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Art and Photography

The Art department at Brooke Weston is a lively and visually stimulating environment where students are encouraged to be at their imaginative and skilful best.

For detailed information on specifications refer to the Key Stage 4 or Key Stage 5 prospectus.

Our team of three dedicated Art teachers and a technician deliver a curriculum which covers the whole range of artistic activity from painting and drawing to three dimensional construction, ceramics, printmaking, digital and traditional photography and even touches on animation.  In addition to our painting and printmaking equipment, photographic dark room, potters’ wheels, and kilns, our department boasts more than four dozen computers equipped with professional quality Art and Photography software, including Photoshop.

We are very proud of the impressive results our students achieve at GCSE and A Level; the subject is a popular option and students from our Art courses have gone on to pursue careers in Architecture, Illustration, Fashion Design, Photography, Computer-Aided Design and Fine Art among many other Art-related vocations.  These accomplishments are founded upon a wide-ranging and exciting curriculum which begins in Year 7 and progressively provides students with all the skills and techniques they need to succeed at GCSE and A Level.

Art Intent

As an Art Department, Art is a vital and integral part of a student’s education. Art provides them with opportunities to develop a range of ways in which they can share and simulate their individual creativity and imagination whilst learning about and making links with a wide range of different types of art in our society. It enables students to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of the line, tone, colour, shape, pattern, texture and form. We want to inspire and build creativity within our students to give them the skills and knowledge to develop a passion and understanding of areas in Fine art, Photography and Three dimensional design. Students learn to make informed judgements also aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers combined with practical skills to allow creative thinking, developing highly valuable and transferrable skills for future careers and life. The art curriculum will develop students’ understanding of the roles and functions of art and how it is shaped the history of art in different times and cultures. Students will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and carefully thought out sequences of lessons and experiences. We inspire to foster independence and confidence in the subject to allow our students to enjoy expressing their ideas by exploring a variety of media, techniques and processes over their studies in Art.

The Team

Charlotte Asprey

Head of Department
casprey@brookeweston.org

Jenny Strydom

Teacher of Art and Photography
jstrydom@brookeweston.org

Abbie Coles

Teacher of Art and Photography
acoles@brookeweston.org 

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Term 1

In this first term students will start their baseline project looking at starting points across four main areas: artist research, observation, experimentation and final outcome. They will investigate the work of artist Vincent Van Gogh by exploring and considering how and why the artist use specific techniques, and produce their own individual responses. They will develop and refine their observation drawing skills and explore a range of media and techniques. They will learn to present their work creatively and with pride.

Term 2

Students begin an in-depth unit of work on ‘Abstract & Aboriginal Art’ themed project where students will explore four main areas: artist research, observation, experimentation and final outcome. They will investigate the work of artists like Wassily Kandinsky, Sonia Delaunay and cultural work of Aboriginal art by exploring the art formal elements (Line, tone, colour, texture, shape, form and pattern) and learn how to research and present information creatively. They will consider how and why other artists use specific techniques, and produce their own individual responses. They will develop and refine their observation drawing skills and explore a range of media and techniques. 

Term 3

Students will complete the unit of work ‘Abstract & Aboriginal Art’ project and produce a final piece that demonstrates all the skills they have learnt since the start of the year. Students will improve their confidence in drawing skills and will deepen their knowledge and understanding of colour theory and application of media as they work towards their final outcomes to the project. 

Term 4

Students will start a second unit of work in this term on a ‘Fruit & Veg’ themed project, students will begin to study photography skills within this project. In this project, they will explore still life photographers like Edward Weston who used traditional camera techniques to research and investigate by exploring the art formal elements, and creatively learn how to research and present information. They will develop and refine their observation drawing skills and explore a range of media from oil pastel to pen techniques. 

Term 5

Students will continue with their Fruit and Veg project, focusing on photography as a medium. They will learn how to use the camera, take a photo shoot and use Photoshop skills to edit and manipulate their images.

Year 8

Term 1

In this first term students begin an in-depth unit of work on ‘Landscapes’ themed project where students will explore the four main areas: artist research, observation, experimentation and final outcome. They will investigate the work of artists like Claude Monet and David Hockney by exploring the art formal elements, and learn how to research and present information creatively. They will consider how and why other artists use specific techniques, and produce their own individual responses. They will develop and refine their observation drawing skills and explore a range of media and techniques including printmaking and technical drawings in perspective.

Term 2

Students will complete the unit of work ‘Landscapes’ project and produce a final piece that demonstrates all the skills they have learnt. Students will improve their confidence in drawing and mix media skills and will deepen their knowledge and understanding of media and application of mixed media as they work towards their final outcomes to the project. 

Term 3

Students will start a second unit of work on an ‘Insect’ themed project, students will begin to study sculptural skills within this project. They will explore the natural forms of insects inspired artists like Rosalind Monks. Students will start by researching and investigating her by exploring the art formal elements, and creatively learn how to research and present information. They will develop and refine their observation drawing skills and explore a range of media from clay and wire techniques. This will support students to help increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials. 

Term 4

Students will complete the unit of work ‘Insects’ project and produce a final piece that demonstrates all of the skills they have learnt. Students will improve their confidence in drawing and sculpture skills and will deepen their knowledge and understanding of media and application of sculpture as they work towards their final outcomes to the project. Students will refine and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work. 

Term 5

Students finish the academic year working on a ‘Art history and careers’ project to support in broadening their knowledge of Art history and be able to recognise different art movements and gain a greater understanding of how and why artists create the work they do and within a wider social context. To be able to identify various types of art related careers, in order to help students understand and make informed decisions when choosing their options, what careers they could go into if they decide to study art or photography. 

Year 9

Term 1

In this first term students begin an in-depth unit of work on ‘Illustration’ themed portraiture project where students will explore four main areas: artist research, observation, experimentation and final outcome. They will investigate the work of artists by exploring the art formal elements, and learn how to research and present information creatively. Students will use the formal elements of drawing and a wide range of materials to broaden their understanding of drawing. They will build skills in shading and line drawing and learn how to use correct facial proportions.

Term 2

Students will carry on the unit of work ‘Illustrations’ portraiture project and students will explore in depth use of colour theory, tonal painting and other media. They will work on their self-portraits and create their own responses from this, therefore increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials. Students will produce a final piece that demonstrates all the skills they have learnt from their ‘Illustration’ portraiture project. Students will improve their confidence in drawing and mix media skills and will deepen their knowledge and understanding of media and application of mixed media as they work towards their final outcomes to the project.

Term 3

 Students will start a second unit of work in the end of this term on a ‘Identity’ photography themed project, students will begin to study photographic skills within this project. Students will explore inspired photographers to research and investigate by exploring the photography formal elements, and creatively learn how to research and present information. They will develop and refine their photographic skills and explore a range of techniques in using a camera to understanding the photography studio and editing on Photoshop. This will support students to help increase their proficiency in photography. 

Term 4

Students carry on working completing the unit of work ‘Indenity’ project and produce a final piece that demonstrates all the skills they have learnt. Students will improve their confidence in their photographic skills and will deepen their knowledge and understanding of media and application of photography as they work towards their final outcomes to the project. Students will refine and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work. Students will start a third unit of work in the end of this term on a ‘Monster’ sculpture themed project, students will begin to study three-dimensional skills within this project. Students will explore inspired sculptors to research and investigate by exploring the art formal elements, and creatively learn how to research and present information. They will develop and refine their three-dimensional skills and explore a range of techniques in using different media. This will support students to help increase their proficiency in 3D design. 

Term 5

Students finish the academic year working on completing the unit of work ‘Monster’ project and produce a final piece that demonstrates all the skills they have learnt. Students will improve their confidence in their three-dimensional skills and will deepen their knowledge and understanding of media and application of three-dimensional design as they work towards their final outcomes to the project. Students will refine and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work. 

Key Stage 4

Art

Year 10

Term 1

In this first term students begin an in-depth unit of work on ‘Illustration’ themed portraiture project where students will explore four main areas: artist research, observation, experimentation and final outcome. They will investigate the work of artists by exploring the art formal elements, and learn how to research and present information creatively. Students will use the formal elements of drawing and a wide range of materials to broaden their understanding of drawing. They will build skills in shading and line drawing and learn how to use correct facial proportions.

Term 2

In term 2 students will continue to build a range of art skills in drawing, painting, ceramics and digital drawing, engaging in a range of tasks to develop their skills and techniques in various materials and media. 

Term 3

Students will begin their GCSE coursework project 1, responding to a given theme. Students begin their contextual research on artists that will inspire ideas for their project theme. Throughout their initial skills based projects, they will become familiar with the assessment objectives for GCSE art, and will need to explore the work of other artists, experiment with different techniques and record their ideas effectively as the project develops. Students will be expected to demonstrate skills and techniques and use different approaches to recording images from observation and imagination. Students will show knowledge and an understanding of how feelings and meanings are conveyed in images by other artists and how they relate to social and historical context. Students will develop a working vocabulary of specialist terms within fine art. In order to explore different themes in art students are encouraged to discuss images and have to annotate their work with their own opinions.

Term 4

Students will continue with their GCSE coursework project 1. Homework is set regularly each week from the start and builds upon the skills and knowledge gained in lessons. A successful coursework portfolio is a result of effort and hard work. Students are encouraged to attend after-school lessons to help them produce high-quality work. They will explore and refine their skills in a wide range of techniques such as drawing, painting, mixed media and photography. They will all work on independent final outcomes inspired by the work on their display sheets.

Term 5

Students finish the academic year working on the beginning of their GCSE coursework project 2. They will receive an old past paper with a number of different briefs to choose from. They will need to produce work that provides evidence for each of the assessment objectives for GCSE art, and will need to explore the work of other artists, experiment with different techniques and record their ideas effectively as the project develops. Students will use all the knowledge and understanding leant in project 1 to structure and complete project 2. 

Year 11

Term 1

In this first term students will continue to work on their personal investigation project 2, increasingly using their own unique ideas as they develop their own personal response to the brief. Students will be expected to demonstrate skills and techniques and use different approaches to recording images from observation and imagination. Students will show knowledge and an understanding of how feelings and meanings are conveyed in images by other artists and how they relate to social and historical context. Students will develop a working vocabulary of specialist terms within fine art. In order to explore different themes in art students are encouraged to discuss images and have to annotate their work with their own opinions. Students will explore exhibitions to help support the GCSE work and produce a gallery visit page that is part of the course requirement.

Term 2

Students will continue with their GCSE coursework project 2. Homework is set regularly each week from the start and builds upon the skills and knowledge gained in lessons. A successful coursework portfolio is a result of effort and hard work. Students are encouraged to attend after-school lessons to help them produce high-quality work. They will explore and refine their skills in a wide range of techniques such as drawing, painting, mixed media and photography. They will all work on independent final outcomes inspired by the work on their display sheets. Their final outcome will be produced in mock exam conditions this term to help support students in preparing for their exam. 

Students will choose with teacher guidance which project produced meets all four of the assessment objectives and will then form the main part of their GCSE 60%. 

Term 3

Students in this term will be given their art exam paper 40% of their GCSE.  They will receive an exam paper with a number of different briefs to choose from. They will need to produce work that provides evidence for each of the assessment objectives for GCSE art, and will need to explore the work of other artists, experiment with different techniques and record their ideas effectively as the project develops. They will do this with the support of their art teacher and the work produced will go onto display sheets.

Term 4

In April, students will have completed their exam prep work on their display sheets and produce their final outcome in their art exam, which is 10 hours long. This will involve 2 full days working on their exam project final piece under supervised exam conditions in the art department. They must then ensure all work is completed before the work is marked at the end of April. Please note that this deadline is much earlier than some other subjects.

Term 5

Students finish the academic year working on revision for other subjects to be able to support their learning as their GCSE fine art work has been completed and marked. 

Art Photography

Year 10

Term 1

In Term 1 students start their GCSE with a baseline test to check their knowledge and understanding from KS3. Examples of GCSE photography projects are shown at various graded levels to inspire and teach how work is assessed in Photography. Students then begin their first coursework project which will be guided to help support students through a GCSE project. They will explore and refine their skills in a wide range of techniques such as the camera, photoshop and other media. This will offer them the wide repertoire of skills, techniques and processes using specialist equipment that will allow them to respond appropriately to the work of photographers and sources and work to their individual strengths within the subject.

Term 2

Students continue their first coursework project researching artists to inspire them and taking photos for their projects, that show their observational skills. They are taught a range of techniques to help improve their compositions and photograph skills, and they are encouraged to reflect on their work as their work progresses. Their projects are further experimented and developed upon using a range of materials and Photoshop skills that reflect their artists influence. 

Term 3

In Term 3 students begin their second coursework project by choosing one of three themes given, and they begin their research on artists/ photographers that will inspire ideas for their project theme. Students will continue to work on their coursework projects this term capturing photographs that show their observational skills. They are taught a range of techniques to help improve their compositions and photograph skills, and they are encouraged to reflect on their work as their work progresses. Their projects are further experimented and developed upon using a range of materials and Photoshop skills that reflect their artists influence.

Term 4

In Term 4 students are encouraged to continue and complete their coursework project, further experimenting and developing their ideas using a range of materials and Photoshop skills that reflect their artists influence. Finally, completing this term with a final piece that is completed in exam conditions to prepare them for their exam project and check their knowledge and skills are embedded without teacher assistance.

Term 5

Students will start their third coursework project by choosing one of three themes given and they begin their research on artists/ photographers that will inspire ideas for their project theme. Students use the knowledge learnt from project 1 and 2 to improve and refine their photography skills. They take a range of photographs for this project and start experimenting and manipulating these on Photoshop.  Their projects are further experimented and developed upon using a range of materials and Photoshop skills that reflect their artists influence. 

Year 11

Term 1

In this first term students will continue to work on their personal investigation project 2, increasingly using their own unique ideas as they develop their own personal response to the brief. Students will be expected to demonstrate skills and techniques and use different approaches to recording images from observation and imagination. Students will show knowledge and an understanding of how feelings and meanings are conveyed in images by other photographs and how they relate to social and historical context. Students will develop a working vocabulary of specialist terms within Photography. In order to explore different themes in photography students are encouraged to discuss images and have to annotate their work with their own opinions. Students will visit a gallery in to help support the GCSE work and produce a gallery visit page that is part of the course requirement.

Term 2

Students will continue with their GCSE coursework project 2. Homework is set regularly each week from the start and builds upon the skills and knowledge gained in lessons. A successful coursework PowerPoint is a result of effort and hard work. Students are encouraged to attend after-school lessons to help them produce high-quality work. They will explore and refine their skills in a wide range of techniques such as photography and digital editing. They will all work on independent final outcomes inspired by the work on their PowerPoints. Their final outcome will be produced in mock exam conditions this term to help support students in preparing for their exam. 

Students will choose with teacher guidance which project produced meets all four of the assessment objectives and will then form the main part of their GCSE 60%. 

Term 3

Students in this term will be given their art exam paper 40% of their GCSE.  They will receive an exam paper with a number of different briefs to choose from. They will need to produce work that provides evidence for each of the assessment objectives for GCSE art, and will need to explore the work of other photographs, experiment with different techniques and record their ideas effectively as the project develops. They will do this with the support of their photography teacher and the work produced will go onto a PowerPoint.

Term 4

In April, students will have completed their exam prep work on their powerpoint and produce their final outcome in their photography exam, which is 10 hours long. This will involve 2 full days working on their exam project final piece under supervised exam conditions in the art department. They must then ensure all work is completed before the work is marked at the end of April. Please note that this deadline is much earlier than some other subjects.

Key Stage 5

Year 12

Term 1

In Term 1 students start their A level Fine Art course with a baseline test to check their knowledge and understanding from GCSE. Examples of A level Art, Photography, Textiles and Ceramic projects are shown at various graded levels to inspire and teach how work is assessed at A level Fine Art and the possible specialisms students can pursue. This first term is used to explore a range of conventional and unconventional techniques and mediums in art or photography to build their creativity and skills which will contribute to their personal portfolio and first coursework project that will be a guided process to help support and build knowledge and understanding needed for their next unit or work and can then be used for University applications and interviews at the end of yr12.

Term 2

Students carry on their first coursework project by responding to a given starting point for a theme, and they begin their research on artists/ photographers that will inspire ideas for their project theme. They create a series of observational drawings or capturing photographs that show their skills relating to the theme. They are taught a range of techniques to help improve their compositions and photograph skills, and they are encouraged to reflect on their work as their work progresses. 

Term 3

In Term 3 students are encouraged to experiment and develop their ideas using a range of materials and media that reflect their artists influence. Large scale sustained pieces are encouraged to ensure students build a body of work that relates to their project and shows a meaningful response. Students are expected to complete their first coursework project by further artist research and exploring new ideas that can be developed and refined showing analytical and critical understanding in their work. Students complete their coursework by creating a final piece outcome under test conditions. This outcome should incorporate the best ideas, materials and techniques they experimented within their project, making connections and realising intentions.

Term 4

Students will start their second coursework project by choosing their own theme to investigate. They begin their research on artists/ photographers that will inspire ideas for their project theme.  Students use the knowledge learnt from project 1 to improve and refine their contextual and analytical understanding to inform their project.

Term 5

In Term 5 they create a series of observational drawings or capturing photographs that show their skills relating to the theme.  Their projects are further experimented and developed upon using a range of materials and techniques that reflect their artists influence and theme they are exploring. 

Year 13

Term 1

In Term 1 students are carry on building their second unit of work by refining and developing their ideas which would lead to a few final piece ideas. 

Term 2

In Term 2 students will then complete their second coursework unit by creating a final piece outcome that realises their projects intentions. This outcome should incorporate the best ideas, materials and techniques they experimented within their project. Students complete their coursework by creating a final piece outcome under test conditions. This final coursework project must be accompanied by a written dissertation of 1000 – 3000 words. Examples and help sheets to structure their dissertations will be provided to support the students.

Term 3

In Term 3 students continue to refine their best project further by experimenting and developing their ideas using a range of materials and media using a variety of techniques that reflect their artists influence and style. Students are also encouraged to view and reflect on an online Art gallery to show a broader understanding of Artists and photographers in the real world. Their outcome should incorporate the best ideas, materials and techniques they experimented within their project, making connections and realising intentions. Large scale sustained pieces are encouraged to ensure students build a body of work that relates to their project and shows a meaningful response.                                          
The project submitted with dissertation will count towards 100% of their A Level Fine Art grade Students in this term will be given their art exam paper 40% of their GCSE in February. They will receive an exam paper with a number of different briefs to choose from. They will need to produce work that provides evidence for each of the assessment objectives for A Level art, and will need to explore the work of other artists, experiment with different techniques and record their ideas effectively as the project develops. They will do this with the support of their art teacher.                              

Term 4

In April, students will have completed their exam prep work on their display sheets and produce their final outcome in their art exam, which is 15 hours long. This will involve 2 full days working on their exam project final piece under supervised exam conditions in the art department. They must then ensure all work is completed before the work is marked at the end of April. Please note that this deadline is much earlier than some other subjects.

 

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