Art and Design

“Art makes children powerful”  – Bob and Roberta Smith, British contemporary artist, writer, musician and art education advocate

The study of art, craft and design will engage, inspire and challenge students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

As you develop throughout Key Stage 3 you will be able to think critically and develop a deeper understanding of art and design. You will also begin to know how art and design reflects and shapes history, and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of the world.
Through experiments with a wide range of both traditional and non-traditional art materials in both two- and three-dimensions, you will explore your own imagination, creativity and personal interests in an expressive and original way.

We want you to take the skills and knowledge you’re introduced to and use them to confidently express yourself and take pride in what you create.

Course content

Year 7 – Investigating materials

Students will be taught the building blocks to produce a successful artwork, whilst practising the core skills of observation and recording.

Year 8 – Responding to artists

Students will be given access to a range of inspirational sources including the works of other artists, craftspeople, cultures, and traditions in order to generate ideas.

Year 9 –  Independently creating

Students will undertake work directly developed from a GCSE theme, where they will need to combine all the skills and attitudes developed previously.

Skills developed

Students will:
• become proficient in the handling of different materials
• use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks as a basis for exploring their ideas
• use a range of techniques and media, including painting, photography, sculpture, textiles, digital artwork and design
• analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others
• learn about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day