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Art and Design

The Art Department strives to ensure each student, at each key stage, is given the opportunity to respond creatively and imaginatively to tasks across a range of disciplines. We encourage students to hone their existing skills and begin to develop a love of working with mixed media approaches to making, good technical skills and a creative outlook to problem solving in the subject.

At each key stage we cover the basic formal elements of drawing, painting, 3D making and craft based working.

Why choose to come to our school for this subject?

We aim to provide students with the basics of painting, drawing and making at Key Stage 3, ready for the rigours of studying the subject after they choose their options at the end of Y9. Students at GCSE and A-Level comment that they really enjoy the independent choice of theme at both Key Stage 4 and 5, and this diversity has been commented on by moderators of our subjects as being a particular strength of the department.

We offer digital editing facilities, the opportunity to create large scale prints, etchings and paintings, coupled with the opportunity to experiment with mixed media and large scale sculpture and installation. Our students rise to the challenge and, as a result, we have an exciting range of independently creative and diverse responses to projects at both GCSE and A-level.

The new specifications at both GCSE and A-level have meant that we can now give more opportunity to students to undertake workshops and experiment with wider ranges of materials, techniques and processes at the beginning of courses, which students have commented makes them more confident in their own creative processes and more willing to take risks with their own aesthetic.

We regularly gain 80-90% A*-C passes at GCSE for both Photography and Fine Art.

in Year 7 

  • Formal elements of drawing: line, tone, form texture, pattern. Working in mixed media and creating large scale group work.
  • 3D sealife project focussed on recycling, re-using and repurposing. Using 3D construction methods in mixed media using recycled materials.
  • Landscape project – in-situ sketching, mixed media, mark making and hand-sewn textiles.

In Year 8 

  • Formal Elements of Art – Sweets: In this short project we explore line, form, tone, texture, colour and pattern by investigating sweets, cakes and biscuits.
  • Natural Forms: Students explore natural forms, from life and first and second hand images. They will investigate macro and micro and develop the work to produce an abstract natural form image into a collograph print
  • 3D Project: Students design and create large cardboard mythical creatures

In Year 9 

  • Formal Elements of Art - Graffiti: In this short project we explore line, form, tone, texture, colour and pattern by investigating the work of Graffiti artist and producing a stencil piece.
  • Distorted portraits: portraiture with a twist; an introduction to acrylic painting.
  • 3D Project: A mixed media project, students draw with wire, apply Mod Roc and mixed media materials to create small figures

GCSE ART and design (fine art) 

(AQA EXAM BOARD)

What will you learn?

You will learn to, independently, develop and create projects within themes of your own choosing, producing a wide variety of art work that meets four assessment objectives and culminates in a final outcome.

You will explore the formal elements through drawing, painting, photography, print-making, digital manipulation, and 3D work. Technique workshops vary each year, but may include learning to use acrylic paint, pencil, pen, watercolour, screen printing, etching, photography, and mod-roc construction.

GCSE students are given much more freedom and make their own choices over the materials they want to use, subject matter, project titles and how they would like to develop their work.

How will this be assessed?

Each project is assessed according to four assessment objectives, and you will be regularly assessed to help you to monitor your progress. There is a deadline for each objective during the year and your work for that objective will be assessed at that time to keep you up to date with your progress.

There are two components to the course. Component 1 consists of workshops and two, self-directed projects, making up 60% of your mark. Component 2 is an externally set assignment worth 40% of the final mark. This will begin on January 1st in Year 11 from a range of starting points issued by the exam board.

GCSE art & design (three dimensional design)

(AQA EXAM BOARD)

What will you learn?

Three-dimensional design is the prototyping and modelling or making of products, objects, and environments.

You will learn how to develop your skills in architecture, CAD (Autodesk) and practical making skills to develop and make products that you are interested in.

In Component 1 and Component 2 students are required to work in one or more area(s) of three-dimensional design, such as those listed below:

  • architectural design;
  • product design;
  • interior design;
  • 3D digital design.

They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas.

You will learn how to produce visual evidence for the four assessment objectives.

You will develop your technical drawing, sketching, digital manipulation, CAD (Autodesk/Sketchup) and 3D skills using a variety of materials including wood, plastic, card and paper to enable you to create realistic 3D designs and concepts.

How will this be assessed?

Each project is assessed according to four assessment objectives, and you will be regularly assessed to help you to monitor your progress. There is a deadline for each objective during the year and your work for that objective will be assessed at that time to keep you up to date with your progress. There are two portfolio projects worth 60% of the final course grade, which will include all work done during Year 10 and part of Year 11. The final project will be an externally set assignment worth 40% of the final mark. This final project will be completed under supervised conditions and will begin on January 1st in Year 11 from a range of starting points issued by the exam board.

beyond the classroom 

Our Extra Curricular activities are constantly expanding and developing. In the past we have organised frequent trips for study opportunities to the Hallam Degree show and Liverpool, Sheffield and Manchester art galleries. We have arranged trips to the London Galleries and work alongside Music and Drama, as Creative Art’s contribution to Activity Week in July each year. Last year we welcomed lecturers from Sheffield Hallam University to lead a workshop for Year 11 and Year 12 students with an interest in Architecture to get together and build bridges (figuratively and literally!) and spur on their interest for combining their passion for Art with a passion for creative problem solving.

We work hard to improve and develop our programme each year, with plans for this year including a GCSE trip to the photography studios and A-Level master classes at Hallam University. We are also aspiring to work with Graffiti and Mural artists from Sheffield to produce, bespoke work for the school and will be re-starting our successful life drawing classes that we do in partnership with Chesterfield College, for our A-Level students.

In addition, in school, we offer a regular KS3 Art Club where students compete in art competitions, make cards and decorations to raise money and support the Performing Arts department in preparation for their musicals. Each year we have a large number of students who are entered in and win prizes at the Sheffield Young Artist exhibition at ponds forge. This year we will also be getting our Art Club students to produce work for this, to help increase our profile. We also offer catch-up sessions after school on Wednesdays for GCSE and A-level students, where they can receive extra support and guidance on their work.

Future pathways 

Many of our students from GCSE go on to study A-level with us. Of these students at A-level, many go on to study Foundation Art at Chesterfield, preparing them for BA study at prestigious universities throughout the country.

Our alumni include students who have gone on to work for Disney/Pixar and BMW in Germany.

There are many opportunities for students who have studied Art at GCSE and A-level, with many universities seeing a creative subject as the basis for problem solving in degree subjects. Subjects which may not have traditionally had links to creative skill sets are finding their art portfolios are warmly received for careers in subjects like Engineering. Almost all universities accept Art as an A-level for UCAS application, and the portfolio of work produced is a welcome addition at interview to show a range of skills and strengths of the candidate.