Students in years 12 and 13 have their own designated work area. We believe this encourages self-motivation and independent learning, as well as being very practical in that students are able to leave their work area ready for whenever they want to work outside of scheduled lesson time.
AS and A2 have produced exceptional results at John O’Gaunt as well as producing creative, thought-provoking and highly skilled artwork from its students. Many students go onto Art College, developing very successful careers in their chosen field.
AS Art is very much foundation year, continuing with skill-based work in a wide range of media, building on the skills from previous years. Independent study is encouraged within the dedicated studio space for our art students. Here they can access books, the internet and create their own working area to be used all year round. A portfolio of work is produced for Unit 1, based on a range of tasks and activities; not least the famous trip to the scrap yard. February sees the start of the exam, Unit 2, which is aimed at showing how students think, approach and respond to a chosen question.
A2 involves working on a personal study of the students own choice for Unit 3. Previous topics have included in-depth studies of dogs and horses, sea, sky and landscapes, monsters in art, the properties of paper and many other varied and interesting areas of research. The media used has involved film, ceramics, large installations, print, paint and miniatures. There are no limitations on what we encourage our students to produce, and the results speak for themselves. Unit 4 is the external set task, starting in Feburary and culminating in a four day exam in May. Students have to exhibit their work for assessment, along with sketch books and other material undertaken over the year.