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.

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.

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.

Art & Craft

Overview of KS4:

This title promotes 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. Emphasis is on an increased breadth of approach commensurate in demand with the other titles. The context of practice, rather than the breadth of activities and/or range of media employed, determines whether a student’s work can be described as art-based, craft-based and/or design based   The course is divided into 60% coursework and 40% exam which is sat during Y11. Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of, such as those listed below

  • Fine Art – g. drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and mixed media
  • Graphic Communication- e.g. advertising, branding, illustration, package design and typography
  • Textile Design – e.g. fashion design, costume design, stich and pattern surface.
  • Three Dimensional Design – e.g. architectural, ceramic, environmental and sculptural design.
  • Photography – e.g. portraiture, documentary, location and studio photography.

Component 1: must show evidence of working in areas of study drawn from two or more of the titles taking into account the distinguishing characteristics of art, craft and design. Component 2: must show evidence of areas of study drawn from one or more of the titles.  Students must explore work in 2 dimensional work and or 3 dimensional work.  They may explore overlapping areas and use a combination of areas.  Students are required to integrate critical, practical and theoretical study in Textile Design that encourages direct engagement with original work and practice.

An example of a topic would be cardboard construction of an everyday object such as a camera.  Students would look at the Artist Craig Martin for drawing techniques and Chris Gilmore for card construction skills.  This would help the students to understand how the object looks three dimensionally enabling them to plan and design the card object.  Chris Gilmore’s work shows how to join and fix the card to create the sculpture.  The finish will be linked to a photography task and the images used to decorate the final object.


Art Craft and Design students research designers, artists and craft makers such as jewellery, fashion designers and accessories makers. Tasks could be recreating a sample from the designers using the techniques they use such as weaving, pleating, stitching and embroidery. They will also be expected to gather materials that they can use in sample construction in class.



Overview of KS4: Photography

KS4 GCSE Photography follows the AQA Art Craft and Design Photography and Lens Based Media Endorsement. The course is divided into 60% coursework and 40% exam which is sat during Y11. Students should work in one or more areas of lens-based and light-based media such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping and a combination of areas:

  • Portraiture
  • Landscape photography (working from the built or natural environment)
  • Still Life photography, (working from natural or manufactured objects)
  • Documentary photography, photo journalism, narrative photography, reportage
  • Fine Art photography, photographic installation
  • New media practice such as computer manipulated photography and photographic projections

Candidates are required to integrate critical, practical and theoretical study in lens-based and light-based media that encourages direct engagement with original work and practice.

An example project could be based on ‘Close ups’. Students would look at photographers work that have used close up photography techniques and then apply these skills to their own photographs (for example a photograph of food). They then look at ways of enhancing their photographs with photo shop or artistically and select the images that best answer the question ‘Close ups’.


Photography students research different photographic artists and styles of photography. They look at different effects, compositions and presentations of photographs such as close up, lighting, perspective and using a range of camera settings. Students manipulate images both manually and digitally using phone apps and the printed image. They will also be required to collect a large assortment of images that relate to current projects.

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