Senior Art and Design

We have a broad and vibrant Art and Design curriculum across all key stages. The purpose of Art and Design at Normanhurst School is to stimulate creativity and imagination. It provides a visual, tactile and sensory experience, and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. Through Art and Design our pupils are able to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.

Pupils will have developed the following skills by the end of the curriculum in Year 9 or GCSEs in Year 11:

  • An ability to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks and journals.
  • An ability to use other media as a basis for developing and exploring their ideas.
  • An ability to use a range of techniques and media, including painting.
  • An ability to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials.
  • An ability to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others.
  • An appreciation of the visual impact or applications of their work.
  • Knowledge of the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods and styles.
  • Understanding of the major movements from ancient times up to the present day.

Art and Design activities include drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, 3D, ICT, model making and textiles, graphic design, photography, and animation.

In addition to our creative curriculum we celebrate Art and Design through the many displays around the school, entering Art and Design competitions, exhibiting pupils’ work in galleries and organising visits to see exhibitions and Industry Design practice.

In Years 7 to 11 pupil progress is also measured through creative tasks, Assessment For Learning (AFL) strategies and self/peer assessment.