Knowledge of Art and Design is the cornerstone of any great intellect and demands the cognitive skills of observation and active replication. Art and Design is the subject that allows us to process the chaos of the visual world and its constant stream of information. Most fine ideas are sketched out first and here at Great Academy Ashton our pupils master the skills of drawing and painting. We have specialist teachers in the department in Fine Art, Textiles, Media art and Illustration. All our teaching staff are working artists too. Our KS4 pupils take AQA qualifications.
Art and Departmental staff:
All planning is set out in the shared area – including HMKS, assessment brochures and PPs for all schemes of work, broken down lesson by lesson. It is of vital importance that we stick to the planning to ensure pupils all have the same learning opportunities.
Staff: Mrs Howell Head of Department, Mrs Haslam, Mrs Whalley
Year 7 – Lesson contact time is two lessons a fortnight
The topics followed are: ALPHABETICA & INSECT INSPIRED SHOE DESIGN
Year 8 – Lesson contact time is two lessons a fortnight
The topics followed are: LANDSCAPE & RUSSIAN CONSTRUCTIVISM
Year 9 – Lesson contact time is two lessons a fortnight
The topics followed are: HUMAN FORM & SWEETS
Year 10 – Lesson contact time is five lessons a fortnight
The topics followed are: POPULAR CULTURE & SEA LIFE
Year 11 – Lesson contact time is five lessons a fortnight
The topics followed are: SEA LIFE 40 % exam prep
Equipment / Kit
COLOURED BIROS, RANGE OF TONAL PENCILS, WATERCOLOURS ACRYLICS.
In years 10 and 11 pupils follow the AQA ART & DESIGN AND CRAFT. During this course pupils produce a portfolio of work which is worth 60% of the GCSE grade and they take a ten-hour exam over two days which forms 40 % of the grade. The exam is prepared for over twenty lessons by the pupils starting at the beginning of February.