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Art

Staff

Mrs J Beck (Subject Leader)
Miss E Mohammadzedah

Department Overview

The Art Department at Sacred Heart School is a vibrant and lively place in which to learn. The two art rooms are equipped with studio-height desks and equipment for Fine Art, Craft, Design, Ceramics, Three Dimensional Art and Textiles. There are computers available also in each art room with Adobe Photoshop and a set of digital cameras. Other facilities include a printing press and kiln.

Key Stage 3

During the two years of KS3, students have the opportunity to experience; drawing and painting, ceramics, mixed media, design and three-dimensional artwork.  All students follow the National Curriculum and complete two units per year.   Units are built around the following three areas; Fine Art, Craft or Design.

In Year 7 students begin with a Fine Art project focusing on Still Life to develop their skills in the formal elements through drawing.  After this, students study a Design based project on Colour to develop skills in mixing and applying paint.  In Year 8, students learn about a particular culture and produce a response in 2D relief or three dimensions using either clay or card to develop construction and modelling skills.  The next project is Fine Art based and students produce a portrait relating to a particular movement of art. 

Key Stage 4

Students who choose Art and Design at this key stage follow the AQA GCSE Art and Design Course Specification 8201.  This is divided into two components and students must complete both.

Component 1: Portfolio - 60% of the final grade

A portfolio must include: a sustained project developed in response to a theme, task or brief evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work resulting from activities such as trials and experiments or mini projects undertaken during the course of study.  The portfolio must provide evidence of meeting all four assessment objectives.  

Component 2 : Externally Set Assignment - 40% of the final grade

Students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper produced by AQA, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives. 

At the start of the GCSE art programme, students undertake a mini Art project to develop drawing skills and gain experience working in a wide variety of media.  Next, students undertake two projects from a given theme, from which they produce developmental work and a final outcome relating to one of the following areas: Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Textile Design or Three-Dimensional Design.  This will form work for Component 1.  From January of Year 11, students work on Component 2.

All students exhibit their work at the end of the course at the annual Sacred Heart Secondary Catholic Voluntary Academy Arts Evening.  There may be the opportunity also to visit local areas for drawing and painting studies.

Additional

Both Art rooms are open for all students at lunchtime where they can develop their own individual art projects or extend their coursework. After school classes are available for students to pursue art projects.

Photography at KS4 

In addition to Art and Design students also have the option to study Photography.  Students who choose to study Photography follow the AQA GCSE Photography Course Specification 8206. 

Within the Department there are 12 Canon Digital SLR cameras for students to use.   Students are taught also in IT rooms where whole class lessons in specific digital editing skills are provided on Adobe Photoshop.

This is divided into two components

  • Component 1 : Portfolio of Work which accounts for 60% of the final grade
  • Component 2 : Externally Set Assignment, which accounts for 40% of the final grade

The candidate's portfolio must include a sustained project and a selection of further work resulting from photographs undertaken during the course of study and meet all four Assessment Objectives.

At the start of the GCSE Photography programme students begin to explore technical terms used in Photography and how to analyse and compose a photograph, in addition to the digital editing of a photograph. This is done through a short Documentary Photography project which enables students to get to terms with the new subject,  Following this, students undertake two projects from given themes within which they produce a range of developmental work, exploring different photographers and elements of photography. At the end of both projects students produce a set of final photographs relating to the theme

All students exhibit their work at the end of the course at the annual Sacred Heart Secondary Catholic Voluntary Academy Arts Evening.  There may be the opportunity also for students to undertake visits to the local area for first hand recording sessions with the cameras.

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