Art and Design

KS3 Art Lesson

The curriculum is designed to provide all students with a good grounding in the basic principles of Art and Design so that they are able to create, analyse and talk about art, craft and design with increasing skill, confidence and understanding. Writing, evaluating and talking about art using specific art vocabulary forms an important part of learning in all years.

Year 7
All work is themed around the architecture of Whitby. Particular emphasis is put on the formal elements of art and how artists use them in different ways to create artworks. Students explore the work of traditional and contemporary artists including Paul Klee, Ed Kluz, John Piper and local artist and designer Jessica Hogarth.

Year 8
There are two distinct projects in this year, both build on learning gained in Y7.
Project 1: Safari. Students explore aspects of traditional African art and how it influenced the development of the modern art movement Cubism (2D and 3D work in various media and processes).
Project 2: Great 20th century artists. Mini projects on key artists.

Assessment is ongoing in Art. Students will receive verbal feedback every lesson. Written feedback is regular and usually occurs part way through each major task. Judgements about attainment will be made every monitoring point and are based around GCSE assessment objectives and criteria which are shared with the students.

Extra-curricular Opportunities
An hour long Art Club is held once per week at the Scoresby site, although students are welcome to attend Art Clubs at the Normanby site if they so wish. The Art room is open on a lunch once per week for students who wish to continue with class work.

For Further information:
Please see any of our Art department.
Elouise Penrose, Teacher of Art; Zoe Brown, Teacher of Art
Andrea Brown, Director of Learning for Art, Design and Technology


What will you be learning?
You will be learning how to visually record and develop ideas in a range of media. Basic drawing skills will be taught first and provide the starting point for subsequent projects. Materials include a wide range of traditional paints, dry media, collage, printmaking, ceramics and paper mâché. Digital media is also used to record and manipulate imagery using Photoshop.
A wide range of contemporary and classical artists’ are studied to inform the development of own ideas. You will also consider how the work of artist’s and designer’s affect our lives.
Students will be set weekly homework which may be a continuation of classwork, research or the collection of relevant source material.

Method of Assessment:
60% of the marks are awarded for continuous coursework produced throughout all three terms of Year 9, Year 10 and the first term of Year 11. This will form a portfolio of your most successful pieces. It must include a project with a final outcome. In the first term of Year 11, students take part in a mock exam which includes a five hour timed exam to produce an outcome. This is a vital learning tool for the students in order to prepare for the final timed exam in term two. The ten hour exam will be taken in early May of the student’s final term. It accounts for 40% of their overall mark.

What other learning could you do:
You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses such as an A/AS Level in Art and Design or you may need to strengthen your grades by completing a foundation or intermediate vocational qualification.
With further training, you could go into a job related to Art and Design, an area that is expanding massively.
You could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer.
GCSE Art gives a natural progression onto a variety of Art courses within the Sixth Form at Caedmon College Whitby, including AS/A2 Fine Art and Graphic Communication. The Art course is designed to maximise a diverse range of transferable skills such as creativity, literacy, organisational and thinking skills and many more.

Where can I find out more information:
You can contact the College, talk to your Personal Careers Advisor or College careers staff.

A-level Fine Art

What will I study?
Are you able to see the beauty and emotion in the world around you? Do you enjoy drawing, sketching and photography? Do you love to experiment with new techniques and styles of art? If you decide to study art, you will build on the skills you have learned in art, as well as learn some new techniques and approaches. We have a range of equipment across the department for you to access such as a kiln for clay work, screen printing equipment, dark room and cameras, laser cutter, glass-fusing kiln and a 3D printer. You will also have your own base room and desk, to be able to work independently during your study periods. No need to book in or hot desk! Plus, we have two art technicians on hand to help with all manner of tasks and to offer with useful advice.

What do students do afterwards?
We have helped students study at some of the most prestigious universities in the UK, including Leeds, Chelsea, Glasgow, York and Falmouth. These students study a variety of disciplines in the art and design world, including art foundation studies, fine art, sculpture, film, illustration and photography. We have many students who have gone on to have successful careers in the competitive art and design world as textile artists, photographers and architects.

How will I be assessed?
60% personal investigation
40% externally set task

What can I do to prepare?
Have a look at some of the work exhibited around the College or ask your teacher to show you some of the work students have produced on their Year 12 and Year 13 fine art courses. Talk to some of our students too – they’ll fill you in on what they enjoy most about the course.

“Art contributes to the learning of time management. It’s really got me use to working towards deadlines.” – Isla Macdonald, Y13



A-level Graphic Communication


What will I study?
Do you have flair for visual language? Do you notice how colours, images and information work together? If you decide to study graphic communication you will develop your skills learned in art in sketching, photography and drawing, as well as learn how to use industry-used programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator. You will create imaginative and “real world” advertising, websites, packaging and more for anything from pet food, children’s books and charitable organisations, to sports brands and video games.

What do students do afterwards?
As well as a clear link into diplomas in graphic design, some of our students have gone on to study many disciplines in the art and design world including art foundation studies, illustration and photography. From our end of Y13 Pannett Gallery exhibition, some students have been approached to produce work in a freelance capacity, and to apply for apprenticeships. Many visitors who have seen our work comment on the professional outcome – a fact that has impressed tutors during university interviews too.

How will I be assessed?
60% personal investigation; 40% externally set task.

What can I do to prepare?
Have a look at some of the examples around the College or ask your teacher to show you some of the work students have produced in Year 12 and Year 13. Talk to some of our students too. They’ll fill you in on why they enjoy the course.

“Studying graphics here has made me realise that I want to take my knowledge further and study it at university.” – Gabby Hayton, Y13