Tel: 01677 422 419 - Email: admin@bedalehighschool.org.uk
Tel: 01677 422 419
Email: admin@bedalehighschool.org.uk

 

Art and Textiles at Bedale High School

The Art Department offers an imaginative, expressive and personalised Art and Textiles curriculum for both Key Stages.

At all stages of the art curriculum, we feel that it is essential to place risk taking and experimentation at the heart of creative learning. There is great diversity in the outcomes produced by students and we encourage independent research and enquiry throughout the key stages, along with the development of key skills.

Art is compulsory at KS3. Each class has 1 hour of Art a week, after this Art becomes optional at GCSE in Years 9, 10 and 11. Many of these students often continue their Art studies in Further Education. The GCSE results last year were an exception 92.86% Level 4+ and Level 5 + were 78%.

Curriculum

KS3 topics:

In Key Stage 3 pupils complete a baseline assessment. This tests their basic drawing skills and understanding of artistic vocabulary. The pupils aim to complete one project each term. Every topic is designed to enhance a variety of skills, allowing pupils to experiment with lots of materials and techniques. At the end of each project pupils produce a final piece. The curriculum is designed so students are offered a varied curriculum of Fine art as well as Textiles based projects.

Year 7 projects:

  • Day of the Dead bunting
  • Naughty but Nice
  • Maps

Year 8 projects:

  • Meadow
  • Monsters and machines
  • Graffiti

Show My Homework

  • Independent Learning tasks are essential for creative growth. They are regularly set each term. Pupils are given a sketch book at the beginning of each academic year. They should complete their tasks in this book. If that is lost, pupils will have to replace them. Every homework is designs to stretch and challenge all learners. All our tasks have instructions, giving ideas about layout, technique, skills required and the amount of time to be spent as well as example material to inspire. All current projects link to the home learning set to create opportunities to widen their skills, expand their knowledge of artists and different cultures.

The Art room is an energetic hub of productivity seeing a range of students during specific lunchtimes. Any materials and equipment not available at home are freely available for them to use here.

ART KS4 topics:

If pupils decide to choose Art one of their GCSE options they must have passion for the subject and be prepared to work hard on exciting and innovative projects. The course is divided into coursework (portfolio of work) and one externally set task (Exam). The portfolio unit of coursework is competed in year 9 and 10. In year 11 pupils complete a mock examination, and then subsequently use this as a third unit of coursework. Finally, they complete an externally set exam question.

Coursework is worth 60% of pupils overall GCSE Art grade

The GCSE Art course content:

  • Drawing from primary observation, photography, trips to galleries and other educational visits
  • Experimenting with different materials and techniques e.g. wax batik, silk painting, glass making, ceramics, mixed media, collage, paint, oil pastels, soft pastels, acrylics, sculpture and model making etc.
  • Research of an Artist, Art movement, culture or additional research area.
  • All pupils produce a final piece as a culmination of ideas, meaningful research and personal journey.

During the three years of the course students will improve the quality of their drawing, designing and colour work as well as becoming more confident with the use of new techniques and materials.

Externally set task

The Externally Set task is worth 40% of the pupils overall GCSE grade.

Pupils are required to answer one question from an examination paper and interpret it through one of their chosen areas of study. They have 10 weeks to prepare for this, and then complete a 10 hour exam over two days. The structure of their sketchbook work and preparation pieces is mirrored from their prior learning.

Forms of Assessment

All classwork and homework are marked using AQA guidelines and grade boundaries. The grades and constructive feedback are recorded in pupils marking book.

For a more detailed breakdown of the Art and Design GCSE specification please click on the link below:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206/subject-content/art,-craft-and-design

How can parents/carers help?

  • Parents can help their children by ensuring that homework tasks are given concentration and not left to the last minute.
  • Discuss homework tasks together, offer ideas, support, encouragement and praise to build confidence
  • Pupils have access to the Art rooms at lunchtime should they wish to use any materials and equipment not available at home
  • Gallery visits – local and national – are an excellent way to develop insights into the world of Art and Design as well as helping to generate ideas

Extracurricular opportunities

Bedale is proud to offer a vast array of Arts & crats opportunities. Recently, students have been involved in a range of opportunities such as Tour De Yorkshire floating murals, multiple collaborations with The Millings Care home, Local sculpture commissions, Photography competitions (Institute of Civil Engineers- Runner Up prize Phoebe Johnson), The Remembrance appeal with local food store Co Op, as well as helping with local primary school art taster days.

Textiles Art KS4 topics:

If pupils decide to choose Textiles Art as one of their GCSE options they must have a creative flare for the subject and be prepared to be organized and extremely motivated whilst creating their own work. Students will be introduced to a variety of textiles techniques that explore a range of textile media, processes and techniques such as weaving, felting, stitching, applique, construction methods and printing. They should be made aware of both traditional and new media. Students are required to work in one or more areas of textile design, such as fashions design, costume design, digital textiles, domestic textiles and wallpaper, interior design, constructed textiles and installed textiles.

How you will be assessed

All classwork and homework are marked using AQA guidelines and grade boundaries. The grades and constructive feedback are recorded in pupils feedback books. For more detailed breakdown of the Textiles art GCSE specification via the school website. All exam and coursework are assessed by the teacher and then moderated by AQA. Students will be assessed on four areas Developing ideas, Recording, Experimenting and on their Final outcome

Portfolio assessment

Students develop responses to initial starting points, project briefs or specified tasks and realise intentions informed by research, the development and refinement of ideas and meaningful engagement with selected sources. Responses will include evidence of drawing for different purposes and needs and written annotation. Their portfolio is worth 60% of their overall GCSE so it is important that students are resilient, determined and hard working.  You will be assessed against your ability to develop your ideas, experiment with media, record and present a personal and meaningful response.

Externally Set assignment

Students respond to a starting point provided by AQA. This response provides evidence of the student’s ability to work independently within specified time constraints, realise intentions that are personal and meaningful and explicitly address the requirements of all four assessment objectives. Students get a set amount of preparation and research time and then have to complete their assignment in a 10hour exam.

Future prospects post-16

Future prospects are vast in the Design Industry and many students would gravitate to either a Foundation Fashion course or an Art Foundation course which is available at QE, Darlington. Some students may progress onto a Design related BA Hons degree such as Costume Design, Illustration, Film, media and TV production, Surface & Pattern Design and Fashion related courses.

Coursework is worth 60% of pupils overall GCSE Textile Art grade

The GCSE Textiles Art course content:

  • Drawing from primary observation, photography, trips to galleries and other educational visits
  • Experimenting with different materials and techniques e.g. wax batik, silk painting, weaving,embroidery,costume design, installation, interior textiles.
  • Research of Designers, Artist, Art movements, culture or additional research area.
  • All pupils produce a final piece as a culmination of ideas, meaningful research and personal journey.

Externally set task

The Externally Set task is worth 40% of the pupils overall GCSE grade.

Pupils are required to answer one question from an examination paper and interpret it through one of their chosen areas of study. They have 10 weeks to prepare for this, and then complete a 10 hour exam over two days. The structure of their sketchbook work and preparation pieces is mirrored from their prior learning.

Forms of Assessment

All classwork and homework are marked using AQA guidelines and grade boundaries. The grades and constructive feedback are recorded in pupils feedback book.

For a more detailed breakdown of the Textiles Art GCSE specification please click on the link below: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206/subject-content/art,-craft-and-design