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The role of Art at St. Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy
The Art Department has a very important role to play in the school life of St Anthony’s.

Our departmental aims are:

  • To offer a stimulating, exciting educational environment in which students of all abilities are offered a comparable range of artistic opportunities
  • To instil a curriculum which offers breadth, balance, relevance, differentiation, progression and continuity
  • To encourage behaviour which is based on Christian and moral values: respectful, orderly and disciplined. Each member of staff enforces this
  • To produce interesting, vibrant work which is displayed in each art room and around the school (where possible), in order to promote good practice and praise the work of our students. Work is also displayed in External exhibitions, the most important on being the annual Durham Cathedral exhibition with other schools from the Catholic Partnership in January
  • To deliver a comprehensive and integrated curriculum to all pupils at KS3, and to those who choose the subject for GCSE and A Level
  • To provide opportunities for creative development through drawing, painting, Illustration, and a further variety of 2D and 3D media
  • Assessment at all key stages is vital for both staff and students, who are very much aware of the target grades that they are working to and what is expected of them by staff. This policy is reviewed on a regular basis and developed in order to give the best information. Evaluation and personal target setting is contained in this process so the students know how to improve and develop
  • To enrich students learning pupils are set a series of homework’s which allow them to explore materials, artists and techniques outside of class time. All students are encouraged to explore their artistic practice on an individual basis, affording every student the chance to practice, learn and develop as an artist. Student’s homework lists are stuck into their homework books at the start of each new unit of work.  After a review of the homework policy the introduction of PLTS (Personal Learning and Thinking Skills) homework’s have been introduced for the year 7 cohort (starting from September 2016-17).  This will filter through the year groups over the next three years.  This affords our KS3 students the opportunity to explore and experiment with materials outside of the classroom and share their artistic practice with their family members and friends.  The tasks allow all students the opportunity to develop a homework based on their strengths and the materials they feel most comfortable exploring, in turn improving their progress and attainment over the year
  • To give opportunities for individual, paired and small group work and assessment including constructive criticism and the reflection and appreciation of good practice
  • To help every student maintain and in some cases exceed their potential and to gain success, no matter how great or small that is
  • To offer an environment which is safe, organised and above all stimulating for the students to work in
  • To broaden pupils range of skills and artistic knowledge through contextual studies (which includes as much contact with live art as is possible), a range of appropriate vocabulary, and the opportunity to take part in experimentation
  • To regularly update resources and to ensure that each student has a high quality of materials to work with, hence they will be expected and want to produce a high quality of work
  • To challenge stereotypes – in other words, there are no limits to the outcome a well-motivated pupil can produce. All students are encouraged to develop their own style, especially those who study the subject at KS4 and 5
  • To give students the opportunity to develop a portfolio of work, specifically in KS4 and KS5, which can be used at interview or when applying for further positions within education at universities or on apprenticeships

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Students enjoy spending time out of lessons in the department and are encouraged by all staff to do so. We pride ourselves on trying, where at all possible, to accommodate keen artist of all ages outside of class time
  • The department is open each lunch time for all students and one night a week after school for KS4 and KS5 students to come and work, receive extra help and support as well as having access to materials and equipment which they may not have at home
  • Year 9 art club runs over one lunch time per week for artists who feel they would like to seriously consider this popular subject at GCSE level and further into A Level
  • Several other activities carried out as whole school initiatives often overlap with Art and Photography including student ambassadors and the Duke of Edinburgh scheme
  • An International tour is planned every year for GCSE and A Level students. Past destinations have included Barcelona and Venice
  • We encourage all students to submit their work into a range of competitions both locally and nationally. We have a successful track record of celebrating these successes across a range of age groups

 

The information below is designed to give an outline of what students can expect to study in Art, Design and Photography from Year 7 up to Year 13.  The tables show what projects will be studied by individual teaching groups, what students will be assessed on and what key skills will be learned and developed by the students as the year progresses.

KS3

Year 7

Teacher Key Assessment Key Assessment Project Skills Being Developed and Assessed
Mr Campbell Term 1 Still Life The Formal Elements in Art
  Term 2 Cubism Shape, line and colour
  Term 3 Masks 3D materials, mixed media collage, texture
 
Mrs Connorton Term 1 Still life and Matisse line, colour and shape
  Term 2 Funky Fish Pattern, line, shape and composition
  Term 3 Mexican Sugar skulls 3D shape, form, colour and pattern
 
Mr Bransby Term 1 Henri Matisse and Fauvism The Formal Elements in Art
  Term 2 Poster Design Text, graphics, ICT, colour
  Term 3 Decorative Tiles Shape, line, colour and pattern

 

Year 8

Teacher Key Assessment Key Assessment Project Skills Being Developed and Assessed
Mr Campbell Term 1 Portraits proportions, line, shape and form
  Term 2 Landscapes Colour, expressive marks, space
  Term 3 Natural Forms Shape, tone, structure, composition
 
Mrs Connorton Term 1 Portraits proportions, line, shape and form
  Term 2 Rangoli Patterns Pattern, colour, shape, symmetry
  Term 3 Movement shape, structure, line, form, composition
 
Mr Bransby Term 1 Portraits proportions, line, shape and form
  Term 2 Alice in Wonderland Illustration, , line, form, composition
  Term 3 Architecture 3D, shape, form, colour and pattern

 

Year 9

Teacher Key Assessment Key Assessment Project Skills Being Developed and Assessed
Mr Campbell Term 1 Close-up tone, line, shape, form and colour
  Term 2 Illustration and Printing Lino Print, mixed media, design work, tone
  Term 3 Architecture/Structures 3D forms, design ideas, colour, line, tone
 
Mrs Connorton Term 1 Close-up tone, line, shape, form and colour
  Term 2 Junk Animal Sculptures shape, form, Sculpture
  Term 3 Birds and Print Print, line, shape
 
Mr Bransby Term 1 Pop Art Portraits tone, line, shape, form and colour
  Term 2 Mystical Beasts 3D forms, design ideas, colour, line, tone
  Term 3 Camera techniques and settings composition, shutter speed, aperture Value, Image manipulation

 

Students at KS3 have the opportunity to take part in a variety of Art and Photography challenges outside of class and, in some instances school, such as the ‘Big Doodle’ and KS3 Photography Competition.  A trip is organised for students who opt for a GCSE in Fine Art.  Where possible we endeavour to make this an international trip across several year groups.

Students are not required to bring any specialist equipment to school for their Art classes; however, it is often the case that students have access to a variety of materials at home to help them with the experimental element of their homework tasks.  Students are expected to bring basic materials to school with them.  This includes a drawing pencil (several if possible), an eraser, a pencil sharpener, a ruler, a fine-liner, a writing pen and coloured pencils.  Other materials, such as paint, will be provided for students.

The following links can be used as extra resources for students to research and develop their artistic knowledge and skill; however, teachers will guide students to specific websites or resources as and when they are necessary:

 

KS4 – GCSE

We offer a GCSE in Fine Art through the exam board AQA.  For further information on this course and assessment please visit the AQA website via the link below and download a copy of the specification to see the full range of disciplines and course details available under the Fine Art banner.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206

Year 10

Topics Covered Resources Available
All of the coursework covered in years 10 and 11 forms the Portfolio Unit.  This portfolio of coursework is worth approximately 60% of the full GCSE Fine Art certificate.

Sketchbooks and journals form a large part of the work students produce and these are historically exciting and creative, allowing students to explore and develop ideas within their own personal artistic interests.

Students work in a variety of media, including painting and drawing, printing, 3D and photography. This course is very wide and varied.

Catholic Partnership topic and Exhibition Opportunities.  The Catholic Partnership organises an annual exhibition in which our students have the chance to exhibit work to the general public.  This is an excellent opportunity for students to engage in and is a real bonus for students CV’s in the future.

Term 1 – Identity

Students use a wide variety of media to produce work based on their own identity.  This can be anything from everyday objects or influences to a broader engagement with local cultures or landmarks.  Direct observation is key to all projects as well as experimentation and exploration.  A personal journey for each student is encouraged. Artists and craftspeople will be used to add context and influence the project.

A Final outcome will be completed at the end of term1

Examples of the work of a number of given artists will be available in the art room and given by staff in a variety of ways. Teaching and learning is diverse and interactive with students developing an excellent skills base as well as historical context.

All rooms are well equipped with artist’s materials including 3D, printing and mixed media materials should a student wish to take her ideas into these mediums, on top of the more traditional Fine Art materials including drawing and painting. IT equipment is also available to incorporate digital aspects of photography and digital manipulation should this be appropriate to a students’ personal development.

Students are able to sign up to several extra-curricular activities including the Catholic Partnership Durham Cathedral Exhibition.

Formal assessment is carried out every half term and students are marked against the GCSE criteria set down by the exam board.  This continues over year 10 and 11.  Students are able to set their own personal targets and progress is documented as the year progresses.  Teachers also give a formal written comment.  Outside of this students receive verbal and informal feedback in class.  As a department we endeavour to make as much time as possible to students on an individual level.  This may also occur after school and during lunch time sessions.

Term 2 – Environments

An in depth study into the landscape and how artists and craftspeople have depicted it over time.  Students will be taught how to produce successful landscapes in a variety of media and look at artwork from a variety of contextual sources.

This will link into the second main topic of Environments. Students will work to their own starting points under staff guidance, being as experimental as possible and showing a deep understanding of the work of others.

A final outcome will be produced as well as several interim pieces along the way.

Students begin to specialise with certain materials and a deeper focus on assessment objectives and criteria are apparent.  Students begin to work on any areas which may require improvement to add consistency to their portfolio.

A mock exam is held whereby students work on a task set by their teacher.  This often involves making progress on a certain element of their coursework and normally occurs over one full day off timetable.

Term 3 – Personal Project

Students are advised on several starting points but this is an opportunity for students to develop and design their own projects completely from scratch.  This method of working allows students to focus on a personal topic in which they have a real artistic interest.  It also prepares them for the course set up at A2 Level should they wish to continue their studies further.  As before, experimentation and exploration are key as staff facilitate the progress of individual students.

This project runs over the final term of year 10 and the first term of year 11

A final piece along with several interim pieces should be produced as the project progresses.

Gallery visits (both day and residential) are included in the summer term to give students the experience of seeing Art and Craft first hand.  Some of our previous excursions have included The Hepworth Wakefield and The Yorkshire Sculpture Park for year 10, and Edinburgh and Glasgow/London residential visits are open to year 10 Fine Art students.

Where appropriate international trips and visits are organised.  Previous destinations include Venice, Barcelona and Paris.

We endeavour, where appropriate and possible. To engage students in an array of artwork outside of the confines of the classroom.

 

 

 

Year 11

Topics Covered Resources Available
Term 1

Students Personal Projects will continue to be worked on this year as the major piece of Portfolio work with a number of students producing more than 1 final outcome as a result of extensive and in-depth developmental work.

The final selection for the portfolio is up to the choice of the student and this often takes place as a discussion between staff and pupils.

Term 2 – Externally Set Task

All students are given a choice of exam questions for the Controlled Test.  This unit of work makes up the remaining 40% of the course.  These questions or topics are set by AQA in early January and form the basis for the work of term 2 in year 11. The deadline for the completion of the exam unit is before Easter.  Students do not sit a formal exam, however, this exam unit and the production of a final outcome must be completed under controlled conditions set down by the exam board, normally over the course of two days off timetable.

Term 3

Some students use this time to complete outstanding areas of their portfolio and others produce smaller mini-projects developing a certain skills base or improving upon an area of weakness within their portfolio.  Work is firstly marked by staff in-house and then moderated by an external moderator.

Students have vast resources to work from and a very wide variety of media to help them produce interesting and exciting outcomes, following all four assessment objectives and their own personal targets.

 

 

 

 

Students are given an individual copy of the exam paper and are asked to select one question/theme.

 

It is not a requirement that students bring any specialist materials into school, however, due to the level of work expected most students invest in paint and other materials at home in order to continue their practice outside of timetabled lessons.  It is a requirement that students work on their portfolios at home and having the required materials aids this massively. Students are expected to bring a drawing pencil (several if possible of varying grades), an eraser, a pencil sharpener, a fine-liner, a writing pen, a ruler and coloured pencils.  As the course progresses the girls will become more aware of their material needs and can therefore judge what is worthwhile investing in outside of the departments stock.  It is also advisable that the girls have access to a PC and printer, ideally a colour printer, and a digital camera to assist with their studies.  We do have these in department but again most girls are able to source this outside of the classroom.

The following online resources may be of some benefit to students at GCSE level:

 

KS5 – AS and A2 Level

We offer A-Levels in Fine Art and Photography through the exam board AQA.  For further information on this course and assessment please visit the AQA website via the link below and download a copy of the specification to see the full range of disciplines and course details available under the both subjects.

 http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/as-and-a-level/art-and-design

 Fine Art

The role of Fine Art at St. Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy
The Fine Art here at St. Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy has a rich history of success and excellent outcomes and we pride ourselves on developing and nurturing the best in contemporary young talent.

Fine Art is offered as an option in year 12 and 13 and leads on from the GCSE level in the same subject.  This course allows learners to develop their artistic skill and style, moulding them into the Fine Artists and creative thinkers of the future.  Skills are built upon from GCSE level and a portfolio of work is assembled by each individual student, an extremely valuable asset when applying for any creative position either at university or through apprenticeship schemes.

AS candidates are required to create a portfolio of work demonstrating a range of knowledge and skills based on the traditional methods of Fine Art.  This is supplemented by the more recent works and inspirations of modern and contemporary artists to give students a diverse and holistic view over art history and different contextual environments. 

The course starts with a look at Portraits and the Figure, subjects long admired and pursued in Art.  As part of this the Catholic Partnership runs a life drawing class for one day in conjunction with Sunderland University.  This trains students to look at and accurately draw the figure and portraits.  These sketches and outcomes form the basis of the student’s progress, which they can then develop in whichever stylistic or materialistic way possible as long as they make reference to and hit the assessment objectives of the course. This project will normally have several large scale interim pieces and a final outcome.

The second project loos at the title of Structures. This is deliberately left open to interpretation so that students can be uniquely creative and pursue an area of personal interest.  Past ideas around this theme have included natural forms and architecture.  Again the project will consist of sketchbook developments and work culminating in several interim pieces and a final outcome.

The two projects are designed to be very broad and open to interpretation so that students can follow a creative path of specific personal interest to them whilst adhering to the assessment criteria of the course.  Once the two coursework projects are complete students finish the year with an externally set exam paper.  Students have the option of several questions and must choose one.  This paper is released in February and students complete an exam project up until Easter time.  Students then have several days off timetable to complete a final outcome for their exam, this normally occurs just after the Easter Holidays.  All work is then marked and moderated by an external moderator.

The A2 course takes these skills and experiences further, requiring the students to produce coursework based on themes and subject matter developed from their own personal starting points. Students use the context of an area of art history to produce a critical studies essay.  This is a requirement of the course.

Past successful themes include Self Image, Childhood and Heritage, Memories and The Human Form.  This allows students to develop a creative portfolio of work which can then be used to take to interview and on into student’s further education and careers.  

Again there is an exam released in February and students produce a project based on one of the exam boards starting points, the culmination of this happening just after the Easter Holidays.