Department staff:

Mrs C Garbutt Subject Leader

Mrs S Sellars Assistant Subject Leader

Mrs J Osborne Assistant Subject Leader

Mr R Gray


Key Stage 3:

Overview of the course

Pupils will select and use a range of resources and materials employing appropriate techniques, fine art practice to create artwork. They will review and modify their work and increasingly will relate their own practice to their appreciation and knowledge of art, craft and design, developing specialist vocabulary. They will make appropriate use of information technology and digital media, using as an art form in its own right.

What will I learn?

  • Observational drawing skills
  • Painting skills, controlling a brush and mixing paint, creating washes and various painterly effects
  • Printmaking skills
  • Basic ceramic skills
  • Digital manipulation of artworks
  • To take risks with work without the fear of failure
  • Independent thinking skills
  • Discuss their work using specialist vocabulary
  • How to use a wide range of media and techniques to realise ideas, express feelings and communicate meaning
  • To modify and refine work as the result of continuing and informed discussion


What will I do?

Projects are completed termly, and you will produce work in folders and sketchbooks, you will use a wide range of media in response to the following themes:

Year 7 – Identity and Natural Forms.

Year 8 – Pop Art, Masks and Cubism

Year 9 – Bugs, Buildings and the Landscape, and the Figure

You will have the opportunity to produce one ceramic piece or three-dimensional piece each year.


Key Stage 4:

GCSE Art and Design

Overview of the course

In Art, you will learn new and exciting skills and improve ones you already have. Work will be project based, where you use drawing, printmaking, mixed media and photography to develop ideas and work towards a final piece, such as a painting or sculpture. You will explore digital imagery with the departmental iPads using creative Apps, in addition to Photoshop work. Artists and the wider world will inspire your ideas, and you will have the opportunity to visit galleries to see how their work is made. We encourage students to incorporate their own interests, including using digital media and imagery to inspire, starting point’s maybe Instagram or Pinterest.

Assessment details

60% Controlled Assessment (Coursework – Portfolio Component) 40% Examination (Externally Set Assignment)

You will produce two coursework projects in Years 10 and 11, one sustained project, and a selection of further work.

This will be a thematic approach, using sketchbooks to record ideas and research artists. Skills will be developed and refined, using a wide range of media. You will develop your ideas making connections to artists and responding personally to the theme, leading to a final outcome(s).

The Externally Set Assignment follows the same format as the Portfolio Component, undertaken during a shorter time frame; the final outcome (s) is undertaken in examination conditions for 10 hours.

Examination board: AQA GCSE Art and Design- Fine Art

Useful Subject Links:   (Tate YouTube channel) (Museum of Modern Art, New York YouTube channel)