Subject: KS3 Art and Design
Subject Overview: In KS3 at Kepier,  learners follow a programme of study that builds skills, understanding and knowledge in a wide range of art forms including drawing, developing use of colour, painting, crafts and ceramic work, as well as looking at existing art from a wide range of sources. Artists that are explored within the curriculum are rich and diverse, celebrating artists of colour, gender, age, cultural and geographical backgrounds. Students will understand the formal elements of art and will be able to confidently discuss their reference to a wide range of different art forms and their own practical outcomes. Throughout Year 7, 8 and 9 the curriculum continues to develop students’ understanding of the formal elements of art and gives students the opportunity  to develop skills with a range of different materials. Topics/themes are revisited at different stages of each academic year to allow students to explore more challenging work as their skills grow and they become more competent with their own ability and use of materials.  This gives the students an excellent grounding in the understanding of art, its properties and materials, which in turn will enable them to be prepared at KS4 for GCSE.


Key Stage 3
Content: Year 7: Year 8: Year 9:
Autumn Term:  Natural Forms “Think like a Scientist” Still Life Voyages of Discovery
Spring Term: Abstract Portraiture Traditional Portraiture Distorted Portraits
Summer Term: “EnPlein Air” Landscapes Underwater Seascape Sweet Treats


Subject: GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art and Photography)
Subject Overview:
At Kepier we deliver two AQA courses (Fine art and Photography) to the highest level, fulfilling the potential of staff, learners and our department, to offer a wide range of experiences and disciplines enabling the teaching and learning to be an exciting, rewarding and challenging experience. We foster an understanding of the creative industries and where Art, Craft and Design education can take you, recognising that we are not only developing mastery over ideas, materials, techniques and processes, but gaining in understanding of the contribution of Artists, Photographers, Designers and crafts people over time, including contemporaries. We are aware that we are educating future critical consumers of Art and Design and the importance of creative thinking across all vocations.
At GCSE we are able to offer the qualification of
Fine Art, Art Craft and Design
within the AQA Art and Design syllabus. Specialist staff cater to all learner’s strengths and needs. Sketchbooks are vital in assessing progress, and learners are expected to regularly add to and use them as follows:
– Show on-going development of ideas
– Demonstrate research into art and artists
– Experiment with materials and processes
– Strengthen drawing skills
– Develop techniques and step by step thinking
– Improve presentation skills
Extra curricular opportunities:
At Kepier the art department strives to engage learners in wider artistic opportunities which include Tuesday evening art club along with trips to local galleries, museums, universities and other art educational establishments to give learners a breadth of variety in their art experiences outside of the classroom.


Key Stage 4 (Fine Art)
Content: Year 10: Year 11:
Autumn Term: Skills building and Coursework Module “Food” (Unit 1) Coursework Module “Structures” (Unit 1)
Spring Term: Coursework Module “Food” (Unit 1) Externally Set Task (Unit 2)
Summer Term: Coursework Module “Structures” (Unit 1)


Key Stage 4 (Photography)
Content: Year 10: Year 11:
Autumn Term: Skills building and Coursework Module “The formal elements of Photography” (Unit 1) Coursework Module “Personal project” (Unit 1)
Spring Term: Coursework Module “The formal elements of Photography” (Unit 1) Externally Set Task (Unit 2)
Summer Term: Coursework Module “Personal project” (Unit 1)
Personalised Learning Checklist:
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Additional Information: If you have a question about the Art curriculum you can use the form below to contact the Art department.

    Revision Links for GCSE Course: Google “GCSE Art Sketchbooks A*/Grade 9” Youtube “GCSE Art Sketchbooks A*/Grade 9”
    How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject? By encouraging regular use of sketchbook and using any family members who have skills in Art at home to mentor them. Parents should encourage visits to sites of art interest to collect material in the form of photographs and sketches for relevant . For example, take them to galleries with exhibitions and permanent collections as well as art in public spaces. Parents are asked to read the teacher’s comments and add their own encouraging feedback in learners sketchbooks at KS3. Whilst at KS4 it is beneficial to provide learners with space to work on their art at home and purchasing some basic art materials.