In the Art Teaching and Learning Area we are passionate about the study of art and we believe strongly in its value for each individual student.
Art develops essential critical thinking skills and whereas much of what students learn in school is concrete, art classes encourage creative and abstract thought. Skills learnt in art are transferable and art boosts academic performance, motivation and creativity in other subjects.
As well as developing the ability to analyse, evaluate, problem solve and develop fine motor skills, art teaches students to become visually literate, which is essential for the commercially astute world in which we live today.
Our vision as a Teaching and Learning Area is to create well-rounded students, who are able to work creatively and can succinctly express their own ideas and beliefs through skillful independent work.
Students receive two Art lessons per fortnight.
The course aims to develop students’ ability to communicate in Art and Design, and to understand and respond to art from different times and cultures. Students are taught to develop essential art skills and techniques including the use of line, tone, texture, proportion, colour, 3D work, composition, form, collage and mixed media in creating expressive artwork.
Projects are especially chosen to capture student’s enthusiasm and imagination whilst developing the skills needed for further study at Key Stage 4.
Students should expect to receive a variety of homework related to each unit of work. These are available on Show My Homework and may include regular keyword and spelling/definition tests, revision or practice activities for unit assessments/performances and/or research-based project tasks.
Students follow the Edexcel BTEC Art & Design syllabus.
Studying Edexcel BTEC in Art and Design will develop student’s creativity, technical skills, aesthetic understanding and cultural knowledge required to express and interpret original ideas through art, craft and design. Students will explore and experiment with a wide range of materials, techniques and ideas being able to draw from observation to a high standard and know how and why to refine and modify. They will also develop skills within research and develop individual and personal ideas in response to other artists work, critically analysing paintings/sculptures to gain insight into why artwork might be produced.
Skills and Progression Routes
On completion of the course, students will have developed a number of skills including:
- Drawing and Painting
- Exploring new materials
- The ability to undertake independent study
- Questioning ideas and opinions
Some suggested progression routes and career opportunities this subject support include:
- Graphic Artist
- Print Designer
- Set Designer
- Events Management
- Web Designer
BTEC L3 National Extended Certificate in Art and Design | Pearson Edexcel
The qualification gives a coherent introduction to the study of art and design at this level. Learners develop art and design projects and gain an understanding of the creative process. They study visual recording and communication, critical analysis and production skills to produce art and design outcomes
Students will study a wide range of media disciplines including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and 3D. They will explore and critically analyse a broad range of artist styles.
The course consists of 4 units, of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external:
Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%).
The qualification is designed for post-16 learners who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly within the creative industries, as part of a programme of study alongside other BTEC Nationals or A Levels.
Potential sectors of employment include: Arts, Media and Publishing, Education and Training, Engineering and Manufacturing Technology, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment.
Students must have completed L2 BTEC in Art and Design at a L2 pass or above. Students need to be self-motivated with a keen interest in art and design and be able to conduct independent research including regular gallery/museum and library visits. Students will also need to have access to a digital camera (the school can support with this).