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Art & Design

Teaching Staff

Subject Leader
Zoe Wright

2nd in Department
Clare McCormick

Teaching Staff
Dee Marston
Emma Prior
Nicki Strachan
Ambrose Waters


(KS3 Curriculum information published January 2016 and is subject to change)

Key Stage 3 - Years 7, 8 (and 9)

Students develop their understanding of the formal elements (pattern, colour, texture, tone, form, shape and line) and explore a range of art movements, artists and media.  Students are taught to develop their creativity/ideas and increase proficiency in their execution.  Students attend 1 art lesson per week throughout the academic year.

  • Year 7: Students focus on the formal elements and develop understanding of colour, mark-making and experiment with a variety of media, including clay, pencil and collage.  Students explore the work of a range of artists, including Hundertwasser, Matisse, Eames, Sara Fanelli and Eugenia Loli and will produce pieces of art inspired by their work.

  • Year 8: Students continue to develop existing skills and subject knowledge and build upon the work produced during Year 7. Students continue to experiment and express themselves creatively by familiarising themselves with artists/art movements, including: Redmer Hoekstra, Surrealism, Picasso, Cubism. 

    Students will undertake a number of projects, including the Miximals and Picasso inspired Cubist clay face projects, and will produce a variety of final pieces.  Students will explore the use of Zentangles, Berol Pen & water, pencil and clay and will start to work on a larger scale.

  • (Year 9: Students work on 2 large projects throughout the year, Portraiture (‘Who am I?’ inspired by Grayson Perry) and a GCSE style independent project with a given theme.  Students work independently and begin to adopt the GCSE style of working in preparation for KS4.)

    Students are required to improve/develop their research/recording skills and art history knowledge in order to produce a body of work in support of their final piece.

(KS4 Curriculum information published March 2017 and is subject to change)

Key Stage 4 - Years (9), 10 and 11

Art, Craft & Design GCSE encourages students to actively engage with art and design in order to develop as effective independent learners and critical/reflective thinkers with enquiring minds

Art, Craft & Design GCSE full details

Key Stage 5 - Years 12 and 13 (Sixth Form)

A Level Art & Design gives students the opportunity to work independently in order to develop their creative ability and personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms.

Art, Craft & Design A Level full details

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