What GCSE courses do we offer? Art & Design (a general art course) Art and Design Textiles Art Department
Assessment for GCSE Art courses Coursework (60% of marks) All work covered in year 10 + 11. (including mock exam) Timed Assignment (40% of marks) A theme or title is set by the exam board, such as Forces, Ordinary/Extra-ordinary, Similarities/Differences. Students have 8 weeks planning followed by 2 full days to produce a piece of work based on the theme. An exhibition of the work is held at the end of yr11.
What is covered during the course? Observational drawing Print making – lino, collagraph, etching, screen, Painting with different paint media e.g. acrylics, watercolours, inks 3D, relief, clay, modroc Experimenting with mixed media Photography Digital manipulation Critical reference – looking at the work of other artists
Gallery Visits Induction day for yr9 including a trip to Cambridge Botanical Gardens and Art Gallery Possible Art trip in the Spring Term, previous destinations- Amsterdam, Paris, New York, Berlin Workshops with outside Artists Visits to other galleries eg Tate Modern or other major or smaller galleries.
Benefits of Art Self Expression Creative Independent thinking skills A non-essay based subject Develops analytical skills Develops ICT skills Broadens cultural awareness Develops visual awareness Supports a broad and balanced curriculum
Quotes from previous GCSE students Expressive, Creative: ‘it’s a good way of expressing your emotions and being creative.’ Balanced Curriculum: ‘it gives a relaxing break from other subjects as it is a completely different use of skills’..... ‘Takes your mind off the stress of the other subjects.’ Cultural Understanding: ‘It helps to give an understanding of different cultures because it expresses thoughts in a new way.’ Trips: ‘The trips available appealed because of the opportunities to expand my vocabulary and understanding of modern and classical art’ Inspiring: ‘When I saw older students’ work I thought that maybe I could achieve it.’ Variety of Art Skills: ‘You get more choice and more variety at GCSE’
Careers in Art Graphic Design Architecture Illustration Animation Photography Fashion 3D Design Interior Design Stage Design Jewellery Design Gallery Curator Exhibition Organiser Art Conservation Textile Designer Landscape Gardener Product Design Digital Artist Publishing
Progression to AS/A2 Art Grade B in Art is required in order to continue to AS level Art AS Textiles or AS Photography can be taken after GCSE Art Students often follow the A’ level course with a one year Art Foundation course they then specialise for their Art degree subject after this.