Head of department: Mrs H Parsons


Art lessons encourage students to look at the world around them.
We begin to explore the technical processes involved in being creative and also look at the concepts behind Art and Design.

Year 7

In Year 7 we look at the building blocks of Art such as line, composition, tone and colour. We look at the world of natural forms and self-portraits and begin to think about how we relate to the world around us. We look at a selection of artists who have made self-portraits such as Vincent Van Gogh. We also look at Michael Craig Martin and David Hockney.

Year 8

In Year 8 we start to look at the bigger picture and the world of different cultures. We look in depth at Japan, Africa and Europe. We explore the techniques of printmaking and begin to develop a portfolio of prints.

Year 9


In Year 9 we begin a “Foundation Course” of skills. We look at the GCSE assessment matrix and create work in a variety of different media and styles. The Natural and Organic Forms project is begun.

Techniques such as painting in acrylics, watercolours and oils are developed. Printmaking techniques of mono printing, poly tile and rubber block print are experimented with. Drawing and photography are looked at in detail so assessment objective A03, (Record) is met successfully. 3D techniques are also looked at where clay, wire and modroc are used.

The work of artists is explored in depth. Written work is essential as is the skill of transcription of artists’ works. Final pieces are not developed during this initial year of GCSE study but the skill of creating ideas towards a final piece is begun.

Year 10 & 11

At GCSE students study the syllabus of Edexcel. This involves producing a body of coursework and an ESA (externally set assignment). 

The coursework unit is called “Organic and Natural Forms” and is worth 60% of the overall grade.
At GCSE the coursework is split up in to different assessment objectives.
Recording observations involves drawing, taking digital photos and writing notes.
Analyse and Evaluate involves looking at the world of Art history and different cultures. Writing about artists from different eras and locations.
Refine and Review involves students experimenting with a variety of different materials and demonstrating the skills they are developing.
Present/ Realise intentions involves making a final piece which clearly relates to the Natural forms topic and the artists the students have been exploring.

The ESA involves repeating the process and criteria of the coursework unit but on a smaller scale. The ESA is worth 40% of the overall grade.
The title of the ESA is set by the exam board and is given to students in January.


Homework tasks may include:
• Draw a member of your family
• Write an essay about David Hockney
• Print out a world map and write all the different cultures on
• Take a series of photographs that you can put in to Photoshop
• Activities on SAM learning or specific Art websites
• Visit a museum or gallery in the holidays and collect a variety of postcards
• Design a Christmas card.


Art club runs every Wednesday after school. All students are welcome to attend and create projects of their own or complete coursework or homework.

Students will also have the opportunity to go on a variety of trips at key stage 3 to the Tate Gallery, National Gallery and Kew Gardens.

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Careers and Further study

Students who study GCSE Art and Design can go on to study the subject at A level and university. The study of Art at local colleges can help students to go on to careers in fashion, product design, graphics, computer animation and even to become a famous artist.