Fine Art

GCSE Fine Art is all about developing visual ideas and for those individuals who enjoy making practical piece of artwork.

The main areas are drawing and painting, mixed-media, printmaking and sculpture; with many opportunities to integrate digital photography and animation into your work.  An enquiring mind and a willingness to learn new techniques is essential.  You will learn about artists from the past and about contemporary artists too.

Module Year 9
1 Skills carousel
2 Skills carousel
3 Digital Generative Art
4 Printmaking


Mini project



Module Year 10

Surface/Everyday/Harmony and Dischord/Inside and Outside

Pupils will work through guided tasks that link to their chosen focus from the title above.  They will experiment with different materials to produce observational studies.  Artists that link through theme and or technique will be introduced.  Pupils should endeavour to find their own contextual artists also.


Assessment Objective 3 and 4

Pupils will spend these modules developing their ideas to produce more refined studies leading to a final outcome/s.


Skills carousel

Pupils will learn a variety of new techniques to support their existing skill set this will include sculpture, photoshop and casting.  Unit 2 will be introduced.


Pupils will sit a 5 hour mock exam to create their final response to Unit 1.

Work towards assessment objective 1 and 2 for the selected theme for unit 2 will be started.

Module Year 11

Continue to develop coursework Units 1 and 2.  Independently led topics and project

Coursework deadline end of Autumn Term.


Externally set exam paper issued to pupils.

Produce mini project investigating a topic selected from the exams 6 options.

The practical examination will take the form of a broad theme for example it could be something like “Journeys” or “Time”.  You will have eight weeks to prepare for the timed test.  At the end of the period you will sit a 10 hour timed examination during which you will produce your final piece(s) of work.  The 4 Assessment Objectives are:

  • Develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.
  • Refine ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms.
  • Respond – Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.

Coursework.  The Personal Portfolio. 

For the coursework you will complete two projects.


A portfolio built up over the course and an exam in Year 11


Practical Examination

10 hour timed exam

Weighting 40%


The Personal Portfolio

Weighting 60%


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