Subject Information


Art & Design


Art is the study of history, culture, and human expression. Art explores how visual communication has evolved over time focusing on technical and stylistic developments to enable artists to share perspectives and interpretations of their world and experiences.

Key Stage 3

Students in Year 7 are taught a wide range of techniques such as drawing, incorporating tone, texture and form and a range of materials to explore these techniques. They explore sculpture, painting, and printmaking amongst other mediums with drawing as a fundamental. Students explore and learn to emulate varied cultural significant artists from different periods in art history and styles.

Year 8 students are encouraged to interpret artistic styles that explore wide reaching contexts and contrast one another. Topics extend to portraiture, sculpture, colour theory and mood and basic photographic techniques and urban graffiti. The fundamentals of Year 7 are incorporated in each topic and style.

Students in Year 9 explore their place in the world and how they interact in society delving into social issues and continue to expand their skill base whilst looking at historical and contemporary artists, which will guide them into GCSE Art and Design.

Key Stage 4

Students explore, develop and create two personal sketchbooks based on two contrasting topics. Students develop an appreciation of the artistic process by researching artists, styles and materials and, from this theoretical and practical process, develop techniques to excel in. A final project piece is completed to an external brief showcasing the interpretive and technical skill of each student. Coursework equates to 60% of the final grade and the exam component equates to 40%. The course is structured to facilitate explorations and outcomes to support the final personal choice exam style.

Students will combine traditional art and design with modern photography strands to develop and explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. Developing an awareness of both traditional and new technologies, they explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design from the past and recent times, including European and non-European examples. This is integral to the investigating and making processes, which follows the same structure as the above.

Students have 5 lessons across a fortnight and opportunities to attend additional studio time.

Implementation - curriculum sequence

Year Autumn Spring Summer

Formal Elements – Line, Texture and Shape

Exploration of the elements of line, texture and shape and how they are used in art.

Experimentation with different mediums, materials and analysis of artists.

Formal elements - Colour, Form and Space

Exploration of the elements of colour, form and space and how they are used in art.

Experimentation with different mediums, materials and analysis of artists.

Project Piece 

Students will use their artistic appreciation and skills developed over the year to plan, develop and create a project piece based in a DT specialism. 

Exposure to specialist equipment, students will apply a range of skills inspired by the formal elements of visual art. 





African art

Students are introduced to the diversity of African art. During the term we will look at Ghanaian art, patterns, adinkra symbols and use our new understanding to create African style prints, paintings as well as sculptural masks.

This scheme combines lessons in both Art and Design and DT disciplines exposing students to wood work and further specialist resources.  


Still life

Students go back to basics in drawing and painting while exploring the world of still life. In this immersive experience, participants will discover the intricate interplay between light, shadow, and texture while mastering various mediums including chalk and charcoal, ink, and oil pastels.




Students will explore the world of portraiture through both classical and modern techniques.

There will be opportunities to create self-portraits through visual  and DT disciplines to help widen their understanding of principles of design. By combining the variety of different methods of creating portraits student will have the chance to create prints, collages and digital piece of art.



Students will explore the world of realism. Starting with basic shapes we will look at how 2 & 3 point perspective can be applied to create 3D drawings of building and cityscapes. Students will then use their understanding of perspective and 3D drawing techniques to explore the urban art of graffiti and street art. 


Students will explore the theme of abstraction.  Looking at what abstraction means and how it has developed over time. Students will also explore how to develop abstract thought through idea generation and advertising wile experimenting with different mediums, materials and analysis of artists such as Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Wassily Kandinsky.

Continue Realism and Abstraction

Natural forms Building upon their Y9 skills and techniques students are introduced to their first project: Natural forms. Over the first term they will explore the theme through varies techniques, artists analysis and response to work including drawing, painting, printing and sculpture.. Knowledge and abilities will evolve and mature over the project leading them to produce their first final piece in response to the project.

Assessment: AO1 2 3 4. Coursework and final learning piece.

Continue Natural forms

Assessment: AO1 2 3 4. Coursework and final learning piece.

Mock project

Students are given a mock exam paper. They will be given the choice of topic and will be required to create a research project exploring their chosen theme. They will have the freedom to pick and choose artists that they want to study whilst also working on and developing their own styles and techniques.

Assessment: AO1 2 3 4. Coursework and final learning piece.


Students are given time to revisit and refine previous projects to make sure work is completed.

Assessment: AO1 2 3 4. Coursework and final learning piece.

Art GCSE Paper

Art exam paper handed out to students week after coming back from Christmas.

Students must complete and present  a research project with a final piece. 

Assessment: AO1 2 3 4. Coursework and final learning piece.


Students studying GCSE Art and Design follow the AQA specification found here:

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