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Curriculum vision


The activities for the art department are designed to build an ethos of creativity and risk taking among our students in order to promote confidence and independent learning. Every student is supported to develop their artistic ability, regardless of the level of artistic need.  Every student is encouraged to explore their creativity and flair, expressing their ideas and views confidently through the language of visual art.  The start of Year 7 is to develop a foundation on the basic skills in art such as mark making and drawing with some understanding of contextual awareness. In KS4, those students who has decided to continue with Art will learn about the structure of a project and how to apply their previous knowledge and skills to the OCR specification and assessment objectives.

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

Year 7

Basic art skills and still life: Students will learn the colour wheel and the skills and techniques of drawing in still-life Art with some contextual art history.

Natural Forms: Students will learn about how the natural environment has influenced artists and the use of natural materials in the development of visual art.

African Masks: Students will learn about world art and how art can be strongly impacted by different cultural in the conception of outcomes.

Year 8

Aboriginal Art: Students will learn about Australian art and how design can be strongly impacted by different cultures in art

Landscapes: Students will learn about environmental art form, layouts, colours and contextual art history such as Wassily Hunderwassers’ designs.

Pop Art and Modern art styles: Students are to explore contemporary art based on commercial art form through the works of Keith Haring, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichenstein. 

Year 9

Still life project: Students are to develop their understanding of GCSE Art practise through organising and management of the first art portfolio. They will explore different art mediums and presentation skills.    

Perspective and Portraits: Students will learn about viewpoints and visual compositions for drawing. Additionally, they will learn about drawing the human face for proportion and styles. 

Portfolio development: Students will begin component one of OCR coursework art portfolio through the visual recording and media experimentations.

Year 10

GCSE portfolio development: Students will learn about visual recording and some contextual elements for themed art portfolio.

GCSE portfolio development: Students will learn about more media experimentations such as printing and digital art for the development of their art portfolio.

GCSE portfolio development: Students will gain more knowledge about individual contextual artists for themes art portfolio development and media experimentations.

Year 11

GCSE portfolio development: Students will continue with media experimentations and develop a final outcome based on their themed art portfolio.

GCSE portfolio development: Students will begin component two of OCR coursework by develop visual recordings using a variety of relevant art mediums and contextual elements. 

GCSE portfolio development: Students will complete component two of OCR coursework with relevant art mediums and techniques and final art outcomes.


The art curriculum has been designed to engage with and stretch our young people whilst giving them the opportunity to securely learn some of the foundation skills and techniques in Art.  Young people to demonstrate an understanding of basic health and safety practises. Young people to enjoy their learning and be proud of the work they have produce.  All students to be given the opportunities to evaluate learning through practical outcomes as well as informal discussions. All key stage 4 pupils to have achieved their potential assessment levels that reflect their individual abilities. Key stage 5 pupils to be well-prepared for future education opportunities in the visual creative industry.