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David Hopkins - Head of Art

David Hopkins
Head of Art

Head of Department

Please email David Hopkins if you need to make an enquiry about art.

Curriculum Time

Throughout years 7, 8 and 9 students will work on developing their own visual language and have the opportunity to experiment with a wide range of materials and processes including drawing, painting, printing, collage, photography, mixed media and graphics. At GCSE pupils receive 5 lessons a fortnight.

Homework Policy

Art and design homework encourages all students to work independently, by taking ownership of their practical work. The range of homework tasks vary but involve all pupils developing their creative art and design skills. In lower school pupils will receive homework once every 2/3 weeks. At GCSE homework becomes a personal and integral part of portfolio work. Student are expected to take folio work home every week, sometimes more often in order to develop practical skills.

Class Grouping

All classes in Art are mixed ability

Rooming and Resources

We have 2 specialist art rooms that are fully equipped to help students be inspired and achieve their full potential.

GCSE Specification

Year 11

The Art & Design GCSE courses are designed to enable our students to experience a wide range of materials and processes and to develop their skills in those areas in which they feel most comfortable.

Unit 1: Portfolios of Work

The Department sets two topics which are carried out in sketchbooks. The sketchbooks record the creative journey including looking at artist work and experimenting with techniques and processes. The assessment objectives are applied to the portfolio submission as a whole. Evidence is understood to be both in the sketchbooks and in any ‘final pieces’ submitted.

The work presented is marked internally by Art Dept. Staff and externally moderated by AQA.

Unit 2: Externally set task

Students respond to a starting point chosen from a list set by the Examination board.

This unit is marked out of 80 and is worth 40% of the total marks.

10 hours under supervised conditions to complete a personal response.

The work presented is marked internally by Art Dept. Staff and externally moderated by AQA.

Year 10

Assessment:

Component 1: Portfolio.

A portfolio that in total shows explicit coverage of the four assessment objectives. It must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study.

How it’s assessed:

* No time limit
* 96 marks
* 60% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the school/college and moderated by AQA during a visit.

Component 2: Externally set task

Students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.

How it’s assessed:

* Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time
* 96 marks
* 40% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment (NEA) set by AQA; marked by the school/college and moderated by AQA during a visit.

Moderation will normally take place in June.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206

Departmental Ethos

It is the art department policy that every effort should be made to realise the creative potential in each student encouraging them to develop practical skills; to gain independence and increase their capacity for visual awareness.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

The art department offers a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities through lunchtime and after school clubs.

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