Through studying Art and Design students develop a visual literacy and an understanding of the visual environment in which we live.
By exploring ideas and meanings in the work of artists, designers and craftspeople they learn about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design in contemporary times, in the past and in different cultures. We aim to stimulate creativity and imagination, instilling confidence through developing practical skills and making aesthetic decisions. Understanding can inspire a life long appreciation of the expressive arts.
In the first 3 years, pupils practically explore the formal elements of line, tone, colour, pattern, texture, shape and form.
At GCSE we offer a broad based course using a wide of materials and techniques in both 2D and 3D media including drawing, painting, printmaking, multi-media, photography, graphics, sculpture and fashion and textiles.
The GCSE consists of 60% coursework and 40% exam. The exam is a practical unit of work. Pupils select a starting point from the exam paper and produce preparatory studies before creating a final outcome during a ten hour examination.
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At A-Level pupils can continue to work using a broad spectrum of materials or they can choose to specialise and focus in on one area.
At A-Level the balance of marks also consists overall of 60% coursework and 40% exam. However, the AS currently has an 8 hour examination and the A2 a twelve hour examination.
For the International Online Art drawing course for teenagers, please visit: http://www.nsead.org/news/news.aspx?id=529
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