Visual Arts is now taught to all KS3 students on a carousel rotation with DT subjects. Students will now have 10 weeks of lessons centring around all three creative subjects within Visual arts. They will have a chance to experience a range of different media that they can then use to express themselves in a variety of ways. Across the rotation, students will learn about artists across all three disciplines and attempt to work in their styles. Literacy is a strong focus, with various lessons and tasks devoted to developing the skills needed for creative subjects at GCSE. All projects are centred around a theme, which then allows for students to develop their skills across photography, textiles and art in preparation for GCSE.

Year 7

We are focusing on the basics and ensuring that every student has a good grounding to build on. Our project is called 'Colour, Shape and Stitch' and sees students exploring colour theory, the idea of shape/form and an introduction the the basics of textiles and sewing. Students will work collaboratively to create large scale mixed media paintings in the style of the German Expressionist painter, Franz Marc.

Year 8

Our theme is 'Myselfie Portrait'. During this project students will learn about a broad range of artists across all disciplines and how they capture 'who they are' through their self portraits. After learning the basics of proportion and drawing their facial features accurately, students will then be expected to work in different media across art/textiles/photography in order to find something that they can relate to. At the end of the project students will work in the media or mixed media they feel is most suited to representing who they are as a person to create their own self portrait.

Year 9

The main purpose of the project for Year 9 students is to consolidate the previous learning in earlier years and prepare students for the GCSE courses that follow. Each subject area is explored in more depth to ensure that students can fully appreciate the different aspects of art/textiles/photography before making choices when it comes to 'options' time. The theme this is centralised around is 'Surfaces' and the project gives students more creative freedom to be independent in preparation for their GCSEs. Observational drawing skills, Photoshop and digital photography skills and mixed media/drawing with stitch are all developed whilst students look at the interesting textures of different surfaces.

AQA Art and Design - Fine Art

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of fine art media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies. They will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of Fine Art, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples which will be integral to the investigating and making process. Responses to these examples will be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate the students’ understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Students are aware of the four assessment objectives that must be evidenced in the context of the content and skills presented and of the importance of process as well as product.

Year 10 & 11

The GCSE course offers students a solid platform within the visual arts to learn, create and build specific portfolios of work.

The GCSE course is made up of two key units of work

  • Unit 1 - Coursework (60% of final grade)
  • Unit 2 - Exam (40% of final grade)

Students study a chosen visual arts course which is designed to challenge, generate knowledge and provide experience within the chosen visual arts discipline. GCSE students work through set assignments and projects which give content to portfolios of work, and will also conduct a controlled test and exam.

Click here for further information on the Year 10 specification
Click here for further information on the Year 11 specification

Year 12 & 13

The GCE courses offer students that have previously studied a GCSE in the visual arts an opportunity to further develop skills, knowledge and understanding.

The GCE course is made up of four key units of work:

  • Unit 1: Coursework
  • Unit 2: Externally set exam
  • Unit 3: Personal investigation (coursework)
  • Unit 4: Externally set exam

Click here for more information on the Specification

Trip to Tate Modern

Art & Design


Watercolour Painting