CFisher - Head of Creative Arts

Miss Fisher

Faculty Leader – Creative Arts

Subject Staff

Miss Irwin

Mr Handley-Griggs

Exam Board



The Subject Way

Our subject has a ‘Subject Way’ at the heart of it. Our Subject Way is designed to help students become young subject specialists. The Subject Way has two main purposes:

Firstly, to teach students the vital skills they need to achieve their full potential and gain the very best grades they can. Secondly, to teach students how each subject relates to the wider world, incorporating the life skills they will learn.

It is our belief that knowing how what you learn links to the wider world brings a subject to life and therefore improves overall understanding and engagement.
The Art faculty consists of Fine Art, Photography and Art, Craft & Design.

Curriculum Intent

To develop independent creative, artistic and passionate students that understand how Art is used in the world and how to develop confidence to use the skills in creating their own ideas.  Equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Art and Design try to ensure all students have a broad experience of creativity that explores the formal elements in all areas of drawing, painting, sculpture and photography.  This develops into more focused study at Ks4 in Photography, Craft and Fine Art allowing for a range of creative specialism which become more diverse and focused.  These will include modern, historical and cultural creativity which will be used to  develop their understanding of Art helping them to become critical, independent artists able to create their own work. 

  • All students will produce creative work, develop ideas and record experiences.
  • They will gain skills in drawing, painting and sculpture and other art, craft and design skills.
  • Be able to evaluate and analyse others’ artwork using the language of art.
  • Learn about great artists, styles movements and understand the historical and cultural developments.


How we Aim to Remove Barriers to Learning:

One of the greatest barriers to employment is the lack of understanding of basic literacy and numeracy and being able to write and speak fluently.  In the Art curriculum we try to develop all these areas whilst focusing on students’ creative ideas and the production of artwork.  We want students to confidently explain using fluent technical language what, who, how and why they are working in particular ways.

We want these experiences to support students after they leave Rawmarsh to express their opinion freely and be able to be creative in their lives in all ways.  We support students through differentiated learning by using templates, support and broken down chunked lessons by outcome and for visual impairment a range of outcomes dependent on topic. With TA support we target how and who to help both groups and individuals we use seating plans, colour overlays and paper and ensure physical disability access to areas.


How we are Developing Skills for Learning:

Creativity is a skill that needs to be enhanced and nurtured and students need to see how it is linked to all walks of life and work.  As such we have developed schemes of work that promote experimenting, risk taking with the fundamentals of creativity the formal elements.  The skills that students learn build upon each other at the same time introducing new influences to support, promote and broaden students knowledge, skills and horizons.

Faculty CPD is used to discuss, plan and develop forthcoming topics and learn new skills.  We share different resources, methods and skills to help enhance assessment and delivery using RAG stickers, teacher, pupil and peer feedback to help enhance learning.  We plan cross-curricular STEAM activities that help students to see connections within art and into other subjects they study.


How we are Fostering Personal Attributes:

As a school we follow the “Rawmarsh Way”.  As such the Art department fully embraces its intents and goals.  We encourage students to rise to the challenge in lesson and take risks in making their art pieces, explain how they made them and what they do to improve.

The students take pride in the presentation of their work and ensure all work is mounted and annotated and kept carefully in their folders.  We encourage students to half termly strive for the “Gold” awards and achieve recognition on a poster and a sticker for their folder.

They take pride in and look after our equipment and tools and ensure art rooms are left in good order so others can use them.  We expect students to work hard in lessons and take responsibility for their actions.


How we are Enriching Student’s Experiences and Broadening their Horizons:

We ensure that students are introduced to a wide variety of art forms, styles and movements and learn about great artists and look at the historical and cultural developments through to modern day.  They are  able to evaluate and analyse others’ artwork using the language of art and express opinions about theirs and others .

We try to enrich their experiences with Art clubs after school and lunch times, entry into competitions and trips to galleries.  We hope that students see past the class activity to where and how creativity is used in the world through discussions, video’s and images and encourage students to bring in their own art/photography work developed at home.

Our Curriculum

Overview of KS3: Art

Students are introduced to a wide range of Basic art, craft and design skills. They explore the four main areas drawing, printing, mixed media relief and sculptural art and a unit on photography in Y7 and Y8. Throughout the topics they explore the formal elements of Art and Design – line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour and form, and research a range of current, historical and cultural artistic links to develop the students understanding of how art and creativity can influences their work and the world around them.  The projects are designed to explore one or two of the main areas and they vary throughout Y7 and Y8.

For example, for a current project students are designing and making a Gargoyle Head constructed in card, relief newspaper, black tissue finish and white ink painted finish.  The designs were influenced from stone gargoyles, Mayan stone carvings, cartoon faces, and the street artist Phlegm.

In year 9, students have the opportunity to opt for a foundation year in our 3 main subjects which consists of Fine Art, Photography and Art, Craft and Design. These are classed as Foundation Subjects.

They will experience a wide range of techniques such as construction relief work, Linoleum reduction printing, Photographic photo shoots, and detailed Painting and Drawing. An example project for this is looking at the difference in the ideas of realism and the Cubist art movement developing photography work in the style of ManRay and cutting a Lino print designed from their own work.

Overview of KS4: Art

Students have the option to choose Art where they study Fine Art, Photography and Craft and Design Endorsement. Students receive 2 lessons per week, over one year to complete a foundation course which gives them the skills and knowledge to confidently select their Y10/Y11 course.  The courses are divided into 60% coursework and 40% exam.  The exam is undertaken during Term 2 in Y11.

Due to the Pandemic currently there will not be a final exam. Students will be graded on coursework alone.

Fine Art

Overview of KS4:

Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of Fine Art, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and a combination of areas:

  • Painting and drawing
  • Mixed media, including collage and assemblage
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking, relief, intaglio and lithography
  • Students are required to integrate critical, practical and theoretical study in Fine Art that encourages direct engagement with original work and practice.

An example topic would be Landscapes. The students choose landscape artists that they like and study their work at home and in school. During the lesson they will be taught a range of 3/4 new skills based around landscape and they plan their final piece based on the topic. They could use any of the skills they have learned previously so it could be a clay pot or an oil painting or a lamp shade design.


SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural)

Students regularly examine works of art from other cultures such as Aboriginal and African tribal art. Students examine these cultural references and use these to reflect, imagine and create their own work. Students also explore British cultural values by looking at well-known British artists, and comparing their work with contemporary pieces as a way of explaining how life in Britain has changed over time. Discussion is encouraged and students are asked to research Art and Design work independently and make personal selective choices.



Art students research a range of Art styles such as painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture both historical and modern and also look at cultures, architecture and film making. They often have the opportunity to recreate the work using materials at home and develop their own imaginative artwork from the research. They will also be expected to collect and take photographs, make drawings and sketches from first hand objects and subjects such as nature, animals, portraits and buildings.