GCSE options - art?

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JugglingChaotically Mon 28-Jan-13 18:36:15

My DD has to choose her GCSE options but is not sure yet why he want to do next. She'd talks of Oxbridge and other top universities and also of medicine. Don't know how realistic it is or whether she will be prepared to work hard enough - she can do, sometimes blush
Compulsory subjects are triple science, English language and literature, maths and a MFL. She wants to do history then 2 of RE, Latin and art.
She is leaning towards art and RE, her school says choices don't matter just grades.
Is 9 plus art enough? And is art so time consuming that it could make it difficult to get good grades in the other subjects?

hotsummer Tue 18-Jun-13 13:46:11

Anyone know what level you need at end Y9 to get a 'decent' ie. C and above GCSE prediction ? DD has 7C at year 9. thanks

JugglingChaotically Wed 06-Feb-13 22:35:31

Thanks again to everyone - really helpful.
Juggling - the joy of teens!
DD had no idea that only 25% of the marks related to the end product!
However, DD in teen mode has decided that is what she wants to do so I hope that art will continue to be fun and that she will still be painting and drawing in 2015!

Hope you don't mind me Juggling my way on to your thread JugglingChaotically blush It's been very helpful to me too - as I said at least we'll know what to expect if DD does go ahead with it.
What's your DD thinking now ? Does she still want to do it ?
As you say you can still enjoy art without necessarily doing it for GCSE ?

AWimbaWay Wed 06-Feb-13 14:48:18

I'd also add that although only 7 years old my eldest Dd loves art and I certainly wouldn't discourage her from doing it at GCSE level in the future if she so wanted, It's a lovely way to balance out the physics and chemistry.

AWimbaWay Wed 06-Feb-13 14:46:20

Like LRD, although rather a long time ago I also did GCSEs similar to your Dd Juggling. I loved my art classes and went on to do Art A'level and an art degree. It may have changed but I really don't remember it taking up any more time than any of my other subjects.

It is now longer ago than I like to think, but her GCSEs are almost exactly the same as mine. I did double science and so couldn't do RE, but I did her other core subjects plus Latin, History and Art. They were a great combination and I really enjoyed it! It's too long ago to be really relevant but I just wanted to wish her luck because her subjects reminded me how much I enjoyed doing them. smile

Ooh yes, she does look rather striking in blue mascara I have to say - with her red hair done in fancy braids by her friends ! (As when I picked her up from sleep-over last Sunday smile)

hellsbells99 Wed 06-Feb-13 13:40:20

Juggling .....and don't forget your DD will still want plenty of time for shopping on a Saturday - they have to buy their new mascara sometime ...the joys of having a 15 year old!

She could carry on going to her other band ? - she's in two with the same teacher/leader. Anyway she will probably have her own ideas about my proposals for her Saturday mornings ! The best laid plans of mice and mothers and all that grin

SensibleMufti Wed 06-Feb-13 13:07:45

Hey, OP, I meant to add that my DC4 only did 9 GCSEs (of which Art was one). She's fine with that. Her cohort did between 9 and 11. She's at a fairly academic international school.

dottygamekeeper Wed 06-Feb-13 12:52:44

Forgot to say, like pinkbraces, it is important that they do not let take art take over at the expense of time spent on other subjects - I try to ensure all other homework is completed first eg on a Friday night, then the rest of the weekend can be devoted to art. As others have said, it is also a continuous process - sketchbooks etc need to be kept up to date. Being a perfectionist makes art difficult - my DS is never quite satisfied with his outcomes and can always think of more to do...

hellsbells99 Wed 06-Feb-13 12:46:59

* brilliant *

hellsbells99 Wed 06-Feb-13 12:46:34

Don't give up band! Music is brillaint for developing the maths part of the brain. DD has done both music and art - and has put music down for her 4th A level subject - will probably just do AS. It is a great contrast to her other choices - maths, chemistry and biology. Music is very relaxing and helps with the stress of art!

dottygamekeeper Wed 06-Feb-13 12:46:05

My DS (yr11) and DD (Yr10) are both doing art GCSE. It is the most time consuming of all their subjects (apart from DS's textiles, which takes even more time), but they both enjoy it and, as monion says, they see it as relaxation away from their more academic subjects. Surprisingly they have both really enjoyed all the research into other artists etc and preparation work for their final pieces for each unit. I think it has been great preparation for more independent study at A level and beyond.

DS is aiming for A* in art and textiles (currently on target to get As and I'm just hoping he might have a chance of A*s but know it is all so subjective, and am trying to manage his expectations...). He is hoping to go on to do A level art and A level textiles, which will be a huge workload but he is up for it, and his dream would be to end up like pinkbraces DD, doing Foundation at St Martins, followed by a degree in art/textiles/design

Hmm, perhaps she could give up going to band practice on Saturday mornings, and make Saturday mornings her Art time instead ?
(somethings going to have to give, I can see that - and I don't think she's desperate to do band)

pinkbraces Wed 06-Feb-13 12:24:08

their not there!!

pinkbraces Wed 06-Feb-13 12:23:29

I can give you some insight, my DD did GCSE ART, then A level, is currently at Central St Martins doing her Art Foundation and will start her degree come October. She is absolutely passionate about Art, she loves all of it, sketch books, design sheets, briefs, painting, sculpting, its just part of her. Her other GCSE/A level subjects were academic and she did very well but was always going to do Art

My DSD also did Art at GCSE, she did really well and is now doing her AS level. She loved it at GCSE but is struggling with A level, the amount of work involved and the independence needed to produce good work is hugely different from GCSE.

There is so much work involved and the student needs to be organised and really want to do it. You also have to make sure that enough time is given to there other sujbects.

The sociable time in the art room with friends sounds nice - but will my DD ever come home ? Good luck to yours hells smile

CatelynStark Wed 06-Feb-13 12:19:00

My eldest daughter took Art a couple off years ago and got an A but she clashed heads with her teacher as she is a lazy moo sometimes and resented having to be creative on demand and missed a few deadlines. She concentrated on sculpture and collage-y pieces and was full of ideas, which she didn't like being criticised (like anything else she does smile)

She dropped it for A level but is still drawing now she's at University. It's her hobby, it makes her happy and doing GCSE hasn't killed that.

Her sister has just handed in her options and has chosen Art too, although she's very much a Sciencey person who wants to be an engineer. She has a different temperament to the older one so I think she'll enjoy the challenge and opportunity to express herself in various mediums.

I have no doubt that the youngest one will take Art too.

hellsbells99 Wed 06-Feb-13 12:16:16

My DD is in year 11, has just completed her portfolio and handed it in last week. Now dedicated to doing exam prep - research, designs etc ready for the exam in 5 or 6 weeks. At least then she will be finished!!! She can then concentrate on her other subjects. She used to love art but has found the course work very repetitive and time intensive. She is enjoying the exam prep work as she has chosen to do something very different from what she has done over the last 18 months. On the positive side, she has found it to be a very sociable subject as she has spent a lot of time (lunch times and after school) in the art room with friends. She is expected to get at least an A (wants an A* - don't know why). She is another one that is a perfectionist and unfortunately art is just never finished - she is always trying to improve it. Just done her A level options and Art is not on the list even for AS - she says she cannot afford the time!

Picturesinthefirelight Wed 06-Feb-13 12:07:37

Just to say 9/10 gcse is plenty. The school dd will go to (selective- Oxbridge track record) only dies 9 gcse's.

Thanks Nutcracker - glad it's going well for your DD smile

< hums quietly in corner ... "There may be trouble ahead ..." wink >

Hi, my dd started her Art GCSE last September and it is going really well. She hasn't struggled with the work load at all tbh.

I'd say her only issue is her self belief. She often re does work because she thinks it is rubbish.

Thanks monion - good to hear that it can work out well !

monion Wed 06-Feb-13 11:56:23

I'll give it a rare recommendation! My son took it a couple of years ago and the work was perfectly manageable (and he's not on the whole a hard worker!). As it was something he enjoyed doing he viewed it almost as relaxation time in between all the heavy learning he had to do for other subjects.
It required him to be a self starter rather than being spoonfed facts as he was in most other subjects but that was a good skill to develop.
I agree with whoever said time management is the key, and keeping on top of the workload. He started the course fairly interested in art and came out loving it - so completely the opposite to what most people here are saying!

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