Our aim is to promote collective and individual creativity by giving all art students the opportunity to reach the highest level of personal achievement. All students and staff of the department work together to foster an environment of inclusion and excellence where we value and provide for everyone’s diverse learning needs and aspirations. We enable them to flourish as independent learners and artists by encouraging them to think and create for themselves. Our facilities offer excellent specialist equipment for sculpture, printmaking, textiles, digital imaging and fine art within the productive and vibrant studios. We deem creativity to be an essential part of lifelong learning.
All Year 9 students follow a course in Art aimed at stimulating curiosity, interest and enjoyment in the creative process. They are introduced to Art and Design from contemporary, global and historical sources in order to develop an appreciation for the visual and tactile world. The students are provided with opportunities to use a wide range of materials and techniques including painting, digital media, printing, graphics, textiles, painting and sculpture. They are also guided to develop personal ideas independently by utilising sketchbooks. Students complete two projects within the year and are assessed at the end of each, gathering their work in a portfolio and sketchbook to represent their progress.
The current project schedule is as follows:
Title: Pop Art large-scale sculptures
Focus: 2D designing and 3D realisation
Content: Creating large scale sculptures and learning about sculptural methods.
Spring - Summer Term
Title: Fairytale illustrations
Focus: 2D drawing and printmaking
Content: Lino cut, drawing and designing
In addition to art studios for general Art and Design, the Art school has a well equipped sculpture, textile and printmaking facilities, and two IT suites. Enrichment booklets are offered alongside the scheduled projects to allow students to push their abilities and artistic thinking beyond their lessons.
GCSE Art and Design (OCR)
The department promotes creative and ambitious work in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography & film, architecture, textiles & fashion, and conceptual art. The courses are a mixture of traditional academic approaches with individually tutored personal project work.
The GCSE course gives students an opportunity to choose and develop their own specialisms from the facilities on offer. All students are encouraged to develop their own observational skills in drawing and painting. We strive to embed a sense of the joy of ‘making and doing’ and combine digital media with traditional skills required to make images - supported by modern media but not dependent upon them.
Work in all projects is initially teacher-led with the students increasingly making more of the decisions in order to develop final personal responses to the themes. In Year 11 students are encouraged to work independently with regular individual tutorials in order to select and plan their own media outcomes within the given briefs.
Assessments are completed at the end of each project using the criteria required by the exam board. Students ideally have a balance of recording, experimenting, researching and practical studies compiled as a series of sketchbooks and a portfolio of work.
At the end of the course, in Year 11, students submit a unit of coursework which represents 60% of the grade, and complete a ten-hour practical exam (in a specialist technique of their choice), usually scheduled in April or May, which represents 40% of the grade.
The current project schedule is as follows:
Autumn Term (Year 10)
Title: At the Table
Focus: 2D media experimentation
Spring/ Summer Term (Year 10)
Title: Basic Elements
Focus: Looking at the basic elements of art and learning how to incorporate these into own work
Content: Working in 2D and 3D ways to produce outcomes and increase skill level for year 11 project.
Summer project and Autumn Term (Year 11)
Title: Own personal project
Focus: Learning how to structure a project to meet the assessment
Content: Working in a own chosen specialist to a set theme
Spring/ Summer Term (Year 11)
Working on the externally set examination unit.
A LEVEL Art, Craft and Design
The subject is very popular in the Sixth Form, which includes a number of dedicated Art Scholars. Qualifications and portfolios lead to a variety of higher education courses at the best colleges. Recent successes include pupils achieving selection for the Royal Academy of Arts online summer show, and admissions for Architecture, The Ruskin School of Art, St Martin’s, Kingston and other leading colleges.
The department works in close co-operation with DT, taking advantage of a full wood, metal and plastics workshop and access to a 3D printer. Many pupils utilize the facilities to produce work that is not part of the examination system and are supported by a range of specialist staff. The diversity and high standards are achieved with the support of exhibitions, regular trips and visits by artists and designers, seminars and competitions.
Art and Design requires commitment and independent thinking which can be beneficial to a wide range of career choices. Candidates need to possess a lively, enquiring mind and creative understanding in order to pursue projects and work independently on their ideas.
The course syllabus progresses naturally from GCSE but also accommodates those students studying Art for the first time. It is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of candidates including those who will take up further studies in courses where creativity is important. Careers in which Art and Design are important include: architecture, interior design, fashion and textiles, jewellery design, fine art, graphic design, history of art, illustration, 3D design, theatre and costume, media studies, advertising, publishing and museum/restoration work.
We offer a general Art and Design syllabus which allows the students to initially explore a wide range of skills and techniques including painting, print-making, 3D design, digital media, sculpture, mixed media and textiles.
The course consists of two units of coursework; a practical portfolio and a written assignment which makes up 60% of the final grade. The externally set examination is worth the remaining 40% of the final grade.
Lens and Light-based Media (Edexcel)
Digital Photography: Lens and Light-based Media requires commitment and independent thinking which can be beneficial to a wide range of career choices. Candidates need to possess sound IT skills with an enquiring mind and creative ability in order to develop projects and work individually on their ideas. The course syllabus accommodates those students who have prior knowledge of digital media or are studying digital media for the first time.
At Gordonstoun we offer a general digital photography syllabus which allows the students to explore a wide range of skills and techniques including aperture, shutter speed, lighting, composition, rule of thirds, research skills and Photoshop skills. Independently-led projects encourage students to push the boundaries of the medium in exciting and unusual pathways.
A Level Photography Year 1
One Internally set coursework unit to develop high level skills and become familiar with the assessment objectives.
Start Personal Investigation
A Level Photography Year 2
Unit 1: Extend and develop Personal Investigation (portfolio of work and written assignment) worth 60%
Unit 2: Externally set Task worth 40%