Welcome to the Art and Design Department

Mr Lonsdale

Head of Art

Miss M. Corkery

Art and Design Teacher

Mrs C. Ross

Art and Design Teacher

Key Stage 3

In art, craft and design, pupils explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art, craft and design, pupils reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently.


Our aim is that students gain knowledge and understanding of the following:

  • Understand the non-verbal language of art
  • Develop responses to visual phenomena, and organize perceptions and conceptualizations both rationally and intuitively
  • Become familiar with and develop competence in a number of art skills
  • Make valid assessments of quality in works of art
  • Become familiar with the major achievements in the history of art, including the works and intentions of leading artists past and present
  • Understand and evaluate contemporary thinking.


Key Stage 4

This two-year GCSE course is intended for those learners who want to follow a broad course in Art and Design.

The learners will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, techniques, and processes, including both traditional and new technologies. They will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft, and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non- European examples which should be integral to the investigating and making process. Responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate the learners understanding of different styles, genres, and traditions.
The themed projects are mainly teacher led with plenty of opportunity for the learners to develop their own ideas independently. Weekly art homework tasks are set throughout the course, and these are an important and integral part of the syllabus. Interesting, well planned homework tasks are vital to gaining a good final grade. Deadlines are crucial so good time management and organisational skills are essential. If you have Struggled with producing high quality work in KS3 think carefully, as KS4 tasks take longer and are more in depth. There will be opportunities to visit museums, art galleries, artist workshops and other places of interest to enhance the learners' knowledge, skills and understanding in this subject area.
During the Spring term of Year 11 an Externally Set Task is undertaken whereby the learners are given a question to research, develop and then have a ten-hour sustained period to produce a final outcome – this is performed totally on their own and is the ‘exam’ element of the course. This, together with their portfolio of work, is mounted and displayed as a final exhibition.


Art and Design Curriculum





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