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Hampstead School

Art and Design

Contacts:

 
Head of Faculty Art & Design Technology Sophie Rodger
Teacher of Art & Photography Jai Moodie
Teacher of Art Charlie Welch

What we aim to do:

Within the context of Art and Design Technology, we aim to develop students’ skills and confidence enabling them to visually communicate ideas that are personal to them. We believe that as students learn to be creative through the different disciplines they gain a wider understanding of how to generate ideas, refine processes and ultimately to produce more exciting work.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum and Assessment:

Key Stage 3 Art is taught in a rotation system with Textiles, Resistant materials and Food technology. Students experience 2 blocks of art each year.

Students are taught skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and mixed media over the 3 years of Key Stage 3. The projects draw inspiration from contemporary artists and include analysis and presentation skills.

The assessment criteria for each piece of work is made clear. Assessment and feedback is given every two weeks, a level is attributed at the end of each unit of work.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum and Assessment:

The Art  and Design GCSE course (Edexcel) gives students the opportunity to build on the skills they learnt at KS3 whilst providing them with a framework which allows them to creatively explore their own ideas and experiences. Students are encouraged to develop individual creativity through exploring different ideas, media and processes. A wide range of stimuli is used as starting points for our projects.

The course is split into a range of small projects. Within each project students learn practical skills in a wide variety of media, including Painting, Drawing, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Printing. Students’ development in the practical areas of Art and Design is informed by understanding and enjoyment of art from a wide range of historical and cultural contexts.

They learn how to research and respond to different artists and are supported in developing their own ideas with the aim of creating a final outcome. Students are encouraged to be expressive and imaginative with their ideas and use of media.

Sketchbooks are an essential part of the GCSE and are required throughout the course and during the examination. Students are provided with a sketchbook to encourage greater autonomy and to use as a visual diary.

GCSE Art and Design is divided into 2 categories for assessment:

60% Unit 1: Personal Portfolio (put together from work completed in year 10 and autumn term in year 11)

40% Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment (8 weeks preparation work accumulating towards a10 hour exam)

Each unit of work will comprise of supporting studies: a sketchbook full of work including all research, preparation and experimentation, and a final piece: a realisation of the unit of work which will usually take the form of a painting, sculpture, installation or a mixed media piece.

The work is assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Develop and Investigate through research of other artists / designers / photographers.
  • Experiment and Refine through your use of media.
  • Recording ideas and observations through visual and written responses.
  • Present a personal response in order to realise your intentions.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum and Assessment:

The new Art and Design A-level course (Edexcel) will be taught from September 2015.

The course has a similar structure to the GCSE Art and Design course but is assessed at a higher level.

Through workshops, students will develop a high level of skill in a range of media, techniques and processes including Painting, Drawing, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Printing. Students’ development in the practical areas of Art and Design is informed by understanding and enjoyment of art from a wide range of historical and cultural contexts. Students develop a deeper understanding of how to research and respond to different artists and are supported in developing their own ideas with the aim of creating a personal final outcome. Students are encouraged to be expressive and imaginative with their ideas and use of media.

Sketchbooks are an essential part of the GCE Art and Design and are required throughout the course and during the examination. Students are provided with a sketchbook to encourage greater autonomy and to use as a visual diary.

GCE Art and Design is divided into 2 categories for assessment:

60% Component 1: Personal Investigation:

  • Part 1: Practical work. From personal starting points students submit supporting studies and personal outcomes. (72 marks out of 90)
  • Part 2: Personal study. Students submit a piece of continuous prose of a minimum of 1000 words. (18 marks out of 90)

40% Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (72 marks available)

  • Externally set, broad based theme released to teachers on 1st February.
  • Sustained focus period of 15 hours controlled assessment in which students create final responses to the theme.
  • Students submit preparatory studies and personal outcomes.

The work is assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Develop and Investigate through research of other artists / designers / photographers.
  • Experiment and Refine through your use of media.
  • Recording ideas and observations through visual and written responses.
  • Present a personal response in order to realise your intentions.

Enrichment Opportunities:

Each year we have an artist or designer in residence for two terms who is available to work with students and run afterschool activities. They are also available for students to see how an artist works in regards to career opportunities.

The Art and Design Technology Faculty has an ‘open door’ policy which allows students to use our space and facilities to work on homework and individual projects. We run more formal afterschool clubs looking at ‘Technology and Kinetic Art’ and Artists run workshops.

We work with a variety of other galleries and local artists such as RA, Camden Arts Centre and National Portrait Gallery.

Additional Information:

All students interested in a career in the arts should be constantly looking for inspiration on art blogs and websites such as pinterest and instagram.

The following are some other useful websites:

http://www.art2day.co.uk/

http://www.npg.org.uk/

http://www.tate.org.uk/

http://www.saatchiart.com/

http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/

Students who wish to go on to study within the Arts, will benefit from this broad based course, particularly those who wish to follow courses in Theatre, Media, Fine Art and Design related subjects or Architecture. In order to be successful in Art, a high degree of interest and commitment is more important than having a natural ability.