Art and Design - Fine Art

Art ignites curiosity and ingenuity. Art fires up imagination. Art can transform lives. It gives us the power to question, to confront, to explore, and to challenge how we think about the world. The art department is dedicated to providing lessons that engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they will develop the skills to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. Pupils will learn about how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.



Key Stage 3

During the two years of KS3, students have the opportunity to experience; drawing and painting, mixed media, design and three-dimensional artwork. All students follow the National Curriculum and will study the following areas in art; fine art, craft and design.

In year 7, students begin with a fine art project focusing on still life to develop their skills in the formal elements through drawing. Following this, students study a craft and design project which is based on fish; this project aims to develop mark making, 3-D construction, model making skills and experimentation through use of a range of materials.

In year 8 students have a recap of the formal elements through drawing. They then move on to study an art, craft and design brief titled ‘Life in the Dark’. The students will follow a GCSE style brief focused on use of a range of materials and techniques in order to create both 2-D and 3-D outcomes. Students will begin to generate more of their own ideas and designs in this brief, preparing them well for their GCSE course of study. Within each unit students learn about a relevant artist, designer, crafts person or architect and explore ideas in their sketchbooks. They then produce a final response that relates to their initial research.

If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact:

Miss J Bottomley, Head of Expressive Arts

Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE Art and Design – Fine Art. QN – (QN – 601/8088/2)

AQA GCSE Art and Design – Photography – (QN – 601/8088/2)

During Key Stage 4 students will work on given projects to build up a portfolio of work. They will complete coursework which will make up 60% of their grade and they will complete an externally set assignment which will be 40% of their final grade. Students will learn about a wide range of materials, techniques and processes. They will also be expected to discover artists and art movements to provide inspiration for their work. Students will develop their skills both collaboratively and independently, and they will receive excellent, guided feedback from outstanding art staff. Students each have their own portfolio so that they can effectively show their creative journey.


If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Miss J Bottomley

Enrichment Opportunities for Fine Art

Monday – KS3 and KS4 Art Club
Wednesday – KS4 Booster and intervention
Thursday – KS4 Booster and intervention


Social: Art club enrichment. Pupils teaching pupils teaching and learning strategies. Collaborative learning opportunities producing large scale pieces of 2-D and 3-D art. Constructive peer feedback to improve learning.

Moral: Exploring the work of others, understanding concepts and meanings. Evaluating the work of others. Questions posed for debate such as ‘Is graffiti vandalism or art?’

Spiritual: Exploration of own and others identities. Creation of personal art work in response to a title or question. Developing the use of personal expression through final outcomes.

Cultural: Culture based projects understanding the world and others around us. Exploration into the work of others. Trips to local environments and gallery visits.