Curriculum

ART & DESIGN

Our Art Department encourages pupils to develop an adventurous and enquiring approach to the subject and acquire the skills to express themselves through a range of artistic mediums. Pupils will develop an understanding of both historical and contemporary art and design and be able to produce a personal response to a range of ideas and starting points.

Pupils will develop a working knowledge of the materials, practices and technology of art and design, along with the skills to investigate, analyse and experiment using practical and imaginative dexterity to express their ideas, feelings and meanings. They will also develop an understanding of the language, functions and place of art in history and in society. The specific practical skills pupils will develop include a broad range of drawing, painting, printmaking and 3D techniques such as ceramics.

At Key Stage 4, pupils have the option to study either GCSE Art and Design (Art, Craft and Design), GCSE Art and Design (Textile Design) or BTEC Art and Design.

Curriculum Overview: Art and Design
Year 7 Year 8
  • Tone
  • Texture
  • Artist Link – Lucy McLauchlan
  • Pattern and Texture
  • Printmaking
  • Colour Theory
  • Gridding Up
  • Artistic Link – Yasmin Hood
  • Mix Media Portrait
Key Stage 4 Option Choice: GCSE Art and Design (Art, Craft and Design)
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Tone
  • Mark Making
  • Artistic Link- Jan Brewerton
  • Press Print Making
  • Colour Theory
  • Artistic Link – Sarah Graham
  • Van Gogh shoe design
  • Artist Copy Painting
  • Primary Images
  • Mixed Media
  • Contemporary Artist Link
  • Artistic Link- Angie Lewin
  • Lino Print
  • Completion and Refinement
  • Artist Link- David Hockey
  • Acrylic Painting
  • Exam Title Project
Key Stage 4 Option Choice: BTEC Art and Design
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Introduction to Specialist Pathways in Art and Design
  • Creative Project in Art and Design
  • Communicating Ideas in 2D
  • Developing an Art and Design Portfolio
  • Introduction to Specialist Pathways in Art and Design
  • Creative Project in Art and Design
  • Communicating Ideas in 2D
  • Developing an Art and Design Portfolio
Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification (GCSE Art & Design – Art, Craft and Design): EdExcel GCSE Art and Design (1AD0) 

KS4 Exam Board Specification (BTEC): BTEC Level 1/Level 2 1st Award in Art and Design (600/4781/1)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.