Art helps to develop the imagination, communication and a way of interpreting the world around us. Pupil’s understanding and enjoyment of art, craft and design is developed through a range of activities which bring together elements of investigating & making and knowledge & understanding. Each scheme of work endeavours to encompass a variety of different skills, based within a particular topic or art movement. Art also helps to meet SMCC’s aims by developing lively, enquiring and creative minds.
Art at GCSE is an important first step on the road to a wide variety of careers in the creative sector. Today this is an important and growing part of the British economy – please click here (careers in Art .doc ?) to see the range of areas it encompasses. All students have a right to learn about art, craft and design. The art rooms are a safe, welcoming and inspiring environment in which students are encouraged and helped to their full potential. Kim Noseda Head of Art & Design
Art and Technology share a rotation system in which students in years 7, 8 and 9 study art in two terms out of three. The duration of the lessons in Key Stage 3 is one hour and forty minutes (i.e. two fifty minute lessons). All students are required to purchase an A4 hardback sketchbook from the Art Department at a cost of £2.60. Sketchbooks are primarily used for homework or to support project work, students may use then for personal drawing as long as it is of a suitable nature. Students are encouraged to keep their sketchbook clean and tidy.
Projects are designed to combine all five key components (which are listed below), so that students will receive the maximum education experience possible.
Art & Design education can be sub-divided into five key components and there is no particular order in which they are addressed or studied. Each term’s project addresses many sections within the five components and thus allows good coverage of the National Curriculum.
The five components are:
Critical & contextual
Planning, evaluating, recording, assessing and reporting.
Line, colour, texture, tone, form, space, shape and pattern.
Western and Non-Western art, art across time, own art and others.
Painting, drawing, designing, printing, collage, sculpture, craft, textiles, ICT.
Following an options scheme students can pursue the AQA unendorsed GCSE course made up of six 50 minute lessons per fortnight. Typically students complete one unit of coursework per term up until the end of the winter term inclusive; after that, they will revisit previous units. A wide range of approaches to work is encouraged and students generally work in 2D or 3D, with a great deal of emphasis on the use of sketchbooks. A variety of material processes and techniques are covered in the GCSE course including Batik, canvas and acrylic painting, card sculpture, silkscreen printing etc.
The course is weighted: Coursework 60% Exam 40%. In the November of Year 11, students attend lunchtime tutorials and write action plans to improve and upgrade their coursework. The mock exam also falls this month, and the controlled test is in early March.
Art Department Trips
The department runs trips to St. Ives (Tate St. Ives) and the Eden Project and has taken students to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Florence and Paris in the past.