pupils working in a specialist area, increasing their confidence and skills within a range of processes and techniques. It begins with a drawing course which leads into paint, oil, pastel, collage and other media. Experience across a number of projects will be supported by reference to the work of other artists, styles and traditions. This phase of the course is concerned with establishing good practices and building a visual vocabulary. One term is dedicated to each of the following: Printmaking & Collage, Painting and Drawing, and Three Dimensional Work.

Assessment Information

All projects are marked against the criteria outlined in National Curriculum Attainment Targets.

Year 8

Taught in form groups/mixed ability groups/ sets: All art groups throughout Year 8 are mixed ability

Main topics covered

In Year 8 pupils continue to develop the skills and techniques already covered and extend their ideas into a more independent form of expression. They continue to consider the cultural and contextual aspects of the subject and to apply this knowledge more fully in their own work. Peer and self assessment are key factors throughout to help the pupils understand their goals more fully and to increase confidence.

Assessment Information

All projects are marked against the criteria outlined in National Curriculum Attainment Targets.

Year 9

Taught in form groups/mixed ability groups/ sets: All art groups throughout Year 9 are mixed ability

Main topics covered

In the last two and a half terms of Key Stage 3 and before the onset of GCSE courses in the Summer all Year 9 pupils will develop a wide range of skills through experiencing the use of a variety of materials and techniques. Our work covers a wide range of practices, from observational drawing, print making, painting and 3D construction. These skills are further enhanced by the study of the work of artists, craftspeople and designers. Our Art and Design course builds progressively as a means of enrichment, understanding and enjoyment within a well defined structure of knowledge and practical skills. As such it provides a sound basis for pupils to make informed choices at a later stage.

Assessment Information

All projects are marked against the criteria outlined in National Curriculum Attainment Targets.

Year 10 & 11

Taught in form groups/mixed ability groups/ sets: Mixed ability

Course 1 -  GCSE Art & Design

  1. Portfolio of Work  60%
  2. Externally Set Task 40%

Exam Board and Specification numberAQA GCSE Art & Design 4201

Textbook

AQA GCSE Art & Design Student Handbook ISBNumber:978-1-4085-0320-1

The GCSE course is an integrated programme of practical and critical study, in which creative work in a variety of media is informed by the study of works of art, craft and design from different periods and different societies. Students who opt for GCSE Art & Design experience a vibrant and exciting course with a strong emphasis on practical work and the key elements. Assessed coursework is carried out throughout the two years covering a wide range of skills and media. Photography and digital imaging, etching and lino-printing, as well as 3D and clay work are all areas of specialism covered by the staff within the department. Students have an opportunity to make their work very personal, and are encouraged to develop their strengths in their preferred media. A sense of pride is encouraged through the use of sketchbooks. By visiting art galleries and exhibitions they gain the valuable experience of seeing work at first hand. The course culminates in a celebratory exhibition of all students' work, and the marks given for this are used to decide the final grade.

Course 2 - Edexcel First National Btec in Art & Design Level 2

Exam Board and Specification number - BF017258

Taught in form groups/mixed ability groups/ sets: Mixed ability

Assessment Information

All units of work are marked against a series of strict criteria at pass, merit and distinction levels of attainment. These can be found at the website above.

Main topics covered

We offer both the Diploma and the Certificate in this qualification.

Certificate – two core units in addition to two specialist units of work.

Diploma - four core units in addition to four specialist units of work.

Core units include:

  • 2D and 3D Visual Communication
  • Contextual References in Art and Design
  • Explore and Develop Art and Design Ideas
  • Produce an Art and Design Outcome

Specialist units include:

  • Working with Graphic Design Briefs
  • Working with Photography Briefs
  • Working with Fashion Design Briefs
  • Working with Textiles Briefs
  • Working with 3D Design Briefs
  • Working with Interactive Media Briefs
  • Working with Visual Arts Briefs
  • Working with 3D Design Crafts Briefs

Year 12 & 13

Entry Requirements

Students are required to have at least a grade B at GCSE in Art and Design in order to join the A level course.

Exam Board and Syllabus number

AQA AS Level Fine Art (1201 ARTB)

AQA A2 Level Fine Art (2201 ARTB)

http://store.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/pdf/AQA-2200-W-SP.PDF

Assessment Information

Unit 1 (Coursework) – 50% of AS, 25% of A2
Unit 2 (AS Externally Set Assignment) – 50% of AS, 25% of A Level
Unit 3 (Personal Investigation) – 25% of A Level
Unit 4 (A2 Externally Set Assignment) – 25% of A Level

The course requires students to participate actively in their course of study, recognising and developing their own strengths and sustaining their own lines of enquiry. Students are expected to complete independent research, recording, experimenting, evaluating and modifying, ideas to extend thinking and inform their artwork. All work presented for assessment must show coverage of each of the 4 Assessment Objectives.

Main topics covered

The AQA Advanced GCE inArt and Design comprises 4 units of work over the two years. Each unit is weighted towards an A level award and each is externally moderated at the end of each year. The AS course consists of 2 units:

Unit 1 – Coursework portfolio
A selection of thoughtfully presented work demonstrating breadth and depth of study. Students sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation including evidence of their ability to research, develop ideas and link their work in a meaningful way related to critical/contextual materials.

Unit 2 – Externally set assignment
Students select one of 5 starting points set by AQA in February. The emphasis of this unit is development of ideas. Students undertake 5 hours of supervised time. The work produced during the 5 hours should be devoted to the preparatory work leading to a final piece or pieces.

The A2 course consists of 2 units:

Unit 3 – Personal investigation
Students develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue or concept supported by 1000–3000 words. This will include written and practical elements.

Unit 4 – Externally set assignment 25% of total A level grade. Students undertake 15 hours of unaided/supervised time. Selecting a starting point from 8 set by AQA, work will take place between February and May.

Textbook

AQA Art & Design AS/A2: Student Handbook ISBNumber: ISBN-13: 978-0748799121

Career Opportunities

Once you have built up a good portfolio of work you will be ready to develop your art studies further. Many students go on to do a one year foundation course at art college. Students then make a selection as to which degree course (BA) they would like to follow. After a degree course you can take up jobs in a wide range of areas, from architecture to furniture design and from jewellery design to photography. If you have any concerns or questions about the course please look on the examination board website – www.aqa.org.uk – or contact a member of the Art Department.

Any other important information

The Art department aims to contribute to the full development of students’ intelligence through Art and Design Art plays an important part in our creative and mental development, both in creating attractive images as well as making sense of the world around us. We continue to have emotions, ideas and experiences throughout life, and we all need the opportunity to translate these into visual forms. Art education is not just about learning technical skills and producing a few highly skilled practitioners – everyone benefits from having a degree of visual literacy. We can all use the skills of perception, judgement and imagination that art education encourages. The process of researching and developing a theme requires an independence of thought and maturity of approach found in few other areas of the curriculum.

Art offers great opportunities to explore different cultures and links with other areas of the curriculum. We aim to promote an awareness of historical and cultural influences within art and a broad knowledge of how art has developed through various historical periods, as well as to develop an understanding of cultural diversity within a multicultural society.

Staff

  • Mr. A.Price (Subject Leader)
  • Mrs. C. Stubbs
  • Mr. M. Galton

Facilities

The Art Department has three well-equipped art studios, one of which incorporates an area dedicated to the sixth-form and a suite of computers with art manipulation software. They provide the opportunity for a broad based curriculum throughout Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level.