Head of Department

Mrs Whadcock/Jones

Powerful Knowledge

Powerful knowledge in Art, Craft and Design is understanding how creative, artistic expression can tell the story of the time, place and culture in which it was created.

Curriculum Intent

The Art Department is dedicated to providing lessons that engage, inspire and challenge students and that will equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and create their own works of Art, Craft and Design.

Students will:

  • Acquire the skills to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of creative disciplines.
  • Be able to communicate what they see, feel and think using drawing and mark-making and through the exploration of colour, texture, form, pattern and construction and the use of different materials and processes.
  • Learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions.
  • Investigate ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers – past and present.
  • Increase competence and confidence in their ability to respond to and engage with the visual culture of the contemporary world and with natural and built environments.
  • Develop transferable skills and dispositions, which are key to enhancing personal development and future learning in post-16 educational establishments, through university education, and into the world of work.

Our curriculum will provide a rich source of cultural capital in which students are able to learn about how Art, Craft and Design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Year 7

In Year 7 curriculum students will engage in a wide range of drawing activities. They will develop their knowledge of mark-making and gain an understanding of basic techniques and materials and will be able to recognize pencil types and be able to differentiate to suit their purpose. Recording from direct observation and secondary sources, the focus will be placed upon developing their understanding of the formal elements of art such as line, tone, shape, form, texture, scale, proportion. A range of media will be explored in order for students to interpret their experiences. Relevant artists referenced to inform their learning include Albrecht Durer, Leonardo Da Vinci, Charles Tunnicliffe, Adrienne Craddock, Lisa Larson Galia Bernstein. Skills and techniques experienced in Year 7 include drawing and painting, colour theory, recording the formal elements, print-making, collagraph, intaglio, sgraffito, mono-print, clay.

Year 8

In Year 8, knowledge and skills acquired from prior experience are reinforced whilst new techniques and processes are introduced through the study of Architecture and the Environment. Students will develop their knowledge of perspective, composition, construction, relief,design concepts, printing techniques. Students reference the work of artists past and present. Relevant artists referenced to inform their learning include David Gentleman, the Boyle Family, Ian Murphy, John Piper, Stuart Davis and John Brickels. Skills and techniques experienced in Year 8 drawing and painting, perspective, polyblock printing, collage, 3D.

Year 9

In Year 9, the knowledge and skills acquired from prior experience are reinforced whilst new techniques and processes are introduced through the study of Portraiture. Students explore diverse styles and concepts surrounding this theme. Students will develop their knowledge of abstraction, cubism, modernism. They are directed towards either a more independent journey or a more specifically guided, linear route dependent upon their capability as a potential GCSE student. Students reference the work of artists past and present. Relevant artists referenced to inform their learning include Fred Hatt, Mark Powell, Florian Nicole, Ed Fairburn and Pablo Picasso. Skills and techniques experienced in Year 9  include drawing and painting, collaging, stencilling, screen printing, relief.

The GCSE Art, Craft and Design course aims to promote learning across a variety of experiences and through various processes, tools, techniques, materials and resources to generate different kinds of evidence of working and outcomes. The course is broad and encourages the exploration of practical and critical/contextual study through a range of 2D and 3D techniques and processes.

Students should produce practical and contextual work associated with two or more disciplines. These include fine art, textiles design, graphic communication, three-dimensional design and photography.

During the course, students are encouraged to develop a greater awareness and appreciation of Art and Design history and contemporary practice and are offered an experience of either a gallery visit or an artist workshop.

It should be recognised that Art and Design complements other areas of the curriculum and offers an extensive range of opportunities post-GCSE.

This subject area requires from its students a determined, mature and committed approach to learning and encourages increased confidence, independence, creativity and individuality.

Students are required to organise a portfolio of thoughtfully presented coursework which demonstrates the breadth and depth of the course of study. This contributes towards the final grade and should include evidence of research, the development of ideas and meaningful links with critical/contextual sources.

The Art Department team encourages students to adopt an individual creative language with which to express these ideas through the form of written annotation.

Coursework - 60% weighting
Examination - 40% weighting

Grades 1-9

Preparatory period + 10 hour controlled test.


Homework is issued 10 times per project/theme. In addition, students are expected to undertake further independent research to support their ideas.


Selected work produced during the two year course is displayed at the annual Open Evening event.

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