Art & Photography
Ms. M Mitchell-Bennett | Head of Art
The art and photography department is run by Ms Mitchell-Bennett, the curriculum leader for art and photography who is a fine art, illustration and digital design specialist. The department is housed in a purpose-built block with good provision for fine art, ceramics and photography practice. We provide a safe, nurturing and exciting environment for boys to develop their artistic talents and ideas through a range of styles and approaches.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 5
What will my child learn in Art and Design?
At A Level the focus of the teaching revolves around developing a portfolio of artistic integrity with an extended personal study on a subject of the pupil’s choosing. This will cross a range of social, moral, ethical and political topics to ensure that it is stimulating and challenging enough to develop a project that fully encapsulates that power and challenges that Art presents. Students will experience workshops in a wide range of skills and themes that cover the four key assessment objectives of develop, refine, record and present across two projects.
How is Art and Design taught?
Students are engaged in a range of workshop style lessons where demonstration and peer review form the basis of the feedback on work. Students are regularly challenged and experience risk taking with media and materials to help identify strengths and weaknesses. Students are actively encouraged to take ownership and demonstrate independent thinking skills throughout their portfolio.
What examination board does Art and Design follow?
Pearson Edexcel GCE Art and Design
How is A level assessed?
Component 1: Personal Portfolio
This component is worth 60% of your GCE. You will produce a portfolio of work based on a personal study agreed with your teacher. This will include approximately 20 A1 boards of work of consistent quality, plus a refined developed outcome.
Component 1: Personal Study Essay
Alongside your practical work you are required to write a 3,000 word illustrated essay that documents your critical analysis of artist practitioners demonstrating knowledge and understanding of social and historical influence upon your chosen topic.
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (ESA)
This component is worth 40% of your GCE. You will produce preparatory studies and personal outcome(s) based on a theme set by Edexcel. This will take place over a strict time limit of 8 school weeks (12 including half terms) and must be completed independently. It will include a portfolio of approximately 12 A1 boards of work plus a timed examination of 15 hours to produce an outcome.
What resources will support my child’s learning?
Art requires me to be resilient and determined when experimenting and taking risks with my work