Head of Art, Design & Photography: Mr R Battrick, BA (Hons) Loughborough, MA Cardiff
Art Teacher: Mrs A Venables, BA (Hons) Oxon
Photography Assistant: Miss S Hitchcock
Art is full of incredible highs, it’s exciting, rigorous, diverse and very rewarding! It is challenging too and just when you thought you knew what you were doing and what it’s all about, it stops you in your tracks!
Fine Art endorsement covers the following disciplines: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and alternative media; photography and digital manipulation.
Submissions for each portfolio contain supporting studies in the form of sketchbooks, pieces outside the sketchbook and final larger personal responses to the set themes, such as ‘Magnified Surface and Texture’ in Year 10 and ‘An Environmental Response’ in Year 11.
From these set themes, pupils generate and explore potential lines of enquiry using a large range of media including: oil and acrylic painting, printmaking, photography, darkroom photography and digital manipulation, mixed-media/three-dimensional materials, chalk pastel, charcoal, watercolour and ink.
Throughout Years 10 and 11, visiting galleries reinforces pupils’ understanding of critical art history and enables them to draw from live paintings, drawings and sculptures.
It is essential that Art has been taken at GCSE in order to progress to Art A level.
Art is full of incredible highs, it’s exciting, rigorous, diverse and very rewarding! It is challenging too and just when you thought you knew what you were doing and what it’s all about, it stops you in your tracks! Studying this subject at A level will develop your creative thinking and problem solving skills. It also demands perseverance and encourages reflective
self-review. Altogether it is a wake-up call for your brain, body and soul!
You will be encouraged to use an extensive range of materials and techniques to give visual form to individual thoughts, ideas and observations, enabling you to present your own way of seeing the world. Through clear intention of ideas and sensitive manipulation of materials, you will each produce work that is a personal response to set themes.
Disciplines include painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture and alternative media (mixed-media, installation, digital, photography, film and video). You will be given time to work in most of these areas and develop a high command of skills and subject knowledge.
Graphics helps shape the world around us, incorporating printed text and data combined with exciting imagery and style. Studying this subject at A Level will develop your creative thinking and problem solving skills. It also demands perseverance and encourages reflective self-review. You will design your project with help from your teachers and in turn develop a creative and open mind set. The course will test your creativity and perseverance and contains many cross curricular aspects that can be of benefit to your studies in a range of different ways.
Our aim is to give you the opportunity to fulfil your ultimate potential with 100% support, one to one critiques and class discussions. You will go on a journey of self-discovery in which you will explore and develop your personal ideas through experimental drawing; taking risks with ideas and making imaginative leaps. Working independently, you will take ownership of your ideas and the development of your work, enabling you to produce work that is diverse, exciting and highly original. The course is structured to encourage you to experiment with a range of exciting materials, balanced with intensive research and investigation into the history of Graphics, resulting in an extremely high level of work.
Photography gives you the freedom to record your own view of the world around you in one click. Photography makes it possible to record in seconds an inimitable image that captures profound and personal responses to the environment. Through taking imaginative risks with this medium you are given a chance to manipulate and create unique images, and this diverse and personal response enables you to create highly individual and thought provoking photographs. You will be encouraged to work within the disciplines of the darkroom, the studio and digital manipulation using ICT. Work will be generated through set themes and sketchbook research that aims to develop ideas through the manipulation of photographic techniques and extensive research into photo-based artists. A high command of skills and subject knowledge is developed throughout the course, enabling you to make thought-provoking and original photographs. Photography is a lens and light based media, and includes work in film, video, digital imaging and light-sensitive materials. No prior knowledge of Art or Photography is necessary.
Exams are taken at the end of the two-year course. As part of the coursework, you will produce a piece of extended writing of between 1000 – 3000 words that relates to your coursework.