Art: Fine Art

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Fact file

  • GCSEs to include a minimum Grade 4 in Art (portfolio assessment if Art not taken – contact the subject leader for more information)
  • This course focuses on predominantly two-dimensional media and we encourage exploring multi-disciplines – painting, drawing, print, photography, stitch and papercutting
  • Students are required to complete a written element within the course, so a Grade 4 in English Language is advantageous Course

Course summary

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
Scott Adams

The Fine Art course mainly focuses on drawing, painting and mixed media artwork and is designed to follow on naturally from GCSE Art and Design. It is a challenging course intended to prepare you for further studies in the creative industry.

You will develop a variety of skills, both practical and academic. You will extend and add to your knowledge of materials, techniques and practices that you’ve already gained at GCSE. We will encourage you to develop your imaginative and creative powers. You will learn how to observe and draw the world around you; how to analyse artwork; how line, shape, colour, light and shade can be employed to create effective pieces of artwork. The emphasis is always on direct observation – recording from real life.

Assessment is based on your practical work so commitment, dedication, enthusiasm and organisation – as well as creativity – will be important qualities to maintain throughout the year. You will be expected to complete at least three to five hours of independent study every week to meet the demands of this course.