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60% personal portfolio 

40% externally set assignment


Grades 9-1



GCSE Art contains two components:

The Personal Portfolio 60% 

Students will work on projects from themes which are set by your teachers.

For each project students will produce supporting studies (sketchbook work) and personal responses (final pieces).


The Externally Set Assignment 40%

Students will work on an externally set theme

Students will produce sketchbook work and preparatory studies for around 10 weeks

Students will have 10 hours of sustained focus to produce personal response(s)

Within each project/component students will use and experiment with a diverse range of materials, media and techniques and explore and respond to work from a wide range of artists and craftspeople. Students will need to be able to meet deadlines and work independently, imaginatively and creatively.


Please note: This option cannot be taken with Photography.


At Key Stage 3, we focus on developing students' skills through the process of experimentation, using different materials within structured projects. In Year 7 we develop basic skills in drawing, painting, pattern making and mask construction. In Year 8 we continue to build on these skills, studying art movements in more depth, and introducing clay work in the form of gargoyles. In Year 9, students are encouraged to understand artists' ideas and practices in more depth by focusing on context. They study emotion through sculpture, consumerism through Pop Art and Historical events through our War project. Skills are developed whilst retrospectively calling on experiences and knowledge gained in Years 7 and 8.