Subject: Art and Design
Art and Design Overview
The Art and Design curriculum is delivered with a strong focus on emphasising the value of ideas as much as the final object. Generating new, creative ideas can be the most rewarding aspect of making Art and Design but to do this students’ must be comfortable with the unknown and thinking on their feet. In response to this projects are developed to encouraged free thinking and for students to explore a range of materials, processes and techniques to help visualise their ideas in number of different forms. As artists and designers are at the forefront of creative endeavour it is important for students to develop the same skills to become the creative practitioners of the future.
Students will look at how artists have developed concepts of portraiture and representation throughout art history. They will focus on the work of Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon and Julian Opie and will discover how each artist represents the human form. They will then develop an understanding of how to draw a portrait using the 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 method and will learn how to shade correctly. Students will apply Picasso’s Cubist principles to create a multiple viewpoint collage. Once they have completed them, the images will be scanned in to Photoshop where they will be distorted and developed. Finally, students will learn basic 3D construction techniques to create an African/Cubist mask.
Students will begin by looking at the work of Ernst Haeckel, William Morris, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Clint Fulkerson and will begin to understand how nature is used to make and develop artwork. To begin, students will create a visual research design sheet from studying a series of illustrations, photographs and drawing organic forms. The design sheet will comprise of a pencil drawing, a pen drawing, a watercolour painting and a series of Photoshop experiments. Using their research sheets as inspiration, students will create 4 alternatives and 1 final clay tile design. Once complete students will then create their tile design in clay. Whist the clay is drying and being fired, students will then develop their own repeat pattern using a series of printing techniques and processes. Finally, when the tile has been fired students will then paint and decorate their design.
Students will firstly look at a series of Surrealist work and identify what is going on and why these artists work in this particular style. They will then be given a series of unrelated objects and then asked to make new objects by combining any 2 of the original objects together; this will be done 4 times. All 4 drawings will then be used to create an A3 drawing where their objects will form part of a surreal landscape. If desired, students can develop their drawings by introducing photomontage and collage in to their designs. Finally, colour will be added using either Photoshop or by hand. Next, students will select an area to enlarge from their drawing and make an A3 or A2 painting. Finally, as a pre-exposure GCSE activity, students will select an artist of their choice and create an A3 research board using PowerPoint, from this they will then develop their work in response to the research.
The GCSE Art & Design course allows students to develop and respond to a given design brief using a variety of different media and processes. All students, complete 2 coursework projects and 1 externally set exam. For each coursework project, including the exam, students will create a minimum of 4 design sheets which document how their ideas and work has developed over time. Students will also create a final piece/s using an appropriate material and medium.