Art at Wollaston School
The two year course offers students the opportunity to develop their practical and visual skills through a range of media and techniques. Throughout the course pupils will be required to carry out a variety of visual and textual tasks as they explore their own ideas and those of other artists, designers, craftworkers and cultures. Much of the coursework is carried out through regular weekly homework tasks, in which pupils will need to have access to a variety of art materials if they are to experiment and improve their drawing, painting and making skills. Alongside the practical skills students should be encouraged to begin to collect their own books about art, to use a library, the internet or visit local art galleries or museums. We would hope that parents can support these needs in the knowledge that every homework and research task is contributing to their child’s final GCSE grade. Coursework Requirements The course is divided into two parts – the coursework, which is worth 60% of the final grade and the exam paper, which is worth 40% of the final grade. The coursework is made up of two units of work, each worth 30%. A unit might be a set of work that explores a single theme, such as ‘Still Life’; or it might be a collection of work using several themes, such as ‘Masks / Portraits and Cultures’. Much of the visual and written work is carried out in A3 sketch books, which must be brought to every lesson to support the development of each pupil’s ideas in the classroom. All units of work will be made up with research, development and exploration work and a final outcome (a painting, a sculpture, a mask etc.). The final exam requires students to carry out eight weeks of research and development work for a given theme (set by the EDEXCEL examination board) followed by a two day (ten hours) practical exam during which a final piece of art work is created from the ideas explored in the research period.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wollaston School directly.