Art is an area of the curriculum which allows every student to communicate in a very personal way. The process of learning in Art, we would hope, enables students to perceive themselves and the world in a unique way; deepening the student’s aesthetic responsiveness by enhancing the imagination and intensifying the senses. This approach promotes critical thinking, experimentation, discovery and innovation, skills transferable in all areas of life. The ability to see clearly, to draw, paint, model and handle technical processes and equipment is essential in a student’s Art education and in a world that increasingly relies and thrives on visual communication.

Art provides the basis for a number of career options, not only for those students wishing to specialise in the Art field e.g. Fine Art, Graphics, Textiles, Fashion Design, Photography and 3-D Design (furniture, jewellery, display). Art also provides a basis for careers which require an understanding of design and visual effect such as Architecture, Engineering, Industrial Design, Advertising and Marketing, Product Design, Interior Design, etc. Even when a career plan is not the intention, Art education enables students to realise the fulfilment and enjoyment of a creative ability and appreciation.

Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 students will investigate the work of a variety of Artists, Art Movements and different Cultures, exploring the different ideas and elements that influenced their work. We will also work in a variety of materials to discover their qualities and the different techniques and processes used in Art.

The areas explored are:

  • Improving Drawing Techniques.
  • Exploring the use of Expressive Colour.
  • Improving understanding of the use of the visual elements e.g. TONE, COLOUR, LINE, TEXTURE, and SPACE.
  • Discovering different ways of looking e.g. through observing unusual angles and exploring a range of different artists.
  • Introducing new techniques and processes, including 3D construction techniques and mono printing.
  • Developing understanding of the work of others.
  • Exploring the process of creating which enhances the development of work and ideas.

Materials and equipment you will need:

  • Sketchbook with good quality paper
  • A2 folder
  • 2B and 4B pencils
  • Soft Eraser
  • Blendable colouring pencils
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors

Key Stage 4

GCSE Art and Design (Edexcel Art and Design)

The GCSE course in Art and Design is very practical, involving drawing, painting, printmaking, graphics and sculpture with the possibility of some textiles work for those students interested. Students also make at least one visit to an Art Gallery. At the end of the year, students exhibit the work they have created over the course. This course comprises 60% internally assessed personal portfolio – 40% externally set assignment.

 The course is made up of four objectives:

AO1 Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources 25
AO2 Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes. 25
AO3 Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses


AO4 Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language 25


Enthusiasm, commitment and a taste for hard work are more important than the ability to draw. Drawing and research work is set regularly as home learning and adds to the units students are working on in class.

We usually ask students to buy a folder for their work and a sketch book. Basic Art materials are also recommended, e.g. a range of pencils, blendable colour pencils, watercolours and paint brushes. These can be purchased fairly cheaply from College. Students are also requested to contribute towards projects which use a high quantity of expensive materials, e.g. clay, textile and some 3D projects.

In past years students have visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Liverpool Tate and the Walker Art Gallery.

Progress Routes and Careers

Students can progress from the GCSE to a Sixth Form courses in Art and Design. Art and Design can support any career that requires creative understanding and input, including areas as diverse as architecture, designers for fashion, theatre or manufacturing; art therapy, illustrators, and community art work.


Key Stage 5

At KS5 students can choose between two courses – Btec Art and Design or A Level Fine Art.  Both are very practical courses started in the first term by exploring and further developing drawing techniques, to enhance the students understanding of their use of the visual elements. Both syllabus’ can be viewed by following the links below:

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Art and Design

GCE Fine Art



Students will need to be:

  • Resourceful/Inventive
  • Imaginative/Creative
  • Original and open to new ideas
  • Always prepared to try your best
  • Hardworking prepared to explore
  • Organised and able to stick to deadlines

The course is made up of four objectives and two components:
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 as work progresses
AO4 – Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language

Component 1 (60% ): Coursework – a PORTFOLIO of work which includes 2 major assignments and a Personal Study/Critical Study.

Subject Staff
Ms E Watt (Subject Leader)

Student Comments
“In Art, I have learnt how to really see the world around me, to observe the beauty in the ordinary, who knew there were so many colours in shadows.”

“In Art I feel I am able to really think independently about the development of my ideas, giving me the time to create my own original ideas.”

Entry onto a Foundation course is the usual next step for those intending a career in the Art and Design field.  Art is also recognised as a valid qualification for the purposes of College and University courses.

A variety of employment in the creative industries of Art and Design.  See a selection below:

Fine Art: Painter, Sculptor, Printer, Architectural  Illustrator, Graphic Illustration, Tattoo Artist,  Special Effects, Curator, Gallery Director, Teacher/Lecturer, Art Therapist, Television and Film Production.
Photography: Fashion Photographer,  Photo Journalist, Advertising Photographer, and many jobs in the film industry.
Writing Analysis: Art Historian, Art Critic, Arts and Cultural Planner, Graphic Novel Designer,  Art Administrator.
Fashion/Textiles: Accessory Designer, Fashion Designer, Fashion Consultant, Costume Designer, Fibre Artist.
Graphic Designer: Advertising Designer or Director, Magazine Layout, Packaging Designer, Logo/Branding designer.
Spatial Design: Architect, Landscape Architect, Set Designer, Interior Designer, Urban Planner, Expo Designer.
Digital/Multi Media: Digital 3D Modeller, Animator, digital Illustrator, Web Designer, Film Editor, Special Effects.
3D Designer: Jewellery Designer, Industrial Designer (Bridges, Cars, Trainers etc.) Prop Designer, Ceramic Designer.

Please Note:
Students taking this course will be required to make a financial contribution to art gallery visits.  They will also need to build up specialist materials and equipment which they can use at home.

Enrichment activities

Barcelona or London residential visits
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Liverpool Tate
Liverpool World Museum
Walker Art Gallery

Gallery on the Green
Props and Scenery School Show/Play
Make-up School Play

Art Club for Years 7 and 8
Art workshops Years 9 –11

Staff Names and Roles

Miss E Watt (Subject Leader)

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