Visual Arts

Curriculum Information for Visual Arts



Mrs Rebecca Stephenson

Head of Department

Miss Jo Lilley

Head of Sixth form, teacher of art and textiles

Mr Nesbitt

Teacher of art and photography

Mrs Victoria O’Farrell

Teacher of art and photography, acting Deputy Headteacher

Miss Danielle Ash

Art technician

As a department we believe that every child has the ability to achieve within the Visual arts and that Art helps to develop pupils’ self-confidence. We nurture pupils’ creative talents by promoting their work through a series of exhibitions and providing them with a valuable skill set which they will use in later life.

Keystage 3

In year seven and eight all pupils are taught art and design for two lessons a week. During these lessons they are taught practical skills alongside creative thinking, problem solving and the ability to critically analyse the art and design work of others.

The majority of pupils in year nine also study art and design for two lesson a week, with the exception of a small number who choose to take separate sciences. Class work is supported through targeted homework tasks which are set a minimum of once a fortnight.  Pupils are also given opportunities to improve their literacy skills through formal written evaluations and a variety of starter activities. Work is assessed formally 3 times a term, and pupils are given an opportunity to make improvements in light of their feedback.


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7 - Baseline

Basic skills – drawing from observation, colour work, analysing the work of other artists.

Graphic design – working to a live brief for the Lions Clubs International.


Imaginative sculpture- developing skills in designing from imagination, transforming 2D designs into 3D work

Layered drawings, experimenting with mark-making, use of materials, drawing from observation


Formal elements – line, tone, colour, pattern, texture, space and form. Practical work to show understanding alongside the study of relevant artists and their work

Drawing from Imagination – developing skills in illustration based on extracts from a text. These culminate in an artist book

Landscape – pupils study the traditions of landscape and use traditional and more contemporary methods to create their own landscape.


Printmaking – starting with their own observational drawings pupils create collagraph prints and rubbing to produce an artist book

Wearable Art – looking at costume and masks from a variety of western and non-western cultures pupils design and make a piece of wearable art based on a theme.

Drawing and Painting-

Bringing together all the skills developed in KS3 pupils create a portfolio of practical work based on a provided theme. This provides excellent preparation for KS4.

Keystage 4

Key Stage 4 - Art and Design

Pupils in KS4 study GCSE ART and Design through the AQA syllabus. They can take the general art and design, or specialise in Textiles or Photography. All courses are assessed through a portfolio of work, worth 60% of their grade and an externally set task which is worth the remaining 40%. All work created in lesson and at home could form part of the portfolio of work.

The syllabus can be found at:



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10 Art

3D: Artist Dinner Party:

-Creating a dinner set based on an artist

-Pupils are introduced to drawing and painting as a starting point

My world revolves around – mock exam

-Project explore their identity and artists’ which have created work in response

-Pupils explore a range of media and techniques to explore their ideas

10 Textiles

Basic skills

Decorating fabrics

Design and make a wall hanging – mock exam

10 Photography

Basic skills, using a camera

Environment and micro-worlds – mock exam



Project 1: Book of letters - boys

Pupils experiment with a range of techniques and create different letters in response. Pupils then design and create a book for them to be displayed in


Project 2: Vanitas

Pupils are introduced to a range of still lifes and focus on the concept of vanitas. They experiment with a range of expressive painting techniques such as painting with fruit and eggs to document the process of decay

External exam

11 Textiles

Fashion design – Design and make a skirt/ wearable art piece

External exam

11 Photography


External exam

Keystage 5

Pupils in KS5 study A-Level Art and A-Level Photography over two years. This four-unit specification, two at AS level and two at A2, requires students to develop their ability to show a range of skills with students being introduced to a variety of media, processes and techniques. At A2 level students should build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at AS with greater depth of study.

There are two externally set tasks which account for 50 per cent of the qualification. The tasks are set by AQA, marked by the school or college and moderated by AQA.


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Coursework Portfolio
50% of AS, 25% of A-level

A-Level Art: Drawing & painting

Visit to a gallery to enhance portfolio

A-Level Photography:


AS Externally Set Assignment
50% of AS, 25% of A-level


Art & Photography:

25% of A-level

A2 Personal investigation supported by written element of 1000-300 words


A2 Externally Set Assignment
25% of A-level

Additional information:

Extra-curricular activities

Pupils can use the departments computers and facilities on the following days:

Monday: Year 7

Wednesday: Year 8

Thursday: Year 9

Thursday: A*rt club – after school for Ks4 & 5

The departments is available for Ks4 & 5 to use Monday to Thursday