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CURRICULUM: ART & DESIGN

Approach/Learning Styles

Key Stage 3

Students study Art, Design and Technology on a termly rotation, each class receiving three lessons per week.

In Art, students engage in a wide range of practical processes including drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics. They study the history and theory of the subject, enabling them to develop valuable research and analytical skills.

The study of Design includes packaging for music, games and cosmetics; typography for print and corporate ID.

Learning is hands on and seeks to provide students with a broad experience of creative processes and to prepare them for study at GCSE level.


Overview of Content at KS3

Year 7

Drawing skills; colour theory and practice; contextual studies based on artists and their work; painting; working with clay.

Year 8

Practical study of Art History from cave painting to street art; CD cover and poster design

Year 9

Facescapes – a portrait project based on the work of Chuck Close; Linocut print project based on a social / political theme i.e. Human Rights.


Option Choices at KS4

(Brief overview including exam board, controlled assessment, exams etc.)

GCSE Art is taught using the Edexcel specification. Options include Fine Art, Photography and Graphic Communication.

Fine Art and Graphics students begin with an intensive drawing project. This is followed with a gallery visit and a thematic study i.e.: Myth, Legend and Fantasy, Natural Forms, Icons. Students work in sketchbooks, exploring media and processes to develop ideas for a final outcome. This is often referred to as the Creative Journey on which students develop their own creative personality. Final assessment is based on 60% coursework set by the school; and 40% externally set assignment which includes a ten hour timed test.

Photographic students study both digital and film-based photography. The school has its own darkroom where students can process film and prints using traditional methods and materials. They learn to use both digital and film based cameras competently through a range of practical and theoretical studies. These are supported by visits to museums, galleries and local places of interest such as Portsmouth’s historical dockyard and Southampton’s Netley Abbey.

As with Fine Art and Graphics, the course is structured on around 60% coursework 40% externally set assignment.