Art

Teachers

  • Mark Lawrence (Director of Learning)
  • Kieron O'Kelly
  • Anna Goodwin

The Art Department comprises of three art rooms suitable for Art, Craft and Design, as well as two ICT suites used solely for Digital photorgraphy / Digital Illustration.

Year group or Course title

 

Key Stage 3 Art & Design 

Year 7 & Year 8

Course content

In Year 7 we aim to engage the students in the serious, and enjoyable, study of Art and Design.  Our main focus is on the development of a range of technical skills.  They will also start to use these skills to work imaginatively.  If the students can start to master the control of a range of media then they will produce more powerful and confident art work, both now and in the future.  One of our aims is to put in the ground work for students who may wish to study Art at GCSE level.

Part 1. Mark-Making / Observational drawing.

Part 2. Colour, Colour theory, observational and experimental colour work inspired in part by Patrick Heron.

Part 3. German Expressionism / Self Portraiture / Printing.

The Year 8 projects will develop the skills learnt by the students in Year 7.

Assessment

 

Students are currently assessed using the attainment target level descriptors from the statutory programme of study at Key Stage 3.  This will change for Year 7 students from September 2016.

Equipment Needed

New Year 7 students are asked to bring in a small contribution to cover the cost of an A3 sketchbook that will last them for two years. They will use this for class work and homework tasks. They should feel ‘ownership’ of this book and feel free to use it for personal as well as teacher led work.

Students will also need to get equipped with some basic materials. A small selection of soft drawing pencils will be invaluable. They will also benefit from access to watercolours, oil and chalk pastels and black biros or fine line pens.

Homework 

Students will be given a manageable amount of art homework spread throughout the two years. They will be expected to complete this to the best of their ability and to try and stretch themselves. The homework tasks will knit in with the work carried out in class.

Enrichment opportunities 

Year 7 students have the opportunity to participate in a visit to the Towner Art gallery in Eastbourne. They will have a tour of the gallery as part of this trip and participate in a practical workshop inspired by the art work they have seen.

This will lead to their participation in the Eastbourne Area Schools Exhibition at the Towner.

 

Year group or Course title 

Key Stage 4 GCSE Art & Design (AQA)

Year 9 - 11

Course content

Unit 1 (60% of your mark):  A portfolio of work that showcases a range of skills including idea development, use of materials/processes, drawing, making connections with the work of artists, creating final pieces.

Unit 2 (40% of your mark): A set of prep work and a Final Piece in response to an Externally Set Task.

Assessment 

Students are assessed using the Assessment Objectives in the AQA Art & Design Specification.

Equipment Needed

Students will also need to get equipped with some basic materials.  A small selection of soft drawing pencils will be invaluable.  They will also benefit from access to acrylic paints, watercolours, quality colouring pencils (watercolour pencils are good), oil and chalk pastels, glue, collage material and black biros or fine line pens.

 

Homework

Students will be given a manageable amount of art homework spread throughout the year. They will be expected to complete this to the best of their ability and to try and stretch themselves. The homework tasks will knit in with the work carried out in class.  All homework constitues part of the Portfolio.

 

Year group or Course title

Key Stage 4 GCSE Photography (AQA)

Year 9 - 11

Course Content

Unit 1 (60% of your mark):  A portfolio of work that showcases a range of skills including idea development, use of materials/processes, taking photographs, editing photos, making connections with the work of photographers, creating final pieces.

Unit 2 (40% of your mark): A set of prep work and a Final Piece in response to an Externally Set Task.

Assessment

Students are assessed using the Assessment Objectives in the AQA Art & Design Specification.

Equipment Needed

Access to a digital camera.

A card reader.

£20 per year financial contribution to cover the cost of printing photographs.

Homework

Students will be given a manageable amount of photography homework spread throughout the year.  They will be expected to complete this to the best of their ability and to try and stretch themselves.  The homework tasks will knit in with the work carried out in class.

 

Year Group or Course Title

Key Stage 5 AS/A2 Art, Craft & Design (AQA)

Year 12/13

Course Content

You will start the AS course with a transition unit (covering traditional media, illustration and photography) to help you make the jump from GCSE to A Level.  This is followed by a short illustration project, then an extended project.  This will be followed by an Externally Set Assignment.

Across the full A-Level you will cover the following:

Unit 1: A portfolio of artwork showcasing your skills in a variety of techniques and disciplines.

Unit 2: An Externally set Assignment.

The full A Level will comprise of two components:

Component 1: A Personal Investigation into a theme of your choice.

Component 2: An externally set assignment.

Assessment

You will be assessed under the AQA A Level Art & Design assessment criteria.

Coursework will form 60% of your mark.  An externally set assignment will form 40% of your mark.

Equipment Needed

Students will also need to get equipped with some basic materials.  A small selection of soft drawing pencils will be invaluable.  They will also benefit from access to acrylic paints, watercolours, quality colouring pencils (watercolour pencils are good), oil and chalk pastels and black biros or fine line pens, glue, collage material.

Access to a digital camera is increasingly useful for this course.

There is an annual cost of £20 associated with this course to contribute to the cost of printing.

Homework

Students will be given a manageable amount of art self-study spread throughout the year.  They will be expected to complete this to the best of their ability and to try and stretch themselves.  The self-study tasks will knit in with the work carried out in class.

Enrichment opportunities

We generally run one Art visit during each academic year.  These might be to a local gallery or to a London Art Show.

 

Year group or Course title

AS / A2 Photography (AQA)Assessment

Year 12/13

Course Content

You will start the AS course with some structured sessions to help you discover and develop your photographic skills.  This is designed to give you the confidence to undertake more personal work. 

You will be encouraged to be creative and innovative in your approach, making and manipulating digital images, communicating messages and meanings.

Across the full AS Level you will cover the following:

Unit 1:  A Portfolio of art work showcasing your skills in a variety of techniques and disciplines.

Unit 2:  An Externally Set Assignment.

The full A Level will comprise of two components:

Component 1: A Personal Investigation into a theme of your choice.

Component 2: An externally set assignment.

Assessment 

 

You will be assessed under the AQA A Level Art & Design assessment criteria.

Coursework will form 60% of your mark.

An Externally Set Assignment will form 40% of your mark.

Equipment Needed

You will be expected to equip yourself for the course.You will need your own digital camera, memory stick and a card reader.  These will allow you to undertake the independent work expected at A-Level.

The course is very 'hands on' at a practical level, and we want you to be highly involved and interested in photography, both in and out of college.

There is an annual cost of £40 associated with this course to contribute to the cost of materials and photographic printing.

Homework

Students will be given a manageable amount of photographic self-study spread throughout the year.  They will be expected to complete this to the best of their ability and to try and stretch themselves.  The self-study tasks will knit in with the work carried out in class.

Enrichment opportunities 

We generally run one Photography visit during each academic year. These might be to a local venue or up to London.