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Art and Design


Students follow a programme of study which builds upon key skills and concepts and formal elements to enable them to progress and prepare them for further study at Key Stage 4 and 5. Students are taught how to record from first-hand sources and other sources. They work in a range of 2D and 3D techniques and painting; The work; builds on and expands skills each year which is aimed to challenge the students and develop confidence and proficiency.

Demonstrations and the use of exemplary material are used to inspire and inform students. The projects are linked to the investigation and analysis of the work of artists, designers, and craftspeople. There are high expectations on the quality of work produced whether it is expressive or descriptive and the work of students is displayed extensively around the department and school.

Year 7

Term 1

Teddy Bear Drawing Project

Key Question: How can you use tone to make your work 3D? Develop drawing skills by applying light, medium and dark tone with control. To blend and use some mark making techniques. The ability to add tone to 2d shapes to make them appear 3d and to understand how light and shade is used to create form.

Colour Theory Project

Key Question: Which colours can you mix and how do you paint neatly with control? Develop painting skills by knowing the parts of a paintbrush and how to use it correctly. Practice mixing colours and applying paint neatly with control. Develop knowledge of colour theory by creating a colour wheel, using the primary colours to mix secondary and tertiary colours. Create a range of hues by mixing black, white and grey with a colour to create a shade, tint and tone.

Term 2

Silhouette Landscape Project

Key Question: How do you create a silhouette landscape using perspective? Developing skills to create a landscape in perspective using a foreground, middle ground and back ground. Develop knowledge of Landscape art by identifying the foreground, middle ground, background and horizon line. To understand the scale of an object gets smaller and colour fades as it goes into the distance. Developing design and compositional skills.

Term 3

Ceramic Animal Moneybox Project

Key Questions: How can you record and create design ideas? Which clay techniques will you need to learn to make an animal money box? Developing research skills and the ability to create an effective source page and personal designs. Developing ceramic techniques using clay - create a thumb pot, join clay together and refine the shape. Experiment with techniques to create surface texture and to understand the ceramic process.


Year 8

Term 1

Portrait Project

Key Questions: How do you draw a portrait in proportion? How will your digital portrait image reflect your identity and culture? Learn how to draw a portrait in proportion. Develop drawing skills by knowing how to use highlights, core and cast shadows. The ability to blend, contour and create texture with pencil tone. Develop digital skills about how to manipulate and assemble a portrait image with Serif Photo Plus x 5.

Term 2

Succulent Project

Key Questions: How do you create depth and form with pencil crayons and paint? How will you use your research page effectively to develop creative Mehndi designs? Develop painting and pencil crayon skills, applying colour in layers to create depth and form. Retrieve colour theory knowledge and extend it to use analogous and complimentary colours. Develop a knowledge of Mehndi, Create research pages with creative design ideas. Develop own design ideas and create own ideas using henna and coffee. Develop 3d skills by creating a paper sculpture of a succulent plant.

Term 3

Cubist Projects

Key Questions: Which mark making techniques can you create using oil pastels and pencil? How will you work as a group to apply Cubist techniques to create an environmental poster? Develop the ability to work experimentally with materials using a range of oil pastel, pencil and mark making techniques. Develop use of line, geometric shape, composition and collage techniques used by Cubist artists. Refining skills by using the formal elements with oil pastels.

Year 9

Term 1

Figure Project

Key Questions: How do I draw a figure in proportion? How can I use tone to create 3D folds in clothes? How do I draw realistic hands using accurate shape? Learn how to draw a figure in proportion, how to draw hands and 3d folds within clothes. Retrieve and refine drawing skills learnt in Year 7 / 8.

Term 2

Surrealism Project

Key Questions: How can I create texture and tone with biro? What is Surrealism and how did they explore the subconscious mind within their artwork? How can I use watercolours creatively? What is the role of an Illustrator? Experiment with biro and watercolour techniques used by Illustration artists. Independent selection of materials for the final project demonstrating their ability to be creative and to refine their technical skills.

Term 3

City of Colours Project

Key Questions: What is Urban Culture? Which images of buildings, public art or cultural inspiration will you select and draw to reflect Urban Culture in Birmingham? How do I create an etching to print and a ceramic tile using a slab technique? How will my final piece be personal and reflect Urban Culture? Which materials will I select and how will I demonstrate my creativity when using the formal elements? Independently select materials and techniques for this final KS3 project demonstrating the ability to be creative and to refine technical skills. Create an etching and print of an image. Further development of ceramic skills using slab work technique.



OCR GCSE ART AND DESIGN: Fine Art (J171)                                               



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Course Content 

The Art and Design course is aimed at students who enjoy Art and want to explore ideas to improve their skills within the subject.  The course is made up of a variety of skills, techniques, and processes.  Students’ skills will be developed through the start of the course, building up a bank of skills during year 9. This will then lead to portfolio projects in year 10, where students will be able to demonstrate their skills in Art and Design.  In year 11 students will prepare for the art examination, which will be taken near the end of the spring term.

Skills and techniques that students will explore include printmaking, ceramics, drawing, painting, mixed media work and 3D work.  Embedded in all of these skills are the links to contextual references and different cultures; work can also be influenced by students’ own interests.  A key skill that is developed is learning to look at the world differently and finding alternative ways to reach conclusions about a piece of work.

Assessment Details

Students will be assessed in two ways for the final GCSE grade.  The first is via a portfolio project.  Students will build a body of work based on a theme of their choice. This will then result in a full portfolio of work that is assessed by the teacher and then externally moderated.

The second form of assessment is via an externally set examination task.  Students will be given an examination paper by the examination board and have to prepare for it during the spring term of year 11.  They will then complete their final piece under examination conditions.


Why Study this Course? 

Students should consider Art and Design if they are considering any career in the creative industry.  These include, but are not limited to illustration, graphic design, theatre design, film production, architecture, magazine publishing, book publishing, journalism, product design, animation, interior design and fine art.

Art is also a course that encourages students to think in different ways – often making them more able to deal with different situations in a more creative way and is, therefore a highly suitable course for most career paths.


Art/Design Technology Careers in the Curriculum Priorities

Careers intent statement: Art, Design & Technology.

The Art DT department is committed to ensuring students study a wide and varied curriculum delivered by subject specialists. Pupils can access relevant career focused information and develop skills which will give the opportunity to explore future career development.

  • Careers links identified in lessons will help to make informed choices regarding future career pathways across all areas of Art and Design Technology. This will support and enhance the development of both transferable and employability skills gained throughout KS3 to be effectively utilised within KS4 and beyond.
  • To develop departmental visual resources covering the wide variety of career opportunities for pupils to consider moving forward.
  • Across the department there are many key elements to focus on, including problem solving, creativity, practical activity, analysis and evaluation. These will help pupils to gain experience and encourage them with the confidence to use their skills and knowledge for the world outside the classroom, better preparing them for their potential chosen career path.
  • Pupils are encouraged to believe in their own abilities and be ambitious and confident enough to be creative, innovative and inspirational to themselves and their peers.

The impact of careers in curriculum intent will be measured by student voice and evaluation exercises