Textiles

We aim to create a lively and informative learning environment. Key skills are developed in Year7-8 enabling many students to take Art Textiles GCSE and produce high quality art work.

In the classroom

We aim to create a lively and informative learning environment that is able to cater equally for the needs of all students. The displays of student work, the use of resource based stimuli and an ‘open door policy’ create a learning environment where students are encouraged to experiment and explore.

Students are expected to extend their work as much as possible and not settle for what could be the easiest option. The approach towards problem solving, reflection and evaluation is to encourage a personal response from students, using their own cultural experiences as a means of expression. We benefit from a large specialist textiles room and aim to offer a vibrant, diverse and inspirational working environment, where students’ creative energies can be realised.

Academic profile

We aim to maintain a high academic profile both inside and outside of the classroom by means of participation in whole school events for parents, students and staff. Much of the work on display around the school is produced by students studying Textiles: Art and Design, so our students work is always on display for the whole school community. Each year we hold a visual arts event, exhibiting an extensive range of outcomes from our student artists and designers.

A significant number of students go on to follow a textiles art and design course at GCSE level and the subject area has an outstanding level of achievement.

 Textiles: Art & Design course description

Art and Design endorsed Textiles is a visual and creative subject which allows students to learn about the work of contemporary and historic artists and designers, relating their knowledge to the development of their own skills as artists. Textiles (fabric and threads) is the medium through which students will draw, design, experiment and investigate in response to a theme, title or design brief.

The course is open to all students of all abilities. Students have studied Fine Art and Textiles: Art and Design at KS3 and have had experience of using a wide range of art materials and specialist processes. Most interests and skills can be explored in this examination course and students will be rewarded for what they know and understand and what they can do.

What is Textiles: Art and Design?

Art and Design endorsed Textiles is a visual and creative subject which allows students to learn about the work of contemporary and historic artists and designers, relating their knowledge to the development of their own skills as artists. Textiles (fabric and threads) is the medium through which students will draw, design, experiment and investigate in response to a theme, title or design brief. They will work from direct observation and experience using a range of media. Students will learn to work to their own strengths and be able to identify areas for development throughout the duration of the course.

The course is designed to cover four main areas for critical, practical and theoretical study of art, craft and design. Students are awarded marks for:

Contextual understanding
Creative making
Reflective recording
Personal presentation
Students use a wide range of textile techniques to create personal work using own original ideas. These are:

Dyed textiles; batik, tie-dye, sprayed, direct painting and silk

Printed textiles; block, transfer, lino and stencil.

Constructed textiles; knitted, woven and stitched/embroidery (machine and hand).

The subject area encourages an experimental approach, working with contemporary ideas, both 2D and 3D, producing outcomes for the body or the built environment including

Soft furnishings, book covers, decorative hangings, installations, sculptural and stand-alone forms.

Required equipment: soft lead pencils HB, 2, rubber, glue stick, scissors (small), watercolours, fine liner pen, coloured pencils.

Optional: camera, knitting needles, threads, fabric and paper scraps, needles, oil pastels.

Textiles Exam Board Specification

A good grade in this subject indicates creative ability and lays an appropriate foundation for further study of art and design or related subjects at A-level, vocational and foundation course in any of the visual arts.

Exam board specification

The specification aims to develop:

Creative and imaginative abilities
Practical skills to communicate and express ideas
Investigative and analytical skills
Cultural knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design
Understanding of past and contemporary art and design practice
Progression routes

A good grade in this subject indicates creative ability and lays an appropriate foundation for further study of art and design or related subjects at A-level, vocational and foundation course in any of the visual arts.

Art and Design: TEXTILES is the basic ingredient of a vast range of career options such as: fashion, textiles design, surface design for industry, advertising, television and media, costuming for television and theatre, interior design, illustration, animation and many more.

For further enquiries contact:

Subject Leader

Ms. L. Scannelli

lscannelli@deptfordgreen.lewisham.sch.uk

Art & Design pathway

The course is open to all pupils of all abilities. All pupils

What will I make? You will use many different textile techniques to create personal work from your own design ideas. This includes Dyed Textiles, Printed Textiles and Constructed Textiles; weave, stitch and more experimental surface design techniques.

You will learn to draw using the sewing machine adding texture, tone and decorative features to your images. Students are encouraged to experiment with ideas, working both in 2D and 3D, producing outcomes for the body or built environment: soft furnishings, book covers, decorative hangings & installations and stand-alone forms.

We aim to encourage all students to become independent and inspired learners through gallery visits, research and guided planning.

"I get to be creative, so say you can’t do a certain skill, you can find something else to work with that you are good at.” Year 9 student.

have studied Fine Art and Art/Textiles at KS3 and have had experience of using art materials and processes. Most interests and skills can be explored in this examination course and you will be rewarded for what you know, can do, and understand.

EDEXCEL: 5TE02 GCSE in Art and Design: Textile Design
• Foundation unit
• Unit 1: Personal Portfolio in Art and Design – 60% of the total GCSE
• Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment in Art and Design – 40% of the total GCSE
Both units are assessed using four assessment objectives. These can be summed up as:

1. DEVELOP 2. REVIEW / EXPERIMENT. 3. RECORD. 4. PRESENT

What is Art and Design: Textiles? Art and Design endorsed Textiles is a visual and creative subject which allows students to learn about the work of contemporary and historic artists and designers and relate this to the development of their own skills as artists. Textiles (Fabrics and Threads) are the medium through which students will draw, design, experiment and investigate in response to a theme or title.

What will I learn? You will be working from direct observations using a range of media. Pupils will learn to identify their own strengths and areas for development throughout the course. The main aim of the courses on offer is to develop your visual language skills and for you to build a personal portfolio of work to progress to further courses or employment.

"There is no limit to what you can create or do. Your given ideas and then you’re allowed to take it wherever you want, make it your own.” Year 9 student.