Art, Craft and Design

Introduction to the course:

(see also the Powerpoint at the bottom of this page for more detail on the summer project)

  • You will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional media, processes and techniques. You will be made aware of both traditional and new media.
  • You should explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. You may use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate.
  • You should explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This should be integral to the investigating and making processes. Your responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.
  • You should be aware of the four assessment objectives to be demonstrated in the context of the content and skills presented. You should be aware of the importance of process as well as product.

Areas of study:

Within each component, you must demonstrate evidence that you have explored critical and contextual work through a range of two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional processes and media.

  • Component 1: must show evidence of working in areas of study drawn from two or more of the endorsed titles listed below.
  • Component 2: must show evidence of areas of study drawn from one or more of the endorsed titles listed below.
  • The area(s) of study selected for Component 1 can be the same as, or different to, those selected for Component 2.
  • Skills and techniques
  • You will be expected to demonstrate skills, as defined in Overarching knowledge, understanding and skills, in the context of your chosen areas of study.
  • Fine art: for example, drawing, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking, moving image (video, film, animation) and photography.
  • Graphic communication: for example, interactive media (including web, app and game design), advertising, packaging design, design for print, illustration, communication graphics, branding, multimedia, motion graphics, design for film and television.
  • Textile design: for example, fashion design, fashion textiles, costume design, digital textiles, printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, wallpaper, interior design, constructed textiles, art textiles and installed textiles.
  • Three-dimensional design: for example, ceramics, sculpture, exhibition design, design for theatre, television and film, interior design, product design, environmental design, architectural design, jewellery/body ornament and 3D digital design.
  • Photography: for example, portraiture, landscape photography, still life photography, documentary photography, photojournalism, fashion photography, experimental imagery, multimedia, photographic installation and moving image (video, film, animation).

Summer 2021:

The first project you will do when we start back at school will have one theme, but will allow you to explore your own personal art style/direction, whether that may be more traditional fine art, photography or Graphic design.

During the first term you will explore a wide variety of art styles and then after Christmas, decide if you want to specialise (for e.g. Graphics or Photography) or stick with Art Craft and Design, which will allow you to explore all the areas within art and design.

Throughout this mini summer project, you are going to be covering all four assessment objectives, in preparation for the first project in September.

This project will make up a part of your Component One ‘portfolio’

Journal Summer Project:

What is a journal?
An art journal, or artist's journal, is a book kept by an artist as a visual, and sometimes verbal, record of her thoughts and ideas. Art journals generally combine visual journaling and writing, to create finished pages. Every imaginable style, media and technique is used by art journalists
Your Art journal can have any theme you like.
During this time, this is going to be a chance for you to document the current situation and a chance for you to explore your thoughts visually and creatively.

  • To collate a book/journal of images, reflections and thoughts about this strange time we are living in at the moment
  • To be creative and not worry about being wrong or right
  • Use things around us however much we take them for granted and don’t look at them closely to inspire our art work
  • To use as much media as we can (if you don’t have it don’t worry – use what you can)
  • Draw/paint/collage/photograph/digital art. You can work anyway you like
  • If you prefer you can even create the whole thing digitally
  • Develop our creative skills
  • Focus on skilled drawings and detail
  • Use writing/words and quotes as part of your work.
  • Each page will have a theme
  • I would expect you to produce 1/2 pages a week
  • You can add more pages of course; you can think of your own themes or use ideas from the linked PowerPoint (coming soon)

Useful Websites:

  • Tate Exam Help – This resource covers only some of the exam themes, but the ones that are on there are covered really well. It’s great to find a site with commentary linking the artists’ ideas to the theme and to one another.
  • art2day – A fantastic resource for finding fine artists and photographers to inspire students or link the their individual projects. There are sections focused on different media which you can browse through. Alternatively, there is a search function, though you have to donate to the site to gain access to this.
  • Student Art Guide – Brilliant for exemplar sketchbooks to inspire students and help demonstrate teachers’ expectations.
  • PhotoPedagogy – Aside from excellent resources for photography teachers, this site also features some great photography student sketchbooks with accompanying notes.
  • The Art Story – This website focuses on modern and contemporary artists. It has a great, clear layout making it easy to use. The Art Story is the best example I have found of presenting key information about an artist. Analysis of artists’ work and context is set-out alongside relevant biography. The writing style and ideas are accessible too. Students can get high quality information on the 319 artists currently featured.
  • Art2day
  • Tate
  • Colossal
  • The arty
  • Pinterest
  • Flickr
Art Craft and Design summer project
Year 12 Introduction to A level