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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in November 2017 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

Visual Arts Year 10


Students study for the AQA GCSE qualification. At Key Stage 4 students develop their understanding of the formal elements and work from the themes ‘The Garden’, ‘Portraiture’ and ‘Still life’ to meet the assessment objectives noted below. 

Students are awarded marks as follows:

  • 60% Coursework – 2 distinct portfolios of work
  • 40% Exam – A theme that has been given, with
    preparation time followed by a 10 hour exam.

Students will end up with a minimum of 3 portfolios of work, critical studies, mounted work and final outcomes.

  • Portfolio 1 – Coursework theme 1
  • Portfolio 2 – Coursework theme 2
  • Portfolio 3 – Exam

Students are marked according to assessment objectives.

Each section is marked out of 20 marks and is worth 25% of the overall grade.

A01 – Develop their ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.
(20 Marks – 25%)

Study the work of artists/photographers for techniques composition, colour, shape etc. and apply this in your own work.

Evaluating your own work; the idea; the media; the composition; the technique and the influence of artists and photographers.

Effectively using specialist vocabulary.

Evaluating the successes and failures of your work, identifying opportunities for to improve your own work.

A02 – Refine their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes. (20 Marks – 25%)

Completing a visual brainstorm.

Drawing ideas in a variety of combinations.

Showing a range of ideas.

Developing design ideas; layout, colour and medium

A03 – Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms.
(20 Marks – 25%)

Drawing from observation.

Collecting relevant pictures.

Taking your own photographs.

Collecting magazine images.

Visiting art galleries and libraries.

Use of the Internet.

A04 – Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements. (20 Marks – 25%)

Developing an imaginative response.

Taking the best design ideas forward for your final piece.

Ability to develop a response that meets the specified exam question.

Course Books and Equipment

Students will be given worksheets at the start of the course that outline all expectations and include assessment objectives, help sheets and expectations. These can be found on the shared area in school and are given out during lessons in the form of place mats.

Students should have a set of drawing pencils, colouring pencils and basic equipment such as a sharpener, eraser, and ruler.

Students should aim to invest in a basic set of oil pastels, watercolours and acrylics so that independent study can be carried out as homework.

Events and Trips

  • GCSE support sessions
  • Visit to The Serpentine / V&A
  • Artist in residence

Visiting galleries is an imperative part of the Art GCSE course. It is important to visit artworks and make contextual links between your own work and the work of Artists throughout your GCSE course. This gains your marks in your assessment objective 1 and shows the influences that help to develop project work.