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

A large number of our students leave Christ the King after Year 13 and go onto to study Art at University. Some begin their Post-18 Art education by undertaking a Foundation Degree to prepare them for their Art degree, whilst some move straight onto the course.

We have a number of ex students who have left University and gone on to do a variety of roles which allows them to use their Art skills on a daily basis:

Art Director

Graphic Designer



Art Teacher


Interior Designer

Make-up Artist


For further information about a career in Art, please speak to your subject teacher who will be able to share their story on how they have become to be teaching Art.


Subject Leader Information

Subject Leader: Mr John McGahey