This is a chance to work with a wide range of exciting and interesting materials on a course where new skills and techniques are taught in a series of compact workshops.
Students will be encouraged to visit galleries; school trips are planned to London or and Paris. Learning from the work of others is intergral to the course. Students are then enabled to follow their own paths with a wider vision.
- Fine Art: Drawing and painting using a range of techniques and styles. You will use a range of mediums, including oil, chalk, pastel, charcoal, pencil, acrylics, mono-printing, etching and water colours.
- Textiles: Batik, screen printing, felt making, silk painting, weaving, free machine embroidery.
- Sculpture: Clay, card, wire construction, plaster.
- ICT: use of Abode Photoshop, digital camera.
- Design: Aspects of design e.g. architecture, graphics, text, posters, packaging, related ICT.
- Research: As part of the programme of study, students must research and leanr from investigations into the work of other artists, crafts persons and designers.
At AS Level, the Edexcel specification has two components:
Component 1: Portfolio coursework: 60% of marks at AS. Students must produce work in at least two of the areas listed above and produce relevant outcomes.
Component 2: Externally set Examination: 40% of marks at AS. Set by the board, a series of starting points distributed on 1st February. A lead-in or preparation time to allow for investigation and idea development followed by 10 hours of unaided supervised time to produce a finished outcome. Preparation work must stop at the beginning of the first session and be stored securely with the exam officer between exam sessions.
At A Level, the Edexcel specification has two components:
- Component 1: Personal investigation: 60% of marks. This is a practical investigation supported by written material. Students are required to produce in depth investigations into an idea, issue, theme or concept of their choosing. This will be supported by a written response of 3000 words max of continuous prose.
- Component 2: Externally set Examination: 40% of marks: Set by the board, a series of starting points distributed 1st February. A lead-in or preperation time, followed by a supervised exam of 15 hours where students work unaided to produce a finished outcome. Preperation work must finish at the beginning of the first session and be stored securely with the exam officer between exam sessions.
- Students at Tapton invariably follow a very individual course of study, using the initial workshops to extend , develop skills and techniques., and support the developments of ideas. contextual studies are at the core of our teaching in a very practical way.
Grade 5 at GCSE, in Art and Design or a related subject e.g. Tech Graphics or Textiles, although students with extenuating circumstances, and the right attitude could do well, and might be accepted.
Students require a D grade in the AS Level or in their end of year exam to progress from Year 12 to Year 13.
Progression in Art and Design is diverse.
Students often attend further study at foundation level to further develop skills and decide a direction which could range from Architecture or theatre and costume design through Fine Art, to Fashion, or interior furnishings or graphic and product design. The opportunities are very wide. Many of our students have progressed on to direct entry to study Architecture, Marketing, Interior Design, Fashion etc.