Art & Design
"Our Principle Aim is to Develop Independent and Creative Thinkers"
Developing knowledge through the process of making
Art education has a vital role in the development of all our pupils. We encourage problem solving, the ability to work and think independently and provide opportunities to apply ideas and thoughts creatively. These skills, important as they are to life generally, can be applied to any future career path that students decide to follow.
Hello, I am Miss T. French, Head of Art and Design at Upton-by-Chester High School and I would like to welcome you to our exciting and innovative Department. There are 6 members of staff, including myself and we have a wide range of skills and experience to offer our students;
Miss T. French (Photography/Ceramics/ICT/Print) – Head of Art and Design
Mr A. McFadden (Fine Art/ Painting) – Senior Leadership Team
Miss S. Peterson (Fine Art/Sculpture)
Miss H. Wynn (Textiles) – 2nd in Department
Miss L. Bennett (Installation/Sculpture/Photography)
Mr T. Thornton (Art Technician and Resident Artist)
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We pride ourselves on being a highly exciting and innovative team which offers a diverse range of activities in which students of all ages and abilities can learn to express themselves in a creative and independent way. The department has been extremely successful at KS3, GCSE and A'Level, achieving grades above national expectations and with a large number of students going on to study Art and Design, both at Foundation and Degree level.
The art department consists of a suite of 4 open plan art rooms, connected by a central workspace. The Art area has a computer suite with 12 computers and a printer as well as having access to a dedicated Photography suite. Photoshop, Movie Maker, Paint shop pro and Serif are the art based design applications used. The central area is designated as a sixth form workspace used for independent study in free lessons and as a gallery for exhibitions, open evenings and options evenings.
Key Stage 3
Art is compulsory at Key Stage 3 and all students study Art for at least one hour per week, (one and a half hours in Year 7) up until the end of Year 9. Projects are mostly teacher led and students will have an opportunity to experience a wide range of materials and techniques. By the end of year 9 students will have developed the independence and skills needed to continue on to GCSE.
Schemes of Work at Key Stage 3 are based on the National Curriculum requirements and on the Departmental Curriculum Framework. This ensures that all students cover a range of materials, techniques and processes throughout Key Stage 3. Homework is set approximately on a two week timetable and will support, inform and enhance classroom learning. Assessment is in accordance with Whole School Policy.
The Art department is embracing the use of iPads in year 7, 8 and 9; absorbing them into the Art curriculum.
Example of KS3 Curriculum Framework
|Year Group||Processes and Techniques||Starting Points|
Drawing – One lesson per fortnight dedicated to relevant observational drawing.
|In addition, all projects will be underpinned with Drawing and Painting, the use of New Technologies including iPads and Textile techniques should be used within at least one project per year. Each project will also be supported with contextual references from both historical and contemporary artists, designers and craftspeople. This will be covered in both a pre and post- operative way.|
Key Stage 4
Art, Photography and Textiles are popular option choices at Key Stage 4 with large numbers of students opting to take one or more of the Art subjects through to GCSE. Results are very high with large numbers of students achieving above their target grades. The courses offered are AQA Art and Design, AQA Photography and Lens Based Light Media and AQA Textiles. Student’s put on a GCSE Exhibition in the summer and an exhibition catalogue is also available to purchase.
The Art, Photography and Textile GCSE’s consists of a portfolio unit and a terminal examination. The Portfolio Unit, (60%) is made up from a minimum of 2 projects and will be completed in class and for homework throughout years 10 and 11. The Portfolio unit will cover all four key objectives and students must show that they are able to use a range of appropriate media, materials and techniques.
The Externally Set Assignment, (40%) takes place in March\April of Year 11 and students will receive their exam papers in January of that year. All preparation work is undertaken with the guidance of the teacher and students are allowed to take this into their final, 10 hour, (2 x 5 blocks) practical exam.
Both Portfolio Unit and Exam are marked in accordance with AQA Assessment Objectives. The four objectives are;
- Develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.
- Refine ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
- Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions in visual and/or other forms.
- Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.
Art, Photography and Textiles AS and A2 are popular choices at A-Level with many students going on to take an Art route at Foundation and/or Degree level. The Courses offered are AQA Fine Art, AQA Photography and Lens Based Light Media and AQA Textiles.
The AS consists of a Portfolio Unit, (Component 1) and an Examination Unit, (Component 2). The portfolio unit, (60% of total AS marks) exemplifies the work carried out at AS. It is marked as a whole by the art staff and moderated by an external assessor. Candidates should submit: A selection of thoughtfully presented work that demonstrates the depth and breadth of the course. At least one extended collection of work, or project, based on an idea, concept, theme or issue. The examination, (40% of total AS marks) takes place in April and May of year 12 and the assignments are issued to candidates on 1st February of that year.
There is a 5 hour block of supervised time at the end of the exam period and work can take any appropriate form. Candidates may produce preparatory work and finished piece(s) or wholly developmental work. The exam is marked as a whole by Art staff and moderated by an external assessor.
The A2 comprises of 2 units of work; The Personal Investigation, (Component 1 - 60% of total A Level mark) is based on idea, issue, concept or theme supported by 1000-3000 words. It is marked as a whole and internally marked by art staff and moderated by an AQA external Assessor.
The externally set assignment, (Component 2 - 40% of total A Level mark) is issued to candidates on 1st February. There are 15 hours of supervised time and the exam is marked as a whole by art staff and moderated by an AQA external assessor. There are separate question papers for each endorsement containing a choice of eight exciting starting points. Candidates should produce a clearly defined selection of work which will lead to a finished piece or pieces.
A Level student’s put on an Exhibition in the summer of Year 13 with some AS work being included. An exhibition catalogue is produced and available to purchase.New homework timetable in place for Art
|6 homework's per term|
|2 drawing, 2 collecting and 2 research tasks|
|Research and collecting tasks when appropriate and/or|
|2 x hours independent study per fortnight|
|Research and collecting tasks when appropriate and/or|
|9 x hours independent study per fortnight as well as research and collecting tasks when appropriate.|