Welcome to the Art page. Here you will find out everything you need to know about our department including what we teach and how we assess our pupils.

Curriculum Intent

Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and love of play. Henri Matisse.

At Healing School, the Art department strives to develop independent, confident and creative individuals. Through our exciting and engaging Art curriculum, students gain the skills to become brave creators of their own Art projects. Students learn through our expert teaching of a wide variety of Art skills. Through drawing and painting students explore a range of artists and genres. They have the opportunity to learn how to use a wide variety of art materials like water colour, acrylic paint and inks and develop skills in tone, texture and colour. In class students are surrounded by an array of examples of excellence displayed on the walls of the classroom to inspire and guide them on how to develop their own ideas with the skills that they have acquired.

In Art we implement our curriculum through focused projects. Each project enables students to learn about Art in an historical context as well as developing an understanding of different styles and aesthetics.

Our nurturing curriculum develops student’s confidence and skills in Art so that they can develop more challenging use of materials as they progress through KS3 and KS4. Students build a repertoire of skills that enable them to creatively express themselves, seeing their ideas materialise in form and colour.

Key Stage 3 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

Throughout KS3 students are taught a range of key Art skills based on line, tone, texture and colour. They explore a range of art materials used for drawing and painting and experiment with different mark making techniques used to create Art.

Students explore the paintings of Van Gogh. They learn to identify and appreciate the use of texture in a painting through exploring Van Gogh’s expressive brush strokes. Students acquire knowledge of adding tone to a drawing and how this creates an illusion of form and shape. They explore the Pop Art movement and Egyptian Art and learn how artists use line and colour in a personal and imaginative way.

Exploring the drawings and I-Pad paintings of David Hockney, students learn about drawing in perspective and the creative process of expressive mark making. The nature of the spiral curriculum ensures that throughout KS3 students revisit the key elements of Art. The final project in year 9, ‘still life’ revisits the skills of line, texture, colour and perspective in order to consolidate student’s knowledge.

How will our pupils be assessed?

At KS3, students complete a baseline project at the start of year 7. Assessments are then based on numerical levels, up to Year 9. They are given feedback on formative assessment during each Art project which allows opportunities for reflection and improvement before completing the summative assessments for each end of project Art work.

Students are also encouraged frequently to self and peer assess classwork by using assessment criteria and to reflect on their own progress and skills developed.

Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

The KS4 curriculum adds more depth to student’s artistic journey. It builds on the skills and knowledge learnt at KS3 to enable students to develop their ideas and style of Art. In KS4 students carry out further investigations into the work of Artists through photography, print and collage. They further develop their observational drawing skills with greater attention to detail and accuracy.

Students flourish as they interpret the year 10 and 11 coursework projects in their own imaginative way.  They gain a strong sense of self-awareness in where their main skills lie through the process of feedback and evaluation.

The journey at KS4 develops a deeper appreciation of Art and greater confidence in becoming an art practitioner.

Students produce a Final piece for each project during KS4. The metacognitive process of developing strong independent learning skills is shown here as students bring together their ideas and intentions and create their art works.

How will our pupils be assessed?

Throughout KS4, students receive summative assessment at the end of each of the four GCSE assessment objectives. They are given a GCSE level so that they can track their progress in relation to their GCSE target grade. Formative assessments take place throughout lessons with opportunities for reflection and improvement before completing half-termly assessments. The final GCSE assessment comprises of 60% coursework taken from years 10 and 11 and the exam forms the other 40% of the GCSE grade.  

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?

4+ “standard” pass
5+ “strong” pass

What can it lead to?

Artistic appreciation, creative thinking and dexterity are skills that lend themselves to a multitude of real life situations and careers. Occupations within the creative industries span a huge range of jobs, for example:

  • Fine Artist
  • Product Designer
  • Printmakers
  • Film and Media
  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Architecture
  • Graphic Artist
  • Web Designer
  • Illustrator