Art

Art

Art is about expressing yourself creatively in whatever medium you can relate to. Whether that is large scale painting, fashion design or toy making, we have a course for you. We offer trips to places that will help you with your course. Last year’s trip was to the Walker Art Gallery to see the Reality exhibition.


Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Year 7

Basic Skills

When you start your Art course at Co-op Academy Bebington we will take you through the basics of art, line, tone, pattern, texture, shape and colour. The main focus will be to learn to draw from primary sources. You will be introduced to a range of artists and shown the importance of understanding the artist and giving your own informed opinion. You will explore colour with Howard Hodgkin, texture with Robert Rauschenberg, line and tone with Henry Moore, shape with Henri Matisse and pattern with Roy Lichtenstein.

Landscape

The Landscape project teaches students how to layer paint and create depth and distance. Students will study an artist chosen by their teacher to inspire their work.

Clay Shields/Identity

We introduce clay at year 7 in the form of a clay shield. Students will learn about slab work and scoring and slipping to create a shield that represents their family.


Year 8

Natural Forms

Students will produce artwork based on natural forms. Drawing from primary source will start the project then the teacher will take you through a range of experimental artwork using lots of mixed media. The teacher will choose the artist to inspire your work.

Architecture

For this project you will be constructing your own building. You will learn about being an architect and how architects can transform the environment. You will learn transform a 2D design into a 3D form and be inspired by an architect of your choice.

Still Life

The still life projects takes you right back to basics. Students will be drawing from primary source an exciting large still life arranged by the teacher. They will learn to lay out objects on the paper to form a composition. The final outcome will be a composition inspired by an artist chosen by your teacher.


Year 9

GCSE Ready

Students will receive a taster GSCE art course. Students will be marked as GCSE students and this will allow them to make an informed choice when they opt in February. The focus will be on drawing and painting skills but also attitude to learning and attendance. Student will learn that attendance can greatly affect a grade.

Turkish Delight Boxes/Islamic Art

Students will build on their 3D skills by producing an Islamic art inspired box for sweets in clay. The original idea came from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. The queen offers Edmund enchanted Turkish delight in a bejewelled pot. Students will learn to construct in clay and build on the skills learnt in year 7 and 8.

Portraiture

Students will have a choice of working in 2D or clay. They will learn the proportions of the face and look at expressing emotion through portraiture. The students will be inspired by the teacher’s chosen artist.

art lesson at co-op bebington


Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Component 1: Portfolio
60% weighting
120 Marks

AO1 – Critical Understanding
Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
15%
30 Marks

AO2 – Creative Making
Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
15%
30 Marks

AO3 – Reflective Recording
Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
15%
30 Marks

AO4 – Personal Presentation
Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.
15%
30 Marks

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment
40% weighting
80 Marks

AO1 – Critical Understanding
Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
10%
20 Marks

AO2 – Creative Making
Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
10%
20 Marks

AO3 – Reflective Recording
Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
10%
20 Marks

AO4 – Personal Presentation
Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.
10%
20 Marks


Key Stage 5 Curriculum

A Level Art and Design has been designed to refine the art skills learnt at GCSE. The course allows students to experiment with a range of media but focuses on the concepts and ideas behind the units. Students are encouraged to analyse, think deeper and explore art and design from their own viewpoints. The work of artists and designers will inform the units of work. Gallery visits are essential on an A Level course.

AS ART YEAR 12

Unit 1: Developing a portfolio of work (60% of the overall A Level marks).

This is an investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme set by your teacher

Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment (40% of the overall A Level marks).

The exam board will provide you with a paper with several questions. You select a question and have a specified time to produce a selection of work that will result in a final piece. This is just another investigation where your initial starting point is provided by the exam board. You have 10 hrs to create a piece of artwork.

A2 ART YEAR 13

Unit 3: Personal Investigation (60% of the overall A Level marks).

This is an investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme of your choice. It includes a 1000 word written journal.

Unit 4: Externally Set Assignment (40% of the overall A Level marks).

The exam board will provide you with a paper with several questions. You select a question and have a specified time to produce a selection of work that will result in a final piece. This is just another investigation where your initial starting point is provided by the exam board. You have 15 hrs to create a final piece.

Key Stage 5 Assessment

AS and A2 courses are graded A*- E against AQA assessment criteria.

Key Stage 5 Entry Requirements

Students should gain a C grade or above in GCSE art and design or a pass at BTEC art and design. A Level. Students will need to pass the AS course to continue on to A Level.

What it Prepares You For

With a good A Level in art you can go on to university to study a wide range of courses such as Architecture, Interior Design, Fashion and Textiles, Graphic Design and Illustration, History of Art and Fine Art. You may also want to consider enrolling on an art foundation, which covers a wide range of media and prepares you for an Arts based degree.
Students who study art can go on to work in careers such as:

  • Animation
  • Architect
  • Art teacher
  • Artist
  • Branding and logos for corporate identity
  • Ceramicist
  • Director of films and documentaries
  • Engineer (ergonomics)
  • Furniture, fashion, toy, jewellery, web and video game designers
  • Gallery and museum curator
  • Hair and beauty
  • Illustrators, children’s books, cartoonists
  • Interior designer
  • Photographer
  • Textile design