Vision and Philosophy
This is a map to show the learning journey in Art/Photography from year 6 through to further education and possible careers.
Overview of the learning journey in Photography
GCSE Photography begins with a Basic Skills Portfolio including an Introduction to Photography, Composing a Photograph and Colour Theory. This is followed by Abstraction; exploring methods used to create non-objective images. Pupils will experiment with extreme macro images and capture movement using long exposure. Students are encouraged to take creative risks, experiment more with their images and develop original methods of presenting photographic pieces. In the summer term of year 10 students begin preparation for a mock exam based on the theme of Identity; pupils experiment with hand rendering methods over photographs inspired by Rankin’s Destroy project. They also learn how to take self-portraits, beyond the selfie. They sit the 5 hour mock exam at the end of year 10 using what they have learnt in the project to create a photographic piece.
From September students work on a major project Pop Photography; a project that explores the influence of Pop Art on Photography. Students study the work of Andy Warhol- recognising how people, objects, repetition and colour can convey the appeal of popular culture. They also look at Robert Rauschenberg and start to incorporate found objects and hand rendering to create layered images that reflect their opinions on current issues. Finally, the Externally Set Assignment; a theme set by the exam board, students have 10 weeks to prepare a project and final idea, then 10 hours in exam conditions to create their piece. Previous themes have included Reflections, Fragments and Past, Present and Future.