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Art A Level * FEES PAYABLE* at Oundle School

Course description

The Art course in the Sixth Form is exciting and flexible. It progresses naturally from the philosophies and approaches adopted at GCSE. We encourage and expect pupils to pursue personal paths. There are considerable opportunities open to them in terms of the range and scale of the work they may undertake. Art is a subject that encourages individuals to be creative, reflective, communicative and appreciative of the world around them. A yearly study trip for the Sixth Form artists is usually arranged during the October Long Exeat: destinations have included Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, Florence, Venice and New York.

At the start of the course there is a series of lectures outlining the main trends and developments in Western European Art. Pupils undertake analytical drawing from still life and the model throughout the course. Pupils must have a genuine interest in, and commitment to, the subject. They need to spend considerable time outside formal lessons researching, developing ideas and producing studies. Pupils are encouraged to attend a range of talks and discussions on Art at regular Yarrow Society meetings as well as attending exhibitions held in the Yarrow Gallery.

Course content

(01) Fine Art, Personal Investigation. There are two elements to the Personal Investigation:

 Portfolio

 Related Study Portfolio.

This is the practical work undertaken throughout the course. The portfolio contains all of the development and experimental preparatory work that has been carried out. Pupils are expected to develop a personal response based on a personally chosen theme leading to a finished realisation. There is no restriction on the scale of work produced but pupils should select carefully, organise and present work to ensure that they provide evidence of meeting all four assessment objectives in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture as well as digital work. Related Study.

The purpose of the related study is to enable pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of art historical movements, genres, practitioners and artworks and how they have influenced their own work whilst working on their practical work. It also builds their understanding of the relationship between society and art: art historical terms, concepts and issues; methods of researching, investigating and analysing; and how works are interpreted and evaluated in an illustrated essay of three thousand words.

(02) Fine Art, Externally Set Task An examination paper is released on 1st February in the year of certification. Pupils choose a starting point to begin their investigation. Pupils should develop their ideas as fully as possible, experimenting with ideas, materials and techniques to refine their skills in preparation for the fifteen-hour practical examination. An accompanying essay of no fewer than one thousand words should also be completed before the exam period, outlining the work of artists and craftspeople who have been of influence.

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 11 November 2016
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