Curriculum Plan – Art & Design

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Year / Term




Year 7


Baseline assessment. Students are introduced to the formal elements of Art & Design and will cover areas such as Drawing Skills, Colour and Portraiture.

Portrait project. Expanding on the basic skills covered in the Autumn term, students will embark on a portraiture project that investigates the
work of famous artists.

Landscape Project. Students will be introduced to the formal elements of landscape and learn how to use viewpoints and perspective for a successful

Year 8


Students in year eight are challenged to explore Art & Design further through a series of projects that explore more advanced materials and processes such as ceramics and printmaking. This will continue throughout the year on a rotational basis.

Year eight students are introduced to the options subjects at KS4, they are made awareof course content and view examples of work that meets our high expectations.  This is an opportunity for them to ask questions so that they are fully informed about KS4 options.

All students in KS3 are encouraged to attend extracurricular activities throughout the year such as Photography club, Art club and Art & Graphics master classes, this will help students to make an informed choice at KS4.

Year 9


Students are introduced to the course through a series of short tasks and one off lessons that help to familiarise them with the processes and equipment used in GCSE Art & Design such as sketchbook skills and design sheet presentation.

Over the course of two terms,
students will explore and experiment with a rage of Art & Design techniques. They will learn how to use research and presentation skills through a number of short projects both individually and as part of small groups.

Students will have the
opportunity to learn about and discuss visual culture though Art & Design, they will be encouraged to present and discuss their own practice and give feedback to peers.

Year 10

Students will begin their first major project, an extended
piece of Art & Design study in which they will explore a theme and the work of artists that will influence their own outcomes. Work will be presented in sketchbook or design sheet format for assessment.

Once the first major project has been submitted students
will be introduced to a range of new art and presentation techniques that can be used later in the course. They will continue critical and visual studies through critique sessions.

The second major project will give students a wider choice
of subject matter; they will hone their research skills and gain a stronger grasp of independent learning in preparation for the Externally Set Task.

Year 11

Students have the opportunity to attend the Art & Design residential trip to the Lake District where they
can refine their skills.

At school, students will have the opportunity to refine their portfolio ready for submission.

Students will undertake the
Externally Set Task (exam) that makes up 40% of their overall grade.

Students will have around eight weeks to prepare, experiment and seek guidance from their teacher before completing ten hours of unaided practice and creating a final outcome.

All coursework will be submitted for marking and moderation.