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Welcome to the Art Department


Art Department Vision

Our studio aspires to give an unbiased understanding of both traditional and contemporary theories and practical processes of art and photography.  Learning to understand, appreciate, respect, and ultimately be inspired in developing personal skills and nurturing creative originality.

We focus on achieving the highest potential in a wide range of media whilst encouraging and developing enhanced self-expression.  By realising these qualities and the above and beyond groundwork covered, students become better equipped in taking their next step to a creative future by continuing on to higher education or apprenticeships and the many opportunities that lay in the field of art, design and/or photography.

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Art Curriculum

Every year 7 students will have a baseline drawing test activity. They will be asked to observe a pepper and to draw this object using line, shape, detail and tone. This will be assessed and will form their basline grade at the start of KS3 Art.

Year 7

Students will be introduced to the basic skills within art. This consists of a clear understanding of colour theory with the ability to identify primary, secondary, tertiary and complementary colours as well as the ability to confidently mix colours. They will explore the colour wheel and explore colour value, how colours are created by mixing other colours. They will understand and identify the formal elements of art; tone, line, form, shape, texture and colour. They will know how to make use of a wide range of tonal and shading techniques, be able to discuss tone and formal drawn elements used by themselves and others. Students will show competence including elements of  Contextual Critical Understanding, engaging with ideas and expressing reasoned judgements.


Year 8

Students are Introducted to ‘Pop Art’. They make observational still life drawings from everyday consumer objects (Coke/ Soup tins, Crisp Packets, Washing powder etc.) Links to be made to Pop Artists working with these objects. Artist Study (Warhol, Hamilton, Rosenquist etc). There will be the reiteration of the colour wheel and harmonious and complementary colours. Students to produce repetative images of commercial packaging developed from their initial drawings. They will also create self portraits from primary observations in pencil. Using photocopied pencil portrait, students will develop portraits using water colours in an attempt to convey mood, colour and or repetition.


GCSE Art begins in Year 9 to allow the students to have three years to develop their work and responses to different projects

Year 9 

Students are working on a City of Culture inspired project called ‘Made in Hull’. Students will be required to produce a body of work that is developed from initial sketches and research into images that represent Hull in 2D and 3D forms. AO1 Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources – processing information about Hull and presenting the information in a creative manner. Students to produce pieces of work based on their investigations into the theme ‘Made in Hull’. They will need to discuss the purpose of the work and how it will be communicating to an audience through their use of shape, media, line etc. Students will draw from various starting points – human form – famous people of Hull, fish, iconic buildings, etc . They will then create the following: Line/Pen, Colour/Crayon or Paint and Texture/Collage expressive study pieces to then work from and develop using a range of materials, processes and techniques.

Students will develop their ideas in their sketchbooks using colour and annotations. They will produce sketches and studies from primary and secondary sources that analyse formal elements. Students will apply and extend their experience of a range of materials and processes, including drawing, refining their control of tools and techniques. They will need to experiment with abstracting their work by further by developing their designs into a 3D clay sculpture. Students need to discuss how the work could be improved and adapted, along with experimenting with a variety of media and 2/3 D techniques to extend their use of materials before starting their ideas for their final piece.

Year 10

Students are working on the project ‘Close Ups’ students will research artists and produce a personal artist sheet that identifies the formal elements that their artist uses. Students will study how other artists and designers work in order to develop their knowledge and understanding. Students are to make notes on their ideas, techniques, style and development. They are to produce practical work from contextual sources. Students need to show an understanding of the work of other artists through practical work such as: sketches analysing composition, structure, layout or other formal elements. The student’s artist studies are to show use of colour, techniques or materials.

Students are to aim to develop their own work along with studying their source. This makes their work more personal and can be a valuable way of discovering new possibilities and developing their own ideas.

Students are to experiment with and select methods and approaches, synthesis observations, ideas and feelings, and design, in order to produce work for their imaginative response to their subject matter. They will need to refine and modify the work they have produced thinking about adding to their work using better angles or compositions. Students must show they can experiment with different materials. They may need to do more research or look at their subject matter from a different angle to produce more interesting responses.

They can develop their work into 3D, printing, painting and light relief. Students need to avoid just describing what they have done. They must try to analyse or evaluate what they have done at each stage, demonstrating their critical understanding. Students will work independently to produce their final outcome.This piece of work should show a highly developed ability to competently present a personal and meaningful response and realise intentions with confidence and conviction. They should have a highly developed ability to demonstrate understanding of the visual language.


Year 11 

Students will be producing their final responses to the project ‘Close Ups’. They will work to a Christmas deadline and in January they will prepare for their GCSE Art exam component 2 worth 40% of their overall grade. 

How do we assess students in Art?

Assessment at GCSE Art

60% Coursework Component 1

40% Exam Component 2


Examination Information

Homework Expectations

Recommended Revision Guides

Head of Art & Photography

Mrs. L. Jefferson-Hallett

01482 879967

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