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GCSE Art - Years 10 & 11

Specification

Edexcel Fine Art: The specification and assessment structure can be found at the link: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/art-and-design-2016.html

What will I study?

The course consists of three main sections:

  1. Skill based introductory modules. Dealing with technical skills in drawing/painting and exploration of 2D/3D media.  How to use secondary sources and other artists' work. How to develop ideas fully into visual form and how to evaluate their work.
  2. A body of coursework displaying individual responses and development from given themes and responses to artists work.  Students are introduced to the themes in specific introductory modules.  Students have constant assessment through the duration of the coursework.
  3. Examination - with advice and consultation students develop their own body of work to submit for marking.

What Skills and Qualities are required?

  • Creative
  • Practical
  • Imaginative

How will I learn?

You will learn through gaining the skills, techniques and processes to develop your ideas into visual form, by being informed of the diverse and exciting world of Art and how to look and use other artists work in their own idea development. You will be encouraged to develop an educated opinion and appreciation of Art forms.

How will I be assessed?

In formal terms there is weighting of 60% for the coursework element and 40% for the timed test.  Assessment follows two broad strands.  Firstly students are assessed on their ability to develop ideas from a range of stimuli, including the work of other artists.  The second part of the assessment takes account of how well students use the particular process they have chosen to make their work. 

Where could it lead?

Graphic design, Illustrator, Fine Artist, Product designer, Animation, CGI Artist, Media work, Textile designer, Art therapist, Fashion designer, Printmaker, Community arts worker.

Additional requirements/information

The full GCSE course specialises in areas of painting/drawing, sculpture, computer graphics and digital video. The course followed is the Fine Art syllabus.

Year 10

  Topic Further details about the topic Skills
Autumn Term
1 Introduction to thematic approach. Students critically analyse artists work. Students explore artists methods. Drawing/ Painting / Observation / Imagination
2 Contained Spaces    
Spring Term
1 Contrasts Select ideas from artists. Generate mind map for outcomes. Drawing / Painting / Observation / Imagination / Digital Media
2 Contrasts Realisation Present Personal Response.  
Summer Term
1 Contrasts Realisation Review Present Personal Response. Drawing / Painting / Observation/ Imagination / Digital Media
2 Contrasts Realisation Review Present Personal Response. Drawing / Painting / Observation / Imagination / Digital Media

Year 11

  Topic Further details about the topic Skills
Autumn Term
1 Surfaces Students critically analyse artists work. Students explore artists methods. Drawing / Painting / Observation / Imagination
2 Surfaces Present Personal Response. Drawing / Painting / Observation/ Collage / Photography / Imagination / Digital Media
Spring Term
1 Contrasts Select ideas from artists. Generate mind map for outcomes. Drawing / Painting / Observation/ Collage / Photography / Imagination / Digital Media
2 Contrasts Realisation Present Personal Response.  
Summer Term
1 Contrasts Realisation Review Present Personal Response. Drawing / Painting / Observation/ Collage / Photography / Imagination / Digital Media

Assessments

Resources Topic Type of assessment
CAT 1 Students critically analyse artists work. Students explore artists methods. GCSE Assessment Objectives
CAT 2 Select ideas from artists. Generate mind map for outcomes. Present Personal Response. GCSE Assessment Objectives
CAT 3 Select ideas from artists. Generate mind map for outcomes. Present Personal Response. End of year exam
CAT 4 Select ideas from artists.  Generate mind map for outcomes.  Present personal response. GCSE Assessment Objectives
CAT 5 Select ideas from artists.  Generate mind map for outcomes.  Present personal response.

GCSE Assessment Objectives

Mock Examination.

CAT 6 Students critically analyse artists work. Students explore artists methods. GCSE Assessment Objectives

Main Resources

Resource Details Term
Recommended reading Taschen Art Series
The Story of Art. E.H.Gombrich
All
Recommended websites http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/art/video/ All
Equipment Sketch book, Graded Pencils, Paint and Paper. Photography and Digital Media. All

Enrichment opportunities

Activity Day and time or term
Lunchtime extension classes Day
After School Class Tuesday 3:45pm-5:00 pm

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