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Art Department

  Name
Subject Leader Art and Design Miss T Sarton
Art and Design Teachers Miss J Lane
Miss L Meadway
Miss E Sullivan
Art and Design Technicians Mr P Foster
Miss C Taylor

 

At Knole Academy from the start of year 7, Art lessons are designed to teach students how to use a wide range of materials skilfully and confidently.  Our aim is that the skills established at Key Stage 3 will inform the work of students who take an art based option at GCSE, and then onto A Level. We intend to make Art exciting and interesting, showing students how it influences the world around us.

The Art Department is a safe and positive learning environment where our students develop their artistic skills and build their confidence. This enables students to express themselves creatively and explore many aspects of Art and Design.  Many students then go on to study Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Textile Design at GCSE.  

The Art Department at Knole Academy has a variety of specialist equipment, including a dark room furnished with range of photographic equipment, a laser cutter, a small kiln, heat press’ and sewing machines.
All of our teachers are very experienced in a range of disciplines, including painting, drawing, illustration, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, fashion and textiles. This allows for a diverse range of topics to be explored in lessons to give our students a well-rounded Art education.

 

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 Art and Design at Knole Academy focuses on giving our students a clear understanding of the formal elements. During year 7 and year 8 students are encouraged to experiment with a wide range of materials through our diverse skills based projects.

We explore the work of different artists and designers, as well as a range of cultures. Students use sketchbooks as a way to document and develop ideas, and experiment with techniques and materials. This enables all students to build the skills they need to produce creative, personal outcomes.

Year 7:

Project 1 – All about me; mark making, mixed media, collage, contextual studies.
Project 2 – Art in nature; observational drawing, painting, colour theory, mark making.
Project 3 – 3D culture project; design, sculpture, critical contextual studies, painting.
Project 4 – Personal project; contextual studies, drawing, painting, mixed media

Year 8:

Project 1 – Features and faces; proportion, observational drawing, photography.
Project 2 – Street Art; pattern, perspective, printmaking, digital media.
Project 3 – Personal project; contextual studies, drawing, painting, sculpture.

Key Stage 4

Exam board: AQA
Qualifications:

GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art 8202/C and 8202/X)
GCSE Art and Design (Graphic Communication 8203/C and 8202/X)
GCSE Art and Design (Textile Design 8204/C and 8204/X)

   

How are the courses organised?

We offer three Art based options for Key Stage 4; Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Textile Design. In each of these options we develop students’ critical and contextual understanding and encourage them to explore the work of different artists and designers, and develop their own practice.

The GCSE is comprised of two components that are completed over the three years of the course.

Component 1: Portfolio

For this component students explore the different elements of art, recording observations and developing ideas in an imaginative way. They are expected to use as much constrasting media as possible, to record their ideas and to experiment with different techniques.

The portfolio must include both:

1. A sustained project.

2. A selection of further work.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment

This component takes place during the spring term in year 11.

The exam board provides a separate externally set assignment for each title, each with seven different starting points. Students must select and respond to one starting point, then develop their work in the same way as the portfolio. The students will reference the work of other artists and demonstrate their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and understanding.

Their work must include evidence of drawing activity and written annotation.

After the preparatory period students take a 10 hour exam in which a final outcome for this component is produced.
 

How are the courses assessed?

The portfolio and the externally set assignment are both marked internally. Work is then moderated by an examiner from AQA. The weighting of each component is as follows:

60% - Portfolio

40% - Externally set assignment
 

Who are the courses for?

Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Textile Design are suitable for any student who enjoys being creative and who is willing to work hard.  Students who take these options at GCSE level learn to think in creative and experimental ways, and are encouraged to challenge themselves and to take risks within their work.

Key stage 5

Exam board: Pearson Edexcel
Qualifications:

Level 3 Advanced GCE in Fine Art (9FA0)
Level 3 Advanced GCE in Graphic Communication (9GC0)
Level 3 Advanced GCE in Textile Design (9TE0)

   

We offer three Art based options for Key Stage 5; Art and Design, Graphic Communication and Textiles. In each of these options we develop students’ critical and contextual understanding and encourage them to explore the work of different artists and designers and develop their own practice.
 

How are the courses organised?

Year 1

Skills Building project:

This initial project enables students to explore media and techniques that will go on to form the basis of their personal investigation. It incorporates two major elements: supporting studies and practical work.

Component 1: Personal investigation

This is a thematic enquiry, exploring and responding to a theme. It incorporates two major elements: supporting studies and practical work.

Students produce a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on the themes and ideas they have explored.

Year 2

Component 1: Personal investigation

Students produce a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points.

Students are expected to produce an extended piece of writing showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words.

Component: Externally Set Assignment

This unit responds to the theme set by the exam board. Students will produce final outcome(s) extending from their supporting studies in response to the externally set assignment over fifteen hours, under examination conditions. They are expected to show refinement of practise and outcomes.
 

How are the courses assessed?

The Portfolio and the Externally Set Assignment are both marked internally. Work is then moderated by an examiner from Edexcel. The weighting of each component is as follows:

60% - Portfolio

40% - Externally Set Assignment
 

Who are the courses for?

Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Textile Design and suitable for any student who enjoys being creative and who is willing to work hard. Students who take these options for GCSE learn to think in creative and experimental ways, and are encouraged to challenge themselves and to take risks with their work.

Preparing them for further education, or a career in the visual arts.

Enrichment and extra-curricular activities.

Knole Academy Art Department provides a range of enrichment activities, including clubs, trips and workshops. We work closely with Young Arts which is part of the Arts Society and have run several projects with their support, including Royal Academy Life Drawing and Portraiture workshops. 

A-Level work is often shown at The Mall Gallery in London as part of the National Students Art Exhibition in the summer term.
 

Key Stage 3:

Clay Club is a popular lunchtime activity with our year 7 and 8 students. Here they learn a range of techniques including design, sculpture, firing and glazing.

We also have a Creativity Club for KS3, which encourages students to explore different media and use their imaginations to produce new and exciting work.
 

Key Stage 4 and 5:

Students are given the opportunity to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities. We use visits to galleries, museums, and run workshops with visiting artists to develop students' critical and contextual understanding.
All students are also encouraged to visit local galleries as part of their independent study.

Our classrooms are also used at lunchtimes by students from all year groups to continue developing their own practise.

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