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They will experience a range of processes, media, materials and techniques. They will study a variety of areas including drawing, painting, sculpture, print-making and textiles. They will be expected to employ a range of skills, knowledge processes and techniques. They will explore and make connections with the work of artists at regular stages of their projects.
Full Specification is available here (PDF).
Students are briefed on the requirements of each project and the deadlines for completion. Time is also set aside to explain how the work fits with the mark scheme. This preparation will be done prior to each summative assessment to enable all students to prepare effectively.
All projects will address the four AQA assessment objects.
Lesson time is allocated for students to view individual feedback and use the mark scheme to identify their strengths and weaknesses. A copy is of the feedback is kept by the teacher and used to inform subject reports and parent evening consultations.
Homework is used to support the work produced in class. All KS4 groups should have the equivalent of two hours homework per week. Homework time could be used to complete unfinished work from class and to support, develop and enhance all aspects of the learning that has taken or will take place.
It is standard practice in the department to group these homework’s together over a period of two or three weeks. This is a way of ensuring that quality homework is produced. If homework is grouped over a number of weeks, staff will ensure that the appropriate numbers of homework reminders are given out in subsequent lessons.
As with all assessment in the department, homework will be assessed against the AQA objectives. Linking the homework to one of the objectives provides students with an opportunity to actively engage in critical and reflective thinking. This linkage will also provide the classroom teacher with additional assessment data.
A typical homework task set over a two week period: To produce development work showing an understanding of Kurt Jackson’s painting style.
Task: Explore a range of painting styles and techniques to help you work out the way you will paint onto your Kurt Jackson inspired canvas. For example; if your photograph has bushes or shrubs in the foreground – how could you paint them? You could produce a page of painted shrubs/bushes in your sketchbook, using different thicknesses of paint, brushwork, techniques, painting materials (cardboard/tissue/brush etc). You could then explain which were successful and which methods you will use on your main painting.
Pupils should produce practical outcomes informed by critical / contextual work in one or more area(s) including drawing and painting, mixed media, sculpture, installation, printmaking and photography.