Art, Design & Photography

Mrs E Harkin Head of Art & Design   Mr A Dix Art & Desgin
Mrs C Green Art & Design   Mrs G Birch Head of Photography, Art & Design
Miss C Connelly Art & Design, Photography    Mrs R Eccles Art & Design, Photography
Miss A Davies-Godridge Art & Design   Miss T Rae Art & Design

 

INTRODUCTION

Art Design & Photography at Coundon Court is a successful department which is forward thinking allowing for excellent independent learning across Key Stage 3, 4 and Post-16.  Our aims are to provide opportunities for students to:

  • Enjoy turning their ideas into creative work
  • Strive for successful outcomes and self expression through visual artwork
  • Be creative and develop thinking skills
  • To develop enquiry, initiative, ingenuity and resourcefulness
  • To experiment with several different artistic materials and processes with success

ACCOMMODATION AND RESOURCES
Art & Design is taught in specialist rooms. Each room allows for teaching and learning to be diverse as students complete a range of work. All rooms have networked computer allowing students to use ICT, including Photoshop. In the faculty we also have a separate sixth form area, allowing students to work independently in their free time. CG4 has a large fitted kiln so students can work in ceramics and glass and V1 now has screen print facilities enabling students to explore print making further. Photography students are able to develop and print their own photographs.

Examples of Our Work

Art & Design

INTRODUCTION

Art & Design at Coundon Court is a successful department which is forward thinking allowing for excellent independent learning across Key Stage 3, 4 and post-16.  Our aims are to provide opportunities for students to:

  • Enjoy turning their ideas into creative work
  • Strive for successful outcomes and self expression through visual artwork
  • Be creative and develop thinking skills
  • To develop enquiry, initiative, ingenuity and resourcefulness
  • To experiment with several different artistic materials and processes with success

 

Course Description

KS3- The Visual Art Course assesses the level of a student's artistic skills and allows them to develop personal repsonses to projects, using a variety of drawing, painting and 3-dimensional work.  By the end of KS3 students are expect to use their creative and critical skills in sustained activities, They should engage confidently with art and design from a variety of times and cultures, and be able to communicate ideas and feeling using visual language.

KS4 - GCSE This course involves creative work in a variety of disciplines, including drawing, printing, printmaking and 3D work. Students are introduced to their projects one at a time and are expected to do at least 1 hour of homework a week to support the work they do in lesson time.  This enables them to build a flip file of preparatory studies to inform their final pieces of work.  The coursework is made up of 1 project which is 60% of the final mark. The examination project, including a practial examination makes up the remaining 40%.

KS5 - AS/A2 Level - Candidates are introduced to a variety of experiences, media and techniques.  They explore drawing and painting using a varety of methods and scales. They are encouraged to develop and push their ideas through their creative work. They analyse ideas and images from many different times and cultures in their practical and written work and are able to give a personal response to them.

KS5 BTEC Level 3 National - Candidates are introduced to a wide variety of experiences through 4 core and 2 specialist units of work.  Students are encouraged to be independent and crative with their ideas and will explore a range a mark making and making techniques during the 2 year course.  Students will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade.

Examining Body

KS4 – OCR (GCSE), Edexcel (BTEC Level 2 Diploma)

KS5 – AQA (AS and A2), Edexcel (BTEC Level 3 National Award)

Photography

Introduction 

Photography is a new and exciting course that Coundon Courts Art and Design department is offering to both Key Stage 4 and Post-16 Students. This progressive department allows for excellent independent learning across both Key Stages and aims to provide opportunities for students to:

  • Be creative and develop thinking skills • Develop enquiry, initiative, ingenuity and resourcefulness
  • Strive for successful outcomes and self-expression through Digital and traditional Darkroom techniques
  • To experiment with different media, techniques and processes with success

KS4 - GCSE

This course involves creative work in both digital and traditional darkroom practice, Exploring the themes of Still life; both natural and manmade, portraiture, landscape and architectural photography, photo journalism and documentary photography. Students are introduced to their projects one at a time and are expected to do at least 1 hour of homework a week to support the work they do in lesson time. This enables them to build a flip file of preparatory studies to inform their final pieces of work. The coursework is made up of 1 project which is 60% of the final mark. The examination project, including a practial examination makes up the remaining 40%.

KS5 - AS/A2 Level

Throughout the duration of the course students will produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas including Portraiture, landscape photography, still-life photography, documentary photography, photo-journalism, Experimental imagery, photographic installation, video, television and film.

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. They will be made aware of both traditional and new technologies and will explore images, artifacts and resources relating to Photography and a wider range of art and design, from the past and recent times; including European and non-European examples. This will be integral to the investigating and making process.

At AS the coursework is made up on 1 project, which is 50% of the final mark; the examination making up the other 50%. At A2 the AS grade makes up 50% of the final grade, with the A2 coursework being 25%. The examination project makes up the remaining 25%.

Homework Key Stage 4

Students are expected to spend one hour per week on homework in both Year 10 and 11. Work in Year 10 focuses on practice and preparation for their coursework and development of knowledge and understanding for each project. Students can arrange to come in and work with their teachers after school to complete their homework. This allows students to get further support from staff and allows them to use materials in their classrooms.

Homework Key Stage 5

Students often complete a great deal of extra work. Many students work independently on their work and enjoy coming in during their free time to work on their projects. Post 16 students have the opportunity to take part in creative workshops and extra-curricular visits.

Examining Body

KS4 – OCR (GCSE)
KS5 – AQA (AS and A2)