Art: Textiles at Watford Grammar School for Girls
Awarding Body: Edexcel
This modular course allows progression from all GCSE Art subjects and GCSE Textiles, Design & Technology. The pupils who progress to study AS/A2 Textiles will have the opportunity to develop and learn new skills combining Textiles and Fine Art.
The aims of the course are to:
• Encourage the pupils to record and develop ideas in a work journal using a selection of wet and dry media.
• Develop a knowledge and understanding of appropriate and necessary manipulative skills for development in colour, materials and construction.
• Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of contextual reference through research into the work of others extracting useful information about their working methods.
• Create, select and manipulate textiles across a variety of practices, embracing both traditional and contemporary technologies.
• Use one or a combination of the textile disciplines, constructed, dyed and printed textiles to produce a final outcome/s.
Some of the techniques and processes that will be available to the pupils are:
• Screen-printing - Printing that involves using a selection of mesh screens and squeegee’s with a range of stencils and printing inks that result in beautiful fabric prints.
• Mono printing - Using large sheets of plastic glass or tiles with Lino printing inks to create delicate, simple prints onto different papers or fabrics.
• Lino printing - Using Lino and a selection of specialist cutting tools to create bold prints in a selection of colours.
• Batik - Resist technique using hot wax, specialist drawing tools and fabric.
• Appliqué - A fabric collage using stitching and decoration.
• Weaving - Using a selection of fabrics, threads and wool’s to create experimental woven pieces.
• Rug making - Using rags and materials to create an image or a decorative design within a rug.
• Felt making - Using sheep’s wool, dyes and a traditional process to create a simple yet bold piece.
• Sewing - Using a machine and hand stitching to create simple or unusual garments from the textiles the pupil has created.
• Quilting - Combining fabric and machine embroidery to form a three dimensional outcome.
Many other crafts such as silk painting, paper making and fabric embellishment can also be explored. The course is supported by our Artist in Residence, Sian Fenwick, who introduces current and exciting techniques from the commercial art world.
Students must have a grade B or above in Art or Textiles.
Advanced Subsidiary (AS)
Unit 1 - Coursework
Unit 2 - Externally set assignment
• Unit 1 is internally set and externally moderated. It will count for 60% of the AS or 30% of the A2.
• Unit 2 is the culmination of the AS course. It is an externally set paper that concludes in an eight hour examination of un-aided work. It is internally marked and externally moderated.
• The examination counts for 40% of the AS or 20% of the A2.
At the end of Year 12 the students will gain an AS qualification, unless they choose to continue with A2 level. In this case, the pupil has the option to submit Units 1 and 2 and accept their AS grade before progressing onto Units 3 and 4,
they can submit Unit 2 only with a view to developing Unit 1 alongside Units 3 and 4 in order to achieve an improved grade at the end of the A2 course.
Advanced Level (A2)
The students are required to submit 2 further units of work.
Unit 3 - Coursework
Unit 4 - Externally set assignment
• Unit 3 is internally set and externally moderated. It will consist of a collection of coursework that includes practical work alongside a personal study of creative writing. It will count for 30% of the A2.
• Unit 4 is the culmination of the A2 course. It is an externally set paper that concludes in a twelve hour examination of un-aided work. It is internally marked and externally moderated.
• The examination counts for 20% of the A2.
Because of the considerable coursework component, it is essential that the students are self disciplined and motivated to work independently and consistently.
Students opting to study Art Textiles have to invest in a specialist Textiles Kit to support their practical work. The deposit cheque is returned at the end of the course.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Watford Grammar School for Girls directly.