ART Key Stage 3:

In art, craft and design, pupils explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art, craft and design, pupils reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.


What are the key features?

Art is an interesting and demanding subject that allows students to explore and express their own creativity. Students will build on the skills they have learnt at Key Stage 3 and experiment with a wide range of new materials and processes to extend and explore their visual language. Art GCSE requires open-mindedness, hard work and dedication. A real passion for the visual world and a curiosity about art and artists is also very important. It helps if drawing skills are good, and pupils should have a creative mind and be prepared to experiment with imagery, materials and ideas to produce ambitious and exciting works of art.

Students will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of local, national and international artists to aid the development of their own work, but also be encouraged to find their own style and make personal responses to project titles.

How is it assessed?

Art is made up of two units. Unit 1 is a portfolio of work which will consist of 2/3 projects and is worth 60% of their final grade. Unit 2 is an externally set task (exam) and is worth 40% of their grade.
Each project is further divided into four assessment objectives: developing ideas, using resources, recording ideas and making a personal response.

Work is marked in school and moderated by the examining board.

What particular skills are required to succeed?

Students will need to be creative, enthusiastic and hard-working with strong observation, co-ordination and have good presentation skills.
Students are required to spend at least two hours a week on Art homework whether that be in school at lunch and afterschool clubs or at home.

If I have any questions which teacher(s) do I ask?

Contact Miss O’Haire