Art & Craft

Art & Craft

Departmental Staff

Subject Leader: –    Mrs C Johnson    


What will a student learn in Key Stage 3, 4 and 5?

In Art much of a student’s learning is enabled through actual art practice.  Therefore, we ensure that throughout each key stage students are given chances to draw, paint, sculpt and print.

In Years 7, 8, and 9 students enjoy a wide range of Art activities.  These are designed to ensure each student is given the same creative opportunities, enabling them to discover and develop their individual artistic potential.

Throughout Key Stage 3 students follow a spiral curriculum, through which they are able to try new and exciting art activities whilst at the same time revisiting, building upon and improving the skills they have already experienced.

At Key Stage 4 students study GCSE in Art & Craft. The course consists of two units of work. The personal portfolio gives students the opportunity to respond to set themes, using the skills they acquired in Key stage 3. This portfolio is created over the two-year course. Unit two is the final exam which culminates in a sustained focus piece, supported by preparatory work in the form of sketchbooks.

What is involved?

The key ingredients for success in Art are:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Risk Taking
  • Willingness to work independently

Why is this subject important today?

  • Art enables students to develop self-motivation, to ask the right questions rather than just simply answer them.
  • Art enables students to make sense of the world around them.
  • Art helps students to develop stamina and drive.
  • Art helps students to truly see!
  • Art-based careers are many and varied.

What skills will students learn / develop and how will they learn?

Students will learn how to:

  • Draw
  • Paint
  • Sculpt
  • Print
  • Create art using a wide variety of materials and techniques.
  • Develop their independent learning skills.

Where could the subject lead – career wise?

The Creative Industries are one of the UK’s greatest success stories, with British musicians, artists, fashion brands and films immediately recognisable in nations across the globe. Growing at almost twice the rate of the wider economy and worth a staggering £84 billion a year, the Creative Industries are well and truly thriving.

There are many modern Art career paths students can choose to follow such as:

  • Fashion
  • Photography
  • Web design
  • Graphic design
  • Illustration
  • Textiles
  • Game design
  • Advertising


All students will need to support their learning through our programme of homework. This is setup and designed to give students the opportunity to:

  • Practice skills they have already learnt, and therefore improve both their confidence and their creative potential.
  • Research and reflect on the work of other artists; all artists are “fans” of other artists, even if they don’t admit it!
  • Experiment by trying out techniques and materials that are new to them, and therefore potentially experience a creative breakthrough.

Homework in Key Stage 3 is set once a fortnight. In Key Stage 4 at least one hour of homework will be set each week, however students are advised to work independently to support work in class.

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