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Department/subject info and philosophy:

As art teachers we have learned through our experiences as to why Art is so important in our schools.

The visual language is everywhere

Art helps learners to develop creative problem-solving skills. helps children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking and experimentation, inventiveness and creativeness.

Some believe that art education only distracts from 'more important subjects'. Britain's creative industries are globally recognised because of the influence of non-academic subjects such as Art that are part of the educational system.
If students wish to pursue Art at post 16 there are huge opportunities in the careers market. These include architecture, interior design, product and industrial design, fashion and jewellery design, shoe design, TV and film set design, computer games design and animation, illustration, graphic design and car design amongst others.
Take a walk around Meadowhall and identify all the design vocations from fashion to product to advertisement and graphics.

Finally, Art is also about being free and having fun. entertainment, an escape, a medium of expression, creating and recording memories, and understanding the world around.

Programme of study in Y7-Y9:

In KS3 Art and as part of the national curriculum students will be introduced to a range of artists and artistic cultures.

As an example Y9 students look at the influence of Sheffield graffiti artists such as Phlegm, Kid Acne, Jim Connolly and Rocket 101.

Using the work of other artist’s students will learn to develop their own artwork, refining their ideas through composition, selection and mix media and producing artwork that shows a personal and meaningful response whilst developing an understanding of the visual language.

A variety of materials are used and developed during KS3 including paint, pencil, crayons, felt tip, both in black and white and colour and on large and small scale compositions. Artist techniques are learnt and explored including dry brushing, wet blending, stippling, block colour, cross hatching, pointillism and the use of a limited colour palette

Throughout KS3 students are assessed and a recommendation made in Y9 to consider Art at GCSE level.

Programme of study Y10-Y11:

GCSE Fine Art will allow students to further develop skills already practised at KS3 but in a more college like atmosphere within the classroom.
Students will be offered the opportunity to work with a variety of materials including oil pastels, chalks, compressed charcoal, acrylic and gouache paint, pencil crayon and felt tip, Students will also work both in large and small scale, on paper and canvas.
At the beginning of the course each art student will be given their own personal art box containing good quality drawing equipment and an A2 art folder. These will be supplied by the Art department to help facilitate work to the highest standard and generate a degree of responsibility and ownership from KS4 students.
Under the direction of their teacher students will undertake and complete up to four projects during Y10 and Y11. This coursework is worth 60% of their final GCSE grade. In March of Y11 students will complete their externally set task (exam) which is worth 40% of their final grade. Students will be given six weeks to prepare for their exam again under the direction of their art teacher.
If students wish to pursue Art at post 16 there are huge opportunities in the careers market. However, as with any GCSE, a good grade in Art will help students with their entry into further education regardless as to whether it is art based or not.

GCSE/BTEC Exam information:


Specification code 8202

Component 1 - Coursework – 60%.

Four extended art projects completed over one and half years

Component 2 – Exam – 40%.

Seven exam questions set by AQA which students will choose one as their exam piece

Four Assessment Objects for both Component 1 and 2.
In brief they are-
AO1 - Develop your artwork and ideas through the work of other artists
AO2 –Refine your artwork by experimenting with various materials, media, techniques and processes
AO3 – Record your ideas as your artwork progresses through drawing and annotation
AO4 – Present both personal and meaningful artwork showing understanding of the visual language

Each AO is worth a maximum of 24 marks (96 in total)

Once the course and exam are complete students are informed of the raw marks awarded for their component 1 and 2.

No final grades are given or can be suggested by the school as they are awarded by the examination board (AQA) and any raw marks are subject to change following the exam boards moderation process.

External moderation takes place by the exam board after the 31st May and grades are awarded in August.


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Key contact(s):

Mr K Grayson (Head of Creative Arts and Technology)