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Art

Mr Ares - Subject Leader       dar@ifieldcc.co.uk
Mrs Owen  - Art                      row@ifieldcc.co.uk
Ms Lennon  - Art                     ale@ifieldcc.co.uk
Ms Girardet - Technician         pgi@ifieldcc.co.uk 

Art Vision

Become creative, critical, independent visual thinkers

Curriculum Intent

Our visual arts curriculum is designed to inspire students on a lifelong journey of enjoying, investigating, creating and being actively involved in the world around them.

We strive to:

  • foster the natural curiosity of young people supporting them to wonder, express, imagine, empathise and question through their artwork
  • support students to build confidence and self-esteem by encouraging them to embrace difficulty and to know that failure is part of the learning process
  • gain the knowledge and skills required to make their own mark on their visual landscape
  • support young people to discover how humanity has expressed emotions, relationships and stories throughout history and places, and to appreciate different viewpoints and ideas
  • support our students in becoming creative, critical, independent, visual thinkers in order to develop unique ways of knowing, doing, and belonging in both a local and global community

Changes in the Arts Curriculum due to Lockdown

Year 7

No changes to the curriculum necessary. Added focus on learning missed during the lockdown months.

Year 8/Year 9/Year 10

Courses will run as close to normal as possible, however, some materials cannot be used until further notice. These include ceramics, larger textile pieces and any collaborative work. Added focus on learning missed during the lockdown months.

Year 11 GCSE Fine Art

Edexcel have confirmed that component 1 Portfolio will be worth 100% for summer 2021 submissions only (previously 60%). This means that the Component 2 ESA (Externally Set Assignment usually worth 40% of the GCSE grade) will not be set. This is to take into account the lost time during year 10 and possible lost time during year 11. Therefore, two projects only will be submitted to make up the component 1 Portfolio – ‘Identity’ (started in year 10 and completed in the autumn term) and ‘Order and Disorder’.

6th Form GCSE Photography

Edexcel have confirmed that component 1 Portfolio will be worth 100% for summer 2021 submissions only (previously 60%). This means that the Component 2 ESA (Externally Set Assignment usually worth 40% of the GCSE grade) will not be set. This is to take into account any lost learning time due to isolation or school closure.  Therefore, only one project will be submitted to make up the component 1 Portfolio – ‘Transformation’.

Year 12 Fine and Photography

No changes to the curriculum necessary.

Year 13 Fine Art

Edexcel have confirmed that component 1 Coursework (including the essay) will be worth 100% for summer 2021 submissions only (previously 60%). This means that the Component 2 ESA (Externally Set Assignment usually worth 40% of the A Level grade) will not be set. This is to take into account the lost time during year 12 and possible lost time during year 13.

Year 13 Photography

Edexcel have confirmed that component 1 Coursework (including the essay) will be worth 100% for summer 2021 submissions only (previously 60%). This means that the Component 2 ESA (Externally Set Assignment usually worth 40% of the A Level grade) will not be set. This is to take into account the lost time during year 12 and possible lost time during year 13.

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 – Art, Craft and Design

The key stage 3 curriculum is broad ranging and introduces students to a wide variety of materials, techniques and processes in art, craft and design including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture and digital media. It is here, at the beginning, that students begin their journey on becoming creative, critical, independent, visual thinkers. For details on individual projects, key learning and assessment, please click on the documents below.

Year 7 Long Term Plan 2020-21
Year 8 Long term Plan 2020-21

GCSE Fine Art 

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Fine Art

The Key Stage 4 curriculum builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills from Key Stage 3. After a teacher-led foundation year, students begin to embark on personalised projects making independent choices on their learning. The course aims to support students to develop:

  • a deeper understanding of the creative process
  • an increasing confidence in their practical ability to create, imagine, communicate and express their ideas, thoughts, and feelings in their artworks.
  • investigative, analytical, experimental and interpretative capabilities, aesthetic understanding and critical and enquiring minds, with increasing independence
  • cultural knowledge and understanding of art methods and of the media art produced in different times, contexts and societies
  • habits of mind including self-confidence, collaboration, resilience, independence, and discipline. 

For details on individual projects, key learning and assessment, please click on the documents below.

Art & Design Assessment Grid
Art Design Spec Updated Full
GCSE Fine Art Student Handbook 2020-21
Year 9 GCSE Long Term Plan 2020-21
Year 10 GCSE Long Term Plan 2020-21
Year 11 GCSE Long Term Plan 2020-21

GCSE Photography (Sixth Form Only)

Key Stage 5 – GCSE Photography

The 1-year GCSE Photography course is offered to students who are new to creative subjects or simply want to improve on a previous GCSE art grade before embarking on level 3. Initially, students will be immersed in teacher-led workshops to develop confidence with using a digital camera, photographic equipment and software. Students will then develop projects in independent directions. The course aims to support students to develop:

  • an understanding of the creative process
  • an increasing confidence in their practical ability to create, imagine, communicate and express their ideas, thoughts, and feelings in their artworks.
  • investigative, analytical, experimental and interpretative capabilities, aesthetic understanding and critical and enquiring minds, with increasing independence
  • cultural knowledge and understanding of art methods and of the media art produced in different times, contexts and societies
  • habits of mind including self-confidence, collaboration, resilience, independence, and discipline. 

For details on individual projects, key learning and assessment, please click on the documents below.

Art and Design Assessment Grid
Art Design Spec Full  
GCSE Photography Student Handbook 2020-21
GCSE Photography Long Term Plan 2020-21

A Level Fine Art

Key Stage 5 - A Level Fine Art

The Key Stage 5 Fine Art curriculum builds on the learning from the GCSE Fine Art course. Students begin to learn, behave and act as if they are working in a professional creative studio. The course encourages students to develop:

  • intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive minds
  • investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement 
  • independence of mind in relation to developing their own ideas, refining their own intentions and personal outcomes 
  • an interest in, enthusiasm for, and enjoyment of art
  • experience of working with a broad range of media, including traditional and new media technologies 
  • an understanding of the interrelationships between a diverse range processes and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate
  • experience of working within relevant and real frameworks and, where appropriate, make links to the creative industries 
  • knowledge, understanding and application of art, media and technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures 
  • an awareness of different roles, functions and audiences and consumers of art practice 
  • habits of mind including self-confidence, presentation, collaboration, resilience, independence, and discipline

For details on individual projects, key learning and assessment, please click on the documents below.

A Level Assessment Grid Practical Work and Personal Study Combined
GCE A Level Art and Design Specification
A level Fine Art Student Handbook 2020-21
Year 12 A Level Fine Art Long Term Plan 2020-21 
Year 13 A Level Fine Art Long Term Plan 2020-21 

A Level Photography

Key Stage 5 – A Level Photography

The Key Stage 5 Photography curriculum builds on the learning from the GCSE Fine Art course. Students begin to learn, behave and act as if they are working in a professional creative studio. The course encourages students to develop:

  • intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive minds
  • investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement 
  • independence of mind in relation to developing their own ideas, refining their own intentions and personal outcomes 
  • an interest in, enthusiasm for, and enjoyment of photography
  • experience of working with a broad range of photographic media, including traditional and new media technologies 
  • an understanding of the interrelationships between a diverse range processes and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate
  • experience of working within relevant and real frameworks and, where appropriate, make links to the creative industries 
  • knowledge, understanding and application of art/photography, media and technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures 
  • an awareness of different roles, functions and audiences and consumers of photographic practice 
  • habits of mind including self-confidence, presentation, collaboration, resilience, independence, and discipline

For details on individual projects, key learning and assessment, please click on the documents below.

A Level Assessment Grid Practical Work and Personal Study Combined
GCE A Level Art and Design Specification
A Level Photography Student Handbook 2020-21
Year 12 A Level Photography Long Term Plan 2020-21
Year 13 A Level Photography Long Term Plan 2020-21