Textiles, in many forms, tells us of our past, present and future, shaping and influencing our lives in significant ways.
Textiles has the potential to influence human behaviour. It can evoke emotion and provoke action. Textiles empowers us to notice, question, interact and respond to the world around us. It is a way of understanding and expressing our existence. Artists use their heads, hands and hearts, to varying degrees, during the creative process. Textiles appeals to both the body and mind. To engage with a work of art a viewer also employs a range of senses.
Opportunities for play are essential to a child’s development. But as we grow-up purposeful play is often dismissed. Being creative – being able to bring something new and with value into the world – requires a willingness to explore and experiment, to test out expectations and boundaries, to detect new possibilities; to engage with the world with wonder and curiosity. Artists embrace their craft as a way of understanding the potential of materials, ideas and technologies.
Here at Hebburn Comprehensive Textiles Department, we encourage our pupils to explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. We pride ourselves on investigating a diverse range of issues and ideas from which to develop a wide variety of subject specialist skill..Pupils learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across different times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made.
Pupils reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively, intelligently and independently.
We cultivate effective partnerships with professional Creatives, including working with ex-students, participating in local exhibitions and competitions, regular visits to current art exhibitions and local colleges, in order to raise pupils’ expectations of potential career paths and to develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich our lives
Art, Craft & Design 8204
Key Stage 4
We offer an exciting course giving pupils the opportunity to work in a wide range of textile design materials and techniques. We cover 2 projects during the 2 years and one further study unit, encouraging independent learning and personal expression.
There are two components:
Component 1 Portfolio: produce a sustained project and a selection of further work that represents the course study. This is worth 60% of your overall marks.
Component 2 Externally set assignment:
There is a separate externally set task paper. It features seven tasks, and pupils have to complete one of them. Pupils get preparation time, plus 10 hours of supervised time. This is worth 40% of the total marks.
Projects are based on past paper questions and themes.
Year 10 Pupils are introduced to the sewing machines and a broad range of media, methods and techniques, including printing, tie dye, fabric painting, fabric manipulation and embroidery. All techniques are developed throughout the GCSE course. Pupils become familiar with the assessment criteria from the AQA Art & Design specification and learn the process of how marks are awarded at GCSE. Pupils are encouraged to be experimental, creating test pieces that are recorded/annotated to help refine ideas that will be developed in the future, recorded on an A2 sheet.
Project 1 – ‘Pop Art T-shirt’.
Pupils are encouraged to work independently, enquiring, researching, reflecting and evaluating their own progress as their work develops. In each assessment objective, pupils are encouraged to actively engage in the creative process. Pupils will use previous knowledge and understanding to explore and acquire a variety of textile processes and techniques that will aid their design progression to complete their final outcome, a pop art t-shirt.
Pupils record their ideas and observations through drawings, written annotations, experimental samples on A2/A3 sheets, and are encouraged to adjust these throughout the year as their ideas, thought, and opinions progress. Skills that must be seen on the final t-shirt include tie dye, printing, hand embroidery & embellishments.
Term 1: formal elements, evaluating and assessing own work, sewing machine work, printing, tie dye, fabric painting, embroidery, fabric manipulation – slashing, weaving, layering and Suffolk puffs.
Term 2&3: research artists who explore Pop Art in their work, collect images and information, take own photographs, work independently, design, refine, analyse, material experiments, tie dye, printing, hand embroidery, embellishments, Photoshop editing, outcome t-shirt.
Pupils are again encouraged to actively engage in their own creative process, in order to become effective and independent thinkers.
Year 11 Project 2 – ‘Architecture’.
Project 2 focuses on architecture where pupils will use their own photography of buildings, church windows and derelict doorways to create a large, textural wall hanging. Pupils research contemporary and historical artists/designers to help inspire and inform their work to help generate ideas for their final outcome. Pupils will explore various materials & techniques to reflect the texture of their chosen architecture. Like in the previous project, pupils work will document their work on A2/A3 sheets.
Term 1&2: batik, image transfer, applique, fabric painting, free machine embroidery, stencilling, embellishments, hand embroidery, collage, experimental textures, trip to take photographs of architecture, outcome wall hanging. Course work is worth 60% of the overall GCSE grade.
Term 3: Beginning an independent project based around the AQA exam paper. Approximately 3 months to complete. Worth 40% of the overall grade
Fashion and media journalism
Hair and make-up design
New technologies are creating a whole new range of courses where art is being used in innovative ways.