Fine Art

Why study Fine Art?

After experiencing a range of media in Y7-9 the Art Department are confident you know more than enough to take the challenge of developing quality Art work. Basic skills learnt in drawing and painting will be improved upon and put into practice and used to produce interesting, quality work. You will have 2 lessons a week, and be able to develop your skills quickly; gaining a sketchbook full of high quality studies and a great sense of achievement from your final piece.

For future studies there are a wide range of courses e.g. Art/Graphic/Design based courses, and in the past, our students have gone onto careers in Illustration, Jewellery design, Architecture, Interior design, Landscape design and Curator of Exhibitions in galleries abroad.

What happens in lessons?

Teaching will be geared to the group as well as to you as an individual with one to one mini-tutorials to guide you to a higher level of achievement. You will learn to work with different materials and techniques and develop projects within your portfolio. This will be a creative and individual process. Assessment for learning is a strength of the Department as there are many high quality examples to help show you where you are heading.

How will I be assessed?

1 Portfolio of coursework. You will experiment, be creative and develop your skills. Your portfolio will include 2 different projects in Y10. These projects will evidence all of the assessment objectives above so that you gain the full range of marks.

Coursework is worth 60% overall, (Each project is worth 30%).

There will also be an exam worth 40%. This is like a Coursework Project but is set by the exam board. It begins in January of Y11 and will be completed by March in Y11. Within this time frame you will spend 10 hours on a final piece over 3 mornings.

Contact Mrs Bates or your Art teacher for more details.

What will I study?

All Assignments will contain the 4 Assessment Objectives,  Artists influence – how artists have represented the world; Practical Experimentation- using a range of Art materials to show images and ideas. Visual Research – using drawing and painting skills to make images, Personal Development – putting together your ideas in a final piece of work.

What skills will I need?

You will need to have consistently good effort in Art lessons and a positive attitude to improvement as we aim to move you towards a higher level in Y10 and improve your grade considerably throughout Y11. Good drawing and painting skills are needed but these will be developed further over the two years. It is important that you want to develop your skills to a high level. It will be necessary to follow through project work into a final outcome. Homework will be very important to add to your coursework folder and therefore improve your grade.