Art & Design Montage

“Every child is an artist.
The problem is to remain an artist once they grow up”

Pablo Picasso

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it”

Key Stage 3

Art at Key Stage 3 is project-based.

Beginning with the study of drawing, projects will cover a range of skills and techniques, through drawing, painting, sculpture and print-making. Pupils will be encouraged to work from direct observation and will be introduced to a variety of artists’ work from a variety of periods in Art History. There will be a wide scope for pupils to develop their own style and extend their own learning through independent research, home learning, and, when time and space allow, use of the Art room at lunchtimes.

Pupils will be assessed in two areas: ‘Academic’ and ‘Expressive’. ‘Academic’ is a measure of the pupils’ understanding and application of specific skills covered. ‘Expressive’ is a measure of their efforts in finding their own artistic direction, including personal investigation to enhance their own Art.

A great deal of emphasis will be placed upon the keeping of a sketchbook as a personal record of pupils’ developing ideas.


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Key Stage 4

Subject Art
Examination Board OCR
Specification J171
Assessment 60% Coursework Project 40% Exam Project
English Baccalaureate No

What does a pupil need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

  • a good record of keeping to deadlines, especially home learning deadlines, in KS3.
  • to take an active interest in Art, and to develop their own areas of interest.
  • to be equipped with basic Art materials including a digital camera (some Art equipment is available from the Art department).

What will pupils learn on this course?

  • to develop independence and individuality.
  • to learn problem-solving skills.
  • to study the work of a variety of artists and to be aware of a variety of Art movements and different ways of thinking about Art.
  • to learn different ways to make observations.
  • to have at least one opportunity to visit an art gallery.

How will pupils be assessed on this course?

Assessment for the Art GCSE is based on a portfolio of work (60%) and an externally-set task (40%).

What kind of work will pupils need to do outside of lessons?

  • to develop their own sketchbook which will contain preparatory sketches, initial ideas, sketches, observations, research and experimentations.
  • their sketchbook will be the starting point for discussing ideas with their teacher and will be the basis for classwork and presentation work. It will also form part of the assessment for the final GCSE grading.
  • to continue to develop their project outside of class time by completing artist studies, making observations, taking photographs and doing research.

What could pupils go on to do at the end of my course?

Art can lead on to a wide range of careers, including:

  • Graphic design
  • Theatre design
  • Fashion
  • Advertising
  • Illustration
  • CGI
  • Animation and game design

Additional Information

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world”

Albert Einstein

Basic art equipment can be purchased from the Art department. A price list is in room 41.