Course Description 

Areas covered within the specification:

Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of fine art, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

  • drawing and painting
  • mixed-media, including collage and assemblage
  • sculpture
  • ceramics
  • installation
  • printmaking (relief, intaglio, screen processes and lithography)
  • moving image and photography.

Skills and techniques

Students will be expected to demonstrate skills in all of the following:

  • appreciation of different approaches to recording images, such as observation, analysis, expression

and imagination

  • awareness of intended audience or purpose for their chosen area(s) of fine art
  • understanding of the conventions of figurative/representational and abstract/non-representational

imagery or genres

  • appreciation of different ways of working, such as, using underpainting, glazing, wash and impasto;

modelling, carving, casting, constructing, assembling and welding; etching, engraving, drypoint,

mono printing, lino printing, screen printing, photo silkscreen and lithography

  • understanding of pictorial space, composition, rhythm, scale and structure
  • appreciation of colour, line, tone, texture, shape and form.

Students should produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas of study, for example, drawing, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking, moving image (video, film, animation) and photography.

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Methods of delivery:

In class with practical lessons, theoretical research and private study portfolio development.

Homework expectations:

Students will be expected to work continuously upon their work, home work will be set as per the expectation of the college.

Trips / Visits:

These can vary from photographic tours to visits to art galleries and museums.