A Level History of Art · Edexcel 

Dates Available
Week 1: 1 April – 5 April
Week 2: 8 April – 12 April
Week 3: 15 April – 19 April

Boards
Edexcel

Length of Course
40 hours

Times
9am to 6pm daily

The course will cover Paper 1: Visual Analysis and Interpretation and Unit: 2 Themes in Art History. Both of these units are compulsory for the AS qualification. It will not be possible to cover all the topics, so we will focus on a selection, made to ensure students can respond successfully to the required number of questions.

Paper 1 Visual Analysis and Themes 9HT0/01

  • Composition in painting, sculpture and architecture
  • Colour in painting, sculpture and architecture
  • Creation of pictorial space in painting and relief sculpture
  • Light and tone in painting
  • Architectural elements or features
  • Structure in architecture
  • Materials, techniques and processes in painting, sculpture and architecture
  • Pattern, ornament and decoration in painting, sculpture and architecture
  • Line and shape in painting, sculpture and architecture
  • Volume and mass in architecture and sculpture
  • Scale of painting, sculpture and architecture
  • Appropriate architectural, art and art historical terminology

Identities in Art and Architecture

  • The Divine in 2D or 3D works (pre- and post-1850)
  • Portraits in 2D works (pre- and post-1850)
  • Portraits in 3D works (pre- and post-1850)
  • Gender identity in 2D or 3D works (pre- and post-1850)
  • Ethnic identity in 2D or 3D works (pre- and post-1850)
  • Identity in architectural works (pre- and post-1850)

War in art and architecture

  • War or Revolution in 2D works
  • Leaders in 2D or 3D works
  • Participants in 2D or 3D works
  • Places affected by war in 2D or 3D works
  • Memorials in 2D or 3D works
  • Defensive or commemorative architectural works

Paper 2 Periods in Art History

a) Invention and illusion: the Renaissance in Italy (1420–1520)

  • Religious painting
  • Religious sculpture
  • Mythological painting and sculpture
  • Portraiture
  • Religious Architecture
  • Secular architecture

b) Power and persuasion: the Baroque in Catholic Europe (1597–1685)

  • Religious painting
  • Religious sculpture
  • Mythological sculpture
  • Mythological painting
  • Portrait painting or sculpture
  • Landscape painting
  • Still Life or genre painting
  • Religious Architecture
  • Secular architecture

Students wishing to study the British and French Avantgarde (1848-99) or Modernism in Europe (1900-1939) please liaise with the Course Director.