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Art, Design and Technology

Unleash Your Creativity

From Textiles to Fine Art and Food to Photography, develop your imaginative thinking, gain practical skills and improve your observation skills and your understanding of visual interpretation and media.

The Art, Design and Technology Curriculum

Art (Key Stage 3)

Years I - III (11-14 years) Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 the emphasis is on enjoyment. Whilst the acquirement of skills is important, we encourage experimentation where students have a go at things outside of what they believe to be their ability. The courses include, drawing, painting, three dimensional work along with visits to galleries to increase their awareness and appreciation. Once students have completed the course, they will have increased their confidence and, at the same time will have heightened their awareness across the use of a wide range of visual elements.

Art and Design (GCSE)

Years IV - V (14-16 years) Key Stage 4

Art and Design is the focus in Key Stage 4. The course requires girls to demonstrate development work, experimentation in media and concepts, observation and a presentation delivered through one full topic and a smaller topic of their choice. There is a structured framework for the first topic which encourages girls to experiment with composition, style and concepts. Utilising a wide range of media including photography and computers, girls will seek solutions through new media and work on a more ambitious scale. The second short topic will be the student’s choice and will centre around either photography, sculpture, painting or graphic design. Visits to the major London Galleries further support the course, acting as further inspiration for the girls, encouraging free thinking and creative application.

Art Textiles (A Level)

Years LVI - UVI (Sixth Form) Key Stage 5

At the start of the A Level course we encourage experimentation and risk taking with a 'Nature' themed exploration, using a variety of drawing techniques, from stick and ink through to fashion drawing. After this you can choose your own topic to take forward as your personal investigation project (worth 60% of your final grade). You will learn how to use sketchbooks to develop ideas and solutions to your topic choices, and will produce a final piece with a closely related essay of between 1000 and 3500 words. A 15 hour final controlled assessment in the Spring Term of UVI is worth 40%. A visit to the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate will provide visual stimulation and introduce you to artists who will inspire your work.

Art Textiles (GCSE)

Years IV - V (14-16 years) Key Stage 4

The Art Textiles course begins with a skills based mini project on the Textile artist Mister Finch, whose work with mushrooms is used as a starting point for learning photography, drawing, photograph editing and creating fabric samples using texture. You will then pursue a flexible, independent project for your main coursework inspired by the theme of 'The Environment' using the skills you've already developed. The end controlled assessment in the Spring Term of Year V is again a practical project, which comprises 40% of the final grade; the personal investigation being worth 60%. A trip to the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate will inspire you with a wealth of creative art.

Fine Art (A Level)

Years LVI - UVI (Sixth Form) Key Stage 5

In Key Stage 5, girls can specialise in either Fine Art, Photography, Textile Design or Graphic Design. We encourage risk taking and experimentation, building on the firm foundation already developed. Girls learn how to use sketchbooks to develop ideas and solutions to their topic choices. Girls are assessed via one coursework topic, a 15 hour final practical examination and research essay of not less than 1000 words. Again, girls will participate in regular visits to both local and London Galleries to help expand their scope and exposure to their chosen subject.

Food Preparation (Key Stage 3)

Years I - III (11-14 years) Key Stage 3

Food Preparation is an exciting and challenging subject. In Key Stage 3 you will learn how to make well presented dishes and develop into skilled, confident and knowledgeable practitioners of all things food. Knowledge of nutrition is essential and you will be taught how to maintain a healthy lifestyle by making the correct food choices and recognising the impact of your diet upon your health as a whole. The government guidelines for a healthy lifestyle are taught from Year I, along with the use of the Eatwell Guide as reference for your choices.

Food Preparation and Nutrition (GCSE)

Years IV - V (14-16 years) Key Stage 4

Understanding where your food comes from is essential and in Key Stage 4 you will study food provenance, sustainability, ethical and moral considerations and the impact of your choices upon the environment. You will also learn about the functions and chemical properties of ingredients, how to plan, budget and produce high quality dishes using a variety of local and international produce. Learning how to cook is an essential life skill. It enables you to be responsible for your own wellbeing and it encourages sociability, team work, independence and self-esteem. You will carry the skills you learn in this subject forward for the rest of your life.

Graphic Design (A Level)

Years LVI - UVI (Sixth Form) Key Stage 5

In Key Stage 5, girls can specialise in either Fine Art, Photography, Textile Design or Graphic Design. We encourage risk taking and experimentation, building on the firm foundation already developed. Girls learn how to use sketchbooks to develop ideas and solutions to their topic choices. Girls are assessed via one coursework topic, a 15 hour final practical examination and research essay of not less than 1000 words. Again, girls will participate in regular visits to both local and London Galleries to help expand their scope and exposure to their chosen subject.

Photography (A Level)

Years LVI - UVI (Sixth Form) Key Stage 5

In Key Stage 5, girls can specialise in either Fine Art, Photography, Textile Design or Graphic Design. We encourage risk taking and experimentation, building on the firm foundation already developed. Girls learn how to use sketchbooks to develop ideas and solutions to their topic choices. Girls are assessed via one coursework topic, a 15 hour final practical examination and research essay of not less than 1000 words. Again, girls will participate in regular visits to both local and London Galleries to help expand their scope and exposure to their chosen subject.

Textile Design (Key Stage 3)

Years I - III (11-14 years) Key Stage 3

The emphasis of teaching in Years I-III is on learning key skills such as using sewing machines and learning hand stitching, whilst focusing on using the work of established Textile artists as starting points for creative projects. Utilising skills in a variety of ways, you will be able to understand the means and methods by which artists make, by creating your own work inspired by them.

Art has helped me enhance my hand-eye coordination, problem solving skills, lateral thinking and complex analysis. To me, Art is a passion so it doesn't feel like work!

QM Girl

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