Art Department


Head of Department: Mrs M Dean


Departmental Curriculum

Students are taught how to develop their creative ideas through a curriculum that a broad and balanced. Students are given opportunities to develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.

Students explore a range of materials, processes and techniques increasing their proficiency in the handling of different materials that link to the given theme. Students are shown how to analyse and evaluate their own work, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their final pieces.


In Year 7, students will:

Develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers to inform their own work. Students will be taught how to use a range of techniques to record their observations when creating self-portraits and researching marine life. Students will have the opportunity to use a range of techniques and media, including painting when researching the artist Hundertwasser and weaving when learning about colour. Students will analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others to improve the visual impact and applications of their own art work.


In Year 8, students will:

Continue to develop a range of skills to support their development within the subject. Students will create drawings of their local landscapes, paintings of natural forms and animal drawings to be developed into 3D objects.


In Year 9, students will:

Be taught a scheme of work that remains broad, giving students the opportunity to investigate and explore their intentions, with a number of practical outcomes. Students will learn about the formal elements and artists that link to the theme of Prayer. Skills will continue to developed as students are given the opportunity to explore a range of materials, processes and techniques to form purposeful investigations.


In Years 10 and 11, students study and revise the following:

Three areas of study. Starting with Patterns moving on to Text in Art. The third element is the external set exam towards the end of year 11. The exam covers a selection of outcomes that students can select from.

Skills-based approach

The AQA specification has been designed to allow students to develop knowledge and understanding during the course through a variety of learning experiences and approaches, including engagement with sources. This will allow them to develop the skills to explore, create and communicate their own ideas. Students will demonstrate these skills through the development, refinement, recording, realisation and presentation of their ideas through a portfolio and by responding to an externally set assignment.