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Art and Design   


Art and Design plays a vital role in our school curriculum, acting as one of the few remaining practical subjects that provides our students with an opportunity to develop and express themselves. Students will become visually literate and will think creatively whilst learning to observe the world around them. Students will begin to understand the meaning, significance and contribution of Art, Design and Craft on contemporary culture; and will produce ideas through creative and technical methods. Students will experiment with a variety of Art media, materials, tools and equipment.

In Art and Design students can realise their maximum potential through developing their skills in a creative manner by promoting their independent learning, initiative, confidence and self-expression. Art will also give students a chance to enhance their skills in communication, evaluation, teamwork, collaboration, problem solving and decision making; skills that are transferable to other subjects in our curriculum and careers. The Art and Design department is committed to teaching students to work safely, responsibly and with due respect for each other and the staff who work with them.


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Key Stage 4:

Students are offered two options within the Pearson Edexcel Art and Design 2016 GCSE opportunities will be provided for students to make a personal artistic journey, progressing from initial ideas through visual and contextual research to a resolution that addresses our set theme. Assessment evidence must illustrate a coherent journey, demonstrating a sustained focus. The 4 assessment objectives are approached holistically as their interrelation enables our students to access the ‘artistic process’.

The two options are;

  • Three Dimensional Design (Ceramics)

Students will learn to work with a 3D design craft brief and produce drawings, use varied art media, study artists and then produce relevant 3D outcomes in clay.

  • Fine Art (painting, drawing, printmaking)

Students will develop knowledge and understanding of painting, drawing and printmaking by developing their techniques and using a wide range of both 2D and 3D materials.

COURSEWORK - This will be worth 60% of your overall result.  

During the course you will complete a portfolio of artwork. Units consist of preparatory investigation studies, research into the work of artists, development of ideas and the completion of a final piece of Art/Ceramics.

Coursework will be graded throughout Year 10 and 11 to enable you to develop your weaknesses and enhance your strengths. This will also give you an indication as to the GCSE grade you are working towards.

EXAMINATION - This is worth 40% of your overall result. 

For the final examination you will be given 8 weeks of preparation time to develop your work and ideas. The examination will last for 10 hours and you will produce a finished piece from your ideas generated in the lessons prior to the exam. Examination and coursework are both assessed in Year 11 and moderated by an External Examiner.


Key Stage 5

Students will have timetabled lessons but many visit us during their free lessons to develop their practical work and skills further.

Students will need the following skills:

  • Be able to draw from direct observation and develop, express and communicate creative ideas.
  • Have some understanding of Art and Design history via independent research, visual analysis and verbal and written presentation.
  • Explore experiment and utilise a wide range of materials, techniques and processes including ICT.
  • Have the capacity to independently develop and express ideas and concepts by refining their own intentions and personal outcomes.

At Key Stage 5, students study the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Art and Design.

Course Components

Component 1: Personal Investigation 60%

Candidates produce a portfolio of work from starting points, topics or themes

Component 2: Externally set Assignment 40%

Candidates select one starting point from an early release question paper in February with 12 weeks of preparation time plus 15 hours controlled time in a practical exam.

Advanced Level GCE Scheme of Assessment

The Advanced GCE is made up of components which are both internally marked and externally moderated.

Students are assessed on the following criteria:

1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding. (25%

2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops. (25%)

3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress. (25%)

4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realizes intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements. (25%)

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Homework will always link directly to the work in lessons to help students progress. A variety of tasks will be set that include; personal studies, bringing in objects, revising notes and keywords, completing art work, practicing drawing skills, finding examples, researching artists and craftspeople, collecting information and developing ideas.

KS3 - 1 30 minute homework every two weeks cycle each set consisting of 30 minutes.

KS4 – Always continue with course work for homework.

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Additional Reading

Additional reading material is available in the department and in the Holte school library. Students will be directed to additional visual and reading material as required, but international gallery websites are a good starting point for all students.

Birmingham Art Gallery, www.birminghammuseums.org.uk

National Gallery London, www.nationalgallery.org.uk

National Portrait Gallery London, www.npg.org.uk

Tate Modern, www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern

Tate Britain, www.tate.org.uk

Museum of Modern Art New York, www.moma.org

Louvre Art Gallery Paris, www.louvre.fr.en

Peggy Guggenheim Italy, www.guggenheim.org/venice

Extra-Curricular Activities

Students will always be notified of any extra-curricular activities offered by the department through letters sent home to parents. After school sessions are available on request on : Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

This year, we are currently running a Catch Up session on Thursdays 3.10 – 4pm for both KS3 and KS4 offering them a chance to continue their class work with extra help and support from departmental staff.








We are also committed to promoting our school values of ‘Collaboration, Aspiration, Respect, Equality and Responsibility’ to pupils at every opportunity.  We take every opportunity to ensure that our school’s Safeguarding Policy is adhered to in full at all times.

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