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Art

 Art falls within the DESIGN Faculty at Hope Valley College.

Art provides a wide range of creative experiences, which encourage individual development, and enjoyment of Art and Design in its many diverse forms; whether it is clay, print, drawing or mixed media…. there is something for everyone.

 

 

 

MEET THE TEAM

  • Miss A Nicklin - Head of Design - Art / Photography
  • Mrs D Whitehall - Key Stage 3 Art
  • Miss C Elliott - Key Stage 4 Art

WE AIM TO:

Teach students to use the powerful process of creating, in which new ideas are conceived and taken from initial conception into the made world.

 

Sir Ken Robinson, the champion of the importance of creativity in education, talks about the need for all children to have a creative outlet. He mentions that “creative intelligence is dynamic, it’s diverse and it’s distinct’’. More and more students are educated out of taking risks, and often fear it…. they become numb to trying and failing before they succeed. We need to teach them to be prepared to be wrong and to be original.

 

AS A FACULTY WE WILL:

  • Introduce students to a wide range of Artistic techniques. 
  • Encourage, through designing and creating to think and intervene creatively to improve quality of life.
  • Stimulate students to become autonomous and creative problem- solvers, as individuals and members of a team.
  • Ensure that through Design students become innovative and enterprising citizens and learn to become discriminating and informed consumers.
  • Teach students to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and the work of others.

 

It is this innovation and imagination that many employers and companies seek to attract in their candidates. They want; creative thinkers, the challengers and the risk takers on their team. They want their employees to have the ability to look, to see, and to react to something which is in front of them. This reflects a growing acceptance that creativity is not simply about coming up with big ideas, but coming up with practical solutions to everyday problems and then applying them to real life situations. 

 

 

year 7 

Students have one hour of art a week and carry out a range of: drawing/painting, printmaking and ceramic activities.

ART MODULES

Drawing/Painting

Students will look at an abstract artist or Abstract Expressionism: Hundertwasser, Matt Sesow, Rothko, Ricardo Ponce or Picasso and will communicate ideas through colour, shape, pattern, line, and tone. In this project students will learn how to control a pencil, paints, pastels and other media.

Printmaking

Styrofoam printing: students will have the opportunity to have a go at relief printing based on Aboriginal patterns as well as learning about and trying out Mono printing.

Ceramics

Pinch Pots: Students will learn about clay and how to form a pinch pot safely using a wide range of equipment, culminating in the creation of a glazed bird or fish.

year 8
 

Students have one hour of art a week and carry out a range of: drawing/painting, printmaking and ceramic activities.

DRAWING/PAINTING

Mixed media work: inspired by looking at various structures, possibly cells under a microscope, bacteria or more obvious subjects such as buildings . Students will use a range of media to create a final piece.

PRINTMAKING

Lino printing: students will learn how to safely use equipment to create a relief pattern or repeat. The prints will be inspired by structures or insects.

CERAMICS

Gaudi Pots: Students will take inspiration from Nature and natural inspired architecture to create a slab pot using a range of clay equipment including a sgraffito tool.

year 9
 

In Year 9 students opt to take Art, Drama, ICT or Music. Students opt for which subjects they would like to specialise in, and will have 2 hours of lessons each week.

The Year 9 course will prepare them for their GCSE portfolio (if they opt to pursue it).

PRINTMAKING

Silk Screen printing: Students will look at the art movement ‘POP ART’ and will create a famous person themed screen print on to a T-shirt & / or their book.

CERAMICS

Armature Clay work: students will learn how to mould and shape clay using an armature to produce a 3D clay model.

 

key STage 3 art assessment 

GCSE ART & design
 

Exam Board: AQA

Specification Number: 8201

Assessment & course structure: 60% Portfolio; 40% Final Exam.

Website: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206

The GCSE Art and Design course is project based and you will have some choice in deciding on the kind of work you want to do. 

There are two components to this course: The Portfolio, and The Final Exam.

THE PORTFOLIO (60% OF THE FINAL MARKS)

This is a collection of your best work.  Within this you will have to show that you can work in more than one area from the following: drawing and painting, textiles, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, graphics, digital photography, and applied art, (working to a set design brief in the way a professional designer/illustrator, would be expected to). 

 

Within this portfolio, you have to produce a wide range of experiments; using different materials and techniques, plus one Extended project which culminates in a final piece. 

All work produced must be backed up with research and analysis of relevant artists and you will be expected to keep a sketchbook of evidence.

There is an emphasis on drawing, but this does not have to be the traditional still life observation drawing. There is also an emphasis on annotation, your notes in your sketch book which explain your ideas and reflect on the progress of your work. There must be clear evidence of drawing and annotation in every aspect of your work throughout the course.

THE FINAL EXAM (40% OF THE FINAL MARKS)

This is a timed 10hr session (broken down into smaller chunks of time).  You are given the final exam paper by the exam board (AQA) around January, you then choose which of the 7 topics most interests you.  

Between January and the exam in March / April time (depending on when the final exam sessions are set) you will research and prepare for the exam. 

In the 10 hr exam, you produce the final piece of work you have been researching and building up to in the weeks of preparation.

 

Art and Design is a demanding course and, if you choose to study it you will be expected to work hard.  Artwork takes time to produce: sometimes it may take you most of the weekend to complete a piece of homework.  Only opt for it if you are committed.

Recommended resources
Questions to

Miss A Nicklin: email here                   Miss C Elliott: email here

 

GCSE PHOTOGRAPHY  

Exam Board: AQA

Specification Number: 8206

Assessment & course structure: 60% Portfolio; 40% Final Exam.

Website:  www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206/subject-content/photography

The GCSE Photography course is project based. There are two components to this course: The Portfolio (60%), and The Final Exam (40%).

Students study Photography, including lens and light-based techniques and the history and development of Photographic techniques (in the main using DSLR – digital photography)

THE PORTFOLIO (60% OF THE FINAL MARKS)

The course will begin with a period of experimental tasks in which students learn how to create a variety of different photographic styles and gain a basic understanding of Photoshop Elements. 

These experiments and research will all have to be kept as evidence in a photo journal folder.

There is also the requirement to produce one extended project which will begin with the study of a relevant photography artist; Paul Wolfgang. Students will then go onto plan out a photo shoot which Paul will assist them with. They will then experiment and develop their images working towards a final canvas in his style.

THE FINAL EXAM (40% OF THE FINAL MARKS)

This is a timed 10hr session (broken down into smaller chunks of time).  You are given the final exam paper by the exam board (AQA) around February, you then choose which of the 7 topics most interests you.  

Between February and the exam in March / April time (depending on when the final exam sessions are set) you will research and prepare for the exam. 

In the 10 hr exam, you produce the final piece of work you have been researching and building up to in the weeks of preparation.

Within the portfolio and exam work students must demonstrate that they understand the techniques and processes used to produce their work. This is in the form of notes and annotation which explains their practical outcomes, and how they have produced their results. To do this they will learn about; shutter speed, apertures, light quality, depth of field and different lenses and being able to explain how these have been used to achieve certain effects.

This is not a "point and shoot" photography course, it will require the willingness to learn the technical information behind the resulting images and the ability to explain them using appropriate vocabulary. 

There is an emphasis on drawing within this course; drawing with a camera, drawing with light (using the open shutter and a torch), drawing using Photoshop, actual drawing onto a photographic image itself, plus other kinds of drawing: sketches explaining ideas, or the layout of a particular shot; diagrams etc... 

However it is done, there must be clear and extensive evidence of drawing and annotation in any work produced for this course.

Recommended resources
Questions to

Miss A Nicklin: email here

extra curricular 

  • GCSE Art & Photography catch up club - Thursday lunch and Wednesday after school with Miss Nicklin and Miss Elliott.
  • KS3 Art club - come and get crafty Monday lunch with Mrs Davies.
KATIE ALMONDS Workshops great success for GCSE Art students, September 2019
  • Saturday Arts club - starts at SHU, October 2019.