Art Department

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Our Art department provides a cheerful friendly environment where pupils can feel secure and confident to be creative.

Within the department we have 2 specialist Art studios in which we have the facilities to create masterpieces in a wide variety of media including fine Art, textiles, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and digital Art. We also have a computer suite and department Ipads which we use regularly to aid resourcing and for photography and digital manipulation.

We believe that every child has the ability to succeed in Art and should produce work and gain grades to be proud of.

Children are encouraged to explore their minds, furthering their understanding of their environment and responding to and developing their own ideas. Pupils are encouraged to become independent thinkers to be self motivated and to have a high level of self belief.

Every child will be taught a variety of techniques throughout their school lives, ranging from paint and sculpture to design, textiles, photography, expressive arts and printmaking.

The appreciation and knowledge of Art History is an integral part of their studies extending pupils understanding of how meaning is communicated in images and artefacts related to Western Art, past to contemporary and the Art provided through different cultures. The selection will be made in order to extend pupils’ experience and knowledge, and to develop an appreciation of the richness of our diverse cultural heritage.

This approach will help balance and develop their creative, imaginative and practical skills. However, there are options to specialise in textiles, sculpture, graphics or fine Art.

During Key Stage 3 Students will have the opportunity to work with many different materials and they will enjoy many different projects.

Basic themes and techniques will be adapted and changed each year, but the overall themes and techniques to be taught are as follows: Still life, portraits, self –expression, graphic design and the study of other cultures and artists.

Please look at the document below for further details.

Programme of Study

Through each of these projects the formal elements of Art will be taught.  Every project will allow students to explore and develop their ideas and will encourage them to evaluate and develop their work.  The knowledge which they gain each year will be built upon the following year. As a part of each project students will be encouraged to think creatively and work independently.

Time Allocation

All students in Key stage 3 receive one double lesson of Art every two weeks. This is taught on a week A & B basis. A single lesson consists of 50 minutes.
Key Stage 4

We are following the AQA ART ANDESIGN UNENDORSED (3201) syllabus.

The course consists of 60% coursework and 40% exam.

The students are given starting points then will be guided through the projects with a series of workshops and Artists introductions. All students are expected to work independently and the majority use the after school studio sessions as an opportunity to improve their work and grade.

Digital galleries of previous work is displayed on the department website.

All students have to use two or more areas of study as specified below. Painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles, graphics, printmaking, photography, textiles, graphics, digital art and Sculpture.

They are required to enter at least two coursework projects for their examination.

At the end of the two years the students exhibit all the work in their end of year show.

After Christmas in year 11 the students start preparation for their GCSE exam. Until that point all classwork and homework completed is used as coursework.

Time Allocation

In year 9, all students get 4, 50 minute lessons a week in year 10 and 11, they get 3. Students are also encouraged to attend lunchtime and after school sessions.


The Art Department believes that homework is an important way of encouraging independent study skills and it can successfully reinforce and support the learning of all our pupils.

To this end, homework is not always set on a weekly basis instead pupils will be set homework when a specific concept or technique needs to be understood and improved.  All Art students however, are encouraged to practice their own technical skills and to develop their own projects/work at home, bringing their pieces into school for their teacher to see and comment on.

This independent study is started in Year 7 and continues throughout key stage 4.

All work which is set in the Art department is designed to cover one of 4 assessment objectives; Explore, Create, Understand and Develop and Evaluate. These objectives not only follow the National Curriculum guidelines, but also are used during GCSE. This allows the students to become very familiar with the correct language and allows them to appreciate what the lesson/homework objectives are.

When a specific homework/project is set, it will be marked in line with the department assessment policy.  Each of the assessment objectives will be assessed against the students’ target grade and will be classed as ‘progressing towards,’ ‘In line with,’ or ‘Exceeding’.

GCSE and Key Stage 3 work is moderated within the department during the course of the year to make sure of consistency of standards.

A positive/suggested task (known to the students as a ‘sticker task’ in ks3 and ‘post it note’ in key stage 4) is written on each piece of  assessed work.  This serves to encourage the pupils to improve their own work and gives them a specific target to improve next time.

All students have an Art sketchbook that they are issued at the beginning of the year, which can be used at home and in class; however some students prefer to buy their own, again encouraging independent learning.

Key Stage 3

Homework tasks may take the form of short tasks or an extended project, building up the experience for KS4 style coursework.

Homework tasks may involve research, therefore, the use of Art books, magazines and the internet is necessary, but if this is not possible at home, then the school library, IT suites and the Art room resources are available for all students to use.

Art materials may be borrowed from school if students do not have their own supply, however all students should have their own supply of pencil, coloured pencils, sharpener and rubber.

Please note; No specific task will be set which requires the use of paint.  However, if a student has paints and would like to use them, they are encouraged to do so.

Key Stage 4

In the preparation for GCSE, homework plays a crucial role in determining success or failure. Pupils are expected to work at their own level in their sketchbook.  This is an ongoing situation.  At relevant points, their sketchbook will be taken in for observation and assessment, when the teacher will look through the sketchbook, make comments and set targets for ways of improving their work.

Art Department Staff list.

Head of Department : Mrs Davies  BA (hons)  Fine Art (sculpture)

Teacher of Art : Mrs Denyer BA (hons) Fine Art (mixed media)

Teacher of Art : Mrs Holgate B Ed(hons) Physical education and Art

Technician: Mrs Sessford