Teachers are often asked why pupils should study Art in high school.  The common responses relate to creative thinking, broadening the mind and feeding the soul.  The Creative subjects are an excellent choice for a growing number of pupils.  Here are nine reasons to study Art in high school:
  • The internet has created an explosion of opportunity for digital designers and multimedia artists
  • Fine artists can reach a worldwide market at the click of a button
  • High school students can achieve recognition while studying
  • Those with a wide skill set have an advantage, in any career
  • Studying Art improves performance in other subjects
  • Good marks impress, no matter what
  • Art marks are not solely dependent on an exam
  • Coursework teaches you self-discipline
  • Art makes you happy
Brief outline including headings of units covered in Years 7 & 8

At KS3 in Art, pupils follow the National curriculum in Art & Design.  Our aim is to ensure that all pupils are given a broad art education that allows them to explore a wide variety of materials and techniques developing an active interest in the subject. 

Art develops essential critical thinking skills and whereas much of what students learn in school is concrete, art classes encourage creative and abstract thought. Skills learnt in art are transferable and art boosts academic performance, motivation and creativity in other subjects As well as developing the ability to analyse, evaluate and problem solve.

Our vision as a Teaching and Learning Area is to create well-rounded students, who are able to work creatively and can succinctly express their own ideas and beliefs through skilful independent work.

In Year 7 pupils cover the formal elements of Art and Design in the first term which can then be built upon over the two year period. This includes Mark making, Tone, Texture and the Colour wheel / Colour theory. Pupils are introduced to the skills and complete various tasks to secure these skills. They will explore hot and cold colours and practice their own colour blending and mixing during this scheme of work

In the spring and summer terms they move on to complete project work based on the themes of Aboriginal art and Nature. They put the skills from the first term into practice and study artists Kandinsky and Helen Musselwhite.

In Year 8 pupils study the topics of Pop Art and Landscapes. Pupils are also introduced to the work of artists Lichtenstein, Warhol and Hundertwasser.   Each project is designed to enhance and build on initial skills taught in Year 7 going into greater depth, whilst encouraging creative thinking, risk-taking and confidence. These skills include 3D sculpture, shading, accurate drawing and painting. This is an exciting stage in the development of pupils and we hope they enjoy it.

In both Year 7 & 8 Students will also receive short term homework’s to help support their development in lessons, these will range from simply researching / collecting images to work from to gathering materials to use within their work. Pupils are often asked to complete classwork as a homework task in preparation for their next art lesson.

Below is a link which KS3 pupils may enjoy:

Qualification being studied at Year 9-11 including exam board, unit names and assessment
GCSE Fine Art is offered to pupils in Year 9 and 10 at KS4, we follow the AQA (8201-8206) syllabus.  Fine Art allows pupils to work with a wide range of media, from painting and drawing to three dimensional work, photography and more mixed media based art.  Many of these skills have been covered in lower school but are developed fully at GCSE level.  This is a general course which allows pupils to develop their skills and work independently.
In Year 9 pupils will complete a range of mini projects designed to build upon their skills and strengths at GCSE.  Work will be folder based in order to build up a portfolio of evidence to meet the AQA criteria.
In Year 10 pupils will begin their first project based sketchbook and this will be around the theme of African Art.  Pupils will study a number of areas within this topic including Masks, Pattern, African animals and they will look at the work of Chidi Okoye and Twin Seven Seven.  These starting points will lead them to produce their first controlled exam piece.
The course consists of a Coursework element which is carried out throughout Years 9, 10 and at the very beginning of Year 11.  This is worth 60% of the marks, and is followed by a final examination in Year 11 of 10 hours (over 2 full days) worth 40% of the total marks.  This is preceded by a preparation period, during which pupils study the question paper, decide what they are going to do and make the necessary preparations.  The questions are externally set by the exam board – AQA.



Contact the Department
You can e-mail the Curriculum Leader of Performance here.