Art and Design

Key Stage 3 Art

We aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils throughout their time in the Art and Design Department.

In KS3 students have one hour of Art a week and are set on the basis of their mathematical ability. They are taught to understand the visual elements and will develop skills and techniques in a range of different media. Students are given opportunities to develop their creativity and ideas in response to past and contemporary artists, architects and designers.

The emphasis in Years 7 to 8 is on gaining a good grounding in the main disciplines of painting, printing and ceramics, with the ultimate aim of continuing to raise attainment and preparing students for Key Stage 4.

Year 7

In Year 7 students will complete three projects one in each discipline of painting, printing and ceramics. There is an emphasis on observational drawing for investigation at the beginning of each project and a link to a practitioner is made to inspire students and help them develop their own ideas.

Year 8

In Year 8 students will complete three projects again in each of the three disciplines. They will build on skills already learnt and use more complex techniques and materials to produce final pieces.

Key Stage 4 Art

We offer three GCSE Art & Design courses which follow on from the KS3 National Curriculum order for Art. Each course focuses on a different art and design discipline but are broad in relation to media, contextual influence and visual research. The specification emphasises the new subject criteria for Art. This requires the development of practical skills and creativity to be sustained by the study of Art and its contents. Investigating and making are linked to knowledge and understanding.

Each GCSE Art and Design course consists of two units of controlled assessment/portfolio which aim to develop the study skills essential to the subject whilst fully meeting the four assessment objectives. The practices undertaken include: observational drawing, painting, sculpting, collage / mixed media, printing, and critical thinking.

KS3 Graphics

In KS3 students have two hours of Graphics a week for 10 weeks per year. Graphics is one of four technology subjects which are taught on a carousal. Students are taught to understand the role of a Graphic designer and the influence of graphics in our day to day lives. They will learn how to develop their own ideas in response to a client brief and work on a range of different tasks linked to branding, advertising and packaging.

Key Stage 4 Graphics

The Design and Technology, graphic products course has been designed to encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of graphic and modelling materials. They will be encouraged to learn through images to use, understand and apply colour and design, to develop spatial concepts, and to understand graphic materials and their manipulation. They will design and make product(s) using a graphic media and new technologies to prepare them for the world of work.

 Key Stage 4 Courses Offered

Level 2 Qualification
Exam Board
Link to Website and specification
Fine Art AQA

Textiles (Fine Art)  AQA


Extra Curricular Activities

The department runs several afterschool sessions for KS4. KS3 students can attend these sessions with agreement from their art teacher. We run an annual Year 7 Art trip to the Yorkshire sculpture park and a Year 9 trip residential to different destinations depending on projects and exhibitions. The department also works on a range of live projects when there is an opportunity. In the last year students have worked on two projects  in partnership with Coastival and Crescent Arts.

Useful Links

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