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KS 3
About the course
The KS3 course develops creativity and interest in the subject and builds the skills of pupils through a range of projects. The projects are varied; textiles, print making, graphic design, illustration as well as the formal elements such as painting and drawing.

What they will learn
Students will look at varied aspects of the world of art and culture both contemporary and classical. Your son will be asked to research and respond to work in a personal way focusing on understanding the meaning of the works. Students in year 9 will consolidate the skills they have learnt in a GCSE style project giving them the skills to thrive if they choose art at GCSE.

Outside of class we run KS3 Art clubs which allows students to explore new skills, such as Photography and how to use the dark room, to life drawing. We have excellent links with a number of galleries in the area, with opportunities to exhibit art and work with artists on a range of topics. We currently have work displayed on Old Street underground station as part of Art on the Underground project.

How it will be assessed
The course is designed around the National Curriculum and assessed using the National Curriculum levels.

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KS 4
About the course
We encourage students to work individually and train them to have the skills of an artist/ creative. The course is driven by the students’ interests and projects develop as the students’ understanding of a theme improves. Students in the past have created political work about government cuts and youth culture. Others have focused on their surrounding from photography of Old Street to drawings of their local area and everything in between.

Outside of class we run KS3 Art club on a Tuesday which allows students to explore new skills, such as Photography and how to use the dark room, to life drawing. We have excellent links with a number of galleries in the area, with opportunities to exhibit art and work with artists on a range of topics.

What they will learn
You will learn a range of skills, exploring different mediums such as ink, oil, pastel and pencil, when drawing, to painting and making sculptures and we have introduced wide range of print making, such as lino cut and screen printing alongside photography workshops. You will be able to analyse art and use it to inspire your own work. You will also understand why artists work in different styles and how they inspire the world around them, from artwork, adverts, politics and even clothing.
What skills will I need to develop to succeed in Art?

To succeed in art you will have to be confident when faced with a challenge.
Other skills include.
• Good drawing, making, photography or painting skills
• Research art, culture and events work and be able to give your opinions on them.
• Able to present your ideas clearly
• Able to explain your thoughts and ideas
• Happy to experiment when trying new skills

How it will be assessed
Coursework based with one practical exam at the end of year 11.
Coursework: 60% of final mark
Examination: 40% of final mark

Exam board
Edexcel

Future Career Paths in subject
Education
GCSE Fine Art, A Level, Art and Design at CFBS
Foundation courses and University to do any creative subjects.

Employment
Fine Art gives you the creative and thinking skills so you will be able to do any creative job, such as graphic designer, making adverts, magazines or packaging, interior designer, fashion designer, website designer or game designer. You could work for a film studio designing monsters or futuristic worlds. Designing and making sets and props at a theatre or for TV. Working for a brand, like Nike, designing trainers or football kits. Work in a gallery, museum, theatre, or you could be an artist.

There are many companies in London and especially the Old Street area, the opportunities are endless.

Head of Department:
Mr Coyle

Email:
coyler@cfbs.islington.sch.uk

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