GCSE Fine Art - KS4

WHO’S WHO?

Progress Leader: Mr S Chilvers
Teaching Staff: Miss R Pritchard, Mrs B Watson
Link Governor: Mrs R Sinnott

COURSE INFORMATION

GCSE Fine Art follows the processes practiced and discovered in the Year 9 sustained project and applied more independently to create a portfolio of work that shows students are able to develop and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills specified in the subject content within the context of fine art practice and their selected area(s) of study.

GCSE Art and Design consists of two units of controlled assessment/portfolio which aim to develop the study skills essential to the subject whilst fully meeting the four assessment objectives. The practices undertaken include: observational drawing, painting, collage / mixed media, printing, and critical thinking.

COURSE CONTENT

Students learn how sources relate to individual, social, historical, environmental, cultural, ethical and/or issues-based contexts and how ideas, themes, forms, feelings and concerns can inspire personally determined responses that are primarily aesthetic, intellectual or conceptual.

Within the context of fine art, students must demonstrate the ability to use fine art techniques, processes as well as media/materials in appropriate ways to evidence students’ personal intentions.

COURSE ASSESSMENT

Unit 1: 60% coursework – sustained project sketchbooks/A2 boards project

Unit 2: 40% externally set assignment consisting of – preparatory studies developing work in sketchbooks culminating in an exam style-controlled assessment at the end of the course for 10 hours.

Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all GCSE Art and Design specifications and all exam boards. The exams and non-exam assessment will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

YEAR 10



TERM  UNIT OF STUDY
KEY SKILLS / LEARNING
Autumn
Sustained Project 1: Cool Britannia & 90s Culture
* Analysis of Art / Critical studies
* Collage/Decollage
* Printing Techniques
* Painting Techniques
Spring
Sustained Project 1: Cool Britannia & 90s Culture
Project 2: Cityscapes * Composition creation
* Art as social commentary
* Drawing
* Critical Analysis / Self Reflection
* Design process
* Generation of Personal Response
Summer
Sustained Project 2: Cityscapes
* Collage & Layering
* Drawing in detail
* Observational Sketching
* Painting
* Drawing to scale
* Critical Analysis / Self Reflection
* Design process
* Generation of Personal Response

YEAR 11



Autumn
Sustained Project 3: Students have the selection of projects based on
* Abstract Art
* Human Figure
* Landscapes
* Critical Analysis of Contextual references
* Drawing to scale
* Painting & Drawing
* Mixed Media
* Composition and layout
* Self Reflection
* Generation of Personal Response
Spring
AQA External Set Assignment
Students will select one of seven starting points from the issued paper in January of their examination year.
* Critical Analysis of Contextual references
* Drawing to scale
* Painting & Drawing
* Mixed Media
* Composition and layout
* Self Reflection
* Generation of Personal Response
Summer
Course Complete

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Gallery visits if relevant exhibition available to support learning.

A LEVEL/BTEC REQUIREMENTS:

Students are usually required to have a 9 - 5 pass at GCSE to enter AS/A2.

A Level Courses: Art, craft and design, Fine art, Graphic communication, Textile design, Three-dimensional design, Photography.
BTEC Courses include Level 3 Extended Diplomas in Art & Design, Creative Media, Interactive Media, 3D Design, Fine Art, Photography, Graphics.

HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING

Enquire the about the topic of studies and the use of first-hand imagery generated through photography is particularly useful. During the projects on Cityscapes taking them to Liverpool or Manchester and supporting them take imagery to support their studies for example would be very useful to them picking up marks. Encourage them to follow official profiles of the artists they study on social media.

WHERE TO GO:

Visit Galleries (Tate Liverpool, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery)
Tate Modern, National Portrait Gallery and Saatchi Gallery (London).

WHAT TO WATCH:

Artist documentaries & Films/TV Series about the life of artists.
YouTube videos about BritPop and 90s Culture.
Year 10: Supersonic (NetFlix, Amazon Prime).
Year 11: Any YouTube videos about the artists forming part of their individual studies.
YouTube: Any video clips on GCSE students' work focusing on sketchbook creation.

WHAT TO READ:

Any books that explore the background to the 90s Culture project especially on BritPop.
Books related to Art movements or artists forming their personal studies.

ONLINE:

Follow the department Twitter and Instagram accounts for links, ideas and support.
Student Art Guide
BBC Bitesize Art
The Tate Modern & Britain
The National Portrait Gallery
Museum of Modern Art
The National Gallery

FUTURE CAREERS:

Accessory designer, Advertising designer, Animator, Architect, Art Historian, Art Gallery Curator, Art Teacher/Lecturer, Art Therapist, Art administrator, Cake Decorator, Ceramics artist, Concept Artist, Design director, Design strategist, Fashion designer, Fine artist, Floral designer, Graphic designer, Hairstylist, Illustrator, Interior designer, Jewellery designer, Make-up artist, Photographer, Photojournalist, Production designer, Sculptor, Set designer, Tattoo artist, Web design.

Oct 15
Some beautiful outcomes in this weeks GCSE Photography lessons as we explored the style of Karl Blossfeldt.… https://t.co/1384bwfThq
Sep 10
Let’s start the new year with some amazing smoke flare photography with our Y11 from last night. #photography… https://t.co/EoZn5j8ewJ
Jan 12
Students had real success experimenting with typography using Britpop song lyrics. @MicrodotCreativ @oasis… https://t.co/onPOi6Xr0I
Jan 05
Just because we start the new year in another lockdown doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate great work. Here’s Connors… https://t.co/llo6g3LMdn