Tarporley High School

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Tarporley High School
& Sixth Form College


Art is not what you see, but what you make others see

Edgar Degas


‘A diverse and exciting curriculum that empowers individuality; develops young minds where creativity is at the heart of their being. In fostering a stimulating environment where students feel safe they have the independence and self-confidence to experiment, make mistakes and problem solve. A sound knowledge of Art & Design within the creative industries will therefore be achieved.’

What you can expect studying Art & Design at Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College

In Art & Design, you will study an ambitious curriculum that is driven by creativity and ideas. You’ll be taught by teachers that encourage independence and foster self-expression and who are passionate about drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking.

Not only will you study and develop a wide range of creative skills, but your Art lessons will provide you with the opportunity to explore the work of artists, architects and designers whilst also looking at the world around you which will influence your creativity.

You will learn a wide range of transferable artistic skills through the study of quality artworks, learning to present work professionally, draw with a delicate and skilful hand and analyse and evaluate artists work.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum – what to expect

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum provides students with an opportunity to explore varied units of work which cover the formal elements of art through drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and printmaking providing the platform for development to Key Stage 4 and beyond.

Our units change yearly to keep your learning exciting and fresh. Both modern and historical artwork will be covered to give you the broadest knowledge of Art & Design and you may find yourself creating fairy tale book sculptures and giant paper birds to drawing bugs and painting skulls.

To foster a love of independence, pupils are encouraged to use the art studios at lunchtime and afterschool to develop their practical work and gain additional teacher input.

How we assess at KS3

Students are regularly provided with formative feedback both verbally and written. To promote independence and pride in producing high calibre work, students are encouraged to reflect on their work using success criteria and also those of their peers.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Curriculum

GCSE Art and Design provides the opportunity to develop an adventurous, creative and inquisitive approach to your learning. Through studying both historical and contemporary art practice you will develop the skills to formulate and express your own understanding. This will manifest itself in both written and practical art work. The art work produced will be a range of personal responses which embrace a range of ideas devised from your inspiration and your imagination. Due to the fast pace and nature of the subject your skills and knowledge will develop quickly and staff always endeavour to make your projects varied and exciting.

Through the support of your teacher you will develop a working knowledge of the materials, practices and different techniques that are used within the creative industries.

You will develop the skills to respond to set themes and briefs by investigating, analysing and experimenting using art, craft and design from vast and varied sources. You will develop your imaginative powers and the skills to express your ideas, feelings and meanings.

In Year 10 there is an exciting opportunity to take part in the Annual KS4 Art and Design Weekend at The Conway Centre where you will work alongside practising artists.

The GCSE in Art & Design follows on from what you have been doing at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 - 9). The emphasis in this GCSE is on the process of developing your own ideas and work. Central to this is your sketchbook where you will record your artistic journey.

How we assess at KS4

The GCSE in Art & Design contains two Units – Unit 1 is Coursework (60%) and Unit 2 is the Externally Set Assignment (40%) – the timed assignment.

Coursework starts from the beginning of Year 10 in your sketchbook and accounts for 60% of your grade. It includes research, supporting studies and artwork showing the development of your ideas, leading to one or more outcomes – usually finished pieces of work. Your teacher will lead you through a variety of tasks which will run through Year 10 and the first term of Year 11.

In Year 11 you will complete an Externally Set Assignment. It is an opportunity to develop and present an artistic response to a theme set by the examining board – for example, it could be something like ‘Journeys’ or ‘Time’. The externally set paper will also contain some suggestions for possible starting points to help you develop your response and to give you ideas regarding your research. You will then have a preparation period in which to prepare for the timed assignment. During this time, you should explore the theme in your sketchbook using a range of approaches from drawing and painting, to sculpture and photography. At the end of this period, you will sit a 10 hour timed session, during which you will produce your final piece(s) of work. Your preparatory and developmental work, along with your final piece, will then be submitted for assessment along with the timed piece(s).

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Students at Tarporley have a range of extra-curricular activities open to them to feed their creative development. From attending Wedne8sday’s enrichment club to drawing at the Liverpool Docks at Key Stage 3, to attending the annual GCSE Art’s residential at the Conway centre and drawing in Delamere Forest at Key Stage 4. These are just a few of the opportunities available to students.

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