The world is but a canvas to our imagination” Henry David Thoreau.  

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas.

Art helps the development of skills using a variety of materials, instilling confidence through creativity and expression in areas such as line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, and shape, developing key skills in drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture.

Students study the work of various artists, craftspeople and designers from different ages and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. to analyse and evaluate.

Year 7 make a colourful start to their art journey through Kandinsky's work. Claire Youngs inspires their 3D designs and collages and Indian Architecture inspires cushion designs.

Year 8 delve into the world of bugs and insects, taking inspiration from the work of Abby Diamond designing and creating 3D bug sculptures. Next, the world of science and art collide under the microscope in textiles before they voyage through aboriginal art and dreamscapes.

Year 9 walk with skeletons in Mexico as they draw inspiration for their very own mask. Next they explore the work of Lucy Sparrow when designing and making a felt-food sculpture then on to Jennifer Collier-inspired bird houses.

Key Stage 4 

Year 10 is the start of the 2 year GCSE voyage in AQA GCSE Art, Craft and Design and Textiles Design. Our curriculum is specifically tailored to ensure our students achieve their full potential in examinations set by AQA. Click here to see the exam board's website.

Learners take inspiration from their own interests as the source for their creative portfolio. The course outline includes:

  • AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources. 
  • AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting, and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.  
  • AO3: Record ideas, observations, and insights relevant to intentions.
  • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language. 

British Values, SMSC and Cultural Capital 

We encourage students to enjoy learning about the world around them as they study the works and contextual themes of other cultures and the environment in which we live, for example, India, Colour Theory and Kandinsky, Land Art, Sculpture, Spanish Day of the Dead and Jennifer Collier Bird houses.

Pupils experiment with and explore various media to express and nurture their creativity. They understand how artists create work to articulate their emotions about the world around them.   The fusion of artwork inspired by other cultures promotes mutual respect. Working in a safe and encouraging environment builds on self-confidence where students are confident in exploring their ideas and concepts. Students maturely critique each other’s work.  

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