Art and Design

We explore the Art world past and present and through a very hands on curriculum.  Basic skills such as observational drawing, shading, collage, oil, pastels, watercolours and acrylic paints will be studied throughout KS3 to give all students the ability to take full pleasure in the beauty that surrounds them.  Students will study artists and find styles of Art they enjoy and have the freedom to explore materials and be able to develop their creative side.


Year 7

We begin with pencil control. Introduce freehand sketching, shape and tone.

Project 1: Pop Art  Our first Artist studies are colourful and bold. Students will complete and Artist study, make an oil pastel print and a 3D wrappers project.

Project 2: Street Art  We Study British Artist Jon Bergerman, using his inspiration students will produce a mixed media final piece jammed full of their own creature creations!


Year 8

We return to pencil work and begin the year with a still life from a composition photograph the students themselves created and took. “Tone”  is our Year 8 Mantra.

Project 1: Cubism  Using just 4 shades of pencil crayon students create a cubist style sill life.  This skill is then developed into a watercolour A3 piece.

Project 2: Abstract  Kandinsky is our Key Artist.  Students will be taught the skills of writing a detailed artists study and how to write a personal response to a piece.  These are key skills for future Art study.  They will experience different media and go on to produce a Kandinsky Tree.

Project 3: Culture  1. Japanese Manga – watercolour; 2. Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations – Paper Mache masks


Year 9

Art becomes a creative option choice in Year 9.

Project 1:  Students will research several artists and choose which one appeals to them and produce a detailed Artist study.  They will reproduce works by the artist in different media (one will be pencil drawn) and they will be able to critique and develop their art appreciation skills.

Project 2: Explore new materials  1. Oil pastels – students will produce abstract portraits; 2. Clay – a tile will be designed and painted using acrylic paints

Project 3: Art and Words  This will be a start to finish research, develop, imagine, test and realise a final piece led by the student, using materials of their choice with the theme Art and Words.  Photography, including an introduction to the creative possibilities of Photoshop, will also be available for students to use in this project.


Year 10/11 AQA GCSE

There are currently two different courses at Key Stage 4 – Fine Art and Photography

Both options will follow the four GCSE Assessment objectives with 60% student-led coursework and 40% Examiner-set task, culminating in a 10 hour exam.

AO1 – Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.

AO2 – Refine work by exploring, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.

AO3 – Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as the work progresses.

AO4 – Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

Fine Art (AQA)  This course will provide an in depth study of a variety of artists, cultures and techniques.  Students will learn new skills and develop existing skills whilst exploring materials.  They will be required to work much more independently and use their creativity and imagination to provide solutions to problems and document their journey.  It will be expected that students work at home and after school to enable the best possible outcomes.

Photography (AQA)  This is a course at GCSE which is linked to the same assessment objectives as the Fine Art course.  This means that any student who has completed the Art course in Year 9 will have the necessary grounding to be able to complete this course at GCSE level.




Art teachers run after school Period 7s to enable students to add to their coursework or complete homework.

There is a Year 7 Art Club to encourage younger students with their Art and offer more art studio time to these keen young artists.


Support Your Child – Useful links and advice

A great way to introduce art to your child is to visit galleries and exhibitions. Visit local galleries such as The Hepworth in Wakefield, Leeds City Art Gallery, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield.  If you get an opportunity to visit degree shows, these can provide a rich and stimulating environment to see a wide range of work in a concentrated area.  There are many online sites such as the Tate, National Gallery websites, and Pinterest which is a very good visual resource.

Encourage your child to take photographs of the world around them. Phone cameras are amazing artistic tools (or can be!)


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