Topic outline

  • Art & Design

    (Expressive Arts Faculty)

    Expressive Arts



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    • You must always bring the following items to lessons:-

      • Assorted drawing pencils: HB B 2B etc.
      • 30cm Ruler
      • Eraser
      • Pencil Sharpener
      • Coloured Pencils
      • Felt Tip Pens
  • KS3 - Year 7, 8 & 9

    Working in a sketchbook you will learn to record, observe, select and develop ideas
    You will learn to experiment with various materials, images and ideas, working in two and three dimensions including ICT
    You will work independently in developing ideas and themes
    You will develop an understanding of different materials, tools and techniques
    You will learn to evaluate, refine and communicate your final idea
    You will learn to look at your own and other artists work, evaluating, writing and discussing
    You will learn specialist words relating to art, craft and design

    During the year you will complete up to pieces of coursework

    1. The year will be arranged in six projects
    2. Each project will last approximately half a term
    3. The practices are:-
      a) 2 Dimensional Art and Design
      b) 3 Dimensional Art and Design
      c) Graphic and Textile Design
    4. Each of these practices will be divded into two projects, one focusing on Western contexts and one Non-Western.

    The grid below outlines the themes covered in the Art and Design Department's schemes of work.










    Sarah Graham
    Sweet design


    Drawing and Painting


    Clay: Thumb and Slab Pots

    Drawing and painting with tone and form.

    Painting Tonally to 3D


    Kate Malone


    Van Gogh

    Drawing: Charcoal and Chalk, Clay: Tiles

    Painting Styles

    Drawing, mark making


    Analyse art work. impasto painting


    Aboriginal Art

    African Masks

    Islamic Pattern


    Native American Masks

    Guatamalean Textile

    Press Printing

    Paper mache

    Wool Weaving




    Types of pattern, repeat pattern

    Grid distortion, 3D facial structure



    African Textiles



    visual mixing


    Paul Klee Fish

    Wax resist

    The meaning and use of line




    Distortion, Bacon, Close

    Pop Art



    Alexander Calder

    collage, watercolour painting

    Digital Manipulation, Acrylic painting



    Clay: carving

    Wire Modelling

    To demonstrate three dimensions of an image in 2D

    Digitally distort an image

    Tints, tones, monochromatic schemes, analogous colour. Painting skills

    Expressive mark making

    Proportions of a portrait

    Surrealism and mythology


    Native American Totem Poles

    Oldenburg Coat of Arms


    Paper Mache

    Clay: Slab large round pot

     Soft Sculpture, fabric painting

    Painting onto a 3D surface


    Colour meanings, symmetry


     work from imagination


    Keith Harring, Sabrina Ward Harrison

    Local surroundings, Ghada Amer

     Maori Tatoos

    Press printing


    Collage, Mono Printing

     Pen and Ink


     Represent a meaning within your work, extensive research to influence idea



    Organic Form

    Micheal Craig Martin, Paul Caulfield, Morandi

    Henna, Indian Culture

     Rosie James, Georgia O'Keeffe, Sarah Burgess

    Land Art

    Painting and Drawing

     Drawing in pen and ink, Lino Printing

     Clay: Mosaic

    Drawing: Coloured pencil, pastel, chalk, pencil

    Clay: Coil Pots

    Observational Drawing skills

     To develop an image into a pattern, Cross hatching.

    Team work

    Experimenting with and selecting from materials


    Advanced Pattern

    Ghanaian Cloth

    Islamic Pattern

    Op Art

    Michael Brennand-Wood

    String Printing

    Press Printing: Advanced

    Design and Painting

    Textile Weaving



    Human Form

    Henry Moore

     Tim Burton, Day of the Dead Sculpture


    Fashion Design

    Clay: Modelling

     Wire and Mod-roc structure

     ICT digital manipulation and Oil Pastels


    Simplification of an image


     To create a sense of movement in an image

    Product design processes

  • GCSE Art & Design

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    Exam Board Qualification Specification
    EdExcel Exam Board - GCSE Art & Design (Unendorsed 2AD01) GCSE Art & Design Unendorsed 2AD01

    What is GCSE Art & Design all about?

    It’s about having an adventurous and enquiring approach to art and design and developing the skills to express it. You will develop an understanding of past and contemporary art and design and be able to produce a personal response embracing a range of ideas. The skills you will develop doing GCSE Art will be varied. Among them, you will develop a working knowledge of the materials, practices and technology of art and design. You will develop the skills to investigate, analyse and experiment using art, craft and design. You will develop your imaginative powers and the skills to express your ideas, feelings and meanings. You will also develop an understanding of the language and conventions of art and design and an understanding of the place of art, craft and design in history and in society.

    Key Subject Aims

    This specification aims to develop:

    • Creative and imaginative ability and the practical skills for engaging with and for communicating and expressing original ideas, feelings and meanings in art, craft and design
    • Investigate, analytical, experimental and interpretative capabilities, aesthetic understanding and critical and enquiring minds, with increasing independence
    • Cultural knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design and of the media and technologies used in different times, contexts and societies
    • Personal attributes including self-confidence, resilience, perseverance, self-discipline and commitment.

    After GCSE Art & Design you may decide to go onto one of the many sixth form centres offering a variety of advanced courses in Art and Design. Career opportunities are many and varied including advertising, photography, marketing, graphic design, interior design, fashion design, industrial design, computer graphics, photo journalism, set designer, illustrator, textiles, printing, sculpture, film maker, commercial work, teaching, costumier and painter.


    At the end of the course, you will be marked on the following TWO units: ASSESSMENT will carry the following weighting of marks: Personal Portfolio = 60% Ten hour test = 40%

    1. Unit 1. Personal Portfolio in Art & Design – This unit will be supported by the work journal, which contains evidence of the development of your ideas, including references to the work of other artists, showing understanding of meanings, contexts, and the ability to make skilled judgements using an appropriate visual/verbal form.

    2. Unit 2. Externally Set Assignment – 10 Hour Test.  You will be given a period of time to enable you to prepare your ideas in support of your exam piece, in your work journal.

    Other Information

    Prior to starting the course in September you will be given extensive research to undertake during the summer vacation.  This will form the basis of all work produced in the first year of the course. The second summer break will be spent researching work for the final year.

    Art and Design is a costly and time consuming subject and it would be hoped that you would make every effort to supply basic items and time for both class and homework - If there are difficulties in this respect please contact the Head of Art and Design.

    There will be visits to local and national art galleries to view ground breaking art and design from between the 13th and 21st Century first hand in both Year 10 and 11 as well as workshop activities from established artists and designers to learn techniques not usually available in school.