Why study GCSE Fine Art?

You will build creative skills through learning and doing, developing imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media and materials in historical and contemporary contexts. You will develop upon the skills you have learnt during Y7 8 and 9 and learn the techniques needed to make more highly refined work to help you achieve your full potential at GCSE.

What will I study?

  • Painting and drawing
  • Mixed media, including collage.
  • Printmaking
  • Contemporary and historical artists, craftspeople and designers from different cultures and their contribution to continuity and change in society
  • How to develop a working vocabulary and knowledge of specialist terms in fine art

What happens in lessons?

  • Teacher led workshops
  • Critical studies
  • Independent project work
  • Working to individual targets and deadlines

How will I be assessed?

  • Unit 1 Portfolio of Work (two projects in Y10, one in Y11) – Controlled Assessment (96 marks – 60%)
  • Unit 2 Externally Set Task – Question papers issued from 1 January in Y11. 10 weeks of preparation time resulting in a 10 hours Exam spread over 2 days. You will respond to your own starting point (96 marks – 40%).

What skills will I need?

  • You should be working  at or towards a Grade 5 in Art by the end of Y9
  • You should enjoy drawing and using a range of different materials to experiment with.
  • You should have the drive and commitment to develop your art skills and techniques.
  • You should be creative and enthusiastic
  • You should have an interest in the meaning behind art work and enjoy looking at the work of artists, craftspeople and designers
  • You must be dedicated to working on coursework outside of lesson time. You will be expected to do at least 2 hours of homework each week in between your lessons and encouraged to use the Art  department after school. This is manageable if you enjoy Art.
  • It helps if you have a good attendance record and good organisational skills – these are essential for any GCSE.