Subjects

Fine Art

Why study Fine Art?

YOU WILL BUILD CREATIVE SKILLS THROUGH LEARNING AND DOING, DEVELOPING IMAGINATIVE AND INTUITIVE WAYS OF WORKING AND DEVELOP KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF MEDIA AND MATERIALS IN HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY CONTEXTS.

You will develop upon the skills you have learnt during Year 7 and 8 and learn the techniques needed to make more highly refined work to help you achieve your full potential at GCSE.

What will I learn about?

  • Painting and drawing
  • Mixed media, including
  • Printmaking
  • Contemporary and Historical artists, craftspeople and designers from different cultures and their contribution to continuity and change in society
  • How to annotate and develop a working vocabulary and knowledge of specialist terms in fine art

How will I be assessed?

(One project in Y10, one project in Y11)

  • Unit 1 Portfolio of Work – Controlled Assessment (96 marks – 60%)
  • Unit 2 Externally Set Task – Question papers issued from 1 January in 10 weeks of preparation time resulting in a 10 hours Exam spread over 2 days. You will respond to your own starting point (96 marks – 40%).

What happens in lesson?

  • Teacher led workshops
  • Critical studies
  • Independent project work
  • Working to individual targets and deadlines

What are some of the skills I will need?

  • You should enjoy drawing and using a range of different materials to experiment
  • You should have the drive and commitment to develop your art skills and
  • You should be creative and enthusiastic
  • You should have an interest in the meaning behind art work and enjoy looking at the work of artists, craftspeople and designers
  • You must be dedicated to working on coursework outside of lesson time. You will be expected to do at least 2 hours of homework each week in between your lessons and encouraged to use the Art department after This is manageable if you enjoy Art.
  • It helps if you have a good attendance record and good organisational skills – these are essential for any GCSE

 

Year-by-Year Subject Breakdown

In Year 7 your child will study:

  • 3D tonal pencil drawing
  • Develop tonal painting skills
  • Create a drawing by overlaying different colours of pencil
  • Produce a secondary observation study using Oil pastels
  • Use a variety of media to create different textures
  • Understand what a composition is and create their own

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes and tests, summative assessments at the end of each 6-week project.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 7 is:

  • There is a 6-week drawing challenge which is set at the start of the year
  • Subject-specific terminology spellings
  • Develop learning at home with drawing exercises

In Year 8 your child will study:

  • Ernst Haeckel a German Artist and Biologist
  • Explore the colours, patterns and textures of close up photographs of cells and the work of Ernst Haeckel
  • Produce a research page
  • Design your own cell using the colours, patterns and textures from your study sheet
  • Create a mixed media cell final piece.
  • Add a range of colour and Textures

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes and tests, summative assessments at the end of every 6-week project

Typical homework your child might get in Year 8 is:

  • Research on cells
  • 6-week drawing challenge set at the beginning of the year
  • Subject-specific terminology spellings

In Year 9 your child will study:

  • A range of different Artists based on a range of themes, Animals, Portraiture, Urban, painting and drawing skills
  • Develop wet into wet painting technique using Acrylic paint
  • Develop accuracy and scale in observational drawing
  • Improve range of tone in pencil and colour pencil shading
  • Learn how to draw using the grid technique in portraiture
  • Develop realistic drawing
  • Use a range of media
  • Develop a range of printing skills, Mono printing, poly printing and Intaglio printing
  • Combine different surfaces and textures to work on presentation in sketchbook and composition skills
  • Annotation to a good level using subject-specific terminology and full sentences

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes and tests, summative assessments at the end of each half term and a cumulative test at the end of the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 9.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 9 is:

  • Fortnightly research homework
  • Practice drawing skills
  • Photography homework
  • Key terminology spellings

In Year 10 your child will study:

  • Teacher-Led workshops refining skills already taught
  • Develop techniques already taught
  • Mixed media including collage
  • Respond to a brief
  • Study Contemporary and historical artists, craftspeople and designers from different cultures and their contribution to continuity and change in society
  • Create a final composition
  • How to develop a working vocabulary and knowledge of specialist terms in fine art

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes and tests, summative assessments at the end of each half term and a mock exam at the end of the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 10.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 10 is:

  • Weekly Research
  • Annotation
  • Practise drawing techniques

In Year 11 your child will study:

  • Developing their strengths and knowing how to reach their full potential
  • A mock exam for 12 weeks that will run from September to December
  • How to create a personal and meaningful response to an artist interpretation.
  • In January they will get their Art exam to prepare for during 12 weeks and will then sit a 10-hour exam around Easter to create a final piece.
  • How to annotate and develop a working vocabulary and knowledge of specialist terms in fine art
  • Developing imaginative and intuitive ways of working

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes and tests, summative assessments at the end of each half term and mock exams at two set points during the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 11.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 11 is:

  • Weekly personalised homework tasks
  • Weekly deadlines to meet
  • Annotation