Our Art curriculum provides pupils with the opportunity to demonstrate imagination and creative flair. Pupils are able to develop and refine their drawing and observational skills through sketching a range of everyday objects and primary images and making their work personal.

Pupils have the opportunity to experiment with and select methods and approaches, synthesise observations, ideas and feelings to create compositions for paintings, collages, textiles and other creative responses. They are encouraged to explore their artistic styles by studying a range of artists and their ‘drawing and making’ styles.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • The formal elements
  • Abstract Expressionism
  • Artist study
  • Interpreting stimuli to produce abstract outcomes
  • Colour Theory: primary, secondary, understanding application, tone, contrast, theme
  • Pattern making
  • Architecture
  • 3D modelling
  • Sculpture
  • Exploring contextual themes within identity
  • Mix Media: textures, surfaces, digital, photography, painting
  • Observational Drawing: lines, tones, pictures, techniques
  • Craft design
  • Architecture
  • Textiles embroidery
  • Artist study
  • Graphic design
  • Printmaking
  • Illustration: Drawing, colour, digital, hand design
GCSE Option Choice: Art, Craft and Design
Year 9 Year 10/11
  • Students explore and experiment with a variety of materials, processes and techniques, and investigate different kinds of sources
  • Students explore a variety of approaches to drawing and written annotation.
  • They will develop an understanding of a range of disciplines, such as fine art, textiles, photography and graphics.
  • How sources relate to individual, social, historical, environmental, cultural, ethical and/or issues based contexts
  • How ideas, themes, forms, feelings and concerns can inspire personally determined responses that are primarily aesthetic, intellectual or conceptual
  • Themes to work on are ‘Here and Now’, ‘Cultures’ and ‘Collections’
  • Students to develop ideas and intentions relevant to chosen pathways
  • Coverage of the four assessment objectives
  • A sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions, including developed final pieces
  • Externally set assignment:
  • Students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their chosen pathway(s), evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: AQA GCSE Art and Design (8201-8206)

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.