Subject supports the whole school curriculum intent statement by ensuring:
Students in KS3:
The Key Stage 3 art curriculum focuses giving our students the fundamental skills that will prepare them to life at GCSE, encouraging them to think creativity.
The Key stage 3 curriculum gives the pupils the opportunity to build sound knowledge and understanding through a number of projects. Developing student’s confidence within drawing is something that is developed throughout every project. However, students also experience a wide range of other techniques and materials, such as, painting, mixed media, digital drawing, printmaking and 3-dimensional works to give them a broader diet.
Students are expected to keep a sketchbook throughout the year.
Students in KS4:
There are two different Art disciplines that students can choose from within the GCSE Art, Fine Art and Graphics.
FINE ART- Students that have opted for Fine Art will study OCR Art & Design (Fine Art) 1-9. Students will initially participate in a wide range of skills/ technique-based workshops that will prepare them for both their independent Portfolio assignment (60%) and their Externally set assignment (40%). These workshops will be advanced techniques delivered at KS3.
Within both units, students will be expected to complete a sketchbook of work that will demonstrate the various techniques that they have built up.
GRAPHICS- Students that have opted for Graphics will study EDUQAS Art & Design (Graphic communication) 1-9.
Students will initially participate in a wide range of skills/ technique- based miniature projects, where students will develop their skills on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Students will be given access to a variety of department made video tutorials and print resources that will encourage them to be more independent, which will prepare them for both their independent Portfolio assignment (60%) and their Externally set assignment (40%).
Within both units, students will be expected to complete either a sketchbook or a digital portfolio of work that will demonstrate the various techniques that they have built up.
Students in KS5:
There are two different Art disciplines that students can choose from within the A Level Art, Fine Art and Photography.
FINE ART- Students that have opted for Fine Art will study EdExcel Art & Design (Fine Art).
Students will build upon the skills that have already completed during their GCSE course, analytical and evaluative skills allowing them to become well rounded Artists & designers.
Similar to GCSE students will have two units of coursework, their independent Portfolio assignment (60%) and their Externally set assignment (40%).
PHOTOGRAPHY- Students that have opted for Photography will study EDUQAS Art & Design (Photography). Students will not be expected to have completed any sort of creative GCSE option, although it would be beneficial to their development, not essential.
Students will initially participate in a wide range of skills/ technique- based miniature projects, where students will develop their skills/ knowledge of manual camera settings and editing software Adobe Photoshop.
Students will have two units of coursework, their independent Portfolio assignment (60%) and their Externally set assignment (40%).
Examples of our student’s work can be found on our Instagram page- STM Art department.
Technique based YouTube videos can be found on our YouTube channel- STM Art department.
- Creative drawing with Jon Burgerman.
- 3D making- Gargoyles.
- Dino decoupage.
- Day of the dead- Printmaking.
- Clay creature- James DeRosso.
- Abstract portraiture.
- The world around us- Mixed media
- Confectionaries- Mixed media
- Lego world.
Within year 10 & 11 students will opt for GCSE Fine Art or Graphic communication.
- Skills based workshops
- Independent portfolio (60%)
- Independent portfolio (60%)
- Externally set assignment (40%)
In Years 12 & 13 students can opt for A Level Fine Art or Photography.
The department run an after-school Art Club for KS3 every Tuesday 3pm-4pm in S61 to extend and explore skills taught during lessons.
All students are welcome to work in the department during lunch time sessions, as allocated art rooms are open every week Monday through to Thursday- although this requires a pass from one of your Art teachers.
Students are also encouraged to utilise the department YouTube channel and experiment with the range of self-made tutorials demonstrating how to use a variety of different materials ranging from coffee to beetroot! There are also a range of department made print-based step by step resources for students to use within the Pupil common area.
Possible areas of future study:
There are a range of Art based courses that students can access through university, colleges, apprenticeships and other training courses, some paid and some are funded to encourage recruitment.
Possible future careers:
Airbrush Artist/Spray painter
Technical/ Textbook Illustrator
Story Board Illustrator
Fine Artist (Painter)
Printmaker/ Screen printer
Special effects Makeup
Logo/ branding designer
Magazine layout designer
Book/ eBook designer
Calendar/ Stationary/ Wallpaper designer
Stock Photo seller
Director of Photography
DIGITAL/ MULTI MEDIA
Digital 3D Modeller
iPhone/ Android App designer
Special effects designer
Video game designer
YouTube content creator
Graphic novel author
Art curriculum writer
Fashion designer/ Sports apparel Designer
Fabric/ Textile designer
ART CAN BE GREAT PREPARATION FOR ANY CAREER THAT REQUIRES FINE MOTOR SKILLS, PRESENTATION SKILLS, AN EYE FOR AESTHETICS AND CREATIVE THINKING.
Parents and carers can support their child by monitoring the completion of homework on a weekly basis as well as revising key topics for all assessments. Wider reading around different topic areas is strongly encouraged to develop a greater sense of Art. Use of the STM Art department social media platforms- such as the Youtube channel, can be a way for you to encourage your child to improve their skills.