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Art and Design GCSE

Subject Overview

The GCSE Art and Design course at Northgate School aims to develop awareness in students part of our ‘Day Students’ cohort of their rich and diverse cultural influences and heritage, as well as an understanding and appreciation of the historical and contemporary background of art. It offers students the opportunity to produce work in a wide range of materials, to build up their technical skills and to express their feelings and creative ideas in both two and three dimensions. It’s about having an adventurous and enquiring approach to art and design and developing the skills to express it. Students will develop an understanding of past and contemporary art and design and will be expected to produce personal responses embracing a range of ideas in line with the 2017 AQA specification.  In patients admitted to The Beacon Centre may also join the class to produce supporting material for their mainstream school studies and respective exam boards. The course is suited to Northgate Day students only who have a particular interest or ability in art or those who wish to improve their creative thinking and problem solving skills whilst at Northgate. Also, the course will assist candidates in their transition onto further students at the end of the summer term. Students may or may not wish to pursue a career in Art and Design but the course can also lead students onto advanced studies in Art and Design. The course will be 'student centred' where students will need to take the initiative in decision making and personal interests.

All the in-class preparatory studies is theme based and lessons will be individualised work, teacher led workshops, Artists in residence programme, animations, observational drawing, historical and contextual research and experimentation with media and techniques in line with assessment objectives AO1 – AO4.

A01: Students ability to DEVELOP their work through research and influences from others.

A02: Students ability to REFINE their work through experimentation.

A03: Students ability to RECORD their observation through a variety of sources.

A04: Students ability to PRESENT a personal response.

 

Topic Overview

Autumn Term

Spring term

Summer term

  • Introduction to the course and the assessment objectives – unit 1
  • Artist in residence programme: sculpture project
  • AO1, AO2, AO3
  • Work journals – what are they?
  • Artist in residence: animation
  • Artist in residence: Jewellery making
  • Gallery visit
  • Students to choose the theme for unit 1. They will need to provide information about areas of interest and whom and where they will take influence from (AO1)
  • Students need to start analysing areas of interest they are looking at with a focus on the formal elements in art: e.g. tone, line, colour, shape, texture and pattern (A01)
  • Transcriptions
  • Shared practise
  • Work journal employment with a focus on experimentation of: Media, tools and processes (A01)
  • Collecting course material/work: Angles and viewpoints. Compositional work (A03)
  • Drawing
  • Shading. Tonal study. Mark making techniques. Accuracy and different media (A03)
  • Composition/design development. Start consideration of final outcome for the February mock exam. Designs and plans. (A02)
  • Photography
  • Art disciplines. Trial and error. Develop skills. Progression.(A02)
  • Software programmes
  • Animation and sculpture.
  • Practise and development. Different outcomes (A02/4)
  • Individual responses to students chosen theme. ‘Risk taking’. Gallery visit to central London. Themes and art movements. (A04)
  • Development, judgements in line with intentions. Work journal, creativity, development of skills, record observations, review, modify, refinement.
  • Experiment with materials, tools and processes.
  • Realise intentions.
  • Critical studies.
  • Start preparation for the final outcome for unit 1. Practical work pending personal choices.
  • Attend art club: Mondays
  • Annotations
  •  The focus of the Autumn term will have been on unit 1 with students’ own chosen starting point. January will form an opportunity to further progress within areas of preparatory studies – work journals (A01, A02, A03) for unit 1 and make final decisions in regards to the execution of a final art piece (A04) which will form the focus of lessons in preparation for the mock exam in February (date to be confirmed). Students are encouraged to attend the Monday scheduled Art Club at the end of the school day. Unit 1: mock exam preparation.
  • Artist in residence – Digital photography
  • Art Club (Mondays)
  • Gallery visit
  • Finalising unit 1. Preparatory studies: A01, A02, A03. Mock exam preparation. Artist in residence programme.
  • Mock exam.
  • Work journals.
  • The exam paper for the controlled assessment in June will be handed to candidates in February 2017.
  • Unit 2: controlled assessment preparation. The format is exactly the same as for unit 1 and will continue until the controlled assessment in June with a focus on the assessment objectives.
  • Exam paper plus all previous support systems remain in place. Students should have a better understanding of materials, preferences, tools and processes and be able to adapt an out of class independent application in their preparatory studies for unit 2. 1:1 tutorials should be attended and deadlines kept. Art Club attendance is recommended (Mondays)
  • Unit 2: controlled assessment preparation. The format is exactly the same as for unit 1 and will continue until the controlled assessment in June with a focus on the assessment objectives.
  • Exam paper plus all previous support systems remain in place. Students should have a better understanding of materials, preferences, tools and processes and be able to adapt an out of class independent application in their preparatory studies for unit 2. 1:1 tutorials should be attended and deadlines kept. Art Club attendance is recommended (Mondays)
  • Unit 2: controlled assessment preparation. The format is exactly the same as for unit 1 and will continue until the controlled assessment in June with a focus on the assessment objectives.
  • Controlled assessment June 2017
  • Work journals for both unit1 and 2 will have to be left on the student’s individual desk at the end of the 10 hour exam which will be spread over two days. Students are also required to sign a student declaration sheep stating that the work produced it that of their own.

 

Examination Board

AQA Art and Design – unendorsed Code: 42012

AQA

Learning beyond the classroom

Students will be strongly advised and encouraged to keep afloat with current affairs both within the written media, on line and other technologies such as debating programmes and specialist workshops delivered by external companies within the area of culture including art galleries and specialist exhibitions. Studying Art and Design will develop students’ problem solving strategies as it involves seeking information, old and new, generating new knowledge and making decisions and creating the ability to debate and see points of views from a variety of perspectives within the art world; it will allow students to take on some of the responsibility for their own learning. External excursions will be encouraged. Students will have the opportunity to develop their research skills using the wide range of resources available. It will provide students with opportunities for personalised work to aid their work journal, where students actively explore current artistic topical issues close to their heart and acquire a deeper knowledge to enhance their personal growth, ability to manage setbacks and general understanding of the ‘unknown’.

 Progression Pathways and Careers

GCSE Art at Northgate School offers a way of progression and personal growth. It will enable students to express their informed ideas clearly and confidently, work confidently within a group, develop their self-presentation skills by giving them opportunities for discussion, giving a presentation; develop their perseverance by providing them with opportunities, materials, tools and processes to review, re-evaluate and revise their artistic abilities. Students will be encouraged to relate these essential skills to their future employment and listen to the views of others and respect and adhere to the laws within the UK both at home and general employment laws.

 Useful Links


On line websites including The National Gallery, Portrait Gallery and individual galleries around London.

For further details Contact

Mr Soren Jensen          
email: sjensen1.302@lgflmail.org