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Art

Head of Department: Mrs J Sula

Overview

Please visit our Art Room web gallery for a flavour of our activities and some great examples of student work.

The Art Department at Warlingham School is a friendly, lively and hardworking department. With a well-established team of 4 highly skilled teachers, an Art Technician and Departmental Assistant, it has achieved consistently high results in all Key Stages. The Art Department consists of 4 specialist Art rooms, a 6th form Art studio, a kiln room and an Art office. Three of the Art rooms have printing presses and all 4 rooms have computers with specialist software. 

In Key Stage 3 students are taught to develop their ideas through a wide range of media and processes and are given the opportunity to work in both two and three dimensions. Homework projects are set every 4 to 6 weeks. GSCE Art and Design is a very popular option. Many go on to choose one or two of the A level Art subjects offered: Art and Design, Art/Textiles and Photography. Our Art students are very motivated and committed to producing expressive and highly personal work to a very high standard. From here the vast majority will study Art or Design at one of the top Art Colleges and make successful careers in a wide range of disciplines. Each Art teacher runs an after school Art club at least once a week. Visits to Art Galleries are organised every year for GCSE and A level students.

Key Stage 3

Students will experience a structured approach to the teaching of Art Materials which focuses on continuity, progression, experience and high expectations. The syllabus reflects expected progress, knowledge, understanding and breadth of study.

We place a strong emphasis on teaching basic skills and techniques through the manipulation of a wide and exciting range of materials, and media, and teaching the formal elements of Art and Textile Design – Line, Tone, Shape, Form, Colour, Texture and Pattern. The syllabus aims to present art in a wider context and promote a balanced perspective on gender, multicultural and art historical issues. Integral to each project is reference to the work of the artist, designer or craft person from different cultures and periods. During this Key Stage, projects lean towards students developing self-managing, effective practice and problem-solving skills. Teachers offer Guided Learning episodes, promoting independence and resilience in the more able.

In Year 7, students work under the heading ‘What is Art?’ Emphasis is placed on taking risks and learning from mistakes. There are links to contemporary artists, traditional processes and project-based learning. Projects include observational drawing, large scale abstract painting, print-making, mixed-media collage, sculpture relief and clay work.

In Year 8, students work under the heading ‘Objects and Viewpoints’; projects include observational drawing, sculpture mixed-media compositions, printmaking, painting, photography and computer aided design. Contextual understanding is embedded through linking established practice to contemporary issues in art and design by creating original 2D and 3D outcomes.

In Year 9, students work under the heading ‘Myself and Others’; this unit focuses particularly on the concepts involved in recording the human condition, enabling the students to embed the knowledge leant in KS3 and bridge the gap between KS3 and GCSE Art and Design. Students work in both 2 and 3 dimensions; explore the media of clay, wire, paper-mache, paint and printing. Students are encouraged to become autonomous learners and are given the opportunity to work more independently within the units of work.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Course(s) Overview

GCSE Exam Boards Used: OCR GCSE Art and Design (J170)

We currently offer one GCSE in Art and Design with OCR. They will develop their observational drawing skills and work in a variety of media to develop ideas for their own work. They will look at the work of other artists, designers and craftsmen from a variety of times and cultures. Students will be required to research, analyse and evaluate their work and make critical judgments to support their ideas.

In Year 10, during the Autumn term students work on a teacher-lead project based on the theme ‘inside out’ during the remainder of Year 10 and the Autumn term of Year 11 students are given a range of starting points to choose from and will construct their own projects with the guidance and technical support of their teacher.  The coursework element of the course is made up of all work produced in Year 10 and 11 which includes sketchbook work and at least two final outcomes. The coursework deadline is the end of the autumn term in Year 11 and accounts for 60% of their final work. The externally set Assignment begins in January and is 40% of the final mark. Students are required to submit a sketchbook of preparatory work and a final piece. The exam is 10 hours in duration.

Key Stage 5

A Level Art & Design (Art, Craft and Design)

Board: OCR

Course Entry Requirements: Grade B or above in GCSE Art & Design

Course Overview

This course enables students to explore a wide range of approaches to their studies.  The disciplines offered by the Art department are painting and drawing, printmaking, mixed media, 3D design, textiles and digital photography.  Students will be encouraged to use a variety of media and materials to develop their creative skills and express their individual thoughts, feelings, observations and ideas in visual form.  Drawing is an essential part of the course and as well as opportunities to draw from direct observation.  Students will study the work of other artists to develop an understanding of continuity and change across different genres, styles and traditions and then apply this knowledge to their own work.

Assessment Format

Personal Investigation (internally assessed, externally moderated) – 60% of A Level

Learners produce a portfolio of practical work and a related study, which is an extended response of a guided minimum of 1000 words.

Externally-set task (15hrs) (internally assessed, externally moderated) – 40% or A Level

The early release paper will provide learners with a number of themes.  Within the themes, there will be a choice of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli.  A response should be based on one of these options.

Possible Careers and Higher Education

Foundation Course in Art and Design. Degree courses in Fine Art, Print Making, Sculpture, Theatre Design, Fashion, Textiles, Jewellery Designer, Interior Design, Graphic Design and Illustration, Animation, Film and Video Making, Game Designer, Advertising, Packaging, graphic novelist,  Typography and Photography, Architecture, Web Based Curator, Movie Set / Costume / Special Effects Designer, Film Concept Artist.

Further information from: Mrs J Sula or Mrs L Wilkinson

A Level Art & Design (Photography)

Board: OCR

Course Entry Requirements: Grade B or above in GCSE Art & Design.

Course Overview

This course enables students to explore and appreciate the visual world and respond in a creative and personal way.  The skills students will develop will be varied, including knowledge of materials, processes and techniques.  Students will be able to interpret and convey ideas and feelings through their work.  They will also be more experimental and analytical and will learn how to document findings in different ways. They will develop a specialist vocabulary, build on their knowledge and understanding of the place of art, craft and design in history and contemporary society.

Assessment Format

Personal Investigation (internally assessed, externally moderated) – 60% of A Level

Learners produce a portfolio of practical work and a related study, which is an extended response of a guided minimum of 1000 words.

Externally-set task (15hrs) (internally assessed, externally moderated) – 40% of A Level

The early release paper will provide learners with a number of themes. Within the themes, there will be a choice of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli.  A response should be based on one of these options.

Possible Careers and Higher Education

Foundation Course in Art and Design. Degree courses in Fine Art, Print Making, Sculpture, Theatre Design, Fashion, Textiles, Interior Design, Graphic Design and Illustration, Animation, Film and Video Making, Advertising, Packaging, Typography and Photography.

Further information from: Mrs J Sula or Miss Obmann

A Level Art & Design (Textile Design)

Board: OCR

Course Entry Requirements: Grade B or above in GCSE Art & Design or GCSE Design & Technology Textiles.

Course Overview

This course will enable students to focus on textile disciplines within an Art and Design context.  It involves the creation, selection and manipulation of textiles, across a variety of practices such as constructed, dyed and printed textiles.  Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of techniques including weaving, embroidery, appliqué, batik, silk painting, tie and dye, hand painting and lino printing.  A wide range of natural and manufactured materials will be explored to address aspects of design in fashion, furnishing and fine art.

Assessment Format

Personal Investigation (internally assessed, externally moderated) – 60% of A Level

Learners produce a portfolio of practical work and a related study, which is an extended response of a guided minimum of 1000 words.

Externally-set task (15hrs) (internally assessed, externally moderated) – 40% of A Level

The early release paper will provide learners with a number of themes. Within the themes, there will be a choice of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli.  A response should be based on one of these options.

Possible Careers and Higher Education

Foundation Course in Art and Design. Degree courses in Fine Art, Print Making, Sculpture, Theatre Design, Fashion, Textiles, Interior Design, Graphic Design and Illustration, Animation, Film and Video Making, Advertising, Packaging, Typography and Photography.

Further information from: Mrs J Sula or Mrs R Howe

(September 2017)