Ms H. Fenton – Subject Lead Creative Arts
Compelling Learning in Art
Our aim is to nurture students’ inquisitiveness alongside aptitudes of visual literacy and creativity. This is achieved through students’ active exploration of traditional and contemporary techniques, themes and concepts. The learning environment in Art and Design empowers students to become insightful viewers and creators of the world in which they live through the interpretation and creation of visual imagery. Students confidently work in the manner of creative practitioners, using visual imagery, in its widest contexts, as a means of communication, expression and enjoyment by giving form to messages, meaning and emotions.
Compelling Learning in Art and Design is characterised by embodying human creativity and supporting students to take risks with ideas, materials and processes. Students are facilitated to successfully approach the challenges they encounter, in learning and life, to develop their creative thinking and problem solving. This ensures the nurturing of insightful and expressive contemporary citizens.
Key Stage 4
Our curriculum in Years 10 and 11 follows the AQA Art and Design 1-9 GCSE. There are three different option courses within Art and Design, these are Fine Art and Photography. All three courses facilitate students to develop technical knowledge and skills alongside the exploration of ideas and the creation of personal responses to themes or issues.
The skills focus of each courses is distinct, but all are based on the same assessment objectives:
- 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 relevant ideas, observations and insights
- Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding language.
60% of students’ marks will be given for their non-examination assessment. This comprises of a portfolio of work developed throughout Year 10 and the first term of Y11. 40% will be awarded for the examination project. Starting points are released by AQA in the January of Year ll. Students will then have eight weeks to prepare work in response to their chosen theme and 10 hours of controlled assessment to create a final response.
ART AND DESIGN (Fine Art)
Within the AQA Art and Design GCSE, Fine Art is defined as the need to explore ideas, convey experiences or respond to a theme or issue of personal significance. Pupils will creatively explore themes and create work associated with areas of study. They are required to work in one or more area(s) of Fine Art, such as: drawing; painting; sculpture; installation; lens-/light-based media; photography and the moving image; printmaking; mixed media; land art.
ART AND DESIGN (Photography)
Within the AQA Art and Design GCSE, Photography is defined here as the practice of producing images using light-sensitive materials such as photographic film, or digital methods of development and production to create static or moving images. Pupils will creatively explore themes and create work associated with areas of study. They are required to work in one or more area(s) of Photography, such as: portraiture; location photography; studio photography; experimental imagery; installation; documentary photography; photo-journalism; moving image: film, video and animation; fashion photography.
ART AND DESIGN (Textile Design)
Within the AQA Art and Design GCSE, Textile Design is defined here as the creation of designs and products for woven, knitted, stitched, printed or decorative textiles that might have a functional or non-functional purpose. Pupils will creatively explore themes and create work associated with areas of study. They are required to work in one or more area(s) of Textile Design, such as: art textiles; fashion design and illustration; costume design; constructed textiles; printed and dyed textiles; surface pattern; stitched and/or embellished textiles; soft furnishings and/or textiles for interiors; digital textiles; installed textiles.
Within Creative Arts we have an open door policy and welcome students who wish to be creative, practise skills and develop their work further at lunchtimes and after school.
Additional enrichment opportunities in Creative Arts offer students opportunities to work with professional organisations and initiatives. These have included: Manchester Metropolitan University’s Digital Designer in Residence; Arts Award activities in school, at Tate Liverpool and Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Bury College Masterclasses; Rochdale Town Hall Renovation Photography Project and opportunities to enter local and national competitions.