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Reading Girls' School

Reading Girls' School

Art & Design

art"Art and Design is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise: with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality" - Quentin Blake, Children's Laureate
 

ART & DESIGN – GCSE

Introduction to course
Art GCSE is an exciting, stimulating and enjoyable two-year course that will provide plenty of opportunity to develop creative skills and abilities in a wide range of materials, techniques and processes. GCSE is very much a hands-on course. Lessons are varied, challenging and fun.
 
The first coursework project is an introductory unit, which will provide the opportunity to respond creatively to the theme of ‘Sweets’ in the medium of paint. Students will collect visual information and ideas through use of a sketchbook, exploring new and exciting techniques and researching the work of artists, craftspeople and designers. This enables students to design and create a unique final piece. The teachers are there to support and help students achieve their true creative potential. Other themes students explore are ‘Portraits’, ‘Culture’ and ‘Machine Made-Naturally Formed’.
 
Syllabus content
The course consists of coursework (60%) and a final examination (40%). Over the two years, students will undertake a range of activities in order to make a personal response to experiences, environment and culture. Three units are selected for assessment. These could be based on any area of Art including design work, fashion, printing, photography, sculpture and graphics. The examination consists of a 10-hour controlled test. Four weeks’ preparation is allowed for supporting studies. A range of topics is given. Students will select one in order to produce a finished piece.
 
Typical lesson activities
The wide variety of lesson activities include discussion, gallery visits, practical work, group work, large scale projects and individual project based work. ICT is used to produce written and visual work. Digital cameras and scanners are used. The Internet is also used for research.
 
SMSC
The GCSE Art and Design course lends itself to a wide range of Spiritual, Moral, Cultural and Social studies. Students will analyse, engage with and question their own and others work, identify how beliefs, values and meanings are expressed and shared. Students are encouraged to express themselves through their Art, which is supported by strong research into the wider world around them. The department undertakes a number of extra-curricular activities that enhance the students’ experience of Art and Design and its context in the world.
 
Spiritual Development in Art
The Art and design course is dependent on the students’ ability to inquire and communicate their ideas, meanings and feelings. Students will investigate visual, tactile and other sensory qualities of their own and others work. We encourage independent thinking that will enable students to develop their ideas and intentions and express these in an appropriate manner.
 

ART & DESIGN - Technical Awardart

 

Introduction to course
We are delighted to offer students at Reading Girls' School the opportunity to join this new and exciting course. Technical Awards in Art have been successfully offered to our Post 16 students and are now being offered as part of our extended Year 9 Art options package. Art and Design is a vast and appealing sector including many areas such as drawing skills, fine art, ceramics, photography, 3D sculptural design. Our Technical A~ward is ideal for learners wishing to develop their skills and perhaps pursue a career in Art and Design. It has a strong vocational element and is an excellent way to acquire practical Art and Design skills.
 
●     Our Technical Award allows learners to focus their creative instincts, whilst ensuring they are rewarded for their hard work.
●     Continual assessment gives you the opportunity to re-submit work to try and improve your grades, helping to keep you motivated throughout the course.
 
We offer the Edexcel Technical Award Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Art and Design. This qualification is the equivalent of one GCSE qualification. The course is varied and exciting and allows learners to explore a broad range of Art and Design skills, techniques and materials. Learners work on a range of modules which include:
 
●     Introduction to Specialist Pathways in Art and Design- A introductory unit allowing learners to explore the potential of a wide range of media processes and techniques
●     Creative Project in Art and Design-This unit develops ideas and skills in response to a project brief 
●     Communicating Ideas in 2D- This unit allows learners to explore a wide range of 2D mark-making skills, such as drawing, painting, printing and photography
●     Communicating Ideas in 3D- A specialist unit allowing learners to explore 3D sculpting and modelling techniques.
 
SMSC
The Art and Design Technical Award lends itself to a wide range of Spiritual, Moral, Cultural and Social studies. Students will analyse, engage with and question their own and others work, identify how beliefs, values and meanings are expressed and shared. Students are encouraged to express themselves through their Art, which is supported by strong research into the wider world around them. The department undertakes a number of extra-curricular activities that enhance the students’ experience of Art and Design and its context in the world.
 
Spiritual Development in Art
The Art and design course is dependent on the students’ ability to inquire and communicate their ideas, meanings and feelings. Students will investigate visual, tactile and other sensory qualities of their own and others work. We encourage independent thinking that will enable students to develop their ideas and intentions and express these in an appropriate manner.