Art and Design is a popular subject within the curriculum at Coloma. The study of Art and Design encourages pupils to extend their creative skills and enriches their lives by providing a unique kind of knowledge of the world. The Art facilities consist of three specialist rooms: two large studios and one smaller offer the students the opportunity to work in a wide range of materials and across several disciplines, including drawing and painting, textiles, fashion, printmaking, sculpture and design. The department has a large library of art and design books and resources. We have an ‘open door’ policy within the department which allows students to continue with their work before or after school or at lunchtimes and each qualification as set out below culminates in a summer exhibition to celebrate the students’ work.
The Art Department has been proud to play its part in the British Council’s ‘Rivers of the World’ project. This exciting venture involves schools from thirty-four countries linked with London schools to produce artwork in response to City Rivers. Visits to galleries are a regular part of the curriculum for examination groups. Younger students may visit exhibitions which are appropriate to the KS3 curriculum. We also welcome visiting speakers from all areas of artistic practice to broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of our subject.
The Sixth form and Year 11 students are regularly involved, on a voluntary basis, in scenery and costume production for the Christmas and Summer Concerts. The Sixth Upper Art Committee also organise groups to produce artwork for Charities week.
Progression – How will the study of Art and Design benefit students’ future education and career?
You can progress from GCSE to A Level Art and Design, from this to a foundation course at a college of Art and Design and then onto a degree course. You have a wide choice of courses from which to choose, for example, Graphic Design, Textiles, 3D Design, Product Design, Theatre Design, Fine Art, Fashion, Hair and Beauty, Special Effects for Stage and Theatre, History of Art, Museums and Gallery courses, Interior Design, Jewellery Design, Shoe Design, Games Design, Photography and Digital Media courses
Many other courses require an Art qualification (either GCSE, AS or A Level) as desirable, for example, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, Dentistry, Plastic Surgery, Hairdressing, Beauty, Floristry, Retail Display, Pattern Cutting and Photography
You will gain practical skills that are transferable to all aspects of your life and you will have opportunities to express yourself in a visual form, become visually literate and develop a critical vocabulary.
Key Stage Three
The KS3 curriculum builds on the primary Art curriculum. Over the three years the students have the opportunity to extend their experiences in a wide range of media. They will develop their drawing, painting, printmaking, textile and construction skills, working individually and collaboratively. Critical understanding through independent research and class discussion of the work of other artists and practitioners is an essential part of the course. Students will learn to understand the degree to which the visual arts have direct bearing on their daily lives, through the design of the clothes they wear or the houses they live in.
During year 7 pupils will develop their own responses from the study of the artist David Hockney. Through drawing, poster paints and their developing design skills the pupils will create their own individual final pieces. As their skills mature they will explore colour and style through the work of Van Gogh.
During Year 8 pupils make use of the natural world to expand their techniques in experimenting with a wide variety of materials to produce a range of images. These studies enhanced by the work of two wire sculptors develop into 3D sculptures. The pupils then look to man-made objects for inspiration for a painting project inspired by the work of Margaret Morrison.
Year 9 embark on a mask making project. They gain inspiration from the work of Cindy Sherman before designing their own work. In the second half of the term they are introduced to the work of Duchamp before developing their own painting project inspired by an artist of their choice.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Art & Design – EDEXCEL Code: 2FA01 – Specifications
Course Content – What Will I Study?
You will be given challenging themes and projects that will enable you to explore many ideas and materials in an open ended yet structured course. You will be able to explore both 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional materials.
You will be given experiences that will enable you to develop skills in drawing, painting, new technology, printmaking and 3D construction using a wide range of materials. Looking at the work of other artists, designers and craftspeople is a compulsory component of the course. Visits to museums and galleries during the course will give you opportunities to carry out first hand research from art work and artefacts. You will also be expected to undertake visits independently. You will use written commentary to review critically and evaluate both your own work and that of other artists.
How will my progress be tested and examined?
Unit 1: 60% of GCSE Qualification
A Personal Portfolio in Art and Design which includes 45 hours of controlled assessment time undertaken in class; homework is also part of the personal portfolio. The personal portfolio includes all preparatory sketchbooks and final pieces. Work is internally marked and externally moderated and must show evidence of all the assessment objectives.
Unit 2: 40% of GCSE Qualification
Externally Set Assignment (ESA) consists of one ten hour examination based on an externally set theme and twenty hours of controlled assessment which is internally marked and externally moderated and must show evidence of all the assessment objectives.
Key Stage 5
A2 Level Art & Design – EDEXCEL Code: 9FA0 – Specifications
Course Content – What Will I Study?
Progressing from the excellent disciplines of GCSE Art, GCE A2 concentrates on art and design practice and the integration of theory, knowledge and understanding, the A Level qualification in Art and Design aims to develop creative, intellectual, imaginative, and intuitive abilities. The work undertaken will be at times investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, and expressive. We will work with you to develop your aesthetic understanding, critical understanding, critical judgment and your knowledge of art and design in contemporary society and other times and cultures. We follow a FINE ART course which allows students to explore a diverse range of 2D and 3D practices and processes, including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and some aspects of textiles.
A2 Level 2018
- Unit 3: Practical Coursework and Personal Study – A Level 60%
- Unit 4: Externally Set Assignment – A Level 40%
Externally Set Assignment (ESA) Incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies and the 15–hour period of sustained focus. Preparatory studies will comprise a portfolio of practical and written development work based on the Externally Set Assignment. During the 15–hour period of sustained focus under examination conditions, students will produce final outcome(s) extending from their preparatory studies in response to the Externally Set Assignment. The Externally Set Assignment is released on 1 February and contains a theme and suggested starting points. Students have from 1 February until the commencement of the final 15–hour period of sustained focus to develop preparatory studies.