In Art, Craft and Design we are passionate about delivering a creative, exciting and flexible curriculum that covers both traditional and contemporary Art practice. Through embedding visual language we promote the growth of imaginative, risk taking individuals who shall have the ability to express themselves in visual form.

We have three excellent purpose built Art Rooms containing specialist equipment including traditional easels, an etching and relief press as well as computers enabling the delivery of digital Art and design practice.

Curriculum Plan

Key Stage 3

In year 7 our students are introduced to visual language through a well structured programme of study. They use a wide range of art materials in both two and three dimensions.

They visit a local gallery and may take part in a workshop run by visiting Artists, Designers and Crafts people.

In year 8 our students investigate the Art and Architecture of other cultures culminating in a three dimensional response.Key Stage 4

Our students follow a three-year GCSE programme of study.

We offer the GCSE in Art and Design as well as the GCSE in Fine Art.

The introductory term allows students to understand the differences between Art, Craft and Design based study and we allow students to move between Art and Design and Fine Art as they diagnose their best choice during the first term.

The GCSE qualification consists of two units:

Unit 1 – Portfolio work 60%

Unit 2 – Externally set task 40%

The portfolio of work is selected from coursework and includes 2 or 3 different projects.

The externally set task consists of ten weeks of work undertaken during lessons and culminates in a 10 hour final piece over 2 days.

Assessment information

Students are regularly assessed and given feedback in response to the new GCSE grading system. They receive a grade at the end of each block of study completed.

They are expected to complete fortnightly homework in year 7 and 8.

In Key Stage 4 students are expected to complete more individual independent work each week and receive assessment both during and at the end of each project.

Support material

The school stocks Art packs and a selection of art materials that students can purchase from us. It is recommended that each student has a varied selection of materials to enable them to produce high quality homework.

We open the department after school each week so students can access the specialist facilities to complete work and offer extra classes during Unit 2 of the GCSE.

We encourage students to enter competitions and enter work annually into the Open Exhibition at New Walk Gallery.

The department recommends the following websites:

BBC Bitesize GCSE Art

Useful revision resources.

Google Arts & Cultural Institute

Explore stories from around the world.

Tate Modern

When Tate first opened its doors to the public in 1897 it had just one site, displaying a small collection of British artworks. Today Tate has four major sites and the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art, which includes nearly 70,000 artworks. A number of new developments are planned for Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Tate St Ives to ensure the galleries continue to expand.

The National Gallery

The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries.