Art & Design

Mr R O'Keeffe
Head of Art & Photography
Miss S Brockwell
Teacher of Art (Maternity Leave)
Mrs S Hunter
Teacher of Art/SLE
Mr G Kern
Teacher of Art/Asst Head of Yr 7
Miss N McKeogh
Teacher of Art/KS3 Graphics
Miss E Rietveld
Teacher of Art & Photography/KS3 Graphics
Miss E Irwin
Art Technician

The Art department encourages students to develop technical skills and understanding of media as well as an appreciation for the history of Art. It aims to give learners a wider understanding of a range of Art and Design disciplines, which they can use to fuel their own creativity.

Key Stage 3 Art

In KS3 students have 3 lessons over the two-week cycle at Salesian School.

In Year 7 students are introduced to drawing skills. They study colour theory and become familiar with processes and procedures in the Art rooms. They work on an observational drawing project entitled ‘Sweet Things’ which culminates in colour work and sculpture.

In Year 8 students undertake a drawing project, based on Cans and then a ‘Bugs and Flutterbies’ project which focuses on more advanced observational and technical skills. Students are introduced to a variety of new artistic and digital media. They study insects and work towards a painting and 3D final outcomes.

In Year 9 students are asked to look in more depth at Art history and current trends, as they take on and manage their own projects. Students are given greater freedom to create their own work from their own sources and research, and they are encouraged to work with the AQA GCSE assessment criteria.

Extra-curricular opportunities include Art club which runs every Wednesday night, giving KS3 and KS4 students the opportunity to work with new media. Through the year there are opportunities for students to work with clay. The art rooms are open all week for students to develop independently.

Key Stage 4 Art & Photography

Students develop skills in research and photography as well as in a range of other media during their Art GCSE. They learn to develop their own ideas and express themselves confidently through images, annotating and recording as they progress.

To build up their GCSE coursework in Year 10, students develop their skills in recording observations through traditional media and photography in a sketchbook, working towards a final conclusion on the theme ‘Still-life’. They develop their skills in research and observation still further in Year 11 and they experiment with more advanced media, working towards a second final conclusion to a ‘woodland’ project. Students then respond to a one of a number of tasks set by the exam board, for their final project.
Students learn in class from detailed tuition and feedback from our skilled team of teachers. This learning is supported by visits to galleries/museums and study of other artists. Individual objectives are set as students develop their own projects in response to artists who really inspire them.
Students may follow a purely ‘Photography’ course as a full Art GCSE if they wish. This course develops camera and compositional skills and then encourages personal, independent study.

We follow the AQA syllabus. The course is assessed through a portfolio of work produced during the course, and an externally set project completed in school.

KS4 Art Club runs every week, giving students the opportunity to work with more advanced media and to work in a relaxed, creative environment. 

For more information, see the current GCSE Option Booklet.

Progression opportunities

In the College, we offer Art A Levels specialising in Fine Art and Photography. You can find out more in our College Course Information booklet.