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ART (including photography)

Year 7

Observational Drawing – developing skills using both wet and dry materials

Alebrijes – Papier mache sculptures

Jason Scarpace – Triptych

Hundertwasser – imaginative landscape paintings

Year 8

Textures and Surfaces – developing skills and techniques using a wide range of materials to represent surfaces and Textures

Huminals – sculptures based on humans and animals

Guernica – Group project based on the painting ‘Guernica’ by Picasso

Reflections – A drawing based project based on reflective surfaces.

Year 9

Portraiture studies – Looking at drawing portraits and refining skills

Portraiture – Generating ideas by looking at range of different portraiture artists and creating a final outcome

Microscopic and Distortion. – based on Abstract artists and microscopic images and a final piece presented in a Petri dish

Sweet Things – A skills and techniques based project inspired by food

Year 10

Surrealism – A skills and techniques based project not requiring a final outcome.

Mood and emotion – Application and development of skills project based around the theme of Mood and emotion that leads to a final outcome. This will form part of the 60% of the coursework project.

Year 11

Nature and/or Man made– Application and development of skills project based around the theme of Nature and/or Man made that leads to a final outcome. This will form part of the 60% of the coursework project.

Externally Set Assignment by the exam board – The theme changes each year and the students will develop a project based around the theme that will culminate in a final 10 hour controlled assessment. This will make up a total of 40% of their final grade.

Year 12

Unit 1 – The Environment

A skills based project, with a focus on linear and atmospheric perspective and the structures and proportions of the human form. Students are then able to generate their own ideas and develop their individual outcomes.

Unit 2 – The Examination Project

This is the summer exam project, the theme varies every year and is directed by the teacher lesson by lesson. Students are given a theme from which they can consider a range of different starting points. They are then able to develop their own individual ideas through artist materials and techniques, and through their analysis of the work of other artists.

Year 13

Unit 3 – Self Directed Project

In Year 13 students are able to identify their own theme from interests arising out of their studies in year 12 which they investigate through their recordings and their analysis of the work of other artists.

Unit 4 – A Level Examination Project (Externally Set Assignment)

This is the final project set by the exam board, the theme varies every year and is directed by the teacher lesson by lesson. Students are given a theme from which they can consider a range of different starting points. They are then able to develop their own individual ideas through artist materials and techniques and through their analysis of the work of other artists.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography marries creativity with technical skill.  The discipline encourages a greater awareness of our surroundings and the small details that make up our world but often go unnoticed.  This is a popular subject option.  Students who have studied Art at GCSE will have an improved rate of success, however this is not an essential requirement.  It is important for students to approach the subject with a willingness to work independently.

On the A level course at Ashlyns, while exploring ideas and visual communication, the students learn the techniques to present those ideas with high levels of skill.  Students learn how to analyse images and how to carry out contextual research. 

Ashlyns delivers the Edexcel/Pearson 2 year A level qualification.  This course is comprised of two elements.

1.   Personal Investigation (Coursework) amounts to 50% of the final mark, 11% of which is awarded for a written Personal Study of a minimum of 1,000 words.  

2.   Externally set exam 50%. 

Year 12:

Coursework 1: Project 1

  • Working on a chosen theme, students meet a number of technical challenges around the use of cameras, both digital and film, and use of light.  They learn how to use ambient and studio lighting, dark room and alternative print processes.
  • The students are introduced to research and analysis of images, photographic genres and art movements and how to use this research to inspire and inform their own ideas.
  • The students will develop their creativity and independent ideas, exploring different methods and processes to convey those ideas.

In the Spring Term the students are given a theme to develop, set by the examining board and leading to a mock exam and exhibition in the Summer term.  They will support their preparatory work with contextual study and analysis.

Year 13:

Coursework 2: Project  2

  • With increased ability and skill, students explore a theme of their own choosing.  They will develop their own ideas leading to the presentation of a more sophisticated and technically accomplished final outcome.
  • They will write a personal study which will consist of a critical and analytical written essay which makes links to their own practical investigations, supported by contextual research.

In the Spring Term the students are given a theme to develop, set by the examining board and leading to a final exam and exhibition in the Summer term.  They will support their preparatory work with contextual study and analysis

The transferable skills this course provides include:

Cognitive skills:

  • Non- routine problem solving – expert thinking and creativity
  • Systems thinking – decision making and problem solving
  • Critical thinking – analyising, synthesising and reasoning
  • Technology and ICT literacy – manipulation, management, organisation, evaluation and communication.

Interpersonal skills:

  • Communication
  • Relationship building
  • Collaborative problem solving
  • Presentation skills.