The Art Department vision at EGS is for all students to have a broad and balanced art curriculum and to enable all students to have a lifelong love of learning and to engage with the world around them. To provide all students with the creative skills and opportunities to achieve their full potential, exceed their expectations and to leave EGS with an appreciation of Art, Craft and design.
Art Through The Key Stages
The department strives to promote and develop the knowledge and understanding of all learners. Students are motivated to become independent learners and use their creativity to make more informed decisions. Students develop their ideas through contextual studies and observations, with all students encouraged to achieve their full potential. The art work of students from across all the Key Stages is annually celebrated in the Enfield Grammar School ADT Exhibition at the end of each academic year
The department delivers a KS3 Art curriculum that serves as a platform for learning at a higher level. Students concentrate on developing an understanding of the formal elements of Art. All schemes of work provide opportunities to draw from primary and secondary observation. Students are taught the importance of selecting, collating and presenting visual information. Contextual studies underpin all schemes of work and students learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures and to understand the contexts in which they were made. Students develop their ideas by using the inspiration of artists and designers and learn to reflect critically on the work of others work, both verbally and in written form using subject specific vocabulary. There are opportunities for students to work in two and three dimensions and to experiment with a wide variety of traditional and digital, materials and processes
The curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop their confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They become able to self and peer assess their work and to work independently and as part of a team
- The Formal Elements of Art
- Architecture and cityscapes
- Landscape and the natural world
- Branding, Identity and Popular Culture
- Op Art (optical) and Typography
- The Human Figure
- Street Art
The Department offers the Edexcel unendorsed course in GCSE Art, Craft & Design course code 1AD0. This consists of 60% Portfolio of work (internally set) and 40% Externally Set assignment which culminates in 10 hours of unaided work under exam conditions. All units of work are internally marked by the Art Department and externally moderated by a representative of the exam board.
The courses enables students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art, Craft & Design with schemes of learning designed to build creative skills through learning and doing, developing imaginative and intuitive ways of working. Students are given the opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.
The GCSE Assessment objectives are to:
- Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources
- Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes
- Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses
- Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language
- Natural Forms
- Hundertwasser Stamp Project
- Mock Exam Project – Ordinary &/or Extraordinary
- ESA – The theme for this unit varies each year. Students are given a preparatory period of study that covers all the assessment objectives and the assignment culminates in an exam wherein students complete 10 hours of unaided work
Further Information: Edexcel GCSE Art, Craft & Design 1AD0
The Department offers the Edexcel A level Art, Craft & Design course code 9AD0. This consists of 60% Personal Investigation and a written personal study which has a minimum of 1000 words (internally set) and 40% Externally Set Assignment with culminates in 15 hours of unaided work under exam conditions. All units of work are internally marked by the Art Department and externally moderated by a representative of the exam board.
The Art, Craft and Design course is a broad-based course exploring practical, critical and contextual work through a wide range of two and three dimensional processes and media which stem from two or more artistic subject areas.
The A Level Assessment objectives are to:
- Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding
- Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops
- Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress
- Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements
- Previous years’ exam theme
- Creative Investigation
- ESA The theme for the externally set assignment varies each year and students are given a preparatory period of study that covers all the assessment objectives. The externally set assignment culminates in an exam wherein students complete 15 hours of unaided work under examination conditions
Further information: Edexcel A Level Art, Craft & Design 9AD0