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Art

KS4

ICT Photoshop skills

  • Year 7 - Layers, Hue and Saturation, threshold, copy and paste.
  • Year 8 – Blending modes, layers and masks.
  • Year 9 – Selection Tools, fill, gradients, filters.

Ceramics

  • Year 7 – 3D Tile, wedging, roll out, imprint and joining clay.
  • Year 8 – 3D Slab work, building around form.
  • Year 9 – Thumb pots and modelling with clay.

KS4 Art

Qualification: GCSE          Exam Board: AQA


Is Art for you?

Do you enjoy producing artistic pieces of work?

Do you want to continue producing exciting art work and develop artistic skills to a high standard?

Do you want to find out about how other artists produced their work?  Will you enjoy looking at their paintings and working in their style?

Will you have the patience to try out new things, even though you might not know what the final result will be?

Can you work independently and develop your own ideas?


What Will You Do?

Being creative is the next big thing. Every good company realizes that creativity and good design are important factors in generating new business. So your creativity isn’t just a way of satisfying your artistic soul... it can open the door to exciting career opportunities as well. This popular GCSE is a practical course that allows you to be as creative as you want to be, encouraging you to adventurous and exciting, by producing large pieces of work and experimenting in many different Art forms.

During your Art GCSE you’ll find out about a whole range of different media, techniques and processes. From charcoal to computers, you just can’t have enough ideas when it comes to expressing yourself. The course is big on hands-on experience too. You will be encouraged to develop a range of skills and expected to work to the best of your ability.  It’s the work you produce that counts.


Assessment Details:

Coursework - 60% of the marks

  • Year 10 unit 1: Still Life
  • Year 11 unit 2: The Figure

A coursework unit should include preparatory work, sketch books, development work related to the final piece(s) in the chosen area(s) of study.

Exam - 40% of the marks

Candidates will be required to respond to one starting point in their chosen option. Starting points will be set by AQA.

There will be a preparatory period, followed by 10 hours of supervised time (usually split over 2 days). Candidates will be expected to develop their own work to resolve their investigations, producing a final piece or pieces based upon preparatory studies and research. 


Possible Career Options:

  • Fashion Designer
  • Art Critic
  • Graphic Designer
  • Museum Curator
  • Lecturer
  • Body Artist
  • Sculptor
  • Architect
  • Model Maker
  • Tatooist
  • Make-up Artist
  • Cake Decorator
  • Teacher
  • Cartoonist
  • Decorator
  • Interior Designer
  • Textile Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Fashion Consultant
  • Artist
  • Art Director
  • Engraver
  • Art Therapist
  • Jewellery Designer

Further Education:

  • AS/A2 in Art
  • Art foundation course
  • BTEC ND in Art and design
  • Degree in Art and Design
  • BTEC ND in Graphic Design

KS4 Art & Photography

Qualification: GCSE          Exam Board: AQA


Is Art & Photography for you?

Do you enjoy producing artistic pieces of work using a variety of media?

Do you want to continue producing exciting art work and develop artistic skills to a high standard?

Do you want to learn how to take great photographs and manipulate them to create artwork?

Do you want to find out about how other artists/photographers produced their work?  Will you enjoy looking at their images and working in their style?

Can you work independently and develop your own ideas?


What Will You Do?

You will be encouraged to develop a range of skills and expected to work to the best of your ability

You will explore ideas leading to big board paintings, which will be exciting and vibrant

You will learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to manipulate your photographs.

You will use many different techniques including mixed media, montage and image transfer.

You will experiment with lots of materials to produce exciting modern artwork.


Assessment Details:

Coursework - 60% of the marks

  • Year 10 unit 1: Photography
  • Year 11 unit 2: observation

A coursework unit should include preparatory work, sketch books, development work related to the final piece(s) in the chosen area(s) of study.

Exam - 40% of the marks

Candidates will be required to respond to one starting point in their chosen option. Starting points will be set by AQA.

There will be a preparatory period, followed by 10 hours of supervised time (usually split over 2 days).      Candidates will be expected to develop their own work to resolve their investigations, producing a  final piece or pieces based upon preparatory studies and research.


Possible Career Options:

  • Fashion Designer
  • Sculptor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Gallery Worker
  • Lecturer
  • Jewellery Designer
  • Architect
  • Textile Designer
  • Make-up Artist
  • Tattooist
  • Teacher
  • Stage Set Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Web Designer
  • Video Director
  • Artist
  • Photographer
  • Decorator
  • Art Therapist
  • Landscape Gardener

Further Education:

  • AS/A2 in Art/ Photography
  • Art foundation course
  • BTEC ND in Art and design/Photography/Graphic Design
  • Degree in Art and Design/Photography/Graphic Design