Art and Design

Park View provides a high-quality Art and Design education for students at both Key Stage 3 & 4, designed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they are given the opportunities to think critically and develop a thoroughly enjoyable understanding of art and design. They are also given the opportunities to question and reflect on how art and design shapes our history and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of humanity.

The Art curriculum at Park View aims to ensure that all pupils produce creative work through exploring their ideas and recording their experiences; become proficient in drawing, painting, object making; photography and other art, craft and design techniques; evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design; learn about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Year 7:

Students research and develop ideas concerning the related themes Portraiture & Identity, with an emphasis on collage / montage, photography and analytical skills.

Year 8:

Students research and develop ideas concerning the related themes Colour and Still Life, with an emphasis on mark making skills (drawing and painting), compositional techniques, and colour theory.

Year 9:

Students are encouraged to independently research and develop ideas concerning a personally chosen theme, supported by the skills, knowledge and understanding established in Years 7 and 8. Students are introduced to the criteria and expectations set for GCSE Art projects and all work is assessed against this.

GCSE Art & Design and GCSE Photography

If you wish to study Art at GCSE level at Park View you have a choice of either GCSE Art and Design or GCSE Art - Photography.

Both subjects support students looking to develop their creativity and understanding through visual language.

Reasons for choosing GCSE Art & Design and/or GCSE Photography:

Art at its most fundamental level develops your understanding of the world through enquiry and observation. Responding creatively to your environment is a way of learning more about yourself and other people. It is therefore a subject which is worth studying for its own intrinsic value.

Many companies, businesses and institutions value the skills developed on a GCSE Art course, as students can demonstrate being extremely self-motivated, industrious, creative and talented. There are also a wide range of careers that involve the sort of visual awareness that an Art GCSE will develop.

How will you be assessed?

Students will complete and be assessed on 3 coursework projects that each have their own theme & focus. This is worth 60% of the final grade. You will then work on the externally set assignment (the 'exam'). The preparation period consists of approximately 20 hours before a 10 hour Controlled Test under exam conditions. This is worth 40% of the marks.

Extra-Curricular opportunities

You will be taken on gallery visits in Year 10 and Year 11. The Art department also supports some students with artist led workshops in ceramics and photography. Students will need to spend time working on their ideas in lunchtimes or after school. We also encourage students to follow up their interests in Art and Design by visiting galleries and museums on weekends. There will also be the opportunity for some students to exhibit their work in public exhibitions / art spaces, as their work projects progress.

What Sixth Form options does this course lend itself to?

Art and Design is a valued qualification by Universities and will support applications for a wide range of courses. Some students wish to pursue careers which are directly related to a study of Art and Design – Fashion, Textiles, Interior Design, Theatre Design, Ceramics, Fine Art-painting and sculpture, Graphics and Illustration and Architecture .Other students, whether Arts or Science based, use Art & Design as an additional subject for University entry.