AQA Art GCSE enables students to explore art in a way that is personally relevant to them. It is not just about being able to draw or paint, it is about creativity and self-expression. During the year students will be given guided opportunities to try different techniques and experiment with different media. We find the students who do best on this course are able to work independently, inspired to follow their own ideas.

The course does require evidence of some drawing skill; however, this does not mean naturalistic drawing alone. This objective can be met through thumbnail drawings and sketches.

Coursework should include a variety of skills including drawing, annotation and use of sketchbooks, these along with mood boards, mind maps, artist research sheets and finished pieces form a portfolio of work. This is worth 60% of the final mark and this must contain at least one finished project. Remember work produced in every lesson in Art will go towards the final grade. Experimentation is a part of the process and you can even get marks for things that don’t work out too well

In lessons, there will be many opportunities to try out new techniques and materials. Students will also be introduced to (and then asked to reflect on) the work of other artists. Pupils will find that these skills of individual research and recording are transferable to other subjects.

A final project in the Summer term (externally set task) will reflect the values, enthusiasms and skills that each student has developed through the course. This is worth 40% of the final mark.