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Fine Art

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences and explore a range of fine art media, techniques and processes.

Candidates will explore relevant images, along with artefacts and resources relating to fine art, past and present, European and non-European. This will be integral to the investigating and making process allowing the candidates to demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Students will explore drawing using a variety of methods and media and should use sketch books/workbooks/journals to underpin their work and realise the importance of ‘process’ as well as ‘product’. Areas of study include:

  • Painting and drawing
  • Mixed media, including collage and assemblage
  • Mono-printing
  • Photography


  • Appreciation of colour, tone, texture, shape and form
  • Understand pictorial space and composition
  • Different approaches to recording images, such as observation, analysis, expression and imagination
  • Understanding the conventions of figurative/representative and abstractive/non-representational imagery or genres.

Knowledge and Understanding

  • How ideas and feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts
  • Historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres
  • How images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts and to the time and place in which they were made
  • Continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions relevant to Fine Art.
  • The working vocabulary and specialist terminology.


  • Observational drawing/painting
  • Thematic work and how to research and develop ideas.


This will be continuous over the first two terms and will make up the course work portfolio and will carry 50% of the marks. A set project will be given at the end of the Spring Term which will carry the remaining 50% of the marks.