Art and Design

Departmental Information

Year 7: Students all study Art and Design to enable them to learn new skills and develop existing ones. We will explore a wide variety of materials and processes over the three terms.  Firstly, students will learn basic drawing skills and use still life artists as inspiration. Secondly students will learn about colour theory and develop painting skills based on inspiration from Cubism artists. Within these projects there will be the opportunity to learn key skill such as how to research successfully and all skills and projects are linked to GCSE assessment criteria.

Year 8: At the end of year 7 students can opt to continue with Art and Design which is taught over three lessons each week.  This gives us the opportunity to develop skills in more depth and introduce new materials such as clay.  Art skills are taught through several projects including Bugs, Architecture and Hundertwasser.  Skills are developed both in the classroom and at home so a set of sketching pencils, coloured pencils, water colour paint and brushes will help with homework and classwork. The course will give a thorough grounding in Art and Design allowing them to progress to a pre-option in Art and Design which will be directly linked to the key stage four course.

Year 9: Students can continue to choose Art and Design in year 9 as a pre-option which will give them a real flavour of the GCSE course ahead. They will have three lessons per week and will ideally have studied art in year 8 where the basic skills have been practised.  The projects are GCSE style and will enable the students to begin to understand the Assessment Objectives in relation to their work. We will use a wide variety of materials and develop skills in painting, drawing, digital media, printing and mixed media. It is recommended that any student taking Art at this level has their own basic art equipment to enable work to be completed at home successfully.

Year 10/11 AQA GCSE : We teach two different courses at key stage four Fine Art and Photography

Both options will follow the four GCSE Assessment objectives with 60% Coursework and 40% Controlled Test

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 has no pre-option but is linked to the same assessment objectives as the Fine Art course.  This means that any student who has completed the Art and Design pre-option in year 9 will have the necessary grounding to be able to complete this course at GCSE level.


Departmental Staff

Miss L Mitchell (Head of Faculty)



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


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.

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