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Impington Village College

Visual Arts

A Bit About Us

The aim of the Visual Arts Faculty is to enable every student to develop the skills to achieve his/her full potential in Visual Arts regardless of external factors such as gender and ability.

Aims

  • Encourage students to gather, store, process and present information through activities in a range of contexts.
  • Provide students with opportunities to analyse, design, film, implement and document progress in relation to each discipline.
  • Encourage students to develop an understanding of the wider applications and effects of Visual Art and Media.
  • Encourage students to solve problems through personal exploration and investigation.

Student Objectives

  • Provide skills that relate not only to examination criteria but to the wider demands in everyday life.
  • Choose learning experiences that build upon previous work and students' present knowledge and understanding.
  • Provide specific opportunities for students to take on responsibility for their own learning by encouraging the development of research, practical and investigative skills.
  • Provide opportunities for students to use information/skills independently and to show awareness of how to implement taught techniques for individual success.
  • Provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding.
  • Provide opportunities for students to develop their awareness and understanding of Visual Arts and Media.
  • Promote the values inherent in the ethos of Impington Village College

The Team 

Lead Practitioner

 
Alison Elmslie
aelmslie@impington.cambs.sch.uk

Teachers

 
Kathryn Aybak
Debbie Jones
Matthew Mabbott
Steven Creamer
Catherine Draper
kaybak@impington.cambs.sch.uk
djones@impington.cambs.sch.uk
mmabbott@impington.cambs.sch.uk
screamer@impington.cambs.sch.uk
cdraper@impington.cambs.sch.uk

Support Staff

 
Emily Peirce epeirce@impington.cambs.sch.uk

  Curriculum

The Visual Arts believes in offering students as wide a range of materials, techniques and processes as possible. Within the Visual Arts painting, photography, Photoshop, film production, printing making, textiles and ceramics are activities experienced by all pupils through thematically based projects.

KS4 Curriculum

At GCSE, in Fine Art students follow the EDEXCEL exam board syllabus, allowing for a wide variety of individual responses and development of personal skills. There is also an opportunity to study Photography (digital and analogue) within our curriculum. It is important to us that students are able to access their learning through a wide variety of media and materials, demonstrating mastery in techniques and critical thinking skills.

At GCSE, in Media Studies students follow the OCR exam board syllabus, allowing for key practical skills to be learned support by theoretical studies.

Students working with us will have the opportunity to participate in artist lead workshops, study trips and attend extra-curricular opportunities.

Home Learning Pledges

The home work is an opportunity for students to share their creative work at home. There is an aspect of choice in many of the homeworks set so students can work in a method that suits their learning style and the learning ability- so they can build their sense of confidence and achievement.

Year 7 and 8: 1 hour every 3 weeks

Year 9: 1 hour every 2 weeks

Year 10 and 11: 3 hours every 2 weeks

 GCSE Art

What will I learn?

  • Students will learn how to express and develop a personal visual imagery, using a wide variety of approaches.
  • These may include both 2 and 3 dimensions, using processes and materials such a printmaking, textiles, wire, wax, photography (digital and analogue), ceramics, watercolours, inks, acrylic and pastels.
  • Students may want to focus on a particular area such as painting, photography, ceramics or graphics.
  • Students will also learn about art and artists from a variety of cultures.

How will I learn?

In the core course the four main study areas students will develop are:

  • Investigation - The ability to record from direct observation and from their own experience and imagination and to select from these elements to communicate their feelings and thoughts; students personal response to an idea, theme or project in a visual form.
  • Experimentation - Students will have the opportunity to develop ideas in different materials. Students should be prepared to take risks as they learn how to select and control these materials.
  • Documentation - Students will be asked to keep a constant record of their process of working in sketchbooks books, which will show that they can find, use and develop visual references.
  • Realisation - Students will use all their ideas to make a major piece of artwork.

GCSE MEdia 

This contemporary, accessible and creative course has been designed with teachers and learners in mind following extensive consultation. This specification will allow learners to study the media in an academic context and apply the knowledge and understanding gained to the process of creating their own media production.

What will I learn?

  • demonstrate skills of enquiry, critical thinking, decision-making and analysis
  • acquire knowledge and understanding of a range of important media issues
  • develop appreciation and critical understanding of the media and how media products reflect the social, cultural, historical and political contexts in which they are produced
  • understand and apply specialist subject-specific terminology to analyse and compare media products and the contexts in which they are produced and consumed in order to make informed arguments, reach substantiated judgements and draw conclusions about media issues
  • appreciate how theoretical understanding supports practice and practice supports theoretical understanding
  • develop practical skills by providing opportunities for creative media production.

Course structure

Assessment 1: Textual analysis 35% of total GCSE

Learners will explore how media products follow generic conventions, use media language, represent events, issues, places, individuals and social groups, address audiences and reflect their industrial context.

Assessment 2: Exploring media 35% of total GCSE

Learners will explore the range of media forms to exemplify media industry issues and practice creative tasks showing their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework (media language, representation, audiences and media industries) as it applies to each form.  Learners will apply the theoretical framework and theoretical perspectives to three in-depth studies.

Assessment 3: Creating media 30% of total GCSE

Learners will create media products through applying knowledge and understanding of media language and representation from the theoretical framework to express and communicate meaning to an intended audience.

GCSE Photography 

What will I learn?

  • Students will learn how to express and develop a personal photographic imagery, using a wide variety of approaches.
  • These may include using processes and materials such digital and analogue photography and we do have a traditional darkroom and a photographic computer suite.
  • Students may want to focus on a particular area such as 35mm fim, cyanotypes, photoshop edits, graphic or image manipulation.
  • Students will also learn about Photography and Photographers from a variety of cultures.

How will I learn?

In the core course the four main study areas students will develop are:

  • Investigation - The ability to record from direct observation and from their own experience and imagination and to select from these elements to communicate their feelings and thoughts; students personal response to an idea, theme or project in a visual form.
  • Experimentation - Students will have the opportunity to develop ideas in different materials. Students should be prepared to take risks as they learn how to select and control these materials.
  • Documentation - Students will be asked to keep a constant record of their process of working in sketchbooks books, which will show that they can find, use and develop visual references.
  • Realisation - Students will use all their ideas to make a major piece of photographic work.

 GCSE Textiles

What will I learn?

  • Students will learn how to express and develop a personal visual imagery, using a wide variety of approaches to using specific textiles techniques. Textiles Design encourages students to respond to specialist textile briefs. To do this, students will learn more about textile materials, and the techniques and processes that go into making them.
  • These may include both 2 and 3 dimensions, using processes such a batik, weaving, applique and Dyeing.
  • Textile involves manipulating materials and their structures and creating visual effects. Think about all the textiles available– not just in the clothes that you wear. From curtains to bedding, carpets to wall coverings, textiles can be designed and made to create hundreds of different effects to fulfil many different purposes.
  • Students will be strongly encouraged to explore and experiment from an early stage in the course. Students will be encouraged to gain experience in various processes and to explore further skills like printing fabrics, image transfer, constructing of garments, creating your own patterns and creating accessories and clothing.

How will I learn?

In the core course the four main study areas students will develop are:

  • Investigation - The ability to record from direct observation and from their own experience and imagination and to select from these elements to communicate their feelings and thoughts; student’s personal response to an idea, theme or project in a visual form.
  • Experimentation - Students will have the opportunity to develop ideas in different materials and fabrics. Students should be prepared to take risks as they learn how to select and control these materials and/or fabrics.
  • Documentation - Students will be asked to keep a constant record of their process of working in sketchbooks books, which will show that they can find, use and develop visual references.
  • Realisation - Students will use all their ideas to make a major piece of textiles design.