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Course description 

All students at Attleborough Academy Norfolk experience a rich and diverse Art course which offers students the opportunity to experiment with a wide range of materials and processes. From Year 7, students learn how develop their research skills with directed study of artists, designers, crafts people and movements. Students are exposed to work from a variety of times and cultures which is analysed and evaluated in order to inspire and support personal ideas. Creativity is the foundation of learning.

Course structure 

Each lesson at Key Stage 3 is designed to contain a sequence of activities with related outcomes and objectives, forming a unit of learning and keywords within each lesson. Each unit of learning then forms a project. Students will cover different aspects of Art. They will experience one drawing, painting and 3D work whilst building on the skills and techniques required to develop their knowledge and understanding of Art. Peer and self-assessment will take place throughout the year. Teacher assessment will continue throughout the project and a summative assessment will take place at the end of each project following School attainment levels.

Key Stage 3 

Year 7

Project 1:  Portraiture

In this scheme of work, students explore their own portrait as a starting point. From this they then learn and implement the proportions and features of the face as discovered in the work by Julian Opie, Pablo Picasso and Leonardo da Vinci. They create images that reflect themselves in the style of the artists, working from observation, memory and imagination. They learn about the ideas, methods and approaches used by artists who have made images of themselves and/or portrayed others. This includes collage, cardboard relief and pencil studies.

Project 2:  Shared View

In this scheme of work, students explore symbols as a starting point for this technique based project. They collect visual and other information by studying the methods and approaches of artists and craftspeople who use the environment as inspiration. Students will then explore techniques of watercolour, pencil crayon and printing to enhance their learning of new techniques and recreate their own symbolism. Students will also explore other cultures, particularly Aboriginal art and site specific work. Students will learn about various skills and implement these into their work. They analyse examples of work from different times and cultures where ideas, beliefs and values are shared and communicated through art, craft and design.

Year 8      

Project 1:  Clay creature

In this scheme of work, students explore aspects of facial features, enhancing their learning from their Year 7 project. They then explore different creatures through  modern day ideas, drawing from secondary observations. Students then develop their ideas by selecting and abstracting qualities of the creature to use as a basis for a clay sculpture. Use of ICT will enhance their understanding of abstracting their work. They learn about the ideas and approaches of ceramicists and their influences, making connections with other artists who worked from still life. This is a 3D based project.

Project 2:  Pop Art

In this scheme of work, students explore the different techniques favoured by Pop Artists. This includes use of ICT, Onomatopoeia, printing and cardboard relief. Students learn how to represent faces, objects and words in fresh colours and processes such as Benday dots. Ideas and skills are then built to produce mini pieces of each technique. They make connections between various artists like Michael Craig-Martin, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, who have explored these different skills and techniques.

Key Stage 4 

Year 9

Due to the development of a three year Key Stage 4, Year 9 students who have opted for Art are working towards a GCSE portfolio called 'Exploration'. This is a collection of different artists and techniques that look at, in detail, the formal elements of art; line, tone, texture, shape, pattern, colour and form. This enables students to build up reference materials and skills ready to present later project work as part of their coursework element. Art work should be in its fertile stage showing a raw creative aspect that allows for experimentation. Connections will be made to other artist and art from various cultures.

Art at Key stage 4

At Key Stage 4, Years 10 and 11, GCSE students in Art work on three projects over two years. The first projects focuses on 'Collections' building practical skills for reference, the second concentrates on their 'Identity' and the final project enables students to practise the exam element by working on titles related to the previous year's exams. The work produced by students at this stage is prolific and diverse. Students regularly work from observational drawing studies within their projects in order to maintain and improve drawing skills. They learn about keywords and specific skills needed to develop techniques. Students learn how to produce in depth critical analysis of art work for a greater understanding and begin to select artists of interest. The final project is set externally and formulates 40% of the final grade. This results in a ten hour practical exam.


Key Stage 3 students receive approx an hour per fortnight or half an hour each lesson.                                       (variable depending on the task).

Key Stage 4 students receive between two and three hours homework each week.                                              (variable depending on the task).

Books, Equipment, Materials and Resources Recommended/Needed 

Key Stage 3 students are provided with A4 sketch books for the duration of their studies.

Key Stage 4 students are expected to purchase their sketch books (except the first term of Year 9 where a supplied sketch book is optional). They can buy these books through the Art department. These books vary in size and paper and are priced according to this criteria.

All students are expected to arrive at every lesson with the basic stationery equipment. However, some students find that pencil crayons and felt tips are helpful. At Key Stage 4, we provide students with a shopping list in which the most beneficial equipment is identified.

Opportunities For Study Beyond Key Stage 4 

Art AS and /or A2 make a great choice post-16.

Other subjects can include at AS and /or A2 include Photography, Textiles, Graphics, Three-dimensional studies.

A Foundation course in Art and Design leads to a specialist degree course at Art College or University.