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Copleston High School

Year 8

What Will I Learn?

Still Life

  • Observational drawing
  • Tonal work
  • Development into abstraction

Symbolism

  • Study the symbolism in Guenica
  • Respond to a current event using symbolism and mixed media

Non-European Art

  • Study one non-European Art movement looking at the cultural impact of the work
  • Make sectional studies of selected areas
  • Create a piece of art inspired by the research.

How Will I Be Assessed?

  • Both homework and classwork is assessed each half term
  • Students are given verbal feedback by the teacher as and when appropriate
  • When marking reveals common errors or general points for improvement then a printed sheet with all relevant “points for improvement “may be issued to the group
  • Some peer assessment will take place. This will involve the students in both discussing and analysing work.

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Class Work

  • Detailed accurate observational drawing of various still-life objects
  • Looking at the work of Morandi, Cezanne and also a range of Cubist still life work
  • Analysis of the painting “Guenica” by Picasso, looking specifically at the symbolism within it. Other artist work may also be considered
  • Visual response to a cultural, social or political event considering effective use of symbolism

Homework

Homework will be set each half term which relates directly to the project being taught. Most pieces of homework have both a practical and research element

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

  • The focus on accurate observational drawing in the Autumn Term is an essential aspect of any art curriculum and acts as a foundation for the more developmental and imaginative work later in the year.
  • Students are offered clear guidance on how to improve and develop their work
  • The art research aspect of the course gradually becomes more detailed and in depth with some subject specific language being introduced in year 7 developing into more complex analysis as students’ progress through the key stages.

Year 9

What Will I Learn?

Architecture/Cityscapes

  • Sectional studies of buildings
  • Development into design
  • Further development into 3d

Youth Culture

  • Look at Graffiti Art and Pop Art
  • Choose between: Fashion, Music, Sport, Social issues
  • Research chosen subject and collect reference material
  • Create a final piece based on the above.

Thematic approach - in preparation for GCSE

All students to be given the same theme. A booklet will help to guide the students through the process of responding to the theme.

How Will I Be Assessed?

  • Both homework and classwork is assessed each half term
  • Students are given verbal feedback by the teacher as and when appropriate
  • When marking reveals common errors or general points for improvement then a printed sheet with all relevant “points for improvement “may be issued to the group
  • Some peer assessment will take place. This will involve the students in discussing and analysing work, either in pairs or larger groups.

What Different Types of Activites Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Class Work

  • Sectional studies of buildings
  • Trip to London to take photographs and draw buildings along the Thames
  • Visit to a London Art Gallery
  • A larger more in depth 3D piece  of work relating to the theme
  • Studying the work of Antoni Gaudi, Frank Gehry,  and David Gentleman

Homework

Homework will be set each half term which relates directly to the project being taught. Most pieces of homework have both a Practical and research element

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

  • The Trip to London focuses on the ability of students to record visual information quickly which is a useful skill at examination level.
  • Students are taught how to select and reject areas to study
  • Students are taught how to develop initial drawings into more complex designs and then refine them further onto three dimensional work

Year 10

What Will I Learn?

Natural Form

  • Skills in Observational Drawing
  • Skills in working with a range of materials e.g. different types of paint, printmaking, clay
  • How to analyse and evaluate the work of relevant artists
  • How to work on a larger scale

A second shorter unit of work  -chosen by each individual teacher

How Will I Be Assessed?

  • Sketchbooks marked once a fortnight with comments and A-G grades
  • Marked using GCSE Assessment matrix at the end of each unit – covering the four assessment objectives marks out of 80
  • Peer assessment – students to evaluate the work of each other working in pairs or in groups

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

  • Studies of a range of Natural Form objects
  • Clay work
  • Printmaking
  • Art research/ analysis on relevant Artist e.g. Georgia O’Keeffe. William Morris, Henry Moore,
  • Large scale painting, focusing on colour mixing, painting techniques
  • Group work – making seasonal sculptures outside inspired by Andy Goldsworthy

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

  • Observational drawing skills are an essential aspect of the art curriculum and it is important to develop these skills early on in the course
  • Understanding how other artists work is a key factor in developing the student's own skills. By recognising the social, historical and cultural context of the work students can gain a deeper understanding of the work being studied. Such studies should inspire and enrich their own work. This will lead to the higher grades and prepare students for the rigour of an A level course.

Year 11

What Will I Learn?

Mock Exam

  • Students are issued with the Mock paper just before the October half term and are given 8 weeks to plan and prepare for it.
  • Students should learn about the time management for the exam
  • They should learn how to develop their ideas from stage to stage
  • How to select and reject material
  • Students will learn how to work more independently

Ten Hour Test (Exam)

  • Each year a different theme is given. One single theme is given to all students
  • All the skills learnt during the mock will be called upon once again as students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge

How Will I Be Assessed?

  • All work will be assessed by using the Assessment matrix and the four assessment objectives at the conclusion of the ten hours allocated for the Mock exam
  • Students will be given both verbal and written  feedback from this marking after which they can work back into the work until Christmas

Final Assessment

At the end of the GCSE course all work is put up in the form of an exhibition and work is assessed; first by the class teacher and then it is standardised by the HOD. This is followed by a visit of an external moderator sent by the Exam Board who moderates the marks.

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

  • Students go through quite a rigorous process of developing and refining ideas as they prepare for the exam.
  • They research the work of relevant artists
  • They experiment with a range of materials and techniques
  • They select and reject initial ideas prior to developing them
  • They engage in an on-going dialogue with their teacher throughout the preparation period
  • They plan their final piece considering content, materials, scale and timing
  • They put up a full exhibition with the aid and advice of their teacher

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

  • The ability to develop and refine ideas is crucial to A Level work and is also a transferable and very worthwhile skill
  • The importance of careful time management is also a valuable and transferable skill. It is also essential in A Level Art.
  • Students learn a tremendous amount by putting up their GCSE Exhibition. This also gives them greater confidence at A Level.