Art is a foundation subject of the National Curriculum and an important part of developing our student’s ability to stimulate and develop their individual creativity, express their ideas and understanding and to work both individually and collaboratively with others.

The art curriculum aims to ensure that students are able to develop key skills using specific media and techniques. Engaging enthusiasm, creativity and imagination is a vital part of the art curriculum.  We plan and deliver skills focusing on a particular skill or aspect of Art throughout the school Year. Our aim is to ensure that children are confident approaching artwork, feel a strong sense of achievement, value the impact of art within their own lives and are able to reach their full potential.

Art and Design provides the students with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.

The role of the art teacher is to support students by encouraging them to believe in themselves, in order to give them the confidence they need to succeed as growing individuals. To support this pride in their work, it is vital to offer students a classroom environment in which they feel comfortable and at ease with one another and the teacher. Within the setting of our school it is important to address the therapeutic and sensory element of art which helps stimulate and engage students in the art lessons e.g. the use of different textures and materials such as clay, playdough or flour paste for printing and the use of tools and different paint types such as crayons, inks bubbles, glitter, plaster and pebbles.

Key stage 3

The KS3 curriculum provides students with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Students learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, and 3D work and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Students are introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists, craftspeople and designers in order to help them develop their own style. The skills acquired are applied to cross-curricular topics. Students are encouraged to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth e.g. by sketching still life artefacts in detail, researching geographical locations to support their work on landscape painting or using art as a medium to express emotion and thought to enhance their personal, social and emotional development.

Many areas of art link with mathematical ideas of shape and space e.g. when printing repeating patterns, designs, and thinking about 3D shapes to support structures. It is paramount that artwork be purposeful; be this as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire their own work.

Each project is designed to enhance and build on initial skills taught going into greater depth whilst encouraging creative thinking, risk-taking and confidence.

Key Stage 4

At KS4 we offer a 2 year AQA GCSE or an AQA Award Unit so that all pupils can access the curriculum and obtain a qualification. Students continue to learn new techniques and refine skills they will utilise in their art projects.

The GCSE comprises elements of coursework in the form of a portfolio, sketchbook, and journal recording their ideas and processes, controlled assessment and a final exam in January / February. The GCSE is based on four assessment objectives which must be covered in their project. The objective is to look at the student’s ability to develop individual ideas, explore and experiment with different media in order to refine those ideas, record and evaluate artwork and produce a final piece. Students will complete an externally set task in year 11, which will include preparatory work and a 10-hour final piece.

The AQA award unit is a shorted set of objectives that the student has to complete during the course of the year.

We aim to ensure that every student has the opportunity to leave with a qualification.