Art

Introduction

The Visual Arts department has a strong team of dedicated, highly skilled teachers.  We are fortunate to have a range of specialist disciplines between use that include; Photography, Illustration, 3D Craft and Design, Fine Art and Textiles.  We believe in working as a team and we share a collective responsibility for success and wellbeing of our students, each other and the department as a whole.

Teaching & Learning

The department prides itself on the quality of our teaching and learning.  The nature of our subjects allows us to approach this through exciting and stimulating projects.  Depending on the course you’re studying, these may be delivered through vocational scenarios, conceptual explorations, or simply introducing students to as many techniques and processes as we have available to us.

Facilities

We are a very well-resourced department and we have a number of specialist facilities available that include, light sensitive screen printing, etching presses, a kiln and knitting machines.  We have two specialist photography rooms that boast 27 monitors in each room and the adobe suite as standard.  We also have a dark room for explorations into traditional black and white hand processed photography.

Enrichment

After school clubs are a standard part of our department and are run on most nights.  Our department is always open to students and many use our facilities in the morning, during break and lunch and after school.  We also run specialist clubs such as the Super Curricular Club and Carnival club. We take great pride in the number of students we have who immerse themselves in our department and become known to all teachers – not just those who teach them.

Curriculum

Within Art we offer GCSE and A level courses as well as a Btec Level Three in Art and Design.

Learning outcomes for Year 7 Art – click here
Learning outcomes for Year 8 Art – click here
Learning outcomes for GCSE Art – click here
Learning outcomes for GCSE Photography – click here

Revision

Below you will find the course information for all the courses we run in the department alongside all links to past exam papers. 

Detailed guidance for revision for this subject can be found as follows:

  • GCSE / Level 2 courses  will be assessed using the topic content of Years 9, 10 & 11 –  please click here for detailed revision advice
  • A level / Level 3 courses will be assessed using the topic content of Years 12 & 13 –  please click here for detailed revision advice

While all teachers broadly following the topics and themes listed below courses may vary slightly depending on the teacher. Below, unless otherwise stated are the general techniques, processes and/or media students will explore.

Year Course & Topics covered  Level Contact for more detail
7

Art and Design

Students will cover 2 projects over the course of the year within which they will cover a series of media, techniques and processes.

Term 1, 2 and 3 – Markmaking

  • Mixed media
  • Tone
  • Observational drawing
  • Paper cuts
  • Collage
  • Stylised drawing
  • Design ideas
  • Artist research

Term 4, 5 and 6 – Fabric Lenny Birds

  • Mixed media
  • Template design
  • 3D design/Sculpture
  • Colour mixing and blending
  • Paint and painting techniques
  • Pattern and texture
  • Artist research
KS3 Miss F Ireland – fireland@heathfieldcc.co.uk
8

Art and Design

Students will cover 2 projects over the course of the year within which they will cover a series of media, techniques and processes.

Term 1, 2 and 3 – Hundertwasser Printed Landscapes

  • Colour mixing
  • Relief sculpture
  • Photography
  • Digital editing
  • Hues, tints, shades and tones
  • Composition
  • Polyboard Printing
  • Collage
  • Mono printing
  • Artist research

Term 4, 5 and 6 – Cubism Portrait

  • Portraiture
  • Proportion
  • Colour mixing
  • Shade and tone
  • Composition
  • Paint mixing and blending
  • Mixed media
KS3  
9,10,11 GCSE

Our chosen exam board for both GCSE Art and Photography is Edexcel. The specifications for both courses can be found here.

Past exam papers are the same for both courses and these can be found here.

Both GCSE Art and GCSE Photography can be taught as intensives over 2 year or extended over 3 years.  However, by the end of the course, every student will have received the same amount of curriculum time and will have produced the same body of work.

Edexcel GCSE Photography

The overarching theme for the course will be ‘Identity’.  It will consist for 4 main elements;

  • Introduction

This will be a general introduction to photographic skills and the use of the Photoshop package and other digital apps.

  • Identity of place

Students will make a trip to Brighton or Hastings (TBC) to gather photographs that capture the identity of the town they are visiting.  These photographs will form the foundation for exploring and developing their ideas through the Photoshop package, all the while using contextual references and sources to help them learn processes and techniques.

  • Experimenting with Portraiture

This part of the course explores the self and how it has been represented by different photographers and artists. They will take photoshoots of themselves and others to refine their photographic skills and will use contextual sources to develop their ideas using 2D and 3D methods and processes.

  • Identity personal response

Students will select an area which they want to develop into a personal outcome. They will refine their ability to work independently, making decisions about the direction they want their work to take and sourcing contextual references to inspire and inform them towards their final outcome.

  • Externally set assignment

Set by the exam board and given out to students on the first day of term 3 in January.

GCSE 2 Year intensive
or 3 Year extended
Miss F Ireland – fireland@heathfieldcc.co.uk

Edexcel GCSE Art

All Students will complete this project.

  • Introduction

This will be a general introduction to Art and Design skills and will have a heavy focus on observational drawing through a range of materials and processes, as well as history of art research pages.

Students will only study one of the following two projects; Personal Landscape or Developing and Exploring.  Which project they move onto will depend on their outcomes from the introduction project.  Personal Landscape has a much greater emphasis on observational drawing, which is not suited to all students, whereas Developing and Exploring is much more about accessible processes, techniques and media explorations.

  • Personal Landscape

This project will make up the main part of the student’s coursework.  The project starts as a structured, teacher lead, scheme of work that takes students through various skills, techniques and process associated with landscape and identity.  As the project develops students will begin to move into a personal direction, selecting a subject matter and supporting artists that they wish to explore further.  At the end of the project, they will produce a final outcome based on their investigations.

  • Developing and Exploring

This is a highly structured project that takes students through basic observational drawing techniques before quickly moving them onto process based skills, such as photography, collage, paper cuts, printing, sculpture and relief sculpture. All of these will be delivered through the 7 elements of art and design; tone, line, form, shape, colour, pattern and texture. At the end of the project, they will produce a final outcome based on their investigations.

All students will complete this project.

  • Mock examThis part of the course follows a past exam paper and is delivered to encourage students to understand how to work through an exam theme and what the expectations are.  The theme of this may vary from year to year.

All students will complete this project.

  • Externally set assignment

Set by the exam board and given out to students on the first day of term 3 in January.

GCSE 2 Year intensive
or 3 Year extended
 
12,13

A level and Btec

Our chosen exam board for Btec level 3 Extended Certificate in Art and Design is Edexcel. The specification for the courses can be found here.

Past exam papers can be found here.

Our chosen exam board for both A level photography and A level Art is Edexcel.  The specification for the both courses can be found here.

Past exam papers are the same for both courses and these can be found here.

Pearson Btec level 3 Extended Certificate in Art and Design.  *please note, we are not running a Btec course for year 12, 2018-2019

Students will complete four units in total. Two will be written, delivered and assessed internally and two will be written externally, delivered internally and assessed externally.

  • Unit 3: The Creative Process.  ‘An exploration of self’. Internally assessed.

As a vocational course, students are given a real life scenario through which they explore the creative process.  The brief for this unit is as follows;

‘Artists often use their own experiences as a basis for their visual and creative journey.  During this project, your will explore your own personal identity as a starting point to explore the creative process. As an artist, you will create a portfolio of work for an interview for University. You are asked to collect and use information about yourself; your family, your friends, your local environment, the issues that are important to you, life changing events etc.  You will create images that reflect your idea of yourself and your life influences, working from observation, memory and imagination. You will develop skills using traditional materials and processes and have the opportunity to combine both 2D and 3D skills, typography and textiles.  You will learn about the ideas, methods and approaches used by other artists who have made images based on their life events/or the life events of others and how these have been applied to the creative process.’

  • Unit 2: Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design. Externally written and assessed; past papers can be found here
  • Unit 14: Textile Materials, Techniques and Processes. ‘Natural Diversity’. Internally assessed

As a vocational course, students are given a real life scenario through which they explore textile materials, techniques and processes.  The brief for this unit is as follows;

The Natural History Museum is seeking to commission a textiles based installation to join the other exhibits in the Hintze Hall. They want the piece to reflect the many facets of the Natural History Museum.  It should demonstrate how the natural world inspires art and art practice and research should be undertaken to show how artists and design have done this through time.  They are looking for something that expresses the colours, environments, diversity and challenges of the natural world alongside the museums scientific pursuits.

Btec Extended Certificate 2 Years Miss F Ireland – fireland@heathfieldcc.co.uk

Edexcel A level Art and Design

Students will complete three projects over the two-year course.  Projects are as follows;

  • Structure and Environment

This project, under pinned with observational drawings, will take students through a series of investigations, process and techniques that explore the structure and environment of the natural and manmade world around them.  Initial investigations will be teacher lead although students will take ownership over the subject matter in the early stages.  As the project progresses, investigations will become completely student lead with the teacher supporting and guiding students through the handling of materials and the application of techniques and processes.  Whole class teaching will be reduced and replaced with 1:1 tutorials, where we will aim to draw out of the students their individual style and emerging practice.

  • Personal Investigation

This project is led by the student and will largely focus on the answering of specific, personally chosen, thematic investigation.  In the early stages lessons will be driven by the use of specific techniques and processes as decided by the teacher, but subject matter, through which these are explored, will be down to the student to decide.  This project runs alongside a personal study essay of between 1000 and 3000 words, that acts as an ongoing narrative; exploring and explaining the development of ideas informed through other artists, designers and practitioners.  All historical and cultural sources will once again be selected by students.

  • Externally set assignment

Set by the exam board and given out to students on 1st February.

A level

Edexcel A level Photography

Students will complete three projects over the two-year course.  Projects are as follows;

  • Preliminary Photographic Studies

Students initially develop core photographic skills and editing techniques extending their summer photography task further by studying Minimalism and Typology.

  • Personal Investigation

This project is made up of three concepts, is led by the student, and will focus on a personally chosen thematic investigation.  The initial concept will be driven by the use of specific techniques and processes as decided by the teacher, but subject matter, through which these are explored, will be down to the student to decide. This concept will culminate in a physical, photographic journal.  Concept 2 and 3 will become more personal to the individual student’s ideas and photographic interests which will lead to a final outcome.  This project runs alongside a personal study essay of between 1000 and 3000 words, that acts as an ongoing narrative; exploring and explaining the development of ideas informed through other artists, designers and practitioners.  All historical and cultural sources will once again be selected by students.

A level