Curriculum Intent

In Art, our curriculum intent:

Aims to inspire, nurture and realise our students’ artistic and creative potential. The Art department deliver a structured curriculum which allows all students to explore and refine practical skills in a wide range of media and techniques. Our students develop their knowledge and understanding of traditional and contemporary artists and designers from different cultures which help to inform their ideas and concepts.


Curriculum Plan

Art Curriculum Plan 2022 2023


Student Learning Journey

Student Learning Journey Art

Exam Board Information

Key Stage 4: OCR GCSE Fine Art (J 171)


Key Stage 5: OCR A Level Fine Art ( H 601 )


Reading List

KS 3

We Are Artists by Kari Herbert

The Illustrated Story of Art by DK

Modern Art Explorer by Alice Harman

Drawing to Learn anything Paul Carney

Urban Drawing Phil Dean


KS 4

BBC Bitesize GCSE Art and Design

GCSE Art & Design for OCR students by Jeff Orgee

The Tate Modern Handbook – Tate Publishing

50 Contemporary artists you should know – Prestel

The Elements of Design – Mitchell Beazley

Styles, Schools and Movements – Thames & Hudson

Creative paint workshop for mixed media artists – Ann Baldwin


KS 5

The Shock of the New – BBC

Gender and Art – Yale University Press

‘How to write about Contemporary Art’ – Gilda Williams

‘Why your five year old could not have done that’ – Susie Hodge

‘Isms . . . Understanding Modern Art’ – Sam Phillips

‘Thinking About Art: A Thematic Guide to Art History’ – Penny Huntsman

‘Great Art Explained’


Career Links

We will soon be updating this page so that you are able to see what future careers/prospects you could undertake if you continue to study this subject at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.


Subject Leader Information

Subject Leader: Mr John McGahey