Art enjoys a prominent role at Lady Margaret School. Students and visitors to the school are met with a range of changing displays showing an impressive range of images. We aim to create a stimulating and exciting visual culture in the school. We are proud of the high quality and standard of work which students are able to create, and enjoy encouraging all students to work with their own individual style. We have specialist art teaching staff, and an art technician. We are based in four art rooms and have a student resources room.
Key Stage 3
Students joining the school in Year 7 are encouraged to be confident and versatile in their use of materials and techniques. For many it is their first opportunity to tackle art projects on a regular timetabled basis. Students are in small groups of 24 and have three 50-minute lessons during the two week timetable. They explore formal elements of line, tone and colour, always starting projects with drawing from observation. Students create one project each term and work using paint, printmaking and sculpture. Projects are inspired by the work of other artists. Projects are marked at the end of each term with a National Curriculum level. Homework is set once every two weeks and is marked with a comment and a National Curriculum level. House points are awarded for outstanding quality homework.
Years 8 and 9
Students in Year 8 and 9 build on this foundation with four 50-minute lessons during the two week timetable. Over the two years they study a range of projects based on the work of artists across the world and work on analysing media and popular culture.Students continue to develop their command over a range of two and three-dimensional media including printing and sculpture. At the end of Year 9 pupils compile their portfolio of work and sit a drawing exam in order to determine their final Key Stage National Curriculum level. Students receive guidance in pursuing the subject at GCSE and usually around 40 Year 9 students follow this route.
Students continue to develop their creativity and imagination. They are taught to expand and improve their practical and critical skills. Students extend their experiences of materials, processes and practices in many exciting ways. Throughout the year they will develop their critical abilities and express opinions on the work of other artists linked to their own ideas.
Students will create three main projects throughout the year that are marked at the end of each term with a national curriculum level.
In studying these projects students should:
- Develop their observational drawing skills
- Develop and improve painting, printmaking and sculpting skills
- Improve the quality of their written analysis of relevant artists and designers.
Students are set homework once every two weeks, this work links to the theme of the current project studied. Homework is marked with a National Curriculum level. House points are awarded for outstanding quality homework.
Key Stage 4
Studying GCSE Art at Lady Margaret School is a popular and exciting course. We encourage students to develop as artists exploring a range of media and approaches working with an individual style. Students create a portfolio of coursework throughout the duration of the course. All work created in lessons and for homework is coursework.
Groups of around 20 students study the Edexcel Fine Art course. Students have one double lesson and one single 50-minute lesson every week.
Throughout the GCSE course students experience using the following media: drawing with varied materials, photography, Photoshop manipulation of their own photography, acrylic painting, sculpture using varied media, screen printing etc. Students are set homework once every week in order to create one sketchbook for each project, which forms part of the coursework. Homework is marked with a comment and a grade.
Students create three units of coursework, exploring a range of media and processes. All projects begin by drawing from direct observation and are developed through experimentation using varied media. Students research the work of relevant artists, analysing the artist’s work and making connections to their own. A final piece of artwork such as painting, sculpture or print is created in order to complete each project. This gives the students experience working independently and developing key skills.
Students complete the final unit of coursework during the Autumn Term of Y11. The Boundaries project starts with drawing from direct observation; students take photographs in order to create personal and original artwork resulting in an ambitious final work in exam conditions. They develop their own practical artwork experimenting with a range of media, relating their own work to that of other artists. The Externally Set Examination project begins in February. Students will be supported in lessons to create a personal project and will plan the main work that will be produced in the ten hour examination
All coursework is created in lessons, and one piece of homework is set each week in the sketchbook. One coursework project is created each term, and feedback is given in order for students to monitor their own progress. Coursework accounts for 60% while the exam unit makes up the remaining 40% of the marks.
Students’ work is displayed in a GCSE Art show at the end of the two-year course in the Summer Term of Year 11. The exam board visits the school to moderate our marking of the coursework and examination projects.
During the GCSE course students are advised on opportunities at AS and A2 level. We support students to prepare a portfolio of Artwork if they are applying to study courses elsewhere after the completion of the GCSE course.
Key Stage 5
Coursework = 60% One project from September – January
Exam project = 40% One project from September – May, with a Timed Examination = 15 hours
Students create a ‘Personal study’ in which they set their own title for the unit of coursework in order to create an in-depth study on a theme of their own choice. They are required to write an essay of 3000 words which poses a question within their chosen theme, researching the work of relevant artists’ work to discuss. Students then respond to their essay question and the artist’s work by creating their own practical artwork. They also present their written essay in a practical artistic way.
The Examination project will begin in February. Students will be supported in lessons to create a personal project and will plan the ‘main’ work which will be produced in the 10 hour examination.
Students are set homework once every week in order to create one sketchbook for each project, which form part of the coursework. Homework is marked with a grade.
Coursework projects are marked at the end of each term.
Students work is displayed in an A Level Art show at the end of the AS and A2 course in the summer term. The exam board visit the School to moderate our marking of the coursework and examination projects.
Students will create a portfolio of artwork which will help them to gain a place to study on an Art Foundation course. This gives students the experience working in numerous disciplines and allows them to study on a specialist Degree course. For example: Fashion Design, Illustration, Photography etc.
- Fine Art combines with almost all other A level subjects:
- Mathematics (architecture)
- Chemistry (art restoration)
- Design and Technology (design/fashion careers)
- English (publishing, teaching)
- History of Art