GCSE Art (Edexcel)

‘Painting is just another way of keeping a diary’.   (Pablo Picasso)

‘The day is an empty canvas, the shapes and colours are yours to choose’.   (Alex Noble)

In this course you will study drawing, painting, collage, printmaking and various sculpture techniques. You will also learn about artists from other times and cultures through visiting galleries and museums in London. You will learn to work in a wide variety of media, developing your techniques. This course, therefore, is an excellent base for students wishing to pursue a career in art or design based industries. These could include gallery/museum management, architecture, fashion, advertising, animation, games designer, photo journalism, 3-D industry, illustration, printer, studio painter.

Much of the work you do in this course will be familiar to you as it leads on (at a much higher level) from the work you completed in KS3.



Unit 1: Personal Portfolio (coursework – 60%)

This portfolio contains all your artwork produced during years 10-11. You will be expected to research your work and show evidence of how you have explored your ideas and developed your skills. Your supporting studies are as important as the finished pieces and so your books should be packed! You will be expected to research themes, develop personal ideas and make observations related to artists that you have studied. Independent research is a key element of this and it is essential that your work is presented to a high standard at all times.

Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment (exam – 40%)

The assignment consists of a broad based thematic starting point set by the exam board. The topic will be given to you in early February of Y11 and you will have 8 weeks of preparation time before a final 10-hour exam. Again, you preparatory material, sketches and research are as important as your final piece of work.