Art and Design

Key Stage 3

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all students:

• produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

• become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

• evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

• know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Year 7­

The emphasis on students’ experience of Art and Design through Year 7 is to gain knowledge, understanding, skills and techniques inspired by the work of artists and cultures. Through project work, students are given a wide experience of making art in a variety of mediums that include painting, drawing, print and sculpture.

Year 8

The emphasis on students’ experience of Art and Design through Year 8 is to build upon knowledge, understanding, skills and techniques gained throughout Year 7. Students continue to develop an appreciation of the work of artists/ designers and understand the role of artwork from a range of cultures. Through project work students experience making art in a variety of mediums that include painting, drawing, printing and sculpture.

Year 9

Year 9 students will build on their experience in Year 8, progressing to more in depth projects and exploring new materials and subjects as well as developing their drawing skills. Students will gain experience and skills in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and linking their work to the work of others. Projects are designed to fit more closely with the GCSE requirements to promote a smoother transition from KS3 to KS4. 

Key Stage 4

Qualification: GCSE Art

Examination Board: Edexcel

Course content

Students will complete four individual projects which will make up the controlled assessment element of the course.  These are many and varied.  They include: man-made environment; World Art; conflict and disaster; structures in Nature; a sense of place; viewpoints; adorn, decorate and embellish; still life.

The qualification is 60% coursework and 40% exam.

Unit 1 – Personal Portfolio in Art and Design in Year 10 and Year 11

Tasks set and marked by school

Unit 2 – Externally Set Assignment in Year 11

Tasks set by the Examining Board; marked by school and externally moderated by the Examining Board.

Each unit is assessed separately out of 72 marks.  Students are assessed on four areas:  experimenting with a range of media; recording ideas; researching artists and cultures and producing a final outcome. Annotation has become an area of focus with the new specification.