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Studying art as a subject helps to develop critical thinking and the ability to interpret the world around us. At Oaks Park we encourage an enquiring mind, self-expression and creativity which can build confidence as well as a sense of individual identity. Art develops a broad set of important and transferable skills relevant to students, these include; motor skills, hand-eye coordination, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.

KS3 Art

Students are taught the skills and techniques needed to allow them to express their ideas and feelings; recording through drawing and photography is seen as an important part of the curriculum and is often the starting point students take to develop their work further. They will use a range of techniques and media, including painting, sculpture, clay and other art techniques. Students will find out about great artists from ancient times to the present day and learn to understand the history and culture behind these famous art pieces. Students respond to a range of topics which are  based on their own world and the world around them.

Year7

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Introduction to Art 
  • Exploring making, ideas, knowledge and evaluation in art
Abstract Art 
  • What is Kinaesthesia and Abstract Expressionism? 
  • Research, analyse and respond to the work of Wasilly Kandinsky
  • Create an Abstract artwork
Critical and Contextual
  • Exploring historical art 
  • Creating a timeline of historical and contemporary art movements
Portraits project 
  • Research and analyse of Artists Ronald Jackson or Lucian Freud 
  • Drawing and recording self portraiture
  • Developing personal ideas based on Artists explored
  • Mixed media self portrait outcome
Mask Project
  • Research and analyse masks from around the world
  • Select a culture to base ideas on
  • Develop and design ideas on chosen culture
  • Create a three dimensional mask based on ideas explored and cultures researched

Year 8 

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Introduction to Street Art - Tagging project
  • Experimenting with tagging and lettering drawing techniques
  • Research into contemporary Street Artists and historical context
  • Developing personal ideas
  • Create personal tag

Canopic Jars
  • Exploring historical context of Canopic jars
  • Researching the work of contemporary ceramic artists
  • Introduction to the formal elements of ceramic art 
Canopic jars continued
  • Develop design techniques and skills, exploring slabbing, pinch pots, slip and score.
  • Develop observational drawing
  • Varnishing and painting ceramic vessels 

Printing
  • Explore the works of contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama
  • Techniques including drawing, stencilling and polyblock printing
  • Create a final Abstract print
Architecture
  • Compare and research the work of Zaha Hadid and Antonio Gaudi
  • Develop design skills and techniques 
  • Explore drawing formal elements and 2 point perspective
  • Explore 3D model making techniques to create a final architectural maquette 

KS4 Art & Design

Examination Board: EDEXCEL

At Oaks Park High School, GCSE Art and Design is a popular choice. Students are encouraged to be creative, bringing their personal experiences, ideas and opinions to the subject.

The Art department’s KS4 programme of study develops independent working. We will equip you with appropriate skills and knowledge of the work of artists. You will be given the freedom to realise your personal intentions whilst developing an understanding of the visual arts.

?You will complete a series of coursework projects and a final examination project over three years. You will be given many opportunities to develop your skills and ideas through a variety of materials. You will be encouraged to have an adventurous and creative approach.

The exam is an externally set assignment that will have a broad title for example: Journeys, Inside/Outside, Layers or Apart and/or Together. You will follow skills workshops until you are prepared to embark on more independent ideas. The final piece is produced in 10 hours under controlled conditions over two days at the end of the preparation period.

You will:

  • Explore both contemporary and historical sources of art, craft and design first hand through visits to museums and galleries.
  • Take an individual approach to your art, craft and design making.
  • Develop the skills of selecting your best and most appropriate work for presentation which will culminate in presenting your work for the Annual Oaks Park Exhibition.

Component 1

60% personal portfolio

You will create a personal portfolio of work comprising of supporting studies and final pieces.

Component 2

40% Externally set assignment

Preparation time, plus ten hours of supervised time. Candidates respond to the chosen starting point.

Areas of study

In Component 1 and Component 2 you are required to work in one or more area(s) of art such as those listed below:

  • Drawing
  • Photography
  • Mixed media
  • Land Art
  • Printing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture.

KS4 Art Photography

Examination Board: Edexcel

You are encouraged to be creative, bringing your personal experiences, ideas and opinions to the subject. You will complete a series of coursework projects and a final examination project over three years. You will be encouraged to have an adventurous and creative approach to the set themes and topics alongside developing an understanding of photography as a visual art.

What is GCSE Photography?

You will learn to develop ideas and experiment with different photographic techniques from digital photography, Photoshop, darkroom experimentation and hand edits. You will develop an e-portfolio which showcases your experiments with techniques, development of ideas and visual research linked to a theme.

Alongside improving your practical expertise, you’ll learn how to:

  • Develop, refine and record your ideas.
  • Present a personal response that realises your intentions.
  • Improve your creative skills through the effective and safe use of media, materials, techniques, processes and technologies.
  • Successfully use visual language and the formal elements e.g colour, line, form, shape, tone and texture.
  • Use drawing skills for different needs and purposes.

GCSE Photography Component 1 - 60% Portolio of work:

Candidates produce a sustained project and a selection of further work that represents the course of study.

GCSE Photography Component 2 - ?40% Externally set assignment:

Preparation time, plus ten hours of supervised time. Candidates respond to chosen starting point.

Areas of study

In Component 1 and Component 2 students are required to work in one or more area(s) of photography, such as those listed below:

  • Portraiture
  • Location photography
  • Studio photography
  • Experimental imagery
  • Installation
  • Documentary photography
  • Photo-journalism
  • Fashion photography

Knowledge and understanding

You will show how you have developed your ideas and been inspired including:

  • How sources relate to historical, contemporary, social, cultural and issues based contexts and external considerations.
  • How ideas, themes, subjects and feelings can inspire creative responses informed by different styles, genres and aesthetic considerations and/or an individual's distinctive view of the world.

Skills

Within the context of photography, you must demonstrate the ability to use photographic techniques and processes, appropriate to your personal intentions, for example:

  • Lighting, viewpoint, aperture, depth of field, shutter speed and movement.
  • The use of enlarger chemical and/ or digital processes
  • The use of media, materials, graphic media for purposes such as storyboarding, planning and constructing shoots.

KS5 Art

Course 
A-Level Art and Design
Examining Board Edexcel
Specification Link
Why study this subject?

Studying art as a subject helps to develop critical thinking and the ability to interpret the world around us. At Oaks Park we encourage an enquiring mind, self-expression and creativity which can build confidence as well as a sense of individual identity. Art develops students' motor skills, hand-eye coordination, problem solving, and critical thinking skills, these are important transferable skills which are relevant to students.

 

Students will be given time to develop and practise their visual skills in order to achieve their full potential. Art is taught through experience and example. Students are encouraged to explore how ideas can be developed.

Component 1  

Personal Portfolio
You will create a personal portfolio of work comprising of supporting studies and final pieces and a personal study. This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcomes.

 

The personal study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose, which may contain integrated images.

Component 2

Externally set assignment
Preparation time, plus fifteen hours of supervised time. Candidates respond to the chosen starting point. In the past exam titles have been Growth and Evolution, Environment and Change and/ or Stability.

Assessment A-Level

All work is assessed using the following Assessment Objectives:

AO1 

Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding

AO2 

Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops

AO3  

Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress

AO4 

Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements

Next steps - Careers/HE courses

If you complete the course successfully you could go onto study Art at degree level or a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. You could also go onto relevant employment. Examples of Further education courses: Foundation Studies in Art and Design BTEC, Higher National Certificate BTEC, Higher National Diploma.

 

Examples of Art and Design Degree courses: Examples of Art and Design Degree courses: Computer Animation, Contemporary Jewellery, Creative Arts for Film and Theatre, Fashion, Fine Art, Ceramics, Graphic communication, Hand embroidery for Fashion, Interiors and Textile Art, Illustration, Interior Architecture and Design, Journalism and Creative writing, Metalwork and Jewellery, Photography, Product Design, Art Therapy, Curatorial practice, Web Design, 3D Animation, Costume Design.

 

Careers

Architect
Advertising
Art technician
Art therapist
Animator
Art restoration
Art valuer
Artist in residence
Arts administrator
Cartoonist
Computer game designer
Exhibition design
Fashion design
Fashion journalism
Film/video maker
Fine artist
Furniture designer
Hair and make-up design
Graphic design
Illustrator
Interior design
Jeweller
Medical illustrator
Multimedia artist
Mural artist
Museum/gallery curator
Painter
Product design
Publishing
Retail design
Teacher/Lecturer
Theatre designer
Video game designer

Suggested links to resources

https://www.tate.org.uk/
https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/
https://www.studentartguide.com/