Grade B in Art or Art Textiles GCSE. (Not Design Technology subjects including DT Textiles GCSE)
IMPORTANT: If you have not studied Art or Textiles at GCSE you will not be eligible to study Textiles at A-Level.
Students must complete summer holiday work that will be assessed at the start of Year 12. This work is essential as it allows entry level assessment to the Textiles A-Level and ensures areas of weakness are identified early. In some instances, after the assessment of the holiday work, a student might be advised to not take this subject (even if they have achieved a grade B at GCSE). The reasons for these decisions may be based on oversubscription to the course or a level of assessment for holiday work that does not meet the basic skills requirement to study A-Level Textiles.
Sixth Form Textile Design requires students to develop the skills to:
-Record experiences and observations, mainly in visual form. -Undertake research and gather, select and organise visual and other appropriate information. -Explore relevant resources; analyse, discuss and evaluate images, objects and artefacts; make and record independent judgments. -Use knowledge and understanding of the work of others to develop and extend thinking and inform own work. -Generate and explore potential lines of enquiry using appropriate media and techniques. -Apply knowledge and understanding in making images and artefacts; review and modify work, and plan and develop ideas in the light of own and others’ evaluations. -Organise, select and communicate ideas, solutions and responses, and present them in a range of visual, tactile and/or sensory forms.
1. Go to a gallery and create an A3 gallery sheet including a study in pencil or pen made whilst standing in front of a piece of art that interests and inspires you. Add annotation around the drawing to show ideas and thoughts that go through your mind whilst looking at the work.
2. Take a set of 5 photographs as a response to the theme or composition of the artists’ work that you studied in the gallery. This could involve setting up a scenario and then photographing it or going to a location to take photos. Make sure at least 3 of these photos are close up and show detail of the object/ idea you are investigating.
3. Create one sustained A3 study or response from 2 of these photos (it can be a drawing, painting or a sculpture) in any media that suits you.
4. Self reflection task: Write about which areas of your GCSE work you felt most proud and confident. What went really well? Write about which areas of your GCSE work you struggled with. Where do you need to improve for your AS? What is it that fascinates you and what would you like your art to be about? Create an A3 page with images supporting your writing (minimum of 500 words).
5. Buy or even better make a small sketchbook and create a visual diary over the summer holiday. Try to sketch every day for about 15 minutes. Explore different media and techniques. For inspiration look at the Access Art link: http://www.accessart.org.uk/?p=13725