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Students develop their skills in both traditional and digital media across both Key Stages. They learn to improve their drawing abilities and gain experience in a range of techniques and processes alongside expressing their own ideas.

Curriculum at KS3

Art is studied in Years 7-9 for one hour a week. The following paragraphs outline the topics students’ study.

Resources for homework can be found on the Art Homework Site.

Year 7

Students will start the term with an Introduction to Art where they begin to build up basic skills in drawing and the use of colour and tone. They then explore perspective and how to create depth in two-dimensional images and finish the year working on on Portraiture; drawing themselves in relation to artists that they have researched.

Year 8

Students work on a graphic design project in which they research, plan, develop and refine their ideas for a CD cover, moving on to developing their skills in Photoshop and re-interpret their designs in a digital format. Pupils finish the year by looking at mark-making skills and observational drawing.

Year 9

Students start the year looking at the work of M.C. Escher and learn how to manipulate tessellating shapes and develop their own design for an interlocking tile. They then move on to studying the figure through the medium of a comic book project that ties together previous units of work ranging from portraiture to perspective landscape drawing. Students finish the year developing their Photoshop skills in preparation for GCSE Art, BTEC Art and Design or iMedia.

Curriculum at KS4


GCSE Art is assessed as two units of work; the personal portfolio and the ESA (externally set assignment). The GCSE covers a range of activities and in-depth assignments. Students have the opportunity to experiment with different media in order to explore their strengths and preferences. There are a wide range of approaches within the Fine Art syllabus on which to focus, or students may choose to work in several areas. Whatever students choose, the main aim of the course is to develop their visual language skills and to build a comprehensive portfolio of work to progress to further courses or employment.

GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art)
Unit 1: Portfolio of Work 60%
Unit 2: Externally Set Task 40%

Examination body – AQA GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art)

BTEC First

The BTEC First Award in Art and Design consists of four units of work; three internally set units and an externally set assignment. The BTEC course covers a range of skills based around real world scenarios or project briefs. Students research into art practitioners, develop their practical skills and gain an understanding of the formal elements of art.

Examination body – Pearson BTEC First in Art and Design

Useful resources

Below are some links where you can find further information about Art:

BBC Bitesize 
AQA GCSE Art and Design Specification
Pearson BTEC First in Art and Design Specification