Through studying Textiles at Deer Park School, pupils learn to be creative and reflective designers. They explore a wide range of techniques and processes, in order to become resourceful practitioners, sharing ideas and inspiration. Above all, pupils develop the ability to be resilient: to persevere and to become fully involved in GCSE projects which focus on the abilities and interests of the individual.
Find out about each Key Stage in Textiles:
Year 7 Textiles
In Year 7 pupils will design and manufacture a creative Textiles starch resist Eco Bag. Pupils will look at the effect of the textiles industry on the world. Pupils will create a rainforest-inspired image and create their bag from start to finish. They will then starch resist their final design.
Year 8 Textiles
In Year 8 pupils will design and manufacture a funky cushion cover, using recycled denim. They will create a final design on paper, and use a wide variety of surface decoration techniques: batik, appliqué, existing features, denim stripes and machine embroidery. The use of the sewing machine is a feature of this project. Finally, the cushion cover is assembled from up to four recycled and decorated denim squares, and the finished product is evaluated.
Year 9 Textiles
In Year 9 pupils will design and manufacture a pair of original board shorts, or ‘baggies’. They will research existing products and produce three initial ideas in colour before choosing one to develop as a final design. The project involves them cutting out fabric using a block pattern and sewing seams by machine. They will also create a paper stencil and screenprint the shorts. The final part of the project involves them completing the waist band and hem, and finishing with a computer transfer. The accurate use of the sewing machine is a feature of this project.
GCSE Art & Design – Textile Design (AQA Specification 4204)This GCSE course introduces pupils to a variety of creative and stimulating experiences with an emphasis on a personal, individual approach and first hand observation of the work of artists and designers.
This two unit specification enables pupils to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art and Design Textiles, to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.
Assessment is by Unit 1: Portfolio of Work (Controlled Assessment) 60 % and Unit 2: Externally Set Task 40%.
It is a strong foundation for further progression to Art and Design Textiles related courses such as A Level Art and Design and enhanced vocational and career pathways.