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Art & Design occupies an important place within the School Curriculum providing a path to visual literacy and the language of art, and nurturing the creative skills, imagination and industry needed to enable pupils to produce their own work in a visual form.


Art & Design at Rishworth

The Department aims to develop pupils’ confidence and capacity to enjoy and understand the subject throughout their time at Rishworth.  Pupils’ work is regularly displayed in the Art Room and there is a major annual exhibition of examination work to which parents and staff are invited.


Lower & Middle School Art & Design

Year 7 Topics

  • Marks using a variety of materials.
  • The work of different artists.
  • 2-dimensional to 3-dimensional.
  • Annotation within projects.
  • Observational drawing.
  • Using photography within projects.
  • Ceramic and sculptures.

 

Year 8 Topics

  • 2-dimensional to 3-dimensional.
  • 3-dimensional sculptures.
  • Annotation within projects.
  • Painting skills with various materials.
  • Using public spaces to display work.
  • Observational drawing.
  • Lino printing.

 

Year 9 Topics

  • Colour mixing using mixed media.
  • Painting with various tools.
  • Impressionism.
  • Figure drawing.
  • Collage.
  • Line drawing from photographs.
  • Photomontage.
  • Ink and charcoal.

GCSE Art & Design

Introduction:

The course aims to introduce pupils to a variety of learning experiences, both two and three dimensional, which encourage the development of skills through the use of appropriate media, processes, techniques and technologies relevant to their chosen area(s) of study.  Pupils will be encouraged to develop their own strengths and interests in the subject and follow their own lines of enquiry.  Evidence must be provided of drawing activity in both their portfolio submission and externally set assignment.  It can take different forms depending on intention: it can feature as an element within the developmental process and/or explicitly in the realisation of intentions.  Pupils must also use written annotation to record their ideas, observations and insights, and will be encouraged to appreciate the purpose of annotation and understand how and where annotations can feature as an integral part of the creative process.

 

The department follows the Art, Craft and Design title where pupils must explore work associated with areas of study from at least two of the following titles: Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Textile Design, Three-Dimensional Design and Photography.

 

Examination Board: AQA (Art, Craft and Design).

 

Course Content:

 

Mode of Assessment:

 

Component 1: Portfolio

A portfolio that in total shows explicit coverage of the four assessment objectives.  It must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions, along with a selection of further work undertaken during the pupils’ course of study.

 

Component 1 carries 96 marks and contributes to 60% of the GCSE.

 

Non-exam assessment set and marked by the department and moderated by AQA during a visit to the School which normally takes place in June.

 

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment

Pupils respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives and evidence of drawing activity and written annotation.  There is a preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time. Once the supervised time begins pupils may refer to their preparatory work but must not amend or add to it.

 

Component 2 carries 96 marks and contributes to 40% of the GCSE.

 

Non-exam assessment set and marked by the department and moderated by AQA during a visit to the School which normally takes place in June.

 

The course content as set out above may be subject to change by AQA.


A-Level Art & Design

The study of art and design is an invaluable way of deepening students’ perception of themselves and the world in which they live.  It provides a path to visual literacy and the language of art and design.  It nurtures the creative skills, imagination and industry needed to enable students to produce their own work in a visual form.  Grade C in GCSE Art is preferred as a minimum entry requirement.  It is a two year course.

 

Course content

 

Examination Board: AQA

 

The department follows the AQA Art, Craft and Design specification.  This is a broad-based two year course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and media associated with two or more of the following titles: Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Textile Design, Three-Dimensional Design and Photography.

 

The course consists of two components which may be subject to change by AQA.

 

Component 1: Personal investigation

This is a practical investigation supported by written material of between 1000 and 3000 words.  Students are required to conduct a practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by written material.  The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of finished outcomes.

 

Component 1 carries 96 marks and contributes to 60% of the A-level.

 

Mode of assessment

The non-exam assessment is set and marked by the department and moderated by AQA during a visit to the School.  Visits normally take place in June.

 

Component 2: Externally set assignment

This is an assignment set by AQA which will be provided to students on 1 February, or as soon as possible after that date.  The examination paper will consist of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points.  Students are required to select one.  Following a period of preparatory work students must produce a finished outcome, or series of outcomes, in 15 hours of supervised time.  Once the supervised time begins students may refer to their preparatory work but must not amend or add to it.

 

Component 2 carries 96 marks and contributes to 40% of the A level.

 

Mode of assessment

The non-exam assessment is set and marked by the department and moderated by AQA during a visit to the School.  Visits normally take place in June.

 

The course content as set out above may be subject to change by AQA.

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