Art & Design

Many of the skills pupils will develop through the study of Art and Design are skills which are transferable to other subjects and will be beneficial for most career paths. Creative thinking, investigation, research, analysis, evaluation, organisation, presentation, communication and working to deadlines are obvious areas.

As well as developing personal creative expression, the study of Art and Design promotes problem-solving and higher level thinking skills; the ability to ‘think outside the box’! Pupils will develop a willingness to take risks with a wide variety of media and techniques but also to refine their work as it progresses. We encourage pupils to develop their observational and fine motor skills and to gain a greater awareness of the visual world around them. Pupils will benefit from an increased knowledge of cultural influences, art and design from the past as well as the work of more contemporary artists.

The study of art and design is usually enjoyable; it boosts confidence and self-esteem and develops creative thinking alongside many other key skills which are essential to aid pupils on their journey to further education and employment.

KS3

Themes taken from the National Curriculum are used for the teaching of Art & Design in Key Stage 3.  However, staff draw upon their personal experience and strengths to interpret these in a flexible, individual and inspiring way.  With a balance of Design and Expressive Outcomes, pupils in each year group are given the opportunity to complete a 3D/Ceramics, print and paint/draw experience.

Overall Aims and objectives:

  • To appreciate and understand the visual elements: line, shape, form, colour, tone, texture, pattern, composition.
  • To foster creativity and imagination.
  • To develop and improve observational skills, particularly from primary source material.
  • To introduction to new practical, technical and critical skills.
  • To experimentation with techniques and a variety of traditional and new media.
  • To encourage independent research of artists / designers and art movements.
  • To develop skills in order to research, explore, develop and evaluate personal work.
  • To build up an ‘Art’ vocabulary
  • To develop an awareness of art, craft and design from different times and cultures.
  • To encourage an understanding and appreciation of Art and Design and its role within our lives and the lives of others.

Form I (Year 7) – Aims & Objectives

In Form I the focus is on building confidence in and experimentation with materials and techniques. With inspiration from appropriate artists, a greater understanding and creative use of the visual elements is developed. Pupils are encouraged to improve their observational skills through a range of tasks, media and techniques. Variety is essential in order to foster imagination, a sense of fun and an inquisitive approach, helping pupils to question the roll of art and design within their lives.

Form II (Year 8) – Aims & Objectives

In Form II pupils build on existing skills and experiences and gain a wider knowledge of artists, designers and crafts people. There is greater expectation for pupils to adapt and refine their work in order to reach a more personal and thoughtful realization. More advanced techniques and media are introduced and pupils are encouraged to further improve their observational skills.

Form III (Year 9) – Aims & Objectives

 In Form III pupils are introduced to a wider variety of techniques and art movements.  In preparation for GCSE, greater emphasis is placed upon independent research and development of ideas, leading to more personal and sophisticated final outcomes. Observational work from primary sources is further encouraged with a more academic approach to concepts such as ellipses, foreshortening and perspective. As a pupil’s art vocabulary increases, evaluating work is expected to be more considered and refined. 

GCSE

GCSE Exam board and Specification

Pupils follow the ‘OCR Fine Art’ course for GCSE studies. This involves completing two units of work. A ‘Personal Portfolio’; the majority of work is completed in Form 4, which accounts for 60%, and a ‘Set Task’, which pupils start to prepare in early February, worth 40%.

This Personal Portfolio should represent around 45 hours’ work, and should be completed during normal timetable periods and prep time. The Set-Task requires pupils to give a personal response to a selected starting point. They are expected to include approximately 20 hours of personal preparation time, with no direct teacher input, before sitting a 10 hour period of sustained focus in which they produce their ‘realisations’ (final outcome). All preparatory work is marked along with the work produced in the exam.

For both units, pupils are expected to show evidence of research, observations, experimentation and sustained development of ideas leading to the presentation of a meaningful and personal final outcome/s. They are also to demonstrate their acquisition of techniques and skills.

AS/A Level

AS and A2 Exam board and Specification

Pupils follow the ‘OCR Fine Art’ course for AS and A2 studies. Both involve completing coursework (the majority of work is completed during the Michaelmas term) worth 60% and Exam (during the summer term) worth 40%.

The AS and A2 coursework requires pupils to submit work of personal significance, with references to artists. Within their response, pupils are expected to show evidence of research, observations, experimentation and sustained development of ideas leading to the presentation of a meaningful and personal final outcome/s. They are also to demonstrate their acquisition of techniques and skills.

AS has greater weighting on pupil’s development, experimentation and risk-taking, whereas A2 places more emphasis on recording and final outcome. A2 includes the completion of a related study that must be between 1000 and 3000 words.

Exam papers are released mid-way through the Lent term. Candidates are to give a personal response to a starting point, chosen from an early release paper. They are allowed a minimum of 3 weeks of personal preparation time, before sitting 5 hours of controlled time for AS and 15 hours for A2 candidates in which they produce their ‘realisation’ (final outcome). All preparatory work is marked along with the work produced in the exam.

2016 Galleries of Work

2015 Galleries of Work

Beyond Monmouth School

Many candidates progress onto a one year Art & Design Foundation Course before studying subjects which require a level of creativity at university. These including fine-art, architecture, film, animation, literature and graphic design.