Art

Head of Department

Mrs E Rees

Subject Overview

Drawing is one of the earliest ways in which a child will communicate. We read, respond to and use visual language in our daily experiences. This ability to make marks, record what we see and communicate perception helps define the individuals. 

At Cornwallis Academy, experiencing Art enables students to explore their surroundings with increased awareness. The creation of artwork encourages the development of imagination, while engendering a sense of self-worth.

The Art department is comprised of three multidisciplinary teachers. Each one strives for the best from each student that they teach. Students are able to work in a broad range of materials and processes which include: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed media and sculpture.

There are three fully equipped purpose built Art rooms, an exhibition space and a dark room. The department has a history of providing students with opportunities to exhibit work within school, in the community and to take part in competitions.

Art rooms are open for all students at lunchtime and after school where they can develop or extend their coursework and exam preparation. 

Key Stage 3 

Key Stage 3 Overview:

At Cornwallis Academy, KS3 Art is grounded in the National Curriculum framework and aims to equip students with core skills and knowledge.  Through schemes of work we aim to;

  • Improve confidence in the key skills of drawing and painting
  • develop sensory awareness and imagination
  • develop visual inquiry skills to discover and explore their surroundings
  • acquire analytical skills that enable them to describe and interpret artworks from throughout history
  • create artworks to share their ideas, thoughts and feelings
  • cultivate a spirit of experimentation
  • understand values from a variety of cultures and context
  • develop a sense of achievement

Year 7:

In Year 7, students explore the following key areas:

Objects

  • Observational Drawing
  • Texture
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Oil Pastel
  • Artist research and analysis

Composition

  • Still life
  • Painting
  • Scale
  • Proportion
  • Texture and tone
  • Artist links

Cultures

  • Sculpture
  • Collage
  • Painting
  • Research

Year 8:

In Year 8, students explore the following key areas:

Manipulation of the image

  • Illusion
  • Scale
  • Proportion
  • Painting
  • Imagination

Spaces

  • Observational Drawing
  • Artist Research
  • Buildings
  • Interiors
  • Views
  • Perspective

Places

  • Landscape
  • Painting
  • Colour
  • Mood
  • Atmosphere 
  • Composition
  • Sculpture

Year 9:

In Year 9, students explore the following key areas

Identity

  • Portrait
  • Proportion
  • Expression
  • Mood
  • The World of Celebrities
  • The media
  • Using a grid for scale, proportion and transposition

Still life to Abstract

  • The relationship between Science and Art
  • Experimental drawing
  • Artist research and analysis
  • Illusion
  • Movement
  • Complex composition

A Thematic approach

  • Research
  • Development of Ideas
  • Experimentation
  • Preparation for GCSE
  • independence
  • Making informed option choices

Assessment at Key Stage 3:

The production of art work is developmental and teachers comment on an achievements and areas for improvement.  Students are required to write a response to the teacher’s feedback explaining either what they have done to improve the work or how they are going to improve it.  If it is not possible to improve the piece of work which may already be completed, students will explain what they have learned and how they will improve the techniques in future before demonstrating this in the next piece of work.

Progress is recorded on grids in pupil sketch books

The key areas of assessment for KS3 Art are:

  • Develop ideas in response to themes and visual stimulus
  • Review and Refine work through selection and experimentation with the most effective processes
  • Select and record ideas through written annotation, drawing, painting and other methods
  • Make connections with work produced by other artists and practitioners 

Key Stage 4 

Key Stage 4 Overview:

Students who choose Art and Design at this key stage follow the EDEXCEL GCSE Fine Art Course.  This is divided into two units

  • Unit 1: Portfolio of Work which accounts for 60% of the final grade
  • Unit 2: Externally Set Task, which accounts for 40% of the final grade

The candidate's portfolio must include more than one extended collection of work or project selected from artwork undertaken during the course of study and meet all four Assessment Objectives.

Students produce work that covers a diverse range of disciplines within the arts.  This is undertaken within broad project headings that cover the key Artistic genes portrait, still life and landscape.

For the Eternally set task students produce work in response to starting points set by the exam board.  They then have ten hours to make an original piece of work.

Students exhibit their work at the end of their course at the annual summer Art Exhibition.  Students also have the chance to visit local and national galleries to develop critical, contextual and cultural awareness in support of their work.

Years 10 and 11:

Year 10

Students explore the formal elements of line, tone, texture, colour and form.  They gain confidence using a wide range of materials and are taught how to review and refine their work.  Through a series of thematic based projects students learn how to critically evaluate Art.  They develop an understanding how and why Art is made, exploring the historical and social context in which it is produced.  Painting and Drawing is at the core of all good portfolios. 

Year 11

Students work towards their Mock Examination, their Externally set Assignment and prepare their portfolio for final assessment.  At this stage they are taking greater ownership of the progression of their work and with guidance are making more independent choices with regards to materials and content.

Assessment at Key Stage 4:

The production of art work is developmental and teachers comment on an achievements and areas for improvement.  Students are required to write a response to the teacher’s feedback explaining either what they have done to improve the work or how they are going to improve it.  If it is not possible to improve the piece of work which may already be completed, students will explain what they have learned and how they will improve the techniques in future before demonstrating this in the next piece of work.

Progress is recorded on grids in pupil sketch books

The key areas of assessment for KS4 Art are:

  • AO1 Develop ideas
  • AO2 Experiment with materials
  • AO3 Record ideas
  • AO4 Present a personal response with artist link

Key Stage 5 

Course Title:  

Art Craft and Design: Fine Art

Examining Body:

OCR

Overview of the course:

At higher levels, the artistic journey is not only about acquisition of knowledge and mastery of skills but very much about building independence and resilience in the pursuit of originality. Students focus on one of the specialist areas of painting, sculpture or photography. This is undertaken through broad project headings that cover one of the key artistic genes of portrait, still life or landscape.

The course has three components

  • Unit 1: Portfolio of Work which accounts for 60% of the final grade
  • Related study: a 3000 word analytical and critical dissertation on an area of art that is related to the student’s practical area of study  
  • Unit 2: Externally Set Task, which accounts for 40% of the final grade

For the externally set task students produce work in response to starting points set by the exam board. They then have 15 hours to make a personal response.

Students exhibit their work at the end of their course at the annual summer Art Exhibition.  Students also have the chance to visit local and national galleries to develop critical, contextual and cultural awareness in support of their work.

Assessment

The production of art work is developmental and teachers comment on an achievements and areas for improvement. Students are required to write a response to the teacher’s feedback explaining either what they have done to improve the work or how they are going to improve it.  If it is not possible to improve the piece of work which may already be completed, students will explain what they have learned and how they will improve the techniques in future developments.

Progress is recorded on grids in pupil sketch books.

The key areas of assessment for KS5 Fine Art are:

  • AO1 Develop ideas
  • AO2 Experiment with materials
  • AO3 Record ideas
  • AO4 Present a personal response with artist link

Possible Career Paths:

Cornwallis Art Department has an excellent reputation for supporting students in their progression to Art colleges and Universities.  The world uses the artist as a provider for everything that is designed. Everything from a perfume bottle to a phone starts its life in the mind of an artist.

The individuality of the artist, the ability to solve problems laterally, the skills involved in planning, making, communicating visually, and expressing uniquely are all in demand in the work place.

The Art and Design industry rivals the communications industry as the fastest growing sector.  The creative industries include: advertising and graphic design, architecture, art, antiques and museums, craft and three dimensional design, designer fashion, film, video, interactive leisure software, the performing arts, publishing, software and computer games, television and radio.  It is therefore not surprising that the creative industries form an important part of the United Kingdom’s economics and offer many job opportunities.

EDEXCEL BTEC Level 3 EXTENDED Certificate in Art and Design 

The Department offers a further option at KS5. The BTEC is delivered through continuous assessment with no end of course exam.  Choices will be discussed with the class teacher and students directed to the most effective option for them   

Overview of the course and assessment

In a series of mandatory units, students will learn how to apply the creative process through vocational Art and Design projects.  They develop their skills in the materials, techniques and processes needed to produce art and design.  Students will research the work of artists and designers in order to develop their own creativity and increase their independence in the field of art and design.  Students will explore further skills and knowledge through Photography, Fine Art and Sculpture.The qualification is designed to enable students to refine their knowledge of the sector and allow them to make informed decisions about their studies.

Onward routes and progression:

The National Extended Certificate in Art and Design provides a route for progression to Foundation Art and Design at Art College. The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by HE providers as meeting or contributing to admission requirements to many relevant art and design courses, along with a wide range of other HE courses.

Employment: 

In this sector, recruitment is usually at graduate level. This qualification is designed primarily to support progression to employment after further study at university. In previous years, students studying Art and Design at Level 3 have found employment in retail and the leisure industry.