Why study this subject?
This Fine Art course centres around communicating creative ideas and personal observations. Both traditional and contemporary skills are explored to provide students with a wide variety of learning opportunities and ensure a broad base of understanding. This is coupled with contemporary and conceptual presentation methods and making processes to ensure students are accessing the cutting edge of the art world.
The aims of the workshop phase, at the beginning of Year 12, are to extend learners’ creative and technical skills along with their ability to generate ideas. Students will investigate different approaches to manipulating art materials, processes and procedures. Research into the work of professional practitioners underpins each workshop and enables students to develop their understanding of contemporary and historical approaches as well as to inspire and inform their own studies.
The specialist skills and ways of thinking covered in this programme will begin to prepare students with the skills required to develop careers within the Art world and related industries, as well as provide a pathway into Higher Education to further their studies.
Summary of course content
Students will complete a 21-week workshop phase. During which they will explore drawing, shared practice, painting, abstract work, sculpture, printmaking, book binding and installation. After this initial phase, students will trial a longer form project, with their teacher guiding them through this process. The workshop stage and mock projects are not assessed as part of the overall A-Level submission. At the very end of Year 12, students will begin their Personal Investigation which contributes towards 60% of their final A-Level grade. Within this component, there is a 1000-3000 word related study, to help students learn how to contextualise their practice within the art world. To form the final 40% there is an Externally Set Task, with students completing a project from a selection of themes set by the exam board, ending with a timed final piece produced in exam conditions.
Where the course leads
There is a very well-trod route onto foundation courses where young creatives can identify their specific pathways within the industries of Fine Art, Fashion, Animation, Photography, Graphic Design, Model-Making and many other options. Several students each year are successful in gaining places onto BA Undergraduate courses. The portfolio produced during Year 12 and 13 will highlight your skills and show Higher Education providers that you are adept in many different making and presentation processes.
If you choose to take a different route for Post-18, there are opportunities to gain apprenticeships with local artists, studios or galleries. You can continue to develop your skills after leaving school and your ability to reflect, be critical, share your opinions and generate ideas will help you in any industry of your choice.
You will need to demonstrate a strong commitment and interest in Art. A basic understanding of the application of formal elements and some previous experience / practice is desirable.Students must seek further advice from the specialist staff before enrolling and be interviewed prior to being accepted on the course.
Exam board: OCR (H601)
For further advice contact: Mr A Clarke (Head of Art and Photography)
Kingfisher house recently held a competition to design a new logo to represent our house. There were lots of entries that included some brilliant designs. In the end the winner that was chosen was designed by Lenny Davids in year 9. Lenny’s design will be used as the Kingfisher logo from here onwards. Well done Lenny and thank you to everyone for your efforts. Mr Hunt
We are very excited about the upcoming Beauty and the Beast musical this week. Please enjoy this timelapse of our Art Department painting the large backdrop! We look forward to seeing you at the show this week! Wednesday 19th, and Thursday 20th July at 7 pm Tickets are £8 an Adult (£5 Children/OAP) Tickets are available from Reception. https://www.purbeck.dorset.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/1428210E-93D0-4D1a-8C93-39D17aeff708.mp4
We are delighted to hear the news that our very own Thomas Warren in Year 7 has been selected to exhibit his drawing ‘Goblin Party’ in the Young Artists’ Summer Show at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. The Young Artists’ Summer Show brings together work by primary and secondary-level students from across the UK, so being selected to exhibit is testament to Thomas’s hard work and dedication to Art.
This May, the Art department took Year 8 students to Roche Court sculpture gardens! It was the most beautiful sunny Spring day, and our students explored outdoor sculptural artworks by a variety of famous artists including Michael-Craig Martin and Barbara Hepworth. In our smaller groups, the education team took us on a guided tour, each group studying different sculptures in the gardens. We discussed, drew, and did a variety of
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