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Creative Arts

Overview

All pupils will study art in Year 7 and 8 and many then choose to study Art and Design (Fine Art) GCSE.

Art and Design is a practical and creative subject that aims to develop the fine art skills of learners alongside building their knowledge of different artists’ works.

Learners produce portfolios of work that aim to demonstrate:

  • Varied use of different medium and media
  • Independent and creative ideas presented showing thought processes
  • Show understanding of how artists’ work has influenced their own work.
  • Learners use basic drawing and painting skills and techniques.
  • They are encouraged to develop these skills in producing pieces of work that reflect their understanding of the world around them.
  • Learners are encouraged to build upon these basic skills and develop them using sculpture, Photoshop and other medium that suit the final outcome.

Outline of Course Content

Learners develop a portfolio of work that is broken up into topics. Each project is assessed on individual pieces and learners are given regular feedback and advice to act upon. Learners also produce homework projects for each topic that gives them the opportunity to use any media or medium they wish to e.g. video, Photoshop, photography, printing etc.

Year 7 topics include:

  • Introduction to observational drawing and different types of shading.
  • Braque and Picasso style portraits.
  • Introduction to painting techniques and understanding the use of colour.
  • Still-life paintings.
  • Pen and wash ,3D work based on Gargoyles.

Year 8 topics include:

  • One Point ,Two point and Three point perspective.
  • Creating work based on the artists in the Brut Art Movement.
  • Developing portraiture looking at realistic pencil portraits, painted cubist portraits.
  • Imaginative illustrations and 3D pieces to bring the illustrations to life.

Y9,10 & 11 topics include

AQA Art and Design (Fine Art) GCSE

Learners start a three year run into G.C.S.E. and work on project based work over the 8 terms building on skills and Development.

Art and Design (Fine Art) is a highly successful subject at Upper Batley High School.

  • Learners are encouraged to develop a portfolio of work based around the three key subjects in art; still-life, portrait and landscape.
  • Learners are given starting points to create pieces of work that show their understanding of different artists’ and cultures’ work.
  • Art skills and techniques are explored, Learners have access to cameras, Photoshop, acrylic paint, inks, pastels etc.
  • Learners are encouraged to be independent and creative in their final outcomes.
    Work is mounted and presented with annotation. This is worth 60% of the total marks for the learner's grade.
  • An external task is worth 40%, where the Learners investigate a question using their acquired art skills and techniques and produces a final piece for assessment.

AQA Art and Design (Photography) GCSE

  • Learners are encouraged to work on skills based and sustained projects to develop a portfolio of work using photography to create portraits , natural forms and Landscapes.
  • Learners are given starting points to create work that show their understanding of photography techniques and different artists’/photographers’ work.
  • A wide range of skills and techniques are explored, including mixed media, embroidery, , printing, painting and photoshop/image manipulating skills .
  • Learners are encouraged to be independent and creative in their final outcomes.
    Work is mounted and presented with annotation. This is worth 60% of the total marks for the pupil’s grade.
  • An external task is worth 40%, where the learners investigate a question using their acquired art /photography skills and techniques and then produce a final piece for assessment.

Extracurricular and Enrichment Opportunities

Art department is usually open after school most evenings for pupils to come and do extra art work.

There are several opportunities for both Fine Art and photography learners to have a variety of trips to enrich their curriculum. 

Other Information

Visits to art galleries, museums and exhibitions are an excellent way to encourage a love of and engage with the vast Art and Crafts world out there. Parents can also support their child by:

  • Taking an interest in your child’s Art work and ensuring that they are spending an appropriate amount of time on it.
  • Encouraging your child to visit exhibitions, galleries, museums, watch programs on TV etc.
  • Encouraging any form of art work for pleasure (drawing, painting, photography, textiles).
  • Providing Art materials at home for them to use and explore.