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Art, Photography and Textiles (Art)

Meet the Staff

Tabatha Gravener - Head of Art, Photography and Textiles. Teacher of Art, Textiles and Photography

Rhys Phillips - Head of Media. Teacher of Art, Media and Photography

Debbie Sweet - Teacher of Textiles

Amanda Lockhart - Teacher of Art

Tobias Pyrke - Teacher of Art

Karen Metcalf - Art Technician 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Years 7 & 8

Photography

At Lipson during year 7 and 8 Art classes we make sure that all students gain a rich and varied Art education. Students will all learn key artistic skills such as drawing, painting, sculpture, printing, photography and digital Art techniques. Students will also learn the importance of design, research, analysis and review leading to a more sophisticated view of their own work and their lives in general. Students will learn about presentation, work together in groups and create mini exhibitions of their work. Students will begin to design and explore individual outcomes and respond to personalised targeting and questioning.

Years 9, 10 & 11

KS4 Exam Board - AQA

GCSE Art

GCSE Art provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in ways that are both personally relevant and developmental in nature.

This two-unit specification enables students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art – to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.

Assessment is by Unit 1: Portfolio of Work (Unit 2: Externally Set Task)

It is a strong foundation for further progression to Art and Design related courses such as A-level Art and Design and enhanced vocational and career pathways. This is the preferred pathway for all students thinking about a career in the creative industries.

The GCSE Art course offered at Lipson is tailored to our students in order to create a varied, exciting and imaginative art education in Key Stage 4. At Lipson we pride ourselves on our individual approach to teaching and learning.

Students opting to take Art as a GCSE will learn a wide range of skills and techniques as well as exploring a range of artists and movements.

Students will develop their ability to use a large selection of traditional artistic processes but will also be expected to work in the more modern digital media as well.

By the end of the course students will have produced two separate coursework projects and one exam project.

 

GCSE Art Textiles

GCSE Art Textiles provides students with the opportunity to explore the world of textiles products by looking at woven, knitted, stitched, printed or decorative textiles that might have a functional or non-functional purpose.

This two-unit specification enables students to develop their ability to actively engage in textiles based processes. Students will build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding to realise personal intentions relevant to the textile design and their selected area(s) of study.

Assessment is by Unit 1: Portfolio of Work (Unit 2: Externally Set Task)

It is a strong foundation for further progression to fashion design, design and applied arts-related courses such as A-level Textiles and enhanced vocational and career pathways.

The GCSE Textiles course offered at Lipson is tailored to our students in order to create a varied, exciting and imaginative art education in Key Stage 4. At Lipson we pride ourselves on our individual approach to teaching and learning.

Students opting to take Textiles as a GCSE will learn a wide range of skills and techniques as well as exploring a range of designers and cultural traditions.

By the end of the course, students will have produced two separate coursework projects and one exam project.

  

Years 12 & 13

 

AQA Fine Art A-Level

AQA A Level Fine Art leads into many creative industry disciplines, such as:

Advertising, Animation, Archaeology, Architecture, Teaching, Art Therapy, Ceramic Design, Sculpture, Graphics, Computer Game Design, Conservation, Textile or Fashion Design, Art Technician, Display or Interior Design, Industrial Design, Film Production, Theatre Production.  Such career choices will sometimes require students to complete a Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design).

Component 1 Portfolio worth 60% of the total mark

Each student must include in their portfolio:

1. a selection of thoughtfully presented work that demonstrates the breadth and depth of the course of study

2. at least one extended collection of work or project, based on an idea, concept, theme or issue. This should demonstrate the student’s ability to sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation. It should include evidence of their ability to research and develop ideas and link their work in a meaningful way to relevant critical/contextual materials. Portfolios may also include:

a) critical/contextual work, which could include written material such as journals, reviews, reflections and evaluations, annotations and historical background material. Evidence may be included from books, journals, moving images, photographs, digital presentations and the internet, as well as studies made during a residency, site, gallery or museum visit.

b) sketchbooks, workbooks, journals. Alternatively, students may wish to present a series of related images mounted on sheets.

c) where appropriate to the student’s area of study, test pieces, samples, storyboards, models or maquettes.

Component 2 Externally set assignment worth 40% of the total mark

These will consist of a choice of five questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one and will be provided with examination papers on 1 February.  Following the preparatory period, students must complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time. The first 3 hours of the supervised time must be consecutive. In the 15 hours students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work.

The student will develop skills and techniques depending on their chosen field of study including

  • Painting, drawing and working in a range of 2D mediums
  • Print making
  • Sculpture
  • Instillation
  • Conceptual art
  • ability to respond to an issue, concept or ideas
  • historical and contemporary developments in the production of art as well as different styles and genres
  • how images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created
  • a working vocabulary and specialist terminology that is relevant to their chosen area of study.

In order to be successful in Fine Art you need to have a genuine passion for the subject. Although this course demands your time and commitment, we believe you will find the challenges rewarding and fulfilling. This subject provides the ideal platform for any student wishing to pursue the extensive career opportunities in the art and design or creative and visual arts field. It will also appeal to those students who have been successful at GCSE and wish to maintain a creative balance within their studies at A Level.

Entry Requirements: Level 5 in GCSE Textiles or Art preferred, 5 GCSE’s at Level 5 or above including Level 5 in English.

 

 

Edexcel Photography A-level

This creative Photography course has an emphasis on Photography as an art form, focusing on lens-based and digital-media. You will use the camera as a tool to develop your visual thought processes as well as your creative and critical abilities. The aim of this course is to develop your skills and understanding as a photographer by producing technically sound and visually enhancing photographs.

Where could this take you?

  • Portrait/ wedding and events Photographer.
  • Commercial Photographer.
  • Scientific Photographer.
  • Photojournalist/News Photographer.
  • Freelance Photographer.
  • Fine art Photographer.

You will be trained to professional standards which could lead on to employment in art, craft and design industries, media and allied sectors, or preparation for entry to higher national or undergraduate degree programmes within the arts and media disciplines. Photography would be a useful A Level to have if you are considering a career in journalism, graphic design, illustration, architecture, forensic science or television as well as photography and other creative subjects.

Component 1 Portfolio worth 60% of the total mark

Each student must include in their portfolio:

Students will explore digital media such as Photoshop and become adept at modern photo editing using both PCs and MACs. Students will explore landscape, portrait, light painting, external flash, film photography and darkroom skills, fashion and many other styles of photography. Students will learn to discuss and analyse the work of others and respond to a variety of starting points and produce high quality projects and final images. Students will have the chance to visit photographic exhibitions, work with professional photographers and exhibit their own work.

  • A selection of thoughtfully presented work that demonstrates the breadth and depth of the course of study
  • Experimentation working with digital, film based and other ways of exploring a lensed based practice.
  • Development of students own narrative within their chosen area of study.
  • An in-depth essay that explores an area within the Photography which is directly linked to students portfolio work.

Component 2 Externally set assignment worth 40% of the total mark

These will consist of a starting points provided by Edexcel which will be realised on the 1st of February. Students are then required to create a preparatory project. Following the preparatory period, students must complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time. The first 3 hours of the supervised time must be consecutive. In the 15 hours students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work.

AQA A Level Art and Design

AQA A Level Art and Design; Textiles will enable you to experience the following:  fashion design, fashion textiles, costume design, digital textiles, printed and/or dyed fabric and materials, domestic textiles and wallpaper, interior design, constructed textiles, art textiles, installed textiles

Component 1 Portfolio worth 60% of the total mark

Each student must include in their portfolio:

1. a selection of thoughtfully presented work that demonstrates the breadth and depth of the course of study

2. at least one extended collection of work or project, based on an idea, concept, theme or issue. This should demonstrate the student’s ability to sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation. It should include evidence of their ability to research and develop ideas and link their work in a meaningful way to relevant critical/contextual materials. Portfolios may also include:

a) critical/contextual work, which could include written material such as journals, reviews, reflections and evaluations, annotations and historical background material. Evidence may be included from books, journals, moving images, photographs, digital presentations and the internet, as well as studies made during a residency, site, gallery or museum visit.

b) sketchbooks, workbooks, journals. Alternatively, students may wish to present a series of related images mounted on sheets.

c) where appropriate to the student’s area of study, test pieces, samples, storyboards, models or maquettes.

Component 2 Externally set assignment worth 40% of the total mark

These will consist of a choice of five questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one and will be provided with examination papers on 1 February.  Following the preparatory period, students must complete 10 hours of unaided, supervised time. The first 3 hours of the supervised time must be consecutive. In the 10 hours students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work.

The student will develop skills and techniques depending on their chosen field of study including

  • the elements of textile design, such as shape, line, scale, colour, texture, pattern, contrast and/or repetition in relation to the chosen area of textile design
  • awareness of intended audience or purpose for their chosen area of textile design
  • ability to respond to an issue, concept or idea, working to a brief or answering a need in the chosen area of textile design
  • appreciation of the relationship of form and function and the constraints of working to a brief.
  • understanding of a variety of textile methods, such as: fabric printing, mono-printing, relief printing, screen printing and laser printing; tie-dye and batik; spraying and transfer; fabric construction; stitching, appliqué, patchwork, padding, quilting, construction, pattern making and embroidery.
  • how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts created in the chosen area of textile design
  • historical and contemporary developments as well as different styles and genres
  • how images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created
  • continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions relevant to textile design
  • a working vocabulary and specialist terminology that is relevant to their chosen area of textile design.

Skills required are an ability to communicate through the area of textiles, research skills and a passion for experimentation in all aspects of the arts. Students who have studied this course have gone on to follow degree courses in Interior Design, Contemporary Crafts, Fashion, Surface Print and Pattern, Costume for Theatre, Props and Theatrical Sets Production as well as traditional Arts based courses at institution's ranging from Falmouth to Bournemouth, Rochester to Cardiff. Some students use this subject to support their personal creativity and use the UCAS points gained to follow various degrees.

Entry Requirements: Level 5 in GCSE Textiles or Art preferred, 5 GCSE’s at Level 5 or above including Level 5 in English. 

Knowledge Organisers

Year 7 Knowledge Organiser

Year 8 Knowledge Organiser

Textiles GCSE Knowledge Organiser

GCSE Knowledge Organiser

A Level Textiles Knowledge Organiser

A level Photography Knowledge Organiser

A Level Art Knowledge Organiser