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. Pupils complete a 2D project and a 3D project, plus an additional skill based mini-project at the end of the year.

All projects will aim to cover a range of skills and techniques, such as drawing, painting, printing, and will also include artist study, observation, planning and making a final piece. There will be a wide scope for pupils to develop their own style and extend their own learning through independent research, home learning, and, where time and space allow, use of the art room at lunchtimes.

Pupils will be assessed in 3 areas: Knowledge and Understanding, Application and Target Setting. Knowledge and Understanding is demonstrating an understanding of the topic. For example, what is “one point perspective”? Application is applying it to a piece of artwork. Target Setting is recording targets, progress and ways to improve pupil sketchbooks.


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Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

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.
  • take an active interest in art, not just in art galleries, but also in newspapers, magazines, TV, music, advertising and public works.
  • 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 different artists and different Art Movements.
  • 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 two projects, a Coursework Project and an Exam Project. Each project has four Assessment Objectives; Artist Study, Observation Work, Planning and Final Piece, each worth 25% of total mark for each project. Pupils will have 14–16 weeks to complete each project and there will also be a Mock project at the end of Year 10.

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

  • To develop their own sketch book which will contain preparatory sketches, initial ideas, sketches, observations, research and experimentations.
  • Their sketch book will be the starting point for discussing ideas with their teacher and will be the basis for class work and presentation work. It will also form part of the marks for the final GCSE grading.
  • To continue to develop your 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.