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Curriculum Intent

In Art, our curriculum intent is to promote creativity, which in turn directly enhances learning by increasing motivation, deepening understanding and promoting wellbeing. Students will become knowledgeable of a range of artists and make judgments about their work in informed and reasoned ways, increasing their knowledge of how to effectively evaluate others’ work in order to develop their own. They will apply this research and experiment with techniques employed by artists from a range of eras, which will support them developing their own style and improve their ability to handle materials.

From Year 7, our curriculum requires students to learn three different genres of art each year including Pop Art, Mixed Media, African Art and Observational Drawings. This allows students to learn a range of techniques, styles and artists which acts as a basis for preparing students for GCSE. This way of teaching allows students to become independent in a range of different media and allows them to make informed decisions about which media and styles they work best with and how to best refine these media independently. Students will make informed choices about which style, techniques and media they enjoy most, promoting a love of learning and opportunity to progress independently.  

As well as developing creativity and ideas, students will learn to refine their designs and increase their execution. They will also have the opportunity to experiment with a range of media including acrylic paint, tonal pencil, mixed media and relief work, which in turn will allow them to invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

This term (Term 6), we are currently studying...



Why this? Why now?

Year 7

Landscapes - Blending

To learn how to blend different media (Oil pastels and Watercolours) and improve your skill set in preparation for next year's project.

Year 8

African Masks

To learn how to create a 3D object and this is informed by creating designs using different media first, linking with the iterative Design process and how to draw in proportion and to scale.

Year 9


To learn how to create realistic charcoal skull drawings and represent different facial features using a selection of charcoal and chalk, blending and shading techniques (showing tonal range), as well as focusing on proportions.

Year 10

Developing own GCSE project on chosen subject

To create an example project in preparation for the NEA project in year 11. This will help focus required drawing techniques as well as experimenting with different media to prepare for the final project.


Qualification information:

Curriculum content:

Attached are the curriculum maps which outline the sequence we use in order to structure our learning. If you would like to support your child's learning, we have attached links to Oak National Academy who provide lessons, activities and resources for commonly taught topics. Please use the curriculum map for this subject before visiting:

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