Art

All students study a full range of artistic skills from painting and drawing, printing, sculpture, ceramics and ICT. All projects use references from a wide range of cultures and artistic styles. The projects are taught on a termly rotation throughout the department.

Click on the Art Gallery on the sidebar to view some of our students work.
 

Art Trips and Experiences

  • North Devon Photographic Competition open to students in all year groups. Judged and exhibited through the Museum of North Devon
  • Kilve Court and Beaford Arts Courses are available to Able, Gifted and Talented students in all year groups.
  • Year 7 – Art Trip to Exeter Cathedral and The Royal Albert Memorial Museum.
  • Year 8 – Art Trip to the Museum of North Devon, Pannier Market and White Moose Gallery
  • Year 10 – GCSE Art and Photography Trip to Broomhill Art Hotel
  • Year 10 Photographers – Barnstaple Fairground during the day.
  • Year 10 – Expressive Arts Trip to London. Including two West End Shows, theatre and gallery workshops, Covent Garden, Camden Market, Tate Modern, The National Portrait Gallery,  Saatchi Gallery.
  • Year 11 – Weekend painting courses at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum.

KS3

 

KS3 students focus on one project per term. (Approx 6/7 double lessons).

The projects are not necessarily taught in this order.

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Autumn Term

Dinosaur Project

Students create a range of dinosaur activities from oil pastel drawings, dry point and mono printing, dinosaur skin making!! Student look at digital animation from the Disney film Dinosaur.

 

Natural Forms

Clay sculpures with decorative features are made in response to the sculpture of Louise Hibbert and Sarah Parker Eaton. Drawings from natural forms support this work.

Emotional Portraits

Students look at the work of Julie Bennett and Rachel Rickert. They take photos of distorted portraits which feed into a painting activity with focusses on expressive painting technique and skin tone colour mixing.

Spring Term

Surreal Portraiture using Photoshop activity followed up with drawn and painted image.

Students study the work of Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte.

The Mexican Day of the Dead

The theme is interpreted using a range of materials and processes. It is a vibrant project which uses skeleton imagery in a quirky style. Student complete a face painting exercise which feeds into the design of a Mexican Shadow Box.

Steam Punk

Students are introduced to this contemporary art theme. Drawing and relief work using clay and plaster of Paris help build an exciting project using personalised themes.

Summer Term

African Art Project

Clay masks are produced following an introduction to the culture and a range of different pattern making processes.

Still Life

Students explore a range of drawing materials in response to this theme. Cake and sweet images are the project theme. Artists such as Eric Joyner and Sarah Graham are used to support the art work.

Anatomy Project

Students look at the anatomical drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci and Grays Anatomy to understand how scientific discoveries have been made. They then recreate their own studies in relation to the composition of the human body and produce clay organs and card relief images.

 

KS4 Art

GCSE Art projects are rarely repeated and are often designed to suit the nature of the group.

60% Coursework       40% Externally Set Task (Exam)

The coursework element includes all homework and classwork activities from the start of Year 10

The Externally Set Task is set in January of Year 11.

Year 10

Year 11

Term 1 How to develop a coursework unit focussing on the enhancement of basic skills in a range of materials. The theme for this project is Human Form and the visit to Broomhill Sculpture Gardens helps to cement the activities back in the classroom.

Term 2 Natural Forms. A print based project looking at the work of Karl Blostfeld and Angie Lewin. Or Distorted Portraits.

Term 3 This unit of work is to be decided. It may be designed to fit in with one of the exhibitions showing in London during this time as several of our students will be attending this trip.

Term 1. Mexican Day of the Dead Shadow Boxes based on the Life of Frida Kahlo or Anatomy Based Sculpture.

Term 2 The final Art exam paper is set in January. There is an 8 week preparatory period including all hw activities and twilight sessions. This is followed by a 10 hour exam which takes place over two days in school.

Term 3 There is a small amount of time to review the previous coursework pieces in time for the completion date in early May.

 

KS4 Photography

GCSE Art projects are rarely repeated and are often designed to suit the ability of the group.

60% Coursework       40% Externally Set Task (Exam)

The coursework element includes all homework and classwork activities from the start of Year 10

Year 10

Year 11

Term 1 Barnstaple Fair. Students attend the fair during the day and the night to take photos which will be developed back in the classroom and ICT Suite.

Term 2 How to develop a coursework unit focussing on the enhancement of basic skills in a range of materials. The theme for this project was Human Form and the visit to Broomhill Sculpture Gardens. Students use Photoshop to enhance and develop their work.

Term 3 Surreal Portraits – Students look at the work of Lara Zankoul and Thomas Burbey to inspire their own presentation themes. Photoshop activities support every aspect of this project.

Term 1 Develop some of the work from Yr 10 until half term. Then the mock exam is set. Distorted Portraits. Students look at the work of Rachel Rickert and Antonio Guttiezze

Term 2 The final Art exam paper is set in January. There is an 8 week preparatory period including all hw activities and twilight sessions. This is followed by a 10 hour exam which takes place over two days in school.

Term 3 There is a small amount of time to review the previous coursework pieces in time for the completion date in early May.

 

      An Outline of GCSE Art and Photography

AQA

Art & Design

This is a broad course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D

processes and new media and technologies. It is an unendorsed course where candidates can work

in appropriate art, craft and design materials and processes.

AQA Photography

Lens based and light based media

Candidates should produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more area(s) including theme-based

photography (portrait, landscape, still-life, reportage), documentary photography, photo-journalism, narrative

photography, experimental imagery, photographic installation, new media practice, video, television and film.

 

Coursework / Portfolio - During this two year course you will complete three units of work (projects) which will create your portfolio. This work will be assessed in January 2018. These units constitute 60% of your overall grade. All of the work completed at home and in school from September 2016 to January 2018 will form your coursework.

Externally Set Assignment (exam) – This paper is set in January 2018. You will have 8 weeks to develop an idea through research, drawings and experimentation based on a question of your choice. There are 7 questions or starting points on the exam paper. You will select the one which appeals to you the most. The majority of students approach the exam as a personal project as most of the exam questions are very open to personal interpretation. This exam is 10 hours and will be completed during two days off timetable. You will sit the exam in your usual art room. This task constitutes 40% of the overall mark.

GCSE Art and Photography Timetable.

  1. Day trip to Broomhill Art Hotel – 1st or 2nd November
  2. Mid February -  Preparation for the Year 10 Art Exam begins
  3. Mid May  Yr 10 have one day off timetable to start their exam piece + 3 double art lessons to complete it.
  4. Expressive Arts Trip to London –22rd-24th June.
  5. Year 11 Mock Exam period begins mid October – Mid December.
  6. Mid Nov Yr 11 have one day off timetable to start their exam piece + 3 double art lessons to complete it.
  7. Early January – The final exam paper is set. Students will have two days off timetable to create a final piece.
  8. Early May - the course is complete.

 

Estimated Grade Band

Marks

 

AO1 Developing

AO2

Materials

AO3

Recording

AO4

Final Piece

 

Quality of Work

Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.

Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.

Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.

Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

Estimated Grade Boundaries

8/9

 

 

21/24

An exceptional ability to effectively develop ideas through purposeful investigations and critical understanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

9  -  92  - A**

8  -  84   - A*

7  -  72   - A

6  -  63   - B

5  -  55 - C/B

4  -  48   - C

3  -  32   - D

2  -  8     - E/F

1  -  4     - G

6/7

 

17/20

A highly developed ability to effectively develop ideas and critical thinking.

 

 

 

 

5/6

 

 

13-16

A consistent ability to effectively develop ideas and use knowledge, skills and understanding.

 

 

 

 

4/5

 

 

 

9-12

Moderate evidence of developing knowledge, skills and understanding.

 

 

 

 

 3

5-8

Some ability to develop ideas & evidence of some critical understanding

 

 

 

 

1/2

1-4

Minimal and low quality  evidence of knowledge, skills and understanding

 

 

 

 

   0

0

No Evidence

 

 

 

 

 

Total Mark

 

 

/ 96