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The Art department has its own building consisting of two very large art suites.  There are two subject specialists supported by an arts technician

The National Curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Curriculum Intent:

The Art Department are committed to providing a rich and varied curriculum that fosters curiosity, develops learners’ opinions about the world around them and prepares all for life beyond school.

Our curriculum is reviewed and developed frequently to ensure that skills and knowledge are interleaved and mastered over time. Links to SMSC and the Gatsby benchmarks have been included and will develop further as we make more links with professionals in their field.

Our curriculum is designed so that students have the opportunity to practise designing and making skills; build on their knowledge and understanding of artistic practice; have a practical application of as wide a range of media & techniques as available and to also include opportunities for critical evaluation of a broad range of artists, designers, craftspeople, photographers and cultures.

Students will be made aware of how each project we cover is linked to skill sets or knowledge already acquired, and how the contents and skills within each project, are linked to everyday life or specific occupations or professions, so they can see the relevance of their learning.

We intend that students will make progress, develop their own interests and opinions and achieve their potential through:

  • a linked curriculum that offers the opportunity to work in 2&3 dimensions;
  • listening to and acting upon pupil voice to ensure ownership and engagement;
  • assessment, feedback, reflection and improvement of work to develop skills;
  • Interleaving and revisiting skills to build mastery and confidence;
  • visiting and bringing professionals in to speak to students about their occupation;
  • opportunities for independent learning, pair and group work.
KS3 YEAR 7 Colour Theory, Natural Form, Portraits, Pop Art, Figure Drawing, Character Design (Tim Burton) 3D Wire Figures.
YEAR 8 Optical Illusions, Abstract Paintings and Drawing,  3D Letter Design/Making/Pattern/Decoration, Landscape.
YEAR 9 Architecture, Ben Heine Pencil meets Photography, Tunnel Books
KS4 Photography  Eduqas 9-1: Portfolio, Externally set assignment

Art & Design Pearson L1/L2 BTEC Tech Award Art & Design Practice

If you would like more information about our subject, or your child’s work in art please contact the Head of Department: Miss Craig