Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Department

The Visual Arts Department at Bonus Pastor is a flourishing environment where the creativity and talent of all students is developed and nurtured. There are four specialist art and photography teachers and the facilities consist of fully equipped art studios, a sculpture garden, a dark room and a full suite of laptops. The department has access to an outstanding exhibition space to display students work.

Aims

The Visual Arts Department aims to create an environment where all can discover a visual language by which they can express their feelings and record their observations. We aim to make students aware of the basic concepts of the Visual Arts, and raise a critical, cultural and historic awareness. The Department aims to foster a positive, considerate attitude and empathy towards others, as well as enhance the students own self-belief.

Students build on their progress through regular individual discussions, portfolio clinics and assessment records. Students are kept informed with new initiatives within the Visual Arts through strong links to further education colleges and universities, visits to exhibitions, national and local competitions and participating in local exhibitions.

Syllabus

The Visual Arts Department offers intense process and skill- based projects with students producing work in 2 and 3 dimensions, including painting, drawing, photography, clay, printmaking and sculpture. At GCSE level students can study Fine Art or Photography.

Year 7 Art & Design Curriculum

Students study a broad range of artists’ work, disciplines and materials.

 

Autumn Term 1

Baseline Art Test

Shape, Form and Tone

 

Students learn how to draw from observation and develop tonal modelling skills

 

Autumn Term 2

Colour

 

Students develop their knowledge of colour theory using a range of materials

 

Spring Term 1

Painting

 

Students learn how to paint using a range of techniques

 

Spring Term 2

Sculpture

 

Students advance their knowledge of sculpture and make a 3-Dimensional work

 

Summer Term 1

World Pattern

 

Students develop their research skills and design using pattern

 

Summer Term 2

Exam

 

Students showcase the knowledge and skills they have learnt during the first year to produce a sketchbook of observation drawings, artist context & analysis and develop a range of plans before making a final piece for the exam

 

 

Projects are subject to change

 

Year 8 Art & Design Curriculum

Students study a broad range of artists’ work, disciplines and materials.

 

Autumn Term 1

Identity

 

Students learn how to research a ‘GCSE’ Art type project based on the theme of Identity.

They will learn how to draw the proportions of the face & figure

 

Autumn Term 2

Expressive Portraits

 

Students develop their knowledge of painting using the Expressionist style

 

Spring Term 1

Sculpture

 

Students learn how to research sculptors work and develop their skills at working in 3-D

 

Spring Term 2

Printing

 

Students learn how to print using a range of techniques such as lino cutting, etching and mono-printing

 

Summer Term 1

Photography

 

Students develop a range of photographic techniques and edit their work using Photoshop

 

Summer Term 2

Exam

 

Students showcase the knowledge and skills they have learnt during the second year to produce a sketchbook of observation drawings, artist context & analysis and develop a range of plans before making a final piece for the exam

 

 

Special Achievements

The Visual Arts Department is an extremely popular option for students at GCSE level who have gained outstanding results and achieved 100% A* - C grades over a number of years.

Students work is regularly exhibited in London and represented in local and national competitions.

The Visual arts Department is exceptionally fortunate to have professional artists, visual Art examiners and an Artist in Residence working with our students.

GCSE Course structure Fine Art And Photography

A GCSE in Fine Art or Photography follows a specialised endorsed course.

During a full GCSE in Fine Art or Photography you'll do two coursework projects.

Using the work you have created during the course, you will need to present a portfolio of your best work for formal assessment. This should represent roughly 45 hours of work and will be worth 60 per cent of your final grade.

The remainder of your marks at GCSE (40 per cent) come from your Externally Assessed Exam. This is a project set by your examination board - Edexcel. You'll have time to create a body of preparatory work - in a sketchbook - before spending 10 hours on a final piece.

Both your coursework and Externally Set Exam will be marked in the same way, using four Assessment Objectives

How is Art and Design marked?

Your work is assessed using four Assessment Objectives (sometimes called 'AOs'). The Assessment Objective are equally weighted, which means you get 25 per cent of your marks for each one. They are the same for both the coursework and the examination.

In each project, your sketchbook covers the first three Assessment Objectives, and the fourth is your final piece.

Below is a summary of the Assessment Objectives and the work you could include to cover these.

The four Assessment Objectives

Assessment Objective 1

Analytical and cultural understanding

Annotation of your drawings, written comments about the work of other artists or work you have done in the style of other artists.

Assessment Objective 2

Experimentation and development

Experimenting with a variety of materials, developing your work into designs for a final piece.

Assessment Objective 3

Recording ideas and observations

Initial notes and ideas about the theme, observational drawings and photographs.

Assessment Objective 4

Personal response

Your final piece based on the work you have done in your sketchbook.

 

The 2018 New Specification information and changes for GCSE Art & Design and GCSE Photography can be found at https://qualifications.pearson.com/