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Art

ART & DESIGN

The Art Department is a successful and flourishing part of Chislehurst School for Girls. We offer a range of exciting opportunities to develop creative skills and abilities across a range of specialisms.

YEAR 7 ART: PATTERN vs. TEXTURE

Students start the year by exploring colour theory through painting (mixing paint and using key terminology). This is then applied to their first artist reference ‘Kandinsky’ whereby students focus on the use of shapes to create patterns, and linking colour to emotions through music. This focus on basic patterns is then followed by a brief exploration into the artist ‘Jasper Johns’ who uses mark-making to create pieces of work based on letters, numbers and flags. Students broaden their awareness and skills base across a range of wet and dry media; considering their own identity and heritage in creating their own ‘altered flag’. The final focus in the last term is centred around ‘Lynnette Shelley’ who produces mythological animal themed compositions, and students work on refining their use of mark-making to apply a greater level of detail. They produce a ‘final outcome’ which involves use of their imagination; whereby they choose an animal and create an A3 composition which tells a story through colour, mark-making and use of a contextual background.

YEAR 8 ART: ID

The focus of this year is placed on each student’s celebrity hero as well as their own self portrait. They start the year with an overview of portraiture (in its many forms) via a PowerPoint presentation. They draw a portrait from a secondary source image (provided) as a guide for their current level of skill (benchmark test). Students are then taught about the proportions of the human face, and re-draw the portrait with this in mind, to highlight understanding and progress. The SOW develops by referencing various artists who incorporate the use of text and imagery into portraits to give meaning. Students produce a final outcome with meaning; including their choice of text/ imagery. The second part of the SOW explores Cubism, and the idea of simplifying a portrait into joined and layered shapes with exaggerated colours and facial features. This is developed into low relief and finalised in a self portrait.

GCSE ART & DESIGN: YEAR 9 (SKILLS BUILDING YEAR)

The year is used as a skills building year to strengthen skills in wet and dry media, collage, analysis and research, annotation, creative techniques and sketchbook presentation; in preparation for their GCSE. Students develop so rapidly from Years 10-11, that the work in Year 9 is rarely used, but will provide students with a foundation of skills to ‘dip into’ at a later stage. The project is themed around the topic ‘Trash’ and covers objects, graffiti and its purpose, destruction of a piece of Art and recycling. Students take great pride in their work and early skills in the effective use of a sketchbook are learnt. They also develop an understanding for developing work ‘in response’ to an artist.

OCR GCSE ART & DESIGN: YEAR 10-11

The coursework unit (60% of overall mark) is based around the over-arching theme of ‘Growth & Decay’ with students starting their sketchbook with a brainstorm and mood page to gain an understanding of their project theme. This is followed by several teacher led activities including observational drawing of objects, and work based around specified artists (determined by teacher, but linked to the main theme, e.g. Betty Busby). Students then choose their own focus/ topic within ‘Growth/ Decay’ such as ‘Growth of Love’ or ‘Decay of a City’ and work through the assessment objectives following a set of expectations:

-          Research and collection of artists and imagery (collated on a PowerPoint)

-          Mood page to sum up topic

-          Artist research (3 minimum) and development of work in response to the artist

-          Media experimentation showing refinement and development

-          Planning for a final outcome

-          Production of a final outcome plus evaluation

The exam unit (40% of overall mark) is determined by the exam board and released in January. Students follow the AOs, following the expectations above, but starting with observational drawing.

A-LEVEL FINE ART (OCR NEW SPEC.)

The emphasis of Year 12 is to strip back the GCSE skills and to focus on understanding, context and imagination. Students choose their own topic (free choice, as this is a ‘Personal Investigation’ as advised by the exam board. However, those who struggle with choice are given suggested topics to assist) and they begin the process of research, gathering artists, references and ideas. Students produce a PowerPoint of ideas which is used in their sketchbook and referred to regularly, a mind map and an ‘ideas page’ to promote inquiry. Alongside their main sketchbook, students are also encouraged to keep a scrapbook (a new introduction this year, which has proved effective so far), which is an ongoing journal to gather inspiration, include experiments before committing to their main sketchbook, and planning out sketchbook pages. The scrap book provides an excellent contextual document for their project, and encourages them to document their ‘journey of ideas’, which is also encouraged for University Art & Design applicants.

The main sketchbook then begins with drawing from observation and secondary sources (to explore use of media), then on to an ‘imagination project’ requiring students to select an area of interest within their project, e.g. imagining what music would look like visually, if the project was based on ‘An exploration of Music’. Students then create Art work without reference to artist; just using their own ideas and imagination. After these responses, students then feed in artists to further develop their thoughts. They will explore at least three sub-topics/ areas of interest throughout the project, and these will be brought together into a final outcome.

Year 13 is similar to GCSE, in that students work to a specified theme; set by OCR, which is released in February 2018. They work through the AOs referencing a minimum of 2-3 artists in detail.

N.B. Current Year 13 students have a different structure to their course, due to the completion of a new spec. AS in Year 12, and the full A-Level in Year 13. They started their Year 13 coursework in Year 12 (Sept.- Dec.), then returned to this after their AS exam unit (June – July). This continued on until January 2017, when they switched to their A-Level exam project. The option to start coursework in Year 12 allowed them to capitalise on limited time and give them a head start for Year 13.

 

Art Textiles

GCSE ART TEXTILES: YEAR 9 (SKILLS BUILDING YEAR)

The year is used as a skills building year to develop skills in machine and hand sewing, dying of fabrics, pattern making with textiles, printmaking, analysis and annotation, creative techniques and sketchbook presentation; in preparation for their GCSE (as with Year 9 Art & Design). The project is themed around the topic ‘Natural Forms’ and covers objects, animals and nature.

OCR GCSE ART TEXTILES: YEAR 10-11

The coursework unit (60% of overall mark) is based around the over-arching theme of ‘Memories’ with students starting their sketchbook with a brainstorm and mood page to gain an understanding of their project theme. This is followed by the analysis of three specific memories, a memory item, location and person. Each memory is then linked to an artist (student choice with the assistance of the teacher) to provide students with inspiration to develop and execute a textile outcome. This gives the students an opportunity to cover essential subject matter; still life, landscape and figure. Students then choose their own focus/ topic within ‘Memories’ such as ‘Memory disorders’ or ‘a particular memorable event’ and work explore that theme through the assessment objectives following a set of expectations (same as GCSE Art & Design, above)

The exam unit (40% of overall mark) is determined by the exam board and released in January. Students follow the AOs, following the expectations above

A-LEVEL TEXTILES (OCR NEW SPEC.)

Textiles starts in the same way as Fine Art, but instead of observational drawing and an ‘imagination’ themed project, students learn a series of Textiles techniques which are teacher led, but made independent through outcomes by the students. The purpose of this is to prepare students with a foundation of skills which they can refer back to and use throughout the project. Students come from GCSE Textiles Technology or with no prior knowledge, so skills building is essential, as content is very different in this course. Skills include fabric dyeing techniques, applique, reverse applique, free machine embroidery, fusing plastics etc. Students then start to consider areas of interest within their project and bring artist references into their work for inspiration.

Staff

  • Miss G Young: Head of Faculty - gyoung@chsfg.co.uk
  • Miss L Watts, BA Hons, PGCE - Teacher in Charge of KS4 & 5 Photography
  • Miss S Pilkington -Teacher of Art, Textiles and Photography