All APA Students Will Have Four Areas of Study

  1. Thematic (e.g. Self, Emotions): Students are encouraged to develop an awareness of their self and their place in the world. These can also develop an awareness of Spiritual and Moral wellbeing as well as issues to do with H+S. Structured tasks lead to a greater individual choice as students move from year to year.
  2. Contextual Research: To help with the development of skills and personal themes. The study of artists, designers and other cultural references to understand how best to use materials to enhance the work. To gain a knowledge of art and design and its place in society.
  3. Skill/Formal Elements: Use of formal elements and exploration of materials. Development of skills in Drawing, Painting, Collage, 3D, New Technologies and Printmaking. Exploring materials to make the right choices. Every student should be using these skills at least once during each year. Observational drawing and the use of primary source imagery such as their own photographs must be encouraged.
  4. Analysis and Evaluation: Student are encouraged to formalise understanding through analysis and evaluation (written, oral and visual).

 

Year 7

The Yr7 students arrive at APA from a variety of schools and backgrounds. The first project is to assess the skills they have acquired and give every student a firm base on which to grow. We look at the formal elements (line, tone, colour, form, etc.) to create that solid base for all students.

Term 1: Line and colour: Colour as a symbol

Understanding the importance of colour in art and its properties. Why colours are applied together and how this can be varied through carefully applied painting techniques.

Term 2: Tessellation: The impact of pattern

Students will begin to learn about different cultures' use of tessellation, how tessellation is used in art and why. They will be able to identify natural and man-made tessellations and learn how to design and create their own through a variety of media. They will explore the importance of symmetry, pattern and colour. They will investigate Islamic tessellation and the work of M.C. Escher

Term 3: Transformation: “The Arcimboldo Effect”

Students will gain an insight into why artists began to move away from factual and informative drawings and explored the idea of surrealism. They will gain the ability to reinvent and respond to the world around them creatively by transforming an object/person's appearance through exploring the art formal elements: form, shape, colour, texture and composition

Year 8

Term 1: Natural Forms.

Students study how artists and designers have used natural forms to create. They will study a variety of natural forms, exploring mark-making, texture and shading to create form. Drawing from observation will be integral to this project; teaching students to observe detail and understand how to create the illusion of three dimensions.

Term 2: Decorative Art: The evolution of decoration in art

Understanding the importance of the emergence of the ‘arts and craft’ movement, its impact on designers and artist's throughout history and how 'decoration' is used today

Term 3: Landscapes: Rural and Urban

Students will gain an insight into key Art movements that transformed the way we look at landscapes (expressionism, impressionism, fauvism). They will learn why artists responded to the world around them through landscape and how the outcome of this has changed throughout history

Year 9

Portraiture and anatomy

Students will learn about the importance of portraiture throughout history and how this has evolved through time. Students will learn how to draw a features from a variety of angles and viewpoints; and how to apply shading effectively. Students will also learn how to use the grid method to successfully enlarge a drawing and maintain its proportions.

GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art)

EXAM BOARD: Edexcel/Pearson

There are four assessment objectives that the students will need to meet through the work produced in their portfolios:

AO1: Develop

AO4: Refine

AO4: Record

AO4: Present

Year 10/11

Unit 1: Coursework (60%)

Objects and Belongings, Reflections

The course begins by exploring materials and developing motor skills through drawing, painting, printing and mark-making. Artist research, analysis and evaluation will be integral to the success of the work.

Students will produce a personal response to the given themes with an accompanying sketchbook which demonstrates their ability to think creatively as well as refine their practical skills.

Unit 2: Externally set assignment (40%)

Exam themes will released by the examination board in February of year 11. The students need to use the experience gathered over the previous two years of GCSE to help them develop ideas, explore materials, analyse, evaluate and work towards a final piece. They will then exhibit the work for internal marking and external verification by the exam board. As with the coursework, students will be judged on the four Assessment Objectives.

Year 12/13

A Level Fine Art and Fine Art Photography

Exam board: Edexcel/Pearson

There are four assessment objectives that the students will need to meet through the work produced in their portfolios:

AO1: Develop

AO2: Explore

AO3: Record

AO4: Present

 

Unit 1: Coursework (60%)

Students will complete two coursework projects on the themes of ‘Abstraction’ and ‘Covert and Obscure’. Students are encouraged to take risks with their work and independently move forward. They will produce personal portfolios that explore their ideas and media experiments. Photography students are encouraged to see themselves as the artist behind the camera lens rather than the canvas

In addition to practical work, students are required to complete a personal study during year 13. The Personal Study encourages the students to analyse and evaluate the work of artists, designers and craftspeople in depth.

Unit 2: Externally set assignment (40%)

Exam themes will released by the examination board in February of year 13. The students need to use the experience gathered over the previous two years of GCSE to help them develop ideas, explore materials, analyse, evaluate and work towards a final piece. They will then exhibit the work for internal marking and external verification by the exam board. As with the coursework, students will be judged on the four Assessment Objectives.