Department leader: Melissa Emerson

In Art we aim to encourage students to be creative by exploring their own ideas and recording their experiences. Students will be encouraged to work with a wide variety of media, materials and processes.  Students have the opportunity to explore drawing, painting and photography as well as 3D form and textiles.

Students learn how to critically reflect on their own work and the work of others. The children are given the opportunity to study work of great artists, craft makers and designers and are taught how art has influenced historical and cultural development around the world.

Course Information:

Key Stage 3 Art aims to engage, inspire and challenge students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Students are introduced to Art as a process. As students’ progress they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art. Students will be required to:

·        Produce their own art and develop their own ideas whilst exploring other cultures, movements and artists.

·        Develop their skills using a variety of media and techniques, including taught and experimental uses of materials, to create outcomes.

·        Drawing is at the heart of all Art activities and is taught regularly as a discipline for visual communication.

·        Understand the meanings of new technical terminology and use it to evaluate their own work and analyse the work of others.

·        Develop an understanding of Art throughout history in context within the development of their personal work.

·        Understand the process of experimentation, evaluation and refinement of materials and techniques.

Independent learning is strongly encouraged at Key Stage 3, and visits to art galleries, exhibitions, cultural destinations and architectural sites is a great way of giving the students a greater visual awareness. In addition students work is regularly used in department and school displays.

At GCSE level we offer 4 subjects to choose from: Fine Art, Photography, 3D Art and Textile Design.

The GCSE curriculum follows the Edexcel syllabus. During the course students will develop the core skills of developing ideas and analysing the work of other artists, experimenting and exploring  with media, recording and understanding, realising and evaluating through a series of coursework projects. This will enable students to develop their understanding of the Assessment Objectives so that they become confident and independent learners. 

The assessment of coursework comprises 60% of the examination marks, with the 10 hour timed test and supporting studies comprising the remaining 40% of the marks.

Students will begin the course by broadening their knowledge of a wide variety of different media and techniques. They will be guided through an introductory foundation course to create multiple outcomes which enables students to improve the quality of their basic skills. 

Students are then able to work through their own projects to develop artwork that is personal to them which develops their personal interests. This allows students to begin working more independently through their own ideas.  Coursework  assignments are worth 60% of the Art GCSE.

In year 11 students will work on creating a portfolio of artwork based on a theme set by the exam board. This will culminate in a 10 hour exam and is worth 40% of the Art GCSE.


Further reading:

Drawing Projects for Children

13 Art Techniques Children Should Know

Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-For Budding Artists of All Ages (Lab Series)


Useful Websites:


Reading list:

GCSE Bitesize Art & Design Complete Revision and Practice (Bitesize GCSE)

200 Projects to Get You into Art School

Art and Design Activebook: Building the Best Portfolio

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