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Art & Design

The Art and Design Department at Bury Church of England High school aims to provide pupils with a broad and balanced programme of Art, craft and design activities which enables them to extend their knowledge skills and understanding. We provide visual tactile and sensory experiences which aim to stimulate both creativity and imagination and contribute to a wider understanding of life and the world, which in turn helps to build a well person. Art and Design is a popular subject at Bury Church of England High School, pupils enjoy the opportunity to be creative and expressive through their ideas, pieces of Art work and sketchpads, they are also able to experiment with a wide variety of Art media and work on a variety of scales. The department is proud of the quality and variety of the Art and Design work produced by pupils in all the year groups.

The Art and Design Department has worked successfully with a number of Artists in Residence on both short and long term projects and with a range of different year groups, including working on individual and group projects. Examples of some of the larger group projects can be seen around the school.

Visits to various Art Galleries have helped to enrich pupils Art and Design education and enhance various Art projects.

The department is equipped with a wide range of Art and Design materials and resources including drawing and painting, pottery and sculpture, printing and textiles. One of the Art rooms is equipped with nine computers and a colour printer. The computers are used to develop pieces of Art work and to support some of the practical projects.

Our annual Year 11 GCSE Art exhibition is an important event on the school calendar. It is an opportunity for pupils’ parents and friends of the school to view the wide range of Art and Textiles work produced by our GCSE pupils.

Key Stage 3

In Art, craft and design at Key Stage 3, the pupils explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In Art, craft and design, pupils reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of Art, craft and design and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.

Programmes of study at Key stage 3

Key Concepts

To show creativity and respond to tasks in a purposeful, imaginative way. Personal ways to produce original Artwork. Exploring and experimenting with ideas, materials and techniques. Investigating, analysing, designing and evaluating. Expressing their own and listening to the views and opinions of others

Key Processes

Observational and imaginative work. Ideas and designs. Creating images. Using a wide range of tools, materials and techniques. Evaluating their own and the work of others.

Range and content

Working with and exploring a range of media, and understanding Art, craft and design processes.

Curriculum Opportunities

Working independently and collaboratively, cross-curricular opportunities. Visits to Art Galleries.

Key Stage 3 Art and Design themes of work

Year 7

In year 7 the pupils have 2 hours of Art per fortnight. They study a theme called ‘identity,’ during this theme they spend time producing work based on portraits and faces. The pupils have a sketchpad which they use to produce ideas and designs in. They use a range of media including pencil drawing, watercolour painting, pastel and charcoal work, collage and clay work. They also research the work of artists including Picasso, Escher and Warhol. The pupils are set both practical and research Art home works during the year.

Year 8

In Year 8 the pupils have 2 hours of Art per fortnight. They study a theme on ‘Multi- cultural Art.’ The pupils have a sketchpad which they use to collect ideas and produce drawings and designs in. They use a range of media including pencil drawing, painting, collage and three dimensional work using cardboard and clay. They study the Art work of different countries and cultures. The pupils are set a range of home works during the year including drawing, colour and research work which link to the themes.

Key Stage 4

The Art Department offers two Art & Design GCSE courses:

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GCSE Art, Craft and Design 8201

This is a broad course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and new media and technologies. Pupils have the opportunity to use a range of Art, craft and design materials and techniques.

Year 9

In Year 9 the pupils have 4 hours of Art per fortnight. They study a theme called ‘Clothing.’ During the theme the pupils work with a range of media and techniques including observational pencil drawing, chalk and oil pastel, paint, batik, clay work and papier mache. They also produce a range of designs, drawings and ideas in their sketchpads. During the theme they make connections to the work of other famous artists and designers. The pupils are set a number of homework projects during the year which link into the clothing theme. These homework projects help to extend their art skills and knowledge and include drawing, designing and researching.

Years 10 & 11

During the Art, craft and design GCSE course in Years 10 & 11 the pupils follow two themes. The first theme is ‘Natural Forms.’ During the Natural Forms theme the pupils work from fruit and vegetables. They produce observational drawings in line and tone, they use chalk and oil pastels to produce large pieces of work. The pupils then further develop their observational studies into abstract painting pieces which are further developed into batik work. The pupils also produce three dimensional pieces out of clay and also clay tiles based on the theme. During the theme the pupils produce a range of ideas and designs in their sketchpads and they also research the work of other artists and designers.

The second theme is called the ‘Trial Art Examination.’ During this theme the pupils are given a selection of starting points/questions. They choose one of the starting points and then make a personal response by producing ideas, designs and images. They also research the work of other artists to support their chosen starting point. They then produce a final piece based on their ideas and designs.

GCSE Textile Design 8204

Year 9

During the Year 9 Textiles course the pupils work on a theme called ‘The Garden.’ The theme starts by giving the pupils the opportunity to use a variety of drawing techniques including continuous line, drawing with wire and the technique of wet and dry. They also learn about fabric dying, tie dye, batik, silk painting and sewing and stitching. Using literacy as a starting point the pupils produce a fabric book based on the story of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ included in this is image transfer work, embellishment and fabric collage.

Year 10 & 11

The GCSE Textiles course enables pupils to produce practical and critical/contextual work in fashion and costume, printed and dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, constructed stitched and embellished textiles. During the Textiles GCSE course in Years 10 and 11 the pupils follow two main themes. During the first theme they are inspired by the ‘Natural World’ and the work of textile designers including Ami Goodheart, Iris Van Herpen and John Galliano. They use this inspiration to produce a range of fabric work including work on sewing machines and mannequins. In year 11 the pupils continue to develop and practice their textile design skills by responding to a theme on buildings, and more specifically the tactile qualities of the stone church buildings. The pupils produce mixed media drawings inspired by Artists Ian Murphy and use stitch, wax entrapment and image transfer to develop these drawings.

Both the GCSE Art and Design course and the Textiles course consist of:

Component 1: Coursework – Controlled Assessment-set and marked by the school and moderated by AQA. 60%

Component 2: Examination (10 hours) Question papers issued by the AQA. Marked by the centre and moderated by AQA. 40%

Candidates must evidence coverage of all of the following assessment objectives in the portfolio of work and their response to the externally set assignment

Candidates must demonstrate their ability to:

AO 1 : Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources

AO 2 : Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.

AO 3 : Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.

AO 4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language


Extra Curricular Activities


The Art Department provides opportunities for pupils in Key Stage 3 to attend lunch time Art Clubs. There are also lunch time and after school extension and intervention opportunities for Year 9, 10 and 11 GCSE Art pupils. Visits to Art Galleries enhance the pupils Artist and creative knowledge and learning.

Deeper Learning Days

The Art department contributes to Deeper Learning Days by offering an artistic and creative approach, an example of this is the Art work produced during the Pakistan project. There are also opportunities for learning outside the classroom by visiting Art Galleries.

Future Developments

Further develop our work with Artists in Residence in order to continue to enhance our pupils Art education and further widen their Art experiences. Continue to develop cross curricular opportunities with other subjects in school and further build on the good work already achieved. To continue to develop our links with the Art Departments of other schools and colleges.