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Subject Overview

Creative Arts at The North School offers a platform for students to become creative thinkers. It teaches them transferable sub skills that benefit all areas of the curriculum. Our students work in a highly a stimulating environment where their work is valued and celebrated.
In art lessons, students are engaged and motivated by practical activities. We place a strong emphasis on developing observational skills, using materials, techniques, analysis and evaluation.  We encourage risk taking through experimentation, enabling students to learn about materials, to be resilient and develop their ideas independently. Through the study of artists and other cultures, students are introduced to challenging social and emotional issues which they are able to explore visually and through speaking and writing.

KS3

LESSON STRUCTURE:  ONE DOUBLE LESSON (100 minutes) WEEKLY

Throughout Key Stage 3 we explore and respond to the work of different artists and designers, as well as introducing elements of art history.

YEAR 7:

Project 1 – Natural forms; drawings, observational drawing, painting, collage, colour theory, texture, poly-printing, mono-printing, Laminating, contextual studies.
Project 2 – Landscapes; critical contextual studies, painting, perspective, collage, multi media, composition.

YEAR 8:

Project  1 – Still Life, drawing, Elements of art, Watercolour, Pen and Wash, Cubism, Collage, Multi media, Reflections, Pop Art, Roy Lichtenstein, Composition, Colour

Project  2– Features and Faces, Proportions, distorted portraits drawing, painting, composition, Animal features, Animorphing, multi media, collage.

HOMEWORK:

Homework is set alongside each project, to help develop subject knowledge and skills.  The independent homework tasks have been designed to allow students to explore artists and cultures that interest them, whilst also giving them the opportunity to write about artwork and improve technical skills.

KS4

LESSON STRUCTURE:   

YR 9 Four FIFTY minute LESSONS/WEEK Y10/11 Three Fifty minute lessons/week COURSE TITLES:

We offer two Art based options for Key Stage 4;

AQA GCSE Art and Design (Art & Design)
AQA GCSE Art and Design (Photography)

In each of these options we develop students’ technical and creative thinking skills alongside critical and contextual understanding and encourage them to research and explore the work of different artists and designers and to then develop their own practice.

The GCSE is comprised of two components that are completed over the three years of the course. 60%  - Portfolio      40%  - Externally set assignment.

All work is marked within the school and externally moderated.

COMPONENT 1: PORTFOLIO

For this unit, students explore the different elements of art, recording and developing ideas in an imaginative way. They are expected to experiment with as many different skills and media as possible and to record and refine their work as it evolves.

COMPONENT 2: EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT

The exam board provides a separate assignment for each title, each with seven different starting points.  Students must select and respond to one of these points.  They will explore and reference the work of other artists and demonstrate their ability to combine different areas of knowledge, skills and understanding within a final composition. The outcome for this component is produced in a ten hour final exam.

KS5

LESSON STRUCTURE: SIX FIFTY MINUTE LESSONS PER WEEK

COURSE TITLES:

We offer two Art based options for Key Stage 5;

AQA A-LEVEL Art and Design (Art & Design)
AQA A-LEVEL Art and Design (Photography)

In each of these options we develop students’ technical and creative thinking skills alongside critical and contextual understanding and encourage them to research and explore the work of different artists and designers and to then develop their own practice.

The A-LEVEL is comprised of two components that are completed over two years.60%  - Portfolio      40%  - Externally set assignment

All work is marked within the school and externally moderated.

A LEVEL ART AND DESIGN/PHOTOGRAPHY

YEAR 1

SKILLS BUILDING PROJECT

This initial project enables students to explore media and techniques that will go on to form the basis of their personal investigation. It incorporates two major elements: supporting studies and practical work.

COMPONENT 1: PERSONAL INVESTIGATION

Students produce a sustained body of work and outcomes based on the themes and ideas they have explored. This is a thematic enquiry, exploring and responding to a chosen topic.

YEAR 2

COMPONENT 1: PERSONAL INVESTIGATION

Students produce a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points.

Students are expected to produce an extended piece of writing showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words.

COMPONENT 2: EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT

This unit responds to the theme set by the exam board. Students will produce final outcome(s) extending from their supporting studies in response to the externally set assignment over fifteen hours, under examination conditions.

Facilities

The Creative Arts department has superb facilities and enthusiastic, expert teachers who bring a wealth of experience to teaching across multiple Art and Design disciplines. Some of these include Painting, Sculpture, Multi media, Photography, Ceramics, Graphic and Digital Media combined with CAD/Cam. There is a kiln and a dark room and access to photoshop within the department. Sixth formers have an area which they can work in throughout their study periods.

Enrichment 

Monday – 3-4pm Art club and  Y11 Art & Photography OSL 3 – 4pm

Wednesday Yr10 Photography and Y10 Art OSL 3-4pm

Thursday Yr9 Photography Y 10 Art OSL 3-4pm

The year 9 art students are involved in a very exciting opportunity, working with Network Rail and Ashford Borough Council to improve the underpass between the designer shopping outlet, train station and Ashford town centre.

The year 9 students have been asked to submit designs for a wall and two tunnel mouths which reflect the theme of Ashford past and present, linked to the development of the railway. The designs will be transformed into murals by professional artists.

Year 9 art and photography students will also be doing an ‘Outdoor Studios’ workshop with artist Julia Clarke developing her proposed commission for the new development. Julia works in willow and will be creating large permanent willow sculptures inspired by the plants and landscape around the lakes, including producing giant seed pods and abstract forms.

Higher Education

Higher Education Links Students who study Art and design and/or photography at The North School often go on to spend a year doing a foundation art course during which time they will decide which specialist area they would like to focus on. Some students will go on directly to study degrees in subjects such as photography, media, fine art, fashion design, illustration, web design, graphic design, sculpture or architecture, amongst others. This is especially so if they have studied both courses at A level enabling them to establish a comprehensive portfolio of work for their university entrance interviews.

Career Opportunities

Studying any art and design subject has so many transferable skills that it can benefit many careers. Some of the more obvious choices are; Art Director, Illustrator, Set designer, Magazine Art Editor, Artist, Artist talent Agent, Photographer, Camera Operator, Art Therapist, Exhibition designer, Furniture designer, Architect, Jewellery Designer, Engineer, Costume designer, Gaming designer, Special Effects designer.