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Subject - Art




If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. – Vincent van Gogh 

 Curriculum Intent

Our Curriculum intent for Art is to give pupils a rich picture of the world, from which they are then able to make moral and cultural judgements. This supports us in becoming articulate, confident and opinionated with everything we see in an artistic and visual world.  

The breadth offered at KS3 is designed to give pupils a firm basis in their use of media, their selection of techniques and their response to the work of others in preparation for GCSE. 

The Art department's KS4 programme of study develops independent working practice with an equal balance of teacher and pupil-lead projects.  We equip pupils with appropriate skills and knowledge of the work of others, while also giving them the freedom to realise their personal intentions.   

The Arts are important in building passionate and reflective pupils. Understanding and applying the formal elements of art across all disciplines: line, shape, form, tone, texture, pattern, colour and composition are vital in underpinning creative work.  

 Cross Curriculum and Skills

Our Art curriculum helps pupils with the development of their fine motor skills. It helps them to look at the world around them in detail and find ways to express ideas and concepts. 

It builds cultural capital by introducing pupils to Art and Design institutions through workshops and visits.  

Pupils develop their literacy and language skills through the discussion of their own artwork and the study of work produced by Artists and Designers. Pupils develop resilience and decision making by learning new practical skills and problem solving. In Art there is an element of risk-taking and dealing with the consequences of that in a safe and nurturing environment.  

The Art curriculum makes links to a number of subjects that pupils will study from other departments. Below is example of those links: 

  • History - art history 
  • ICT - search engines, creative software 
  • Religious Education - contemporary religion 
  • Mathematics  - geometry , symmetry and measure 
  • Design Technology - refining drawing and presentation work  
  • Science - natural world Exploring shape, pattern and form  
  • Literacy - artist research, art terminology, evaluation 
  • Numeracy - understanding geometry, symmetry, perspective, ratio

Curriculum Details

Curriculum and Assessment Map Years 7-11Art Learning Journey

Art Curriculum Summary

Revision Resources and Curriculum Journey

Key Stage 3
Access Art
British Museum
Ted Ed
Arts & Direction

Key Stage 4

The Art Story
Student Art Guide
BBC BitesizeJulia StubbsKey Stage 5
Art 21
The Iris
Tate Modern
Royal Academy

Homework and Home Learning

Homework develops independent study and enables pupils to become life-long learners.  We use an online tool to help you keep track of your child's homework.  Show My Homework will allow parents to see the details of the tasks your child has been set, all their deadlines and their submission status.

In Art we set homework regularly and below have given some examples of topics set.  

All Year Groups are set homework which relates to the topic they are currently studying and will take the form of one of the below.  

Visual Research 
Taking and presenting photographs to explore the project theme. For example, in year 7 by looking at the artists Yinka Shonibare, Lisa Milroy and Alan Bur Johnson  

Observational Studies  
Drawing, paintings, visual recordings working from photographs or actual objects to explore the project theme. For example, in year 8 developing their drawing skills through portraits. 

Artist/Designer Analysis 
Written analysis and visual studies used to explore the work of artists/designers. This analysis is used to inform and inspire pupils’ own work. For example, in Year 9 researching and analysing the work of Njideka Akunyili Crosby.

Reviewing and Refining  
Developing ideas and use of materials. This usually focuses on the final piece and helps pupils to develop the concept, subject matter, composition/design, size/shape/scale of their work. For example, in year 10/11 building their portfolio by working on projects initiated in the classroom. 

Materials Resourcing 
Gathering materials that could be used in class. This applies to all the year groups and is an example of encouraging pupils to source their own images and inspiration.

Knights Shield

In Art we are pleased to offer pupils opportunities to fulfil the Knights Shield throughout our curriculum. Some examples are listed below:

The Art department runs several Art clubs and extra curriculum opportunities for all pupils. We develop the talent of our most able pupils with targeted workshops   

Pupils' work is celebrated throughout the school and pupils are encouraged to use the skills learnt in other subjects to enhance their Artwork  

Pupils learn the importance of Art in the community and the department has links with Arts organisations in the area such as Lewisham Art House and Lewisham Youth Theatre as well as Ravensbourne and UAL. 

Pupils present their work and the skills they have learnt by entering exhibitions such as The Fourth Plinth and Young Art.  

Pupils participate in gallery visits and a programme of artists workshop both in school and across the wide range of London’s art institution, both cultural and academic.

Why study Art at GCSE and A' Level?

In addition to providing pupils with the opportunity to balance their range of studies at 14-16, the Art and Design course is excellent preparation for a wide number of future options. The ability to respond personally, creatively and analytically within a complex and diverse world is valued at all post-16 destinations. Students can proceed from the course to AS and A Level Fine Art and Photography courses at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy. 

Careers and Opportunities

The Creative industries are the third biggest industry in the UK. Students studying Art can go on to work in the professional sectors below: 

  • Architecture
  • Film and television industry
  • Animation
  • Games industry
  • Concept art
  • Hair and make up design
  • Fashion
  • Interior design
  • 3D design
  • Textiles
  • Set design
  • Costume design
  • Illustration
  • Graphics
  • Teaching
  • Fine art

Several students have completed work experience in the department as Art technicians. Students are encouraged to explore apprenticeship opportunities with the BBC, The National Theatre and the Royal Opera House .