Art work produced by the King's students


Miss L Pattinson

Miss E Stevens

Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9

Throughout Key Stage 3, students work from direct observation and personal experience, exploring a variety of themes which concentrate on developing their understanding of the visual elements, e.g. shape and colour, line and tone, pattern and texture and form. Students are encouraged to respond to and evaluate art and craft from different periods, cultures and traditions; making connections between the methods and approaches of other artists and their own work.

They will experience working on both a small and large scale with a range of two- and three-dimensional materials. They will be encouraged to solve problems in a visual and tactile form, modifying their work as it progresses and explaining reasons for change.

Students in Year 7 will study:

Term 1 - The formal elements: Colour; texture; Tone; Line; Shape; Space and Form.

Term 2 – Aboriginal art and culture

Term 3 – African masks, culture and pattern design

Students in Year 8 will study:

Term 1 – Gargoyles and their history. Clay skills

Term 2 – Street art and Banksy. Tagging and graffiti.

Term 3 – Mexican culture and the Day of the Dead festival. Study of Disney’s ‘The Book of Life’ film.

Students in Year 9 will study:

Term 1/2 – Cultures and their art – African (recap) Indian (Henna), Chinese and Japanese patterns.

Term 2/3 – the artist Hundertwasser and his paintings of abstract landscapes, portraits and buildings.

Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11

AQA Art & Design

GCSE Art is a direct development of students' learning in KS3.  Students produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more area of art.

Unit 1: Portfolio of Work

Controlled Assessment is set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA. It is worth 80 marks and 60% of the final grade. The student’s portfolio is a selection of work undertaken during the course of study and must include more than one project.

Unit 2: Externally Set Task

Question papers for this task are released in January, marked by the centre and moderated by AQA. It is worth 80 marks and 40% of the final grade. Students have unlimited preparation time but only 10 hours of sustained focused study.

GCSE Specification link:

Extra Curricular

Art homework club runs weekly and ensures that students have the opportunity to extend taught art forms covered through curriculum lessons.

KS4 have access to the department every lunchtime and after school Tue/Wed