Art Overview

At Perryfield’s High School the Art Department strive to build creative, forward thinking individuals. Art inspires diverse approaches to communication and expression in everyday life. We aim to provide students with the opportunity to explore a wide range of media and explore working in the style of industry style jobs such as Graphic Designers to creating self-portraits in the style of Traditional Artists. Our main focus is to provide our students with a range of careers that our subject can lead you into by linking all our tasks to Higher Education placements and skills needed in job roles and salaries they provide. This insight into the working world of Art and Design ensures our students appreciate the many job roles and opportunities that can arise from our subject. Art can help build self esteem and confidence. By using a wide range of mediums students can eliminate their weaknesses and focus on improving their strengths. It enables our students to become problem solvers and become creative thinkers. Art at Perryfield’s High School will awaken a student’s awareness of their visual world, help them understand how and why it changes and how they can and should contribute by making their own mark within it.

Workshops run throughout KS3 and KS4 to extend further Key Skills that might be missed in individual projects. Workshops enables students to experiment independently without a brief to be met.

Homework is set as projects over a six-week period (1 a term) and includes tasks in a 3D form and 2D. Students are expected to spend half an hour a week on the projects to ensure the same standard of work is completed at home as is in the classroom. The tasks are set out with materials needed and expectations for final pieces but creativity and outward thinking is encouraged.

Learning Journey

Key Stage 3

Each skill explored is connected to a future education pathway or career. Students develop an understanding of how Art skills are transferable to most future pathways, both Art and non-Art related.

Year 7

  • Elements in Art (Mixed media)
    Students explore key elements of Art including color, value, texture, line, shape, form, and space.
  • Comics (Mixed Media)
    Students research the history of Marvel and present their findings creatively in preparation for GCSE. Further developing observational drawing skills are also part of this project which is revisited every term to prepare for GCSE.
  • Around the World (2d and 3d)
    Students explore Art and Design from around the world including, Spanish architecture, ancient Chinese painting techniques, Ancient Egypt Art and crafts. The focus here is to develop Cultural understanding alongside Artist knowledge and skills


Year 8

Typography (Design)
Students learn about typography and explore how text can be used as image and within the Art and Design industries.

Portraits (Mixed Media)
Students create portraits in the style of historical and contemporary Artists, Designers and illustrators. We explore how Art can be used to impact emotion and support mental health.

Sea life (2d and 3d)
Students produce artwork inspired by the theme, ‘Sea life’, they explore how climate change is impacting the world and how Art can be used for political purpose.

Year 9

Scapes (Illustration and mixed media)
Students create landscapes and cityscapes in the style of historical and contemporary Artists and illustrators.

Animals (mini GCSE taster Project)
Students are required to find and research their own Artists who use ‘animals’ as their topic for their artwork or design work. They create Artwork inspired by these Artists and/or designers (GCSE A01) , observational drawings (GCSE AO2) and a final outcome (AO4).

GCSE Workshops
Students experiment with a wide range of new techniques and skills using a wide range of material. These workshops include clay, photography, textiles and jewellery making.

Key Stage 4

GCSE: We currently offer AQA Art, Craft and Design

This focuses on skills from two specialisms, Graphic Communication and Fine Art.

Coursework starts in September Year 10 and runs until Jan in Year 11 the following year.

Students work on one Controlled Assessment (CA) project throughout Year 10 and the first term of Year 11. The project is currently a portrait project. Students experiment with a wide range of materials such as acrylic paint, gouache and pro-markers. Students also create beautiful portraits in different artist styles for example looking at Minjae Lee and Von Hagen. Students also explore Manga and Mauri Art amongst other styles. During the lessons there is a clear focus on how the task set links with a career opportunity or further/higher education course in both Art and other subject areas.

The exam is set in the Jan of Year 11. The final exam is an externally set question and students compile a folder of ‘prep-work’ before completing a 10 hour exam (over 2 days) to create a final interpretation (final piece) of their chosen exam question.

Students CA and Exam projects are divided into four Assessment objectives:

  • Assessment Objective 1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
  • Assessment Objective 2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media,
    materials, techniques and processes.
  • Assessment Objective 3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
  • Assessment Objective 4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realizes intentions and demonstrates
    understanding of visual language.
  • Homework Art KS4: GCSE students are required to spend 1.5 hours each week on their Art homework. This will include artist research activities and drawing tasks using a range of materials and techniques.

chART work

chART tasks are optional for students to complete in their own time. Completion of these tasks works towards a free School trip at the end of the Year to an Art gallery as a reward.

Tasks encourage students to PRACTICE, PREPARE, REVISE and EXTEND their Art knowledge and skills.

Curriculum Map