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Art & Design

The Team 

Staff Member 


Email Address 

Abby Dhillon 

Art Teacher 


Josh Bond 

Art Teacher 



Extra-Curricular opportunities in the Art department. 

There are plenty of opportunities to take part in Art Clubs during Lunch times and after school. Activities that students can join are; 

KS3 Art club  

KS4 Art club  

KS5 Art Club  

Student will have opportunities to experience different art activities such as Pottery, drawing, sketching, photography, painting and be able to experience art from many different Genres. 

All Students are given the opportunity to take part in events/art competitions at school as well have the opportunity to meet visiting artists and local exhibitions. 

Key Stage 3 

The Key Stage 3 Art Curriculum aims to build on traditionally popular units and to prepare pupils for GCSE Music specifications.  From the initial Unit, preparing each student with the grounding upon which they can build their knowledge and understanding further, students will study art from different eras, various Genres and from many different cultures around the world. 

The key elements will be taught through every unit gradually building keywords and music vocabulary. Each Unit will be taught through: Colour and tone (painting), Form and space (sculpture), Line and texture (printmaking), Pattern and shape (jewellry), Graphics and ceramics. 



Cycle 1 

Cycle 2 

Cycle 3 

Cycle 4 




Year 7 

The key formal elements underpinning painting  


Basic colour theory 


Materials, techniques and processes used to paint and make sculptures  

How artists and designers’ express ideas, moods and emotions in their work.  

Year 8 

How artists use descriptive mark-making to convey the ideas and emotions contained within artworks.  

How artists create descriptive marks by applying a range of materials, tools and techniques. 


.  How artists have applied techniques, materials and processes within appropriate and cultural contexts. 


Year 9 

How artists and designers have combined images with text and fonts in order to communicate ideas and emotions. 

How artists and designers have simplified/ abstracted/ developed shapes and motifs within their work. 


How artists and designers have used graphic materials, techniques and processes within their practice. 

How artists and designers have produced relief and 3D work using clay as a medium 



Key Stage 4 

Exam Board: Pearson 

Link to Specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-level-2-skills/art-and-design-skills.html 

Future Careers:   

  • Fine artist. Fine artists create original works of art. ... 

  • Art gallery curator. ... 

  • Art therapist. ... 

  • Art teacher. ... 

  • Art lecturer, design lecturer or art history lecturer at a university. ... 

  • Art technician/demonstrator at a university. ... 

  • Art valuer/auctioneer. ... 

  • Graphic Design 

  • Illustrator 

  • Architecture 

  • Fashion 

  • Media/Film/TV/Theatre 


Cycle 1 

Cycle 2 

Cycle 3 

Cycle 4 




Year 10 

How to explore, experiment with, develop, and use specialist materials and techniques relevant to a brief. 

The health and safety issues associated with traditional and contemporary media, techniques and processes. 



How to experiment with a range of 2D mark-making activities. 

How to work from primary and secondary sources. 

How to generate and develop visual communication ideas successfully. 

Ways that artists and designers communicate successfully using 2D visual language. 


Year 11 

How and why artists and designers compile portfolios of their work. 

How to compile and present a portfolio of their own work. 


How to explore and apply new areas of study and new working methods. 

How to focus a project through planning and organising, taking ideas from concept to final outcome. 

How to apply previous learning. 



Key Stage 5 

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in (equivalent to 1 A level) 

Exam Board: Pearson 

Link to Specification:  

Future Careers: 

  • Fine artist. Fine artists create original works of art. ... 

  • Art gallery curator. ... 

  • Art therapist. ... 

  • Art teacher. ... 

  • Art lecturer, design lecturer or art history lecturer at a university. ... 

  • Art technician/demonstrator at a university. ... 

  • Art valuer/auctioneer. ... 

  • Illustrator 

  • Archittecture 

  • Fashion 

  • Media/Film/TV/Theatre 


This 2-year course is an introduction to the study of Art & Design at level three and is for students who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, in the creative industries. Students will develop art and design projects and gain an understanding of the creative process following the units below. 


Cycle 1 

Cycle 2 

Cycle 3 

Cycle 4 




Year 12 

UNIT 1 Visual recording and communication (EXTERNALL ASSESSMENT) 

Understanding formal elements in the work of others 

Recording from primary and secondary sources 

Experimentation and investigation 

Apply visual recording skills to communicate creative intentions 

Review of the quality of research, outcomes, experimentation in relation to outcome 

Identification of visual recording and communication skills developmental needs 


UNIT 12 Materials, techniques and processes in 2D fine art (INTERNAL ASSESSMENT) 

Materials, techniques and processes in 3D fine art 

Digital materials, techniques and processes used in fine art 

Applying techniques to create sample fine art work to a brief 

Employ appropriate health and safety procedures when using techniques 

Review own development of skills and understanding of fine art materials, techniques and processes 

Reflection on own performance and proposals for future work 


Year 13 

UNIT 2 Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design (EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT) 

The Investigation process, The use of contextual research in vocational scenarios, the Formal elements, Visual language, Visual communication, Contextual understanding, Critical analysis, 

Summarising key information, Forming independent judgements, Communicating and justifying conclusions and judgements 


UNIT 3 The Creative  Process (INTERNAL ASSESSMENT 

Research: (a) direct observation of works of art and design, galleries, museums, own photography (b) secondary sources, e.g. websites, printed materials, others’ photography, film/media and cultural influences 
Idea generation: techniques such as word association and lateral thinking 

Visual recording techniques.:2D drawing/painting techniques, 3D studies, impressed clay, models and maquettes, photography, digital, stylus and tablet, portable device, software based, web hosted drawing etc.