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Art and Design

Respect, Aspiration, Determination, Independence.

Art and Design

Mrs G Bebb: Head of Department

Mrs N Sholes: Art Teacher

In Art and Design pupils are taught by enthusiastic teachers who are passionate about their subject, they encourage pupil engagement and enjoyment in every lesson. We aim to develop skills, understanding and confidence across a wide range of disciplines including drawing, printing, 3D, ICT work, ceramics and printmaking. 

The department aims to:

  • Provide every pupil with the necessary skills and understanding to be able to interpret and relate to their visual environment.
  • Help each pupil to build on their confidence as they develop their creative and artistic abilities.
  • Inspire pupils with aspects of the History of Art and a range of contemporary artists and styles
  • Provide a broad, balanced and differentiated Art curriculum to meet the needs of all pupils.
  • Utilise a rich range of materials and techniques.
  • Provide a well – resourced, stimulated and safe working environment.
  • Provide opportunities for extra –curricular opportunities, including Art Clubs
  • Prepare pupils for external examinations and coursework.

Key Stage 3:

Pupils are timetabled to receive 2 lessons of Art per two week timetable. 

At Key Stage 3 we focus on the development of the formal elements of Art and Design, including line, tone, colour, texture and composition.  We aim to develop skills using a wide range of materials and techniques.  We focus on developing pupil’s knowledge of artists, craftspeople and ancient civilisations which have influenced our cultural knowledge.  Pupils are encouraged to make personal responses to visual materials and resources. 

Key Stage 3 Programme of Study:

Year 7
  • Colour
  • Still Life
  • Aboriginal Art

Year 8
  • Tone
  • Texture
  • Aboriginal Art

Key Stage 4:

Pupils are timetabled to receive 5 lessons of Art per two week timetable.

At Key Stage 4 we build upon and develop further knowledge and skills gained at Key Stage 3.  The Key Stage 4 Art and Design GCSE course is made up of 60% coursework and 40% controlled practical exam.  This is a broad course that includes working in a wide range of media such as drawing, painting, 3D, ceramics, printing, ICT work.  We study a range of Art movements and themes including Surrealism and Natural Forms.  We aim to develop pupil’s ability to select, control and use appropriate media techniques and processes to realise their intentions.  Pupils are encouraged to make critical judgements about their work and that of the work of others, informed by knowledge and understanding of the work in historical and contemporary contexts. 

Key Stage 4 Assessment:

The Coursework and Controlled Test are marked using 4 Assessment Objectives:
  • AO1: Develop their ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.
  • AO2: Refine their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms.
  • AO4: Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral and other elements.

Key Stage 4 Programme of Study:

Year 9

  • Wish you were here
  • Groups

Year 10

  • Surrealism
  • Natural Forms

Year 11

  • Combination of Surrealism and Natural Forms
  • Mock Controlled Exam

GCSE Controlled Exam.  The exam paper is issued to pupils following the Christmas Holidays.  Pupils have approximately 8 weeks to prepare for their 10 hour (in total) practical controlled examination.