Head of Faculty: Mrs S Wiltshire
Teaching Staff: Miss Heather Buckley
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 at The New Sixth (Maths and Further Maths)

The aim of the Art Department is to develop a student’s creative ability in a range of different mediums such as drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Students are given the opportunity to explore their own ideas and develop their individual responses to a set project to build confidence, organisational skills and visual awareness.

For further information about this course, please email the Head of Faculty, Mrs S Wiltshire
or telephone her on 01225 312661.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

In Years 7 to 9 students cover a range of techniques in order to develop their ability in this creative subject. The projects aim to develop core skills and give a good grounding in Art history, to develop their knowledge and understanding and offer a wide range of creative approaches to be inspired by.

Year 7

Terms 1 & 2
Colour Theory
Origins of Drawing

Terms 3 & 4
Exploring new materials-printmaking

Terms 5 & 6
Aboriginal Art
Animal and pattern studies

Year 8

Terms 1 & 2
Mark Making
Clay insect project

Terms 3 & 4
Fruit studies

Terms 5 & 6
Cezanne-Our View
Mask Making

Year 9

Terms 1 & 2
Facial features/proportion
Clay head project

Terms 3 & 4
Pop Art
Still Life

Terms 5 & 6
Tonal paintings

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Course Codes: GCSE Fine Art Edexcel 2FA01
Exam Board Specification 2016-17:
Exam Board Specification from 2018:

In Key Stage 4, students follow the Edexcel Fine Art syllabus. This allows a wide range of techniques and ideas to be explored and gives students the opportunity to take their work in a variety of directions. With support, students are expected to develop their own ideas, following on from Key Stage 3 skills that they will have learnt. They are required to produce a minimum of 2 course work projects which should include artist’s research, studies of artist’s techniques and development of their own idea leading to a final piece of their own design. The Year 11 exam consists of a project following the same structure but with an exam question as the starting point.

All projects are marked using the 4 assessment objectives outlined by the Edexcel exam board which students are made fully aware of throughout their GCSE.

Course work projects (personal portfolio) are worth 60% of final grade
Externally set exam project is worth 40% of final grade

Year 10

Terms 1 & 2
Introduction to course
Colour theory
Developing mark making and drawing skills

Terms 3 – 5
First Course work Project-Together and/or Apart
Artists studied; Lisa Milroy, Picasso and Cubist Period and Edward Hopper.Students must also develop own artist research and study pages leading to their final outcome in term 5.

Terms 6
Second Course work project-Beginning and/or End
Artists studied; Peter Randall, Escher and Mark Powell.Students must also develop own artist research and study pages leading to their final outcome in term 2 of year 11.

Year 11

Terms 1 & 2
Beginning and/or end project continued-Final outcome completed in Term 2.Submission of all coursework (personal portfolio) – End of Term 2.

Terms 3 & 5
Externally set Exam Project
Final outcome completed in 10 hour exam in early May.


Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) taught at The New Sixth

Course Code: A Level Fine Art AQA 2200
Exam Board Specification:

Students who take this course:
Students will normally have gained at least a grade B in Art GCSE and are passionate about the subject. They will be encouraged to take their work forward in a personal way. They may be considering a career in the creative industries. Students might go on to an Art Foundation course, then on to related courses at university.

Course Description:
Students follow a wide ranging course making a personal response, exploring the world through the visual arts in 2D and 3D media, using photography, print-making and sculpture. Gallery and studio visits connect students with the work of other artists. Over the course students build up a portfolio of work before taking an assessment set by the exam board.

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences employing a range of traditional and new media, processes and techniques appropriate to their chosen areas of study. Knowledge of art, craft and design will be developed through research, the development of ideas and through making, working from first-hand experience.

For more information on this A Level course, click here.

Enrichment and Links:
Gallery trips are organised to give students the opportunity of seeing art first hand. This broadens their cultural awareness and deepens their appreciation for the work of others.
After attending such trips, students are often inspired to follow new lines of enquiry in their own work.

After-school Art is offered for GCSE students and further help and guidance can be offered during this time in order to help with coursework and practical Art skills.