Art

Art and Design Teachers

Denise Cunningham Head of Faculty Creative Arts
James Williams Classroom Teacher Art

Art and design vision statement

As a department, the art team’s vision is to want to excite students to think, create, use their imagination and develop their individual skills. We want to inspire students to be creative and have confidence in their own ideas and artistic progress. We want students to believe in the imagination and where it can take us and that everyone has the potential to be creative. We expect students to participate to the best of their ability, but we understand that developing skills takes time and practice and that taking risks is challenging but we want students to be confident to take risks and experiment. The Art department strives to challenge all students individually and allow them to access a wider breadth of art history, cultures and genres than they would usually experience.

Subject: Art

Head of Subject: Mrs D Cunningham

In key stage 3 pupils are taught Art, Drama and Music in mixed ability classes. Pupils receive 1 hour per week of each subject area. Assessments are completed every half term to track and monitor pupil progress. Feedback is provided to students in terms of the skills they are working towards or have mastered. Targets for further improvement are then shared with students.

Art homework is completed in a school sketchbook. There is one main task set each half term with an opportunity for an additional task to be worked on.

At Key Stage 4 Art is taught as a GCSE option. Students that opt to take Art in Key Stage 4 have 3 hours per week. Students are set in mixed ability classes.

Students follow the AQA art and design course 8201. For this qualification students will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examination in the summer of Year 11. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. With feedback being related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course. Students are expected to spend at least one hour per week in their own time continuing with their assignments.

Throughout their time at Kirkby, students are taught the following key skills:

  • Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources
  • Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes
  • Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses
  • Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language

Overview of the Art Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the link below:

Curriculum Overview Art

Links to GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for GCSE Art is– 8202

GCSE Art Specification (2018 entries)

GCSE Art Specification (2017 entries)

Additional Information

Students are able to work in the art room in their own time. Equipment is available for students to complete work at home.