Art consists of Art and Photography.  Take a look at the Options Video and Long Term Learning plans below for each subject.


All students study a full range of artistic skills and techniques from painting and drawing, printing, photography, sculpture, ceramics and ICT. All projects use references from a wide range of cultures and artistic styles. The projects are taught on a termly rotation throughout the department. Each cycle is supported by the content found in the knowledge organiser. Students are expected to learn sections of this document in preparation for each of their lessons.

See the Curriculum Overview below:

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Formal Elements of ArtPortraiture focusing on drawing, painting techniquesSelfie Project
Portraits – drawing and painting,

Distorted PortraitsPhotography

ICT (Photoshop)

Google Classroom

Drawing, surface pattern
African Art ICT BasedDrawing, ICT (Photoshop) Intro to Google ClassroomCakes and SweetsDrawing, ICT (Photoshop)

Google Classroom
Guernica (Picasso) / MessagesDrawing – exploring a range of materials and techniques.

Dinosaur ProjectDrawing, oil pastel work, ceramics, painting.Natural FormCeramics, drawing, painting, collageAnatomy
Ceramics, drawing, mono-printing, 3D sculptural design

GCSE Art and Design

This course is characterised by the development of a wide breadth of experience in many areas of Art and Design. Students will be expected to explore several art disciplines including drawing, painting, printing, ceramics, sculpture, textiles and computer art. After a broadly-based introductory period, the students will follow set projects which develop into work showing a personal response to stimuli. A developmental theme through each unit is expected which shows a cultural, artistic or historical influence. Each student will produce two or more collections of work; each collection is called a coursework unit.

Museum and gallery visits are organised in Year 10 to support the Arts curriculum.

Students must be prepared to work independently and carry out their own personal research at home as well as at school. Weekly homework tasks must be completed to ensure all assessment objectives are met. These are very likely to go beyond the normal homework expectations.

Each student will develop a sketchbook of work which will support and enhance their coursework folio. The assessment is ongoing and involves both the student and the teacher. There are also times when the whole group is invited to look critically at an individual’s work. This portfolio will represent 60% of the total marks. In addition, students will sit a controlled test. They will choose their question from a wide range of topics. This externally set task represents 40% of the total marks. It is very important that candidates are aware that deadlines for the completion of work are set well in advance and must be met . The course can be exciting and fulfilling due to its element of personal choice. It gives a thorough grounding to candidates who wish to go on to further education in some aspect of Art and Design. It is especially useful where the subject is required as a supporting qualification in a career choice such as architecture but, above all, it is a unique experience in the student’s own educational development. Leaflets are available from Mrs Phillips in the Art Office, which include examples of coursework and examination work for those who need a little extra information.


Art Trips and Experiences

  • North Devon Photographic Competition open to students in all year groups. Judged and exhibited through the Museum of North Devon
  • Kilve Court and Beaford Arts Courses are available to Able, Gifted and Talented students in all year groups.
  • Year 7 – Art Trip to Exeter Cathedral and The Royal Albert Memorial Museum.
  • Year 8 – Art Trip to the Museum of North Devon, Pannier Market and White Moose Gallery
  • Year 10 – GCSE Art and Photography Trip to Broomhill Art Hotel
  • Year 10 Photographers – Barnstaple Fairground during the day.
  • Year 10 – Expressive Arts Trip to London. Including two West End Shows, theatre and gallery workshops, Covent Garden, Camden Market, Tate Modern, The National Portrait Gallery,  Saatchi Gallery.
  • Year 11 – Weekend painting courses at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum.

GCSE Photography

Lens Based and Light-Based Media

The aim of the GCSE Photography course is to encourage students to explore new ways of seeing the world using a wide variety of photographic techniques and processes. Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of lens-based and light-based media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies.

This course is suitable for the student who has a good understanding of image manipulation using digital software but may find the general broader skills of art a challenge. It is not essential to own a camera although it would be an obvious advantage!

The course is divided into two components. The coursework portfolio contributes 60% of the overall grade, with the externally set exam piece making up the remaining 40%. There will be a significant element of home-related study which must be completed to support the lesson activities – this will often go beyond the normal homework expectations.

This is largely an ICT based course. Students must opt into this subject with the understanding that the majority of their lessons will involve working on Google Classroom and using Photoshop software. The majority of the photographs are taken in their own time.

* Students cannot opt for both GCSE Art and Design course and GCSE Photography. If you need any extra information, please see Mrs Phillips in the Art office.

Art and Photography Options Video