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



Why study Art?
If you enjoy drawing, painting, designing and creating, this might be the
subject for you. With a broad range of artists and methods, there are hundreds of routes you can choose to follow based on your own ideas and interests.
Art offers a contrast to some of the more academic subjects, providing a unique and enjoyable way to express yourself whilst demonstrating an ability to think and communicate in new and creative ways.
The UK is one of the world leaders in terms of creative industries. If you wish to follow a career in the visual arts then studying art GCSE will help you to achieve that goal.

What you will study:

  • art and artists from past and present
  • we use the term artist broadly, so this might include people who work in any of the following areas: painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, textile/fashion, drawing, illustration, graphics and crafts based work such as jewellery and ceramics
  • how to explore and develop ideas through responding to different starting points. Sometimes this might be a theme, an artist or even a question
  • drawing and painting are key areas that underpin most work – but you will also be introduced to a wide range of new and exciting materials and techniques. This can include specialist equipment like the photography/dark room, Photoshop, stitch and sewing machines, ceramics and printing presses, as well as access to enamelling and heat pressing equipment in DT
  • how artists live and think about the world around them, allowing it to inspire and guide their work in new and unexpected ways
  • at the beginning of KS4 projects are set – just like at KS3 – however, as your skills and understanding grow, you earn more freedom to choose your own artists and projects.

How you will be assessed:
The vast majority of work in art is coursework; this means that everything you produce can count towards your final grade.
There are four assessment areas, each worth 25%. There are two components (units).
Component 1: Portfolio. This is made up of Year 9, 10 and project one of Year 11. It is worth 60% of your final GCSE grade.
Component 2: Externally set assignment. This is worth 40% of your final GCSE grade.

Where can the subject lead?
Careers in the visual creative industries, including: illustration, computer graphics/design, fashion and textile design, furniture design and creation, set and costume design, fine art, art curation, animation, film, photography, photojournalism, make-up art and tattooing, to name but a few.
Other areas include teaching and art therapy.

GCSE Art Overview

“Art and Design for me is a way to express and improve all areas of my creativity. It allows me to work more freely than other subjects, which is cool.” – Ben

A-level Fine Art

A-level 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