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Welcome to the Art Department!

Art Subject staff

Mrs V Turner:

Mr S Turner

KS3 Overview

In Art lessons throughout KS3, pupils will build up a wide variety of skills and techniques to thoroughly prepare them for the GCSE Fine Art course they may opt to take at KS4. The Formal Elements of Art are explored through drawing, painting, print work, photography and 3D modelling throughout YR7, 8&9 projects, alongside study of relevant Artists, Craftspeople and Art movements.

Key Skills

Art - Drawing: Shading skills/ Primary & Secondary source observational skills/ Portrait skills/ Mark making/ 2Point Perspective/ Drawing with pencil, inks, pen, pastel (oil & chalk), charcoal, chalk.

Painting-: Techniques using Acrylic, Watercolour, Gouache and Poster paints.

Printmaking : Mono print, Collagraph and Lino printing.

3D Modelling: Felt/Clay construction & modelling techniques, Mark Making and Appliqué.

Photography: Basic photo composition/ image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop

History of Art: Analytical skills, developing a broad subject specific vocabulary.

KS3 Topics





Year 7

Human Portraiture

African Clay Masks

Kente Cloth Collagraphs

Year 8

Celtic Art/ Illuminated Letters

2 Point Perspective: Street Scapes.

Clay Monster Pots

Year 9

Naughty But Nice:



Naughty But Nice:

Painting/ Printmaking


Naughty But Nice:

3D Modelling- Clay & Felt

KS4 Overview


Throughout YR 10 & the Autumn term of YR11, pupils are required to complete a portfolio of coursework consisting of one extended project of work and additional work undertaken throughout the course. This could take many forms such as an additional project or work undertaken from a gallery visit. In the Summer term of YR10, pupils complete a short ‘Mock Exam’ project. This makes up 60% of the final grade.

In the Spring term of YR11, pupils will begin their Externally Set Task preparation period (approx. 10 weeks), whereby they chose a project title from a selection provided by AQA.  This culminates in 10 hrs of controlled assessment over two separate 5 hr sessions when pupils produce one or more final outcomes for their chosen project. This makes up the final 40% of their final GCSE grade.

Every project has four compulsory assessment objectives which must be covered and is marked out of a possible 96 marks (24 per Assessment Objective).

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.

Current coursework portfolio project titles studied by YR10 & 11 are Identity and Natural Forms.

Exam board links

Revision materials GCSE ART