Art & Design
KEY STAGE 3:
- Year 7-9 will be on a carousel and are taught for a double period during one term and follow a structured programme of learning which is built upon from year to year.
- Year 7 are taught how to draw and shade using flat tone and graduated shading to make an object look 3D and learn about colour theory as part of a practical project.
- Year 8 learn about the proportions of the head and are shown two different measuring techniques in order to draw a portrait with accuracy. Artists are studied as part of the course.
- Year 9 research into a different culture and produce a 3D piece of work using recycled objects
KEY STAGE 4:
Examination Board/Code: AQA: GCSE FINE ART (8202)
Component 1: Personal Project
- Students are required to produce a portfolio that is developed in response to a theme set by the teacher and explicit coverage of the four assessment objectives. It must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial starting points to the realisation of intentions as a final piece and a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study such as responses to gallery or museum visits.
Component 2: Externally set assignment
- AQA will provide a separate externally set assignment for each title, each with seven different starting points. Students must select and respond to one starting point from their chosen title.
- The externally set assignment provides students with the opportunity to produce work from their selected starting point through to their final piece in the 10 hours of supervised exam time.
- Students must ensure that the total submission for Component 2 evidences coverage of all four assessment objectives and evidence of drawing activity and written annotation. Students must identify and acknowledge sources which are not their own.
- Externally set assignments will be available to students from 2 January.
- A preparation period which can begin on or after 2 January is followed by 10 hours of supervised unaided work in which students are required to realise their intentions. Students must not undertake any further preparatory studies once the first period of supervised time starts.
Examination Board/Code: AQA : A LEVEL FINE ART
Component 1 Personal investigation
This is a practical investigation supported by written material.
- Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.
- The investigation must show clear development from initial intentions to the final outcome or outcomes. It must include evidence of the student’s ability to research and develop ideas and relate their work in meaningful ways to relevant critical/contextual materials.
- The investigation must be informed by an aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, photographers, designers or craftspeople.
- The written material must confirm understanding of creative decisions, providing evidence of all four assessment objectives as a coherent and logically structured extended response of between 1000 and 3000 words of continuous prose.
Component 2 Externally set assignment
Separate question papers will be provided for each title. Each question paper will consist of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one. Students will be provided with examination papers on 1 February, or as soon as possible after that date.
Preparatory period – from 1 February
Following receipt of the paper students should consider the starting points and select one. Preparatory work should be presented in any suitable format, such as mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals, models and maquettes.
Supervised time – 15 hours
In the 15 hours students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work.
Students must stop work on their preparatory work as soon as the first period of supervised time starts. Students may refer to their preparatory work in the supervised time, but it must not be added to or amended.
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