Staff Quote

Subject Leader

Sara Erwin


Phyllis Nicholls
Kirsty Redhead
Jo Hamaali

“Believe it or not, I can actually draw.”
- Michelangelo"

“To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams.”
- Banksy"

“Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.”
- Dali"

“Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.”
- Leonardo da Vinci"

“The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting.”
- Vincent Van Gogh"

“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.”
- Claude Monet"

Why study Art?

More and more it is becoming apparent that the arts are truly beneficial, not only as valid areas of study in their own right, but also because they tend to improve academic performance in general. Those who teach the visual arts see how the children respond, how their motivation stimulates productivity, and how their involvement in the creative process causes them to blossom and become even more productive.

Aims / Objectives

In Art we aim :

  • For students to learn to appreciate and understand the visual arts around them
  • For students to achieve at and above their target grades in Art and Design at all Key Stages
  • To set SSS projects regularly to further develop understanding

Key Stage 3

Students experience a structured approach to the teaching of Art and Design which focuses on continuity, progression, breadth of experience and high expectations. Our schemes of work have been developed to give the students a broad experience of art skills as well as developing the understanding and appreciation of different kinds of Art.

Students Painting Masks 

In Year 7 and 8 students focus on the concepts of line, tone, pattern, texture, form and colour, with each year building upon the knowledge and understanding of the previous. Projects may be 2 or 3 dimensional, developing skills in Painting and Drawing. Students will then follow schemes of work, which will focus on learning transferable skills which can be used across the curriculum. The units of work are based on Portraits and Colour, Rainforest and Totem Poles.

Students are encouraged to expand their specialist vocabulary and are introduced to making and keeping a sketchbook in order to experiment, record and investigate materials and ideas, encouraging independent working. Integral to each project is reference to the work of the artist, designer or craft person from different cultures and periods. In addition to class work, students will be set regular homework tasks, which will involve accessing the internet to research visual and written information on artists and their work. They may also be asked to complete drawing and sketching activities, experiment with different materials and evaluate their work. Regular assessment and monitoring ensures progression through the Key Stage, linked to the National Curriculum Levels for Art.

Finished work is evaluated and students decide where improvements can be made in future pieces. Work is displayed in the Art rooms and in a variety of venues around the academy to celebrate the success of the student.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 all students are expected to complete a full course in Art and Design.

All GCSE students studying Art and Design follow the EDEXCEL Specification and will be given the opportunity to experience painting and drawing, printing, 3D Construction and related Mixed Media. Over the weekly timetable, Students in year ten and eleven have three fifty minute lesson and class sets are mixed at this level. The Coursework completed by each pupil accounts for 60% of the final mark, and the external exam takes place in May at the end of year, which is also worth 40%.

Art classStudents will be expected to produce two units of work, engaging with, analysing and reflecting upon the artwork of artists, craft workers and designers. They will use a range of processes, techniques and media throughout their sketchbooks to develop ideas, record observations and research artists. Students will participate in a 10 hour mock exam, which will take place over two days. Pupils will be expected to produce sketchbook work and preparatory work ready for the exam. Students will carry on working on their individual projects before preparing for their actual exam in May. Homework will be given throughout the course, which will include research, sketchbook work and preparation work. This will always be discussed with pupils on an individual basis.

Key Stage 5

We offer at Key Stage Five: Fine Art AS Level

Art WorkAll AS Level students studying Art and Design follow the OCR Specification. Over the weekly timetable, pupils have six fifty minute lesson and class sets are mixed at this level. The AS course is 100% exam. The AS exam is a stand Alone Grade.

Facilities in the department are good and a range of activities including drawing, painting. All students are taught as a group but undertake individual projects within that group which reflect their strengths and interests in this highly creative subject.

Each student is assessed on an individual basis and is offered guidance and support with their class work and homework requirements.

Staff in the department runs extracurricular activity on a regular basis to which all students are welcome.