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Through our teaching we aim to 2195 twynham 198inspire and encourage our students as creative artists 2195 twynham 186by developing their visual awareness and visual communication skills.

We aim to provide students with transferrable skills of experimentation, reflection, evaluation and problem solving, whilst developing their powers of observation.

We encourage collaboration and students will share thoughts and ideas whilst learning to respect and understand alternate opinions and points of view.

As individuals we hope to encourage self-expression, perseverance and innovation and to inspire students to explore the many ways through art, that we can see and interpret the world around us.

Key Stage 4 Options Information

Exam board: OCR

What is it like to study Art at GCSE?

Qualification: GCSE in Art & Design
Specification: OCR GCSE Art


You will submit two components- for each of these you need to produce a portfolio of work showing your personal response to either a starting point, brief, scenario, or stimulus.
Both components allow for experimentation with a range of media including painting, drawing, print-making, sculpture and digital processes.
You are expected to respond to the assessment objectives, showing your ability to:
• 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 as work progresses.

Who is the course for?

This course would suit creative students who have enjoyed art at Key Stage 3 and have shown a sustained interest in the subject.

2195 twynham 187In particular this means you have taken opportunities to:
• develop your knowledge of artists and genres and have shown interest in art research. You should now be keen to further your understanding of the work of others to inspire your own development.
• develop your skills and have an understanding of your strengths. You should now be keen to experiment and try new materials to engage in a wider range of art experiences.

You should be able to organise your work and materials and have a good track record of successfully completing homework as this will form a key part of your development. You should be willing to spend additional time on your work and attend workshops.

You will be highly suited to this course if you are creatively ambitious and engage in additional art practise at home through drawing, experimenting or practising new techniques.

This course encourages students to develop their creativity with independence. Students are able to work to their strengths, making more personal decisions about project development and experiments with media, materials and techniques. Students build more in-depth knowledge of working practice, studying the work of a broad range of contemporary and historical artists. They develop their evaluative skills, analysing and making meaningful connections with the work of others, gaining inspiration from their artist studies. Students develop their use of visual language to communicate their ideas and create a personal response to a chosen theme.

What will I do on the course?

Key Stage Four Art encourages you to develop your creativity 2195 twynham 197with further independence. You are able to work to your strengths, making more personal decisions about project development and experiments with media, materials and techniques, whilst building your skills. You will develop a more in-depth knowledge of working practice, studying the work of a broad range of contemporary and historical artists. You will develop your evaluative skills, analysing artwork and making meaningful connections with the work of others, gaining inspiration from your artist studies. You will develop your use of visual language to communicate your ideas and create a personal response to a chosen theme.

Component breakdown:

Component 1: Portfolio (120 marks, 60% of total GCSE)
You will select a theme from a range of suggestions. Themes are recommended to allow for broad interpretation, you will be fully supported in choosing appropriate themes that will allow you to showcase your skills and fully engage in the project.

Component 2: Externally-set Task (80 marks, 40% of total GCSE)
You select one theme from the early release paper. The themes change each year and you are able to select from a range of five written and visual starting points. There is flexibility within the selection of themes to allow for a broad range of responses. Past themes have included Weave, Layer, Mobile, Chrome, Profile, Present and Spill, Drop, Break.

Both components are non-examined assessments which are interally assessed and externally moderated.


This course is suitable for those students who wish to further their art education and study a creative subject at A Level, and for those who are aiming for a career in the arts. It is also suitable if you are interested in developing your understanding of visual language, as a more developed visual awareness is useful for a broad range of careers.

Key Stage 3

2195 twynham 257Year 7

We begin with exploring the environment around us and recording experiences through experimental mark-making. We study the work of historical and contemporary artists including Vincent Van Gogh, Karl Blossfeldt and Peter Randall-Page. We then study drawing techniques using a range of monochromatic media, focusing initially on the use of line. We move on to the imaginary world and study the work of printmaking in other cultures, exploring ideas of story-telling through imaginative use of pattern. We continue with the natural focus and study the work of the Impressionists, learning painting techniques and colour theory, colour blending and tone. We complete the year with a three-dimensional project including an in-depth study of the art movement Pop Art and influential artists including Claus Oldenburg. We focus on design and structure using cardboard construction techniques using every day man-made objects and food as inspiration. 

Year 82195 twynham 258

We begin the year with a study of portraiture and lighting, working in a range of monochromatic media, learning about tone, tonal range, contrast and proportion whilst studying the work of other artists throughout history. We continue to study the figure with a mixed media focus, looking at the work of Alberto Giacometti and experimenting with colour. We then move on to sculpture, creating studies in wire focused on the use of line, followed by an in-depth study using clay, looking at shape and form. We study the work of Alexander Calder and Anthony Gormley and we learn about materials, processes and meaning in three-dimensional forms. The final project of the year focuses on Perspective; using the idea of The City, we use experimental painting techniques with colour acrylic to record space, viewpoint and texture.

Year 9

We begin with a study of the key art movements in a historical timeline, focusing on individual movements and the characteristic styles, media and messages, along with influential artists of that period. Each movement is supported by a practical task which is linked to the movement, whilst incorporating new skills and media including paper-cut, collage and print-making. This is followed by a more personal project using symbolism and imagery of animals to portray ideas, opinions and messages of issues affecting the world today. This project focuses on artist research, project development and the design process, leading to the creation of a personal final piece that communicates a message to the viewer. We analyse the work of others in-depth, including contemporary artists.