Art is a vital part of everyday life, bringing opportunities to be creative and introduces a variety of creative concepts not offered in other subjects.


Students will learn in 2-3 week ‘project’ chunks. Each will focus on an Artist, Process, Art movement or Theme and the work they create will be their individual response to each. Students will have a focused skill or method within each project but have freedom to use it in different ways that suit their abilities and needs.


The order that topics will be taught is subject to change, projects can be re-scheduled to fit the cohort as they all span 2 weeks, if groups do not respond positively to a theme or disengaged it can be moved on from and revisited with a different focus or method that better engages them. There are also occasions when there are opportunities inspired by current events or pupil ideas when the SoW can be suspended and changed to more appropriately fit with current issues or events


Topics include:


  • Lettering Project
  • Still Life and 3D
  • Lino Printing
  • Graffiti and  Sculpture
  • Eyes Project
  • Stop Motion
  • Natural Disasters
  • Picasso/Cubism and Dali/Surrealism
  • Alternative Artworks and Marbling
  • Cultural/City Art



Key Skills


Students will learn a variety of practical skills, methods and processes that are then further adapted according to any learning or special educational needs. Some of the methods and processes that are planned for this academic year are: Expressionism, 3D construction, Cultural Art, Still Life, Sculpture, Historical Art, Painting, Drawing and more.



Assessment and feedback


This year the students will maintain their own sketchbook that will include a year’s project tracker. This allows them to track and maintain details of projects and processes, receive comments and end of project assessment marks, constructive feedback and also an opportunity to write comments back in response to marking. Students are also expected use their sketchbook to review their progress and reflect on their learning and the skills they need to develop and refine.


Relevance of subject to everyday life


Projects can be inspired by current events or pupil ideas and can be subject to change if there is a word event or topic that can be commented on by our classwork. Our scheme of work can be accessed online through Google Classroom and allows Students an opportunity to learn about the wider context of what we are studying in school rather than having a heavy emphasis on just the practical aspects – as cultural context can be vitally important as to why some art exists. Out scheme is structured t appropriately fit with current issues or events that may affect our young people, so that they are constantly engaged and learning relevant topics or skills.


Career pathways


Students are constantly reminded of the importance that Art holds and creative subjects when in the Art room. It is made clear that creative ability is important to everything; they are reminded that cars, clothes, technology and everyday objects would not exist without a creative mind at the heart of its design and engineering. Students often instigate conversations about how art is ‘unimportant’ and as staff we constantly challenge this viewpoint, highlighting its immense value. Creative thinking and design plays an important role in the following career pathways:


  • Engineering
  • Design
  • Artist
  • Writer/Illustrator
  • Advertising
  • Media
  • Music
  • Architect