A Level Fine Art
A - Level Fine Art is a prerequisite that students have studied GCSE Art and achieved a grade 6 or above. Fine Art is exciting and challenging; it requires engagement with aesthetic and intellectual concepts through the use of traditional and/or digital media, materials, techniques and processes for the purpose of self-expression, free of external constraints.
The Fine Art course develops students working knowledge of materials, practices and technology within art.
Drawing skills are essential.
Students develop the skills to interpret and convey ideas and feelings using art, craft and design and also written analysis. This is in the form of critical analysis via essays, extended responses and statements and also visual accounts. Artist research and connecting your findings to your own work is mandatory. Students also develop your understanding of the place of art, craft and design in history and in contemporary society.
It is expected that students will develop as independent artists and attend the compulsory life-drawing sessions, visit museums and galleries and maintain a sketchbook and analysis book.
Exhibition of students’ work will conclude the course. Recently graduated students who have studied this subject have been successful in gaining places on degree courses such as Art and Architecture at universities such as Bristol and Westminster as well as Art Foundation courses at Camberwell and Ravensbourne Colleges.
Painting and Drawing
- Some of the following paint qualities — plasticity, opacity, translucence, malleability and transparency of the media
- The relationships between hues, tints and tones
- The use of a range of tools with which to apply paint, such as brushes, knives, sponges, fingers and rags
- Some of the following materials for drawing — graphite, wax crayon, oil pastel, soft pastel, aquarelle, charcoal, ink, chalk, conté crayon, paint and dyes.
- Surface qualities and the transmission of the qualities of block, plate or screen to a printing surface such as paper or fabric
- The appropriateness of the medium to images and the ability to realise the full potential of their ideas through the techniques of printmaking
- Some of the following printing processes: screen printing — in which stencils are used to control the distribution of ink; intaglio printing — in which lines are incised into blocks or plates; relief printing — in which the image is transferred via the raised surface of the block.
- Producing forms in three dimensions, utilising volume, space, materials and movement
- Some of the following processes — fixing or joining materials such as card, metals and plastics using processes such as soldering, brazing, welding, gluing, jointing, riveting and bolting.