Students studying Textiles have the opportunity to practice skills in drawing, designing and making and creating finished pieces of work  using traditional hand processes and machine-based techniques.

Topics covered in Textiles are detailed below

Topic 1 - Graffiti Pop art Mobile PouchTextiles in Year 7 is studied on a 9 week rotation for 2 hours per week. Students will develop their ability to think creatively within the theme of POP ART GRAFFITI where they will gain an understanding of basic textile skills & techniques to make a usable fabric mobile phone cover. The project is designed to develop skills in; creative thought, looking at popular culture today, confidence in researching their own ideas, dexterity, basic introductory textiles techniques and subject specific equipment. It will also help them to understand how to apply it to their design and execute their final product. Students are encouraged to produce a unique personal creation that they will be proud to take home
Crazy Creatures Soft ToyTextiles in Year 8 is studied on a 9 week rotation for 2 hours per week. Students will develop their ability to think creatively within the theme of CRAZY CREATURES where they will build on their textile skills & techniques developed in Year 7 to make a soft toy that is decorative and fun to create. They will develop skills in creative thought by looking at facial features and expression, food and animals which influenced artists Jon Burgerman, John Murphy and Felt Mistress. They will gain confidence in researching their own ideas through doodling and using their imagination to then understand how to apply it to their design with a more detailed plan that uses a variety of materials. Building on skills developed in Year 7, they will improve their dexterity using more advance textiles techniques and equipment, producing a 3D form that involves pattern cutting, applique, quilting, applying fastenings and developing further sewing machine skills.
Project 1: Denim & IdentityYear 9 textiles is studied 2 hours a week and is designed to expose the students to a wide range of Textile techniques and materials. Giving them an advantage if they choose to take Textiles at GCSE. This project will explore the different qualities of fibres and fabrics with specific focus on denim, and how to create decoration using identity as their inspiration. The students will create fabric stitch books, Mood boards with fabric swatches, surface pattern using fabric paints and inks, pattern cutting, applique, applying fastenings, quilting, couching, and sewing machine skills. They will look textile designers, artists and craftspeople to inspire their final outcome whether it be for a Bag/Pouch/Cushion. They will understand how to use specialist vocabulary to guide their annotation and evaluation.
Project 2: Formal Elements and Principles of Design This project will focus on the Formal Elements and Principles of Design, where they will create Textiles samples in Weaving, Fabric Manipulation, Printing, Felting, & Tie Dying referring to Artists like Hundertwasser and Kandinsky.
Component 1: Part 1-Sustained Project: Around the world of TextilesComponent 1: Part 1 will be a mini workshop based on a Textiles around the world, looking at textile artists and designers exploring the history of textiles and their fashion. They will explore a journey of exploration through understanding and investigating the theme creating mini samples from different parts of the world using a variety of materials and techniques based on that culture and society.
Component 1: Part 2: Sea life Students will produce work based on the theme of Sea Life, looking at Textiles artists, designers and craftspeople, developing an understanding of the theme which will influence their design process to create a final textile outcome that is innovative, personal and exciting to create.
Project 2: Sea Life ContinuedStudent will continue the Sea Life Project making sure all assessment objectives are met through their project. The course will cover the AQA Textile Art Assessment Objectives -1. Develop (Research and links) 2. Refine (Exploring and experimenting), 3. Record (observational work) and 4. Present (Final Response), including drawing and written contextual analysis of their work and works of others which will be evident through sketchbooks and Journals. Encouraging creativity, design awareness and career opportunities within the context of textiles and art. Coursework will consist of work in a range of different textiles media for Component 1 (60%), for example; Free hand machine stitching, Batik, drawing (using colour, various media), fabric print design, photography, fabric transfer printing , sculptural textiles and much more . Ongoing contextual studies will be referenced throughout their GCSE to help students to develop a broader understanding of contemporary and traditional textiles.
Component 2 Externally Set Assignment ( 40%)Students will be given the exam paper in January where they will pick one question and produce a unit of work that explores all 4 assessment objectives in a coherent and cohesive manner making sure all prior knowledge is evident in the portfolio and answers the question chosen, leading to a practical examination of 10 hours in controlled conditions.

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For more information about Textiles in the Curriculum contact Joanna Chapman. Email jchapman@roundhill.bepschools.org