Art & Design Department Staff

For more information about the Subject curriculum, please contact: Miss L Ward the Curriculum Leader.

  • Miss L Ward - Curriculum Leader
  • Miss R Appleton

The Art and Design Department aims to provide a positive, supportive and informative place, where students are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity to express themselves.

Currently, GCSE students follow the AQA Art and Design specification (Art, Craft and Design)  8201. This course enables students to pursue projects in drawing, painting, graphic design, sculpture and printmaking. 

Our aim is to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As students progress through the Key Stages, they should also be able to think critically and develop an understanding of how Art and Design both reflects and shapes our history and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

There are also opportunities for students to get involved in extra-curricular activities, such as the Lower School Art Clubs, where students are encouraged to experiment with lots of different media and techniques and engage in House Cup challenges and competitions.

Art Ambassadors

  • tbc - from September 2021 onwards

Technical Support staff

  • S.Coghlan

Year 11 Art Revision Materials

Reach your target grade in Art

Art Projects for Years 7 to 11

Year 7: Identity

During Year 7 students will be introduced to the 7 formal elements in art (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape and form –sometimes classed as one) by exploring the theme of Identity. Students will investigate and respond to the work of artist’s who have explored the theme of Identity from various social and cultural backgrounds and create their own responses through the use of various mediums and techniques.

Term 1

  • An introduction to the formal elements
  • Observational drawing challenge using tone
  • Series of experimental games using line using unconventional methods
  • ‘Roll a Picasso’ – resulting in a 3D piece
  • Discovering Ali Golzad – Cardboard portrait artist
  • Experimenting with recycled material to create texture boards
  • Creating a cardboard relief textural portrait of famous figure from history

Term 2

  • Introduction of colour theory
  • Analysis of Julien Opie and various artists using colour, collage and pattern
  • Painting, collage and polystyrene print responses in the form of mixed media self-portraits

Term 3

  • Creating ideas for overall personal response addressing mental health awareness and personal identity
  • Creation of response in 3D form, incorporating prior knowledge gained in colour, line, texture, pattern and tone


Year 8: Architecture and Sculpture

During Year 8 students will re visit the formal elements in more depth exploring the theme of Architecture and Sculpture .Students will discover the work of various historic and contemporary architects and sculptors and create personal responses using a variety of mediums and techniques.

Term 1

  • Observational drawing challenge of man-made objects using tone
  • Using line and perspective Discovering the work of artist Cameron R Neilson looking at buildings from a worms eye view
  • Creating colour outcomes using paint and print in response to Neilson’s work
  • Researching amazing architecture from around the world
  • Creating our own amazing concepts for building designs inspired by everyday objects – Emad Zand and Zaha Hadid
  • Turning concepts into realistic drawings using tone

Term 2

  • Discovering the influences of the natural world in architecture by exploring the architecture of Antoni Gaudi and Fredenreich Hundertwasser
  • Designing a mixed media building inspired by the influences, colours, textures and patterns found in these artist’s work

Term 3

  • Investigating the work of various sculptors
  • Creating a research and design sheets on chosen sculptor artist. Creating tonal drawings using various mediums such as charcoal and ink to give ideas form
  • Bringing the designs to life using clay to create sculptures


Year 9: Expressionism

During Year 9 students again revisit the elements of art refining and building upon the techniques they know and experimenting with mediums and processes that they are unfamiliar with.

Term 1

  • Accurate use of line to measure out facial proportions
  • Using line to learn the grid technique
  • Using the grid technique to create a line drawing accurately enlarging a photograph depicting an emotion
  • Experimenting with tonal techniques and graded pencils and adding tone to make realistic portrait
  • Learning how to ‘loosen up’ experimenting with mark making techniques and textures using unconventional approaches
  • Discovering abstract expressionism

Term 2

  • Revisiting colour theory and colour in relation to emotion
  • Contextual study discovering expressionist artists and their use of colour and techniques
  • Creating gestural drawings using charcoal
  • Creating an expressive colour portrait using oil pastel

Term 3

  • Investigating your own artist related too
  • Expressionism in preparation for independent GCSE work
  • Designing your own artwork in response to style and subject matter of artist
  • Using the skills and techniques acquired to create final piece and self- evaluation


Year 10

Will work on 2 independent projects over the year. The projects will be based on a choice of 8 themes listed below. For each project Year 10 will independently research at least 2 relevant artists and respond by experimenting with techniques and mediums relevant to their theme and the chosen artist. Students will be working towards a final piece for their chosen theme which will be inspired by the artists that they have discovered but most importantly with their personal ideas and meaning. Students are encouraged to use a variety of different mediums and incorporate observational drawing and new media.

  • Distortion
  • Messages
  • Decay 
  • Fantastic and Strange
  • Microscopic
  • Organic Forms
  • Journeys
  • Metamorphosis


Year 11

Cubism/3D Sculptures and completion of missed year 10 work until Christmas

Externally Set Task Preparation Period for exam (themes not yet disclosed ) – 12 weeks

Externally Set Task

Final Coursework Deadline: Collation of Exhibition