Art & Design (Art) GCE A Level
- September 2020, Full Time
You will build on your existing skills to develop new skills through the process of research and experimentation. The course encourages you to reflect upon and question how to think about and make art.
At the end of the course you get to exhibit your work in the Paston Art Show in a professional gallery setting. Trips and visits play an important part in the course. Previous trips have included visits to the Tate Modern, The Royal Academy, Amsterdam and Belin.
In your first year you will keep a work journal (sketchbook), develop ideas and analyse the work of a wide range of artists. This course explores painting, printmaking, sculpture and experimental image making, using non-art materials and research into the work of artists geared towards helping you arrive at a finished piece of work that can be hung in an exhibition. You will be taught core fine art skills including life drawing and receive encouragement and support to develop your own areas of interest.
The A Level Art course is designed to help you strengthen and deepen your own area of interest and specialism and build on the skills and knowledge you developed in year 1. The work you do reflects your own interests and what you want to go on to study after A Level, be this architecture, fashion, textiles, fine art and much besides. Strong features of the course include portfolio preparation, helping students make applications, regular visits to art galleries in London and Europe and preparing for the prestigious Paston Art Show. Please follow us on Instagram @pastonart and the behance link https://www.behance.net/pastoncollege to get a better idea of what sort of work we make and the exciting trips we go on.
Why Our College?
Exhibit your work
You'll have the opportunity to exhibit your work in the Paston Art Show in a professional gallery setting
Trips and Visits
You'll visit exciting exhibitions and locations to expand your knowledge, previous visits have included Tate Britain, Tate Modern, and Berlin.
Learn from industry experts
Our teaching staff are experts within their field, with broad teaching experience
3 A Level Programme
Minimum of 2 6/B grades and 3 4/C grades at GCSE. Vocational subjects cannot replace GCSEs for entry to an A Level programme.
You must also study English Language and/or Maths GCSE if you have not already achieved a minimum of grade 4/C in these subjects.
4 A Level / A+ Programme
This programme is only available to students who achieve a minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade 8/A* plus 5 at grade 7/A and a minimum of grade 4/C in English Language and Maths.
Additional entry requirements for this course: Grade 5 in Art at GCSE.
If you did not take Art at GCSE you must have a portfolio approved at interview.
You will develop your personal visual language and your own areas of interest, whether in painting, sculpture, drawing, architecture or printmaking, through independent study and tutorials. Research an aspect of Art of your choice, for example last year a student researched how artists have responded to conflict and war with reference to Simon Norfolk and Otto Dix. Develop a portfolio of work for display in Paston Art Show - your end of year exhibition - and for use in interviews for university or art college.
Component 1: Personal Investigation. 60% of total qualification.
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment. 40% of total qualification. This incorporates 2 elements; preparatory studies and the 15 hour period of sustained focus (A finished piece of work completed under examination conditions).
Many students each year go directly on from Paston College to university or art school all over the UK to continue their study of art. Those who wish to do so locally benefit from our Progression Accord with Norwich University of the Arts.
Many students go directly onto an art related degree course across the country, other students go directly into an art related employment. Ex- students are currently working as architects, graphic designers, illustrators, fashion designers, teachers and shoe designers. One ex- student is currently studying for his MFA in New York.
If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop.
Year 1 student Amber has been working hard on her portraits. She wanted to produce a full length study but didn't have any large sheets. She got round this by taping A4 sheets and sticking them to a door. It looks great, well done.
Check out Hollie's entry for #murmur_zine.
Looking forward to seeing this when it all comes together.
Great work Hollie.
Here are a few of the images sent through today, sorry if I have not posted yours. It has been very difficult but these posts reflect very well on you, they prove that there are some cracking artists out there, doing great things and trying their best under testing conditions. I hope you manage to enjoy half term. Keep safe and I look forward to talking with you after the break. If you are struggling with your art then please get in touch.
Tala has been busy on this panoramic landscape painting and Jess has made these lovely portrait studies. Both year 1 students.
Here is some of the year 1 A Level work coming through.
Well done Anwyn, Jorge, Jess N and Jess F.
Jorge is interested in studying Architecture. Each year a number of our students go on to study a range of dynamic and creative courses at university.
Come and join us on an art based course and we could help you get onto the next step in your creative future.
Some good work coming in. Please post your work by 4 today.
First up is BTEC student Jess. She was given chicken wire and mod roc for a sculpture project based on crows. She decided on a different path and pursued her interest in Textiles instead. Here is what she made just before lockdown. She worked with the photography technician to learn about studio lighting. Well done to Tala and Darcy as well.
We have had some good discussions about art this week on Collaborate. We have looked at different ways of approaching drawing, of leaving elements incomplete, an absence. That led to Joy creating a superb drawing of a chair with some parts erased, an absence, creating a sense of intrigue in what is a familiar and unremarkable subject matter. Illuminate the ordinary. It also led to Millie reading this book on the Museum of Lost Art, reflecting on how we place values on cultural objects.
Leo studies film and reflected that the absence of a hero and a consoling ending to the film 'No country for old men' made it a much more powerful and interesting. So when you are thinking about your art projects, you could consider that by leaving something out you may be adding something interesting. This is not for all students but worth thinking about, even if you reject the idea.
See you next week. Keep posting your work. Keep safe and hope you are all well.
Just seen these interesting landscape studies from Tala. There will always be more than one way of approaching your art. Take a starting point and explore different ways of capturing the same image.
Nice work Tala.
Sorry Joy, that last image of yours was cropped clumsily by me.
Try again. I think the way you have used a rubber to create those subtle tonal changes is very good indeed. Is this your entry for #murmur_zine?
Some great work being sent through from Joy, Emily, Tala, Jess, Deborah, Kimberley and Amber. A mixture of Year 12 and 13 and A level and BTEC. It will be a pretty special exhibition when we eventually get a chance to show it.
It was good speaking to a number of you today. Students are holding their sketchbooks to the camera on their phone or laptop. We are all able to offer thoughts and positive comments in order to develop some momentum to your research and get some creative sparks flying.
Thanks a lot to nancym_design for working on these designs for a new profile picture for pastonart.
Nancy is in year 13 BTEC and also working on a textiles project. She plans to take time out next year to travel and to pursue her design skills independently. We wish her well.