Miss H Bridge (Subject Leader of Art and Textiles)
Miss K Archer (Subject teacher of Art and Textiles)
‘The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.’
The Year 7 course is designed to unify the varied art experiences gained at primary schools. Pupils explore the work of abstract expressionist painter Jasper Johns which builds up their basic art skills and knowledge. The main objective of Year 7 is to mprove pupils’ ability to work with basic skills and improve their painting and drawing confidence and ability. During Year 7 pupils research Johns’ work for home learning and produce designs and outcomes based on this style.
All pupils will have produced a range of research drawing and shading techniques in their sketchbooks. Font, text and image will be a main feature to create a basis for exploring these basic techniques. Most pupils will produce an A3 size outcome based on their knowledge from sketchbook work.
The course content for Year 8 reinforces and then extends the foundation of knowledge, experience, understanding and skills laid down in Year 7 which then informs their chose. During Year 8 pupils develop their use of colour, showing use of colour blending and tonal colour. Projects included are ‘Bugs and Insects’, producing insect drawings, which clearly show the finer detail and the patterns of the insect. As students are introduced to their option choices, the department delivers a wide range of skills and research based projects so it gives students an informed and appropriate basis for the right choice for them. Schemes of work are tailored to suit the students’ interests and needs and expectations for students are high, therefore the outcomes reflect the expectations.
In Year 9 students embark on their GCSE studies and therefore follow a varied programme of study designed to provide every student with a final opportunity to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and understanding to their full potential with regard to satisfying the exam board’s requirements (AQA). During Year 9 pupils have undertaken artist research tasks and analysis of contemporary artists such as Aaron Kraten and develop into their own versions inspired by his painting techniques. Pupils have developed drawings with an element of their own interests or influences through individual research. They have had the opportunity to experiment with collage using paint, paper, news print, layering etc. Students in both art and textiles use their work completed in year 9 towards their portfolio of work which qualifies towards their final level.
The Fine Art GCSE course is a popular option choice and the department is justifiably proud of the results achieved by the students. Year 10 and 11 students follow AQA’s endorsed Fine Art GCSE course. It is a two year course and the endorsement course involves students working in two or more of the following areas:
● Mixed Media
The Fine Art course is based on a selection of coursework (60%) and final exam (40%). Fine Art students develop their drawing, research pages into canvases, large scale pieces and through the use of ICT. They have developed their research and drawings of the designs to the best standard possible. As with the coursework, presentation, explanation and thoroughness are all very
The Art Textile course is based on a selection of coursework (60%) and final exam (40%). Textile students develop their design ideas, producing a minimum of three designs per project. They shouldn show clear links to their research. They make one of the designs to the best standard possible. As with the coursework, presentation, explanation and thoroughness are all very important.
The Art department regularly runs an after school art club on Thursdays until 4.00pm. This is attended by Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils, whatever their ability. This year, the Year 7 Art Club designed the school Christmas card during the Art Club, whilst the Year 11 pupils began work on their Externally Set (exam) papers.
Educational visits include The Clothes Show Live at the Birmingham NEC for Textile pupils, the Manchester Art Gallery, the Manchester University Degree Show and art experiences at local colleges such as the Priestley College in Warrington. There are also additional trips to London to see the national galleries and residential courses at the Conway Centre.
Local primary school enjoyed an Arts Festival where pupils came to school to experience a jam-packed day of making cupcakes from materials and threads in Art, Drama produced a caption of the popular film, Charlie and the Chocolate factory and Music provided stunning performances of musical talent.
The art department provides opportunities for pupils to experience workshops with artists and practitioners such as a Graffiti artist working with Year 8 and a local artist working with Year 10.
Art instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/oca_art/
Marking and Feedback – Within the faculty we aim to provide all students with timely, high quality feedback on the work they are producing in lesson and at home. Our marking should provide information regarding how well students performed during a particular piece of work, their progress to date and feedback on their effort and AtL. Students should then respond in a positive manner to this by improving their work to ensure they make further progress. This process should ensure all students make progress and address misconceptions in their learning.
Homework – We aim to set homework that stretches and challenges students so they make further progress. Homework should be used to allow students to recap and consolidate their learning as well as acquire more knowledge.
KS3 – At KS3 in art, SoW for each project varies in the time scale delivered. Students will complete a mini knowledge test every 8 weeks. Teachers will deep mark students’ work using the marking sheet every 8 weeks. These two forms of assessments will alternate so students will receive an assessment (marking or test) every 4 lessons. This marking and feedback can be presented in a number of ways. There is a faculty marking sheet which staff can use if they wish. Marking must be clear and in line with the whole school policy. Student response will take the form of the students acting upon the targets set.
Homework will be set twice during each scheme of work cycle. The homework will relate to the learning taking place at the time in class.
KS4 – At KS4 SoW can vary in length. We will deep mark every 8 lessons and light mark every 8 lessons. These two forms of assessments will alternate so students will receive an assessment (marking or test) every 4 lessons. The deep mark will take place as a lesson ensuring the students understand the full mark scheme and how to achieve their target grade or higher. Following this deep mark during the lesson, students will respond to targets set to improve their work. The teacher will then check these improvements and where appropriate, re grade work 2 weeks later. There will be a second lighter mark every 8 lessons. This will use the mark scheme and targets indicating to students where they are presently at and how to improve. This marking and feedback can be presented in a number of ways. There are two department marking sheet which staff can use if they wish. Marking must be clear and in line with the whole school policy. Student response must take place. There will be no green pen but evidence will show students acting upon the advice set by the teacher.
Homework will be set in the form of revision. In year 11, students have weekly examination questions; their homework is to prepare adequately for these tests. In years 9 and 10, students will be expected to revise and prepare for the assessments taking place every other week.
Each half term, a book trawl will take place. The HoD will collect at random a selection of books from each teacher. These books will then be scrutinised using the whole school book trawl policy. Photographic evidence will be collected during the review. Each member of the team will then receive a photo sheet detailing what was seen in books. A judgement on the quality of marking and feedback will be given along with targets and areas for improvement. If the judgement made shows that marking and feedback is satisfactory or less, a further book trawl will be repeated within 3 weeks to ensure improvements are made. A judgement will then be reached about the quality of marking and feedback across the faculty and reported in the DSEF. The HoD will delegate, on occasion, book trawls to other members of the faculty as and when appropriate.