Studying Art and Design develops a wide range of creative skills. Learners are encouraged to DISCOVER and EXPLORE topics and develop independent ENQUIRY; while they also develop skills in creative thinking and problem solving. Art and Design provides opportunities for learners to develop and use life skills through working in groups and engaging in discussion. Regardless of which pathway your education takes in Cohort 9, Art and Design will give you the necessary skills and confidence to become a rounded and effective individual.
Ks3 Program for Learning
Designs for learning in Cohort 7 and 8 encourage our young artists to DISCOVER, EXPLORE and experiment with a wide range of media and a variety of styles and approaches. Our learning-centred approach means that learners are encouraged to experience and reflect, before developing and refining. Risk taking is actively encouraged and outcomes are learner led and often highly individual.
GCSE Course Structure
At Honywood we follow the Edexcel Art and Design GCSE program – Fine Art endorsement. We believe this affords our learners a well-rounded and flexible learning journey that builds on the skills and principles of Key Stage 3. Art and Design GCSE is split into 2 units, Coursework; which constitutes 60% of the final grade and the Exam unit; which constitutes 40% of the final grade.
Cohort 9 and 10
Learners choose their GCSE options at the end of Cohort 8, and begin the GCSE program in Cohort 9. Learners begin the course with a guided introduction to a range of 2D and 3D media. This unit of work is designed to introduce learners to skills and techniques across a range of media including Painting, drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture and Digital media.
Learners will have the opportunity to respond to ‘theme based’ projects over the rest of Cohort 9 and throughout Cohort 10. These projects are designed to ensure learners are given ample opportunity to explore a variety of specialist art disciplines and will form the majority of their Coursework portfolio.
Cohort 10 cumulates with learners experiencing a ‘Mock’ exam. The Mock exam forms the final coursework project of the year, whilst also being designed to mirror the experience of their final exam unit in order to prepare and inform learners of the format of the exam. Learners are given a theme to respond to and twenty hours of guided learning to explore possibilities and experiment with media. This unit, like their exam unit, will conclude with a final piece produced under exam conditions over 10 hours (2days) .
Learners return in Cohort 11 and begin to finalise their coursework portfolios, building the evidence in them against GCSE assessment objectives. Finally in January of C11 learners begin their final exam unit.
Progress is consistently monitored, throughout KS3 and KS4, via the sketchbook and via SHOWBIE, our online sharing platform. Learners in KS3 are asked to share their progress after each session via SHOWBIE reflecting on the skills that they have been practising. Every fortnight each sketchbook is collected to enable learners to benefit from targeted guidance.
In KS4 the expectation is that 2-4pages will be presented at each fortnightly monitoring session. As well as offering guidance and support for learners this offers the opportunity for the portfolios to be graded to meet the GCSE criteria.
Approach to IS
Independent Study in the Art Department is set after every session, sometimes simply to engage learners in the act of reflecting upon their practice, but at other times to ensure that learners have a sufficient range and variety of experiences to allow them to develop and refine their work with confidence.
At KS3 Independent study is expected to amount to no more than half an hour at home after each learning session. During Cohort 9 the expectation for independent study increases to 45minutes after each learning session and during the final 2 years at GCSE we ask that learners complete at least one hour per week at home in order to support their studies.
Resources to Support Learning
The department has three well-equipped rooms, including two dedicated Key Stage 3 rooms and one dedicated GCSE room with facilities for clay work, painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. We also have the recently added Studio. ‘Art Space’ can be used by all learners for one to one tuition, Master class sessions, My Learning Choices or as an alternative working space.
Within the Department we make effective use of iPads and the ICT suites to encourage and support learning. Alternative media forms a large part of the learning curriculum in art and ICT is also used consistently to allow learners to record and reflect on their own practise.
The Art Department offers extra-curricular clubs and studio sessions every evening after school to enable learners to access support and guidance from the Art team, or simply use the space and to extend their learning independently. Learning in art includes enrichment activities such as gallery visits and a residential trip to Paris in Cohort 9 all of which are designed to offer opportunities for learners to put their learning into context and gain valuable life experiences.
The Art Team