The extended coursework project enables learners to develop personal textile work, working progressively with more confidence and independence from a given starting point or theme.
The extended project begins with learners exploring the basic formal elements of art, followed by learning a wide range of textile techniques. They develop observational drawings based on a focus of their choice and produce detailed research into the work of their chosen artists or fashion designers in order to inform their ideas. Students experiment with a wide range of ideas and textile techniques. Students are encouraged to work in a more independent manner, developing personalised coursework, and making decisions about the selection and use of materials. Learners decide on a product for their final piece and they design and create an item of fashion of their own choice.
Techniques and media learners may experience include:
Appliqué, batik, reverse applique, layered printing techniques, monoprinting, felt making, silk painting, couching, machine work, embroidery, bondaweb, weaving, fashion design, mixed media, dying processes, Adobe Photoshop, sublimation printing as well as a variety of Fine Art media.
The extended personal project equates to 60% of students overall GCSE marks.